When should I schedule my first prenatal appointment?
If you’ve taken a home pregnancy test and it’s indicated that you’re pregnant, you should call the office right away to schedule your first prenatal visit. Typically, the first appointment is made eight weeks after the start of your last period.
Seeing your specialist at Orange Coast OBGYN early ensures you and your baby get off to a good start for a healthy and happy pregnancy.
What can I expect during my pregnancy appointments?
You can expect exceptional care and attention at each of your pregnancy appointments at Orange Coast OBGYN. Your first visit may be the longest. During this visit, your OBGYN completes a full physical, including a pelvic exam, and reviews your medical and family history. You can also expect a transvaginal ultrasound so your OBGYN can look at your uterus and the baby.
You can expect regular follow-ups with your OBGYN throughout your pregnancy. The frequency of your follow-ups depends on how far along you are and if you have any pregnancy-related complications. At each subsequent visit, your OBGYN checks your weight and blood pressure, measures your abdominal girth, and listens to your baby’s heartbeat.
What if I need a special test?
Orange Coast OBGYN is a full-service practice that offers many specialized tests you may need throughout your pregnancy. Some of the most common include:
During your first trimester, your specialist at Orange Coast OBGYN may recommend genetic testing to look for genetic conditions that may affect your baby, such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis. The team recommends state sequential screening, noninvasive prenatal testing, and carrier testing.
You may need about four ultrasounds during your pregnancy. The first is usually completed at your first visit, then two additional ultrasounds to measure growth and development during your second and third trimester. You may also need an ultrasound if you opt for the nuchal translucency test during your first trimester, which is a test that assesses for chromosomal disorders.
Blood glucose test
The blood glucose test is conducted during your second trimester to determine if you have gestational diabetes.
Your specialist also checks your blood count to assess for anemia and may recommend a nonstress test with an ultrasound to monitor your baby during your third trimester.
For expert pregnancy care, call Orange Coast OBGYN today.