Before, During and After Your Pregnancy at Center for Women's Health
We at Center for Women's Health look forward to being your partners in a healthy pregnancy.
Preconception and prenatal care are important in the prevention and early recognition of pregnancy complications. Our goal is a healthy mother and healthy baby at the end of nine months.
Your baby's lifetime of health is determined by genetics and life factors, starting with the environment inside of the womb. So it is especially important that you know how best to care for yourself before and during your pregnancy.
3 months in advance
2 months in advance
4 weeks in advance
New OB Visit-Congratulations!
We calculate our next visit together based on the first day of your most recent period. A pregnancy lasts 40 weeks and yes, we know that's longer than 9 months but the medical calculation dates back to the first day of your last period.
You can also use this helpful online due date calculator.
We try to schedule a pelvic ultrasound between 6 and 8 weeks of pregnancy. This helps us to accurately determine your due date and make sure your pregnancy is getting off to a healthy start.
Allow extra time for that first visit because teaching you about nutrition, exercise, pregnancy do's and don'ts and warning signs are an important part of our care. Lab work and a physical exam are a part of this visit as well.
In addition you'll be signed up for our Web Portal to help us keep in a two-way communication about your body's changes and how best to care for your unborn baby.
Second Pregnancy Visit
The second pregnancy visit is usually scheduled between 11 and 13 weeks.
We offer the Early Screen Testing which combines a special ultrasound to measure nuchal translucency (the fat pad of the baby's neck) and blood test markers to determine the risk of some pregnancy problems. In addition you'll meet with your doctor to review your care. Finally our Benefits Coordinator will go over your insurance benefits to prevent financial surprises.
16 week Visit
Another milestone visit--we'll review your diet and check your baby's heartbeat. We offer another blood test, this time to check for structural problems for the baby.
This is the time when ultrasound can usually tell if you're having a boy or a girl so we offer an optional gender scan called the "Sneak Peak".
20 week Visit
A great visit-we perform a detailed anatomy ultrasound and family members are invited! We also continue your prenatal checkups. We'll also help you get registered for your hospital of choice and for prenatal education classes.
24 Week Visit
In addition to a routine prenatal checkup we talk about common pregnancy problems, weight gain and nutrition and start planning for prenatal classes and the baby's birth.
28 Week Visit
We check a blood sugar level after you drink a sugary beverage-screening for diabetes of pregnancy (gestational diabetes). We also check your blood count to make sure that you're getting adequate iron for your baby.
28 to 36 weeks
You come in every two weeks for prenatal checkups. We screen for the baby's growth, preterm labor and blood pressure problems. We work with you on nutrition and exercise to keep things going in the right direction!
36 weeks to Full Term
You'll come in every week for prenatal checkups. We'll check for normal cervical changes and for pregnancy problems. If you haven't already met all of our doctors and would like to, these visits will give you a great chance to do so.
Center for Women's Health also offers:
On-site blood draws for Quest or Labcorp
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