The goal of good prenatal care is to prevent problems or treat them when they first occur. All the physicians at Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists have extensive experience, and we can direct you to appropriate specialists if needed. We partner with Fort Sanders Perinatal Center for high-risk pregnancies to ensure complete prenatal care.
At your first appointment, we will confirm your pregnancy with lab tests. You will meet with the nurse who will assist in your pregnancy care. Any and all questions will be answered. Your first appointment is exciting! You will:
- Hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
- Receive a comprehensive health and OB/GYN checkup.
- Receive a prescription for prenatal vitamins.
Visits will increase in frequency throughout your pregnancy. If you have concerns between appointments, your calls are always welcome. Generally, appointments will be:
- Monthly during your first two trimesters
- Biweekly from week 28 through week 36
- Weekly thereafter
At each prenatal checkup, your provider will do routine checks for you and your growing baby. These normally include your checking your weight, and blood and urine tests. During these visits, you will see your baby on ultrasound. Other tests may be necessary to make sure your baby is growing and healthy. Prenatal checkups are a great opportunity to ask your provider the questions you have about pregnancy and your baby.