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4 – Great Expectations

Prenatal Care

As soon as you think you are pregnant, call your healthcare provider. You will want to know for sure, and you will want to start taking good care of yourself and your growing baby just as quickly as possible.

Initial Offce Visits

History

Physical Examination

(Includes all procedures listed in follow-up offce visits.)

Laboratory

• Complete blood count • Urinalysis

• Serology (syphilis test)

• Rubella screen

• Blood type, Rh factor and antibody screen • Pap test

• Cervical and vaginal cultures

(if necessary)

• Hepatitis B screening

Follow-Up Offce Visits

Mother • Weight • Blood pressure

• Urine specimen for sugar and protein

• Measurement of uterine growth • Repeat blood count and antibody screen (late in pregnancy) • Pelvic exams (late in pregnancy) • Special blood testing (glucose screening, alpha-fetoprotein test or multiple marker screening, cystic fbrosis carrier screen) • Group B strep culture Baby

The First Offce Visit

The frst offce appointment may take longer than your other visits. Your medical history will be taken by your healthcare provider. It is important to know how healthy you are to best help you and your baby. Come early to the frst exam, so you can fll out a medical history. At the frst appointment, some lab tests relative to pregnancy and your general health will be done. Blood tests are especially critical since they tell your healthcare provider a great deal about your medical history, which could have an effect on you or your baby’s well-being. Depending on special needs or individual medical problems, other testing may be done.

Follow-up visits are much shorter in duration than your initial visit. The focus of these checkups is to make certain that you have not developed any problems peculiar to your pregnancy. In addition, the growth and development of your baby is monitored. Certain blood tests and other tests (e.g. sonography) are performed at predetermined intervals throughout your pregnancy tomonitor your progress. Your healthcare provider will calculate your due date, if possible, at the frst appointment. It becomes a special “monitoring progress” date for you. Only 1 in 20 babies is born exactly on the calculated day, although most are born within 10 days of the expected date.

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