What to expect at your visits
During your pregnancy you will be offered many routine tests that can let you know about the health of your baby. Below is a brief description of what to expect during your visits until delivery.
- 6-10 Weeks- Usually on your first visit you will be seen by a physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Midwife. At this time they will perform a pelvic exam including a pap smear along with cultures to detect sexually transmitted diseases.
- 10-12 Weeks- During this time you will have an appointment with a nurse to discuss your medical and genetic history. Make sure that you sit down with family members to discuss pertinent medical history prior to this appointment. The nurse will give you information on Cystic Fibrosis testing, and the 1st and 2nd trimester screening for Down Syndrome and Spinal Bifida.
- 12-13 Weeks- During this time you will hear your baby’s heart beat for the first time. You will have an ultrasound to give us an accurate due date. At this visit and for all visits until delivery you will have height, weight, and blood pressure checks. Blood work will be drawn including blood type, blood count, Rubella, Titers, Hepatitis B, HIV, and Herpes Type 1 and 2. We will draw the first part of your Downs Syndrome testing called the Sequential or Serum Integrated screen. Cystic Fibrosis testing may also be drawn at this visit.