If you’re expecting a baby, receiving prenatal care is an important component of keeping you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal care consists of regular visits with an OB/GYN. It typically begins with your first visit at about eight weeks and culminates with the birth of your baby. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, we encourage you to learn more about what to expect during your prenatal care journey.
First Trimester Prenatal Care
The first trimester lasts for about the first 13 weeks of your pregnancy, and you’ll see our care provider about once a month during this time. During the first visit, our medical professional will take a complete medical history and estimate your due date based on the date of your last menstrual period. In some cases, the age of your fetus may be confirmed with an ultrasound. Lab tests will be used to determine your blood type, hemoglobin level, immunity levels and exposure to any infections. Our doctor may also talk to you about optional screening tests to detect any fetal abnormalities.
At each monthly visit thereafter, our medical professional will check your weight and blood pressure, discuss the importance of nutrition and answer any questions you may have. At the first or second visit, you may be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat. Women who are designated as high risk may need to have more frequent visits.
Second Trimester Prenatal Care
As the pregnancy progresses, our medical professional will see you every four weeks to track your baby’s growth by measuring your fundal height, which is the distance from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus, as well as listening to your baby’s heartbeat. Most screening tests are done during the second trimester. These may include genetic screenings, ultrasounds and other imaging tests, blood tests, urine tests and other diagnostic modalities, such as amniocentesis.
Third Trimester Prenatal Care
As the end of your pregnancy approaches, you’ll see our medical professional every two weeks and then each week until you deliver. Third trimester care is focused on planning and preparing for your delivery, continuing to monitor your health and the baby’s and discussing the signs of labor you should be aware of. Our doctor can answer any questions about what to expect during labor and delivery.
Learn More About Prenatal Care
If you are pregnant, let our talented and caring prenatal care provider at George Center for Female Health be your partner in this exciting journey. Having quality medical care during pregnancy is associated with optimal outcomes for both mom and baby. For your convenience, we have offices in Peachtree Corners. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for prenatal care.