8-10 Weeks

  • 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.

11-14 Weeks

  • 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.

18-20 Weeks

  • A review of systems ultrasound is done- your baby is big enough to see the major anatomy!

20-24 Weeks

  • This is a great time to begin thinking about pregnancy and birthing classes and to pre-register and schedule a tour at the hospital.
  • Discuss Baby Kick Counts.

24-28 Weeks

  • The one hour glucose tolerance test is done to screen for gestational diabetes.
  • A complete 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.

30-36 Weeks

  • Begin thinking about labor desires, breastfeeding needs, your pediatrician, plans for circumcision and future family plans after delivery.