FAQ 2017-06-28T20:02:26+00:00

FAQ

Congratulations! It is such an exciting and wonderful time to be pregnant! We are thrilled that you have chosen us to care for you and your soon-to-be bundle of joy. There is nothing more precious than a newborn baby and preparing for that newborn should be just as rewarding. Life’s greatest miracle is giving birth and we pray that it will also be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

During your normal pregnancy, you will have an appointment scheduled with us once a month until you reach 28-30 weeks; every 2 weeks until you reach 36 weeks; then at least every week until delivery. In some circumstances your appointments may be more frequent due to complications or high risk concerns. We also have an open door policy about seeing our patients as often as needed!

Most of your visits will be routine and consist of weighing you, checking your blood pressure, urine, measuring your uterus, and listening to your baby’s heart beat. At 36 weeks and beyond we will see you weekly and a vaginal exam will be done to check for cervical dilation. You may experience some spotting after this exam, don’t be alarmed, it is normal.
At 16-20 weeks, you may choose to have a Maternal Serum Screening Test that tests for birth defects like Down’s Syndrome or Spina Bifida. We feel that it is important for us to offer it to you, but it is totally optional and we do not want to push it on you. The test consists of drawing a tube of blood from your arm and sending it to a lab for interpretation.

At about 34-36 weeks, we will obtain a culture from your vagina. It consists of a cotton swab (like a Q-tip). This will test for Group B Streptococcus (a bacteria found in the vagina or lower intestine of 15% to 35% of all healthy women). GBS infections are acquired when the baby comes in contact with the vagina and can rarely cause illness in the infant. If your test results are positive, you will be given IV antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission to your baby.

At 20-22 weeks we will perform a routine ultrasound examination. This will look at your baby in detail to look for common birth defects, to date the pregnancy, and possibly to see the sex of your baby. We feel very strongly that the information gained during the ultrasound is necessary for the care of your pregnancy. We will also perform other required ultrasounds as often as they are indicated.
At 27-29 weeks, we will do a glucose screen because sometimes pregnancy can cause diabetes in a woman, called “gestational diabetes”. The appointment prior to this you will be given a bottle of a sweet orange liquid (kind of like flat orange crush) and you will be asked to drink it one hour before arriving for your next appointment. One hour after drinking this solution, we will prick your finger and test the glucose level. You do not have to be fasting for this test. We will also check your blood count at this time. Your iron requirements double during pregnancy and sometimes anemia (low hemoglobin) occurs. If your hemoglobin is low, we will recommend an additional iron supplement.
Pregnant women should limit taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter). However, sometimes it cannot be avoided given certain circumstances. Contact our office today for a list of safe medications to take during your pregnancy.