Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy! We look forward to caring for you and your child during this very special time.

This time line is for a normal pregnancy. There are medical conditions such as multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc), asthma, and/or high blood pressure that would change the pattern of appointments. See the special testing page for more information on these issues.

First office appointment is scheduled for 8-10 weeks gestation. This visit will consist of:

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine collection: urine will be sent for testing for urinary tract infections and drug screening. It will also be dipped every visit to make sure there is no protein or sugar in the urine. These are indicators of more serious problems in the pregnancy.
  • Brief health history
  • Doctor exam: pelvic exam, vaginal cultures, possible pap smear, and measuring of the uterus and a breast exam.
  • Doctor will discuss any optional testing that will be offered during the pregnancy.
  • THERE WILL BE NO FETAL HEART BEAT CHECK AT THIS VISIT
  • Consult with OB nurse: She will review safe medications in pregnancy, foods you should and should not eat, discuss vitamins and answer any other questions you may have.
  • Finally you will have blood work done, including full sexually transmitted infection panel: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Rubella Screen, Hepatitis B screen, Blood Typing and antibody screen, RPR (syphyllis test), HIV test, Sickle Cell Anemia screen (if you are African-American).

12 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus

16 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus
  • Offer second trimester screen (blood work only)

18-20 week appointment

  • Anatomical Ultrasound (if baby co-operates you will be able to find out the sex of your baby at this visit).
  • NO video taping of ultrasound is allowed: it is illegal and your family members may be asked to leave the room if the attempt to tape the scan
  • Must have full bladder for this appointment for better viewing of the baby.
  • Due to the size of the ultrasound room; there may only be 3 people allowed in the room other then the patient to view the ultrasound.
  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Review of ultrasound results by doctor and questions answered.

22 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus

26 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus
  • 1 hour glucose screen to assess for diabetes: please eat as you normally do, this is not a fasting test.

30 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus

32 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus

34 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus

36 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus
  • Vaginal Swab for Group B Strep
  • Pelvic exam to check for cervical dilation

37 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus
  • Pelvic exam to check for cervical dilation

38 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus
  • Pelvic exam to check for cervical dilation

39 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus
  • Pelvic exam to check for cervical dilation

40 week appointment

  • Weight check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Urine dip for sugar and protein
  • Medical history update
  • Fetal Heart Beat Check
  • Questions answered by doctor
  • Doctor will assess size of uterus
  • Pelvic exam to check for cervical dilation
  • Schedule induction if not already delivered