- This is an information gathering visit and takes about an hour
- It includes orientation to the practice, lab work, brief ultrasound and a complete physical exam.
- An ultrasound is done to confirm the pregnancy.
- Visits after this will usually be every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then every week until delivery depending on your particular history and pregnancy.
- Consider a flu shot.
- Discuss exercise.
- We will discuss genetic screening: This is a blood test providing your specific risks for Down’s syndrome and Trisomy 13 & 18. However, it is not required, and you are free to decline.
- A review of systems ultrasound is done- your baby is big enough to see the major anatomy!
- This is a great time to begin thinking about pregnancy and birthing classes and to pre-register and schedule a tour at the hospital.
- Local classes can be found here
- Discuss Baby Kick Counts.
- The one hour glucose tolerance test is done to screen for gestational diabetes.
- A complete blood blood count is also checked to screen for anemia.
- If you are RH negative, an antibody screen blood test is also done and you will receive a RHOGAM shot.
- Discuss Preterm labor symptoms.
- Visits begin every two weeks.
- Begin thinking about labor desires, breastfeeding needs, your pediatrician, plans for circumcision and future family plans after delivery.