Most women will see Dr. Smith every month for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy, then every 2 weeks up to week 35, and then weekly until delivery. Women with high-risk pregnancies may require more frequent visits.
Having regular prenatal care is essential for keeping track of the mother’s and baby’s health as well as for monitoring fetal development and providing any necessary testing and treatment. Plus, each appointment provides an opportunity for moms-to-be to receive guidance that can help them and their babies stay healthy.
Every exam begins with measurements of weight and blood pressure, a urine test, and other basic evaluations, including an assessment of the baby’s growth and heartbeat.
At the initial visit, Dr. Smith will perform a thorough health assessment as well as an initial ultrasound to check on the baby’s growth and help estimate the delivery date.
At 2 to 3 months following the last period, a pelvic exam and Pap test will be performed along with blood testing. Screening for chromosomal abnormalities including Down syndrome will be offered.
At about 20-22 weeks, a detailed ultrasound will be performed to evaluate the baby’s health and determine gender.
Testing for diabetes and other health issues and additional evaluations will be performed at subsequent visits.
A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the health of the baby or mother (or sometimes both) are compromised or could be compromised by underlying issues. Some of the most common causes of high-risk pregnancies include:
Women with high-risk pregnancies require specialized care. Dr. Smith works closely with women with high-risk pregnancies, consulting with area perinatologists as needed to ensure women and their babies get the care they need to stay healthy.
One of the best ways to stay healthy throughout pregnancy is to have regular prenatal exams and to follow the guidance provided by Dr. Smith.
In addition, moms-to-be should eat a healthy diet low in unhealthy fats and sugars, get plenty of rest, stay physically active, and avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.
Pregnant women should never take vitamins or supplements without first consulting the doctor.
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