We recommend that you schedule your first obstetric visit when you are 7 to 8 weeks from the first day of your last period. Please let our office know that this is a first visit for your pregnancy as we allot extra time to include a complete evaluation, ultrasound, bloodwork, discussion of nutrition, behavior and answering questions.
After your first visit you will have appointments every 4 weeks until 32 weeks of pregnancy. After 32 weeks, visits are every 2 weeks; after 36 weeks, visits are weekly until delivery. More frequent visits may be recommended for high—risk pregnancies.
For your convenience you can download the below three informational packets.
|Do's and Don'ts in Pregnancy|
|Obstetrics Informational Packet|
|A Week by Week Glance at Prenatal Appointments|
An ultrasound is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create a picture. Not only are these scans routine, but they are also fun for you and your partner. You will get great images of your baby at these appointments. It is used in pregnancy to examine the uterus, amniotic sac, placenta and unborn baby during various stages of development.
OBGYB Westside will perform all standard ultrasound screenings, Fetal Biophysicial Profiles (BPP) and Non Stress Tests (NST). Please note that we will ask you to go to one of the below imaging centers for your BPP if you have Oxford Insurance. In addition, the below imaging centers perform 2 detailed anatomy scans.
There are optional tests for prenatal diagnosis such as nuchal translucency ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis. The risks and benefits can be discussed in full at your first prenatal visit.
Morning sickness is nausea or vomiting that occurs during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. It is very common and doesn't always happen in the morning! It usually goes away by your second trimester, when the level of pregnancy hormones in the body falls. When morning sickness is severe, it is called hyperenesis gravidarum.
Call your doctor if you experience:
Allergies & Congestion:
Our philosophy is that a well—balanced diet is just as important while you are pregnant as at any other time. Here are some guidelines and recommendations for foods you should eat. There are also foods you should avoid and foods that will help some of the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy-learn all about them here.
What You Should EatRegular, well-balanced meals are a source of nutrition for both you and your baby. You will need more protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron, which are critical to your baby's growth and development, and give your baby strong bones and teeth, healthy skin, and a healthy body.
Sources of protein and vitamins are:
Sources of calcium are:
Foods rich in iron are:
While each individual is different, usually 25 to 35 pounds is the maximum amount of weight gain recommended.
It's important to incorporate a balance of protein and carbohydrates (grains, fruits, vegetables) in your daily diet. Variety is important.
Foods to Avoid/Limit
Foods that Alleviate Pregnancy-Related Nausea (Morning Sickness)
The following vitamins and minerals are often recommended:
First ask your doctor, of course, as any discussion of this topic can only be a general one. You may be surprised at what you can safely do, as long as your pregnancy is low risk. First-time exercisers should proceed more cautiously. If you have a chronic disease or have had problems in a previous pregnancy, please consult your doctor before exercising.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you exercise three times a week or more at a comfortable pace, but cautions that you should limit the length and intensity of your workout. If you feel exhausted, you are likely overdoing it-be sure to warm up first, cool down afterwards, and avoid getting overheated, especially in warm weather. ACOG also recommends that you drink plenty of water while you exercise to avoid dehydration. Please choose a type of exercise that lessens the change of physical injury to you or your baby (such as biking, skiing, hiking, or rollerblading.) Anything that helps posture and increases lower back strength (such as pre-natal yoga is encouraged. Please discuss your options with your doctor.
Stop exercising and notify your doctor if any of the following signs or symptoms occur:
You should be checked by your physician before resuming exercise if any of these things occur.