Prenatal Care

Testing During Pregnancy

You will have the decision to test for the potential of genetic diseases . If you are interested in any optional tests, please check with your insurance plan to see if these tests are covered .Questions you may have regarding these optional tests can be discussed at your first appointment .There are risks associated with the testing .Please discuss with your physician.

 

Ultrasounds

We recommend an ultrasound around 18-22 weeks in the pregnancy to evaluate fetal anatomy .Additional ultrasounds will be performed based on the medical need . Insurance will only cover this service if there is a medical need . Ultrasounds will be performed in the office.

 

The Rh factor

We will test your blood for the Rh factor . If your blood type is Rh negative, then you may be at risk for Rh disease, which affects about 10% of people . Rh disease is a pregnancy complication in which your immune system attacks the baby’s blood and can result in a life threatening situation for the baby if left unknown .Fortunately, it can be prevented with a shot called Rhogam which is given at 28 weeks or anytime if vaginal bleeding occurs . If you are Rh negative, contact our office immediately if you develop bleeding or trauma to your belly.

 

Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that women pregnant during the flu season receive the flu shot .Also, pregnant women who haven’t had a dose of Tdap (vaccine to protect mom and baby against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), should get one after 20 weeks . Receiving the vaccine in pregnancy gives your baby extra protection against whooping cough which can be very dangerous for newborns.

 

Prenatal Vitamins

We recommend a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid prior to conception, throughout pregnancy and postpartum while breastfeeding . Please check with your physician before taking any vitamins, herbs or other supplements as some may be unsafe during pregnancy .

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