Having a Baby?

The decision to start a family is an exciting step in life. There are many questions that may arise before and during your journey. We have outlined a timeframe for you to refer any questions that may arise. For example, changes in your body, how the baby is growing, and what to expect from your physician and prenatal care.

Office visits during your first trimester:

During your first trimester, you should be very active with your physician. Your visits will include blood work, a physical examination, and conversations about lifestyle. When you first realize that you are pregnant, schedule your visit and set time aside to discuss your next 9 months of care. We suggest you write down any questions that you may have prior to your appointment and before each visit to ensure all your questions can be addressed. You may want your partner to attend your first appointment as your medical history will be obtained at this time. Subsequent visits will be scheduled every 4 weeks throughout the first trimester.

Changes to your body during your first trimester:

As early as two weeks into the pregnancy, your body may experience changes in your body. Common changes include: tender breasts, nausea and vomiting, unusual fatigue, and increased urination.

Office visits during your second trimester:

You will continue to see your physician throughout your second trimester, typically every 4 weeks. Each time, your nurse or medical assistant will check a urine sample (looking for protein and glucose), your weight and blood pressure. Throughout the second trimester your physician will track your baby’s growth, heart rate, and movement. At approximately 20 week into your pregnancy, you will have an ultrasound performed to view the anatomy of your baby and gender if you desire.  Expect to also have routine lab work to check for iron levels, gestational diabetes, and antibodies. Subsequent visits will be scheduled every 4 weeks throughout your second trimester.

Changes to your body during your second trimester:

Physical changes may include enlarged breasts and expanding abdominal area, and possibly notice stretch marks. You may also experience dizziness, leg cramps, vaginal discharge, and an increase in bladder and kidney infections. Usually patients have more energy during this trimester.

Office visits during your third trimester:

Your third trimester starts around 28 weeks of pregnancy. At this time your physician will wish to see you every two weeks until 35 weeks. At this point, your visits will begin to be weekly. Your physician will continue to monitor your vitals and continue to run tests that would include a Group B strep test.



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