The goal of obstetrics and the prenatal care we provide at Craig Ranch OB/GYN is to keep both you and your future baby healthy. Some of this care will involve testing, some of it will be counseling on what to expect, some is simply being there through the more difficult parts of the process. Our team of highly skilled providers take great pride in the care we provide both for mom and for your future child.
What Is Obstetrical Care?
Obstetrical care, or prenatal care, consists of the checkups provided from our combination of doctors, nurses, and midwives throughout your pregnancy. The goal is to keep tabs on the various milestones of your pregnancy and to help keep mother and baby healthy and on the path for a successful delivery.
The Importance Of Prenatal Care
No one should go down this path alone, and prenatal care at Craig Ranch OB/GYN is important for you, and your baby, to stay as healthy as possible during the process. By monitoring both your progress and your baby’s we can find any potential problems as early as possible and treat or address them. Our care can help prevent certain issues from occurring at all. There’s a lot going on with you and your baby, and your body will be changing dramatically. We’ll help you understand what is happening and help guide you through your pregnancy.
When Should I First See My Obstetrician At Craig Ranch OB/GYN?
Our team would like to see you as soon as you know you’re pregnant. If you’re planning on getting pregnant, we’d like to see you before you do. This is called pre-pregnancy care and it has both educational and health components to it.
How Often Should I Have Prenatal Care Visits?
There is some variability in the frequency of your prenatal visits with us. This depends, in part, on your age and on your risk of potential complications. Therefore, high-risk pregnancies will likely dictate more frequent appointments. This is the schedule of prenatal care for a healthy woman between the ages of 18 and 35:
- Every 4 to 6 weeks for the first 32 weeks
- Every 2 to 3 weeks for the 32nd to 37thweeks
- Every week from the 37th week through delivery
What Can I Expect During My First Prenatal Care Appointment?
Your first prenatal care appointment is typically the most involved. We’ll discuss your personal medical history, your family history, and the history of the other parent. We conduct a full physical exam, including blood work and urine testing. During this visit we will likely:
- Measure your height, weight, blood pressure, breath rate, and pulse
- Examine your breasts
- Take a Pap test
- Test you for various STDs
- Screen for diabetes, anemia, hepatitis B, and rubella
Our providers will also want to get you on prenatal vitamins, particularly folic acid, if you’re not already on them. We will discuss things like your diet during pregnancy, lifestyle choices, and changes you may want to make in your life to help ensure the healthiest pregnancy possible.
We absolutely love everyone at Craig Ranch, from the front office girls, to the nurses & amazing physicians! Everyone is SO sweet & always seems to know you by name! So personal, and take amazing care of you before, during & after pregnancy! We highly recommend any of their physicians! – Cory S.
Additional Prenatal Visits
Patients will need to have several follow-up appointments during their pregnancy. However, these appointments won’t be as involved as your first one. Expectant mothers are always checked to be sure they are healthy as well as their fetus. Throughout these appointments, our goal is to have an ongoing give and take of information between you and our team. These are things we may do at these visits:
- Check your urine
- Check for swelling
- Feel your belly to check the position of your fetus
- Update your medical history
- Take your weight and blood pressure
- Measure the growth of your belly
- Listen to the fetal heartbeat
- Give you any genetic testing you have decided upon
What Testing Is Done During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy many tests are performed, most of which are routine. Genetic testing can be a part of these tests, such as amniocentesis. Amniocentesis tests your amniotic fluid, the fluid surrounding and protecting your fetus inside your uterus. Amniocentesis can detect chromosomal defects, such as Down syndrome. We may suggest amniocentesis if you are over 35 years old, you have a family history of certain birth defects, you’ve had a previous child with a major birth defect, or other screening tests point to the need for more detailed testing.
The following are the basic tests we will perform based on your trimester. Of course, every pregnancy is unique, so these tests can vary.
- Urine tests
- Rh factor tests
- Initial blood work-up
- Pap smear
- Quad screen
- Level 2 ultrasound
- Glucose screening
- Non-stress test
- Biophysical profile
- Group B strep