You will find a wealth of helpful information about your pregnancy on our website. You can access any topic (arranged in alphabetic order) from the drop-down menu, or browse the groups of topics below.
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The Changes in your Body and the Growth of your Baby
Typical Problems in Pregnancy
Proper Nutrition and Fitness During Pregnancy
Changes to your Activities during Pregnancy
Learn what is safe and what is not and how to modify your current activities, from travel to gardening to food handling, in order to ensure the best health for you and your baby.
Getting Ready for the New Arrival
Information at your Fingertips
Normal, healthy patients are usually seen every four to five weeks during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. From 28 to 36 weeks, your appointments are scheduled every two or three weeks. After 36 weeks until delivery, you are seen weekly.
Patients with medical obstetric complications may need to be seen as often as every two weeks during early pregnancy and once or twice a week during the latter part of the pregnancy.
If you make an appointment before 10 weeks gestation, you meet with a nurse practitioner. She provides you with information regarding your pregnancy and answers your questions. For example, she discusses common symptoms of pregnancy and ways to minimize discomforts. You also receive a prescription for prenatal vitamins.
In addition, your prenatal laboratory work is done. This includes blood work, a urine culture, a pap smear and cultures for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The prenatal blood work includes:
- Blood type/Rh Factor
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Syphilis test (state required)
- Sickle cell screen (for African American clients)
- Antibody Screen
- Hepatitis B
At this time, as well as during every visit, your care includes:
- Calculation of baby's gestational age.
- Uterine assessment and fundal height measurement.
- Weight check.
- Blood pressure screening.
- Urine screening for protein and ketones if medically necessary.
- Fetal Heart tones (May not be heard by Doppler until 10 to 12 weeks gestation).
At about 10 weeks gestation, you return to have your lab results reviewed, have a physical exam and pelvic ultrasound to confirm your due date.
When should I take a pregnancy test?
The best time to take a pregnancy test is when you suspect you might be pregnant. Tests work best when taken after a missed period, providing more accurate results. They function by detecting pregnancy hormones in your urine.
Am I pregnant?
Early signs of pregnancy include missed periods, nausea, fatigue, and breast tenderness. If you notice these symptoms, consider taking a pregnancy test or consulting a healthcare provider for confirmation and guidance.
Am I having a boy or a girl?
Determining the baby's sex usually happens during the 20-week scan, although genetic testing options are available for finding out the sex earlier in pregnancy.
What Special Concerns Should You Discuss With Your OB/GYN?
If you have an underlying condition, a history of complications, or another pregnancy concern, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor.Read
Vomiting and Diarrhea
The most common causes of vomiting and/or diarrhea are viral infections, bacterial infections, like food poisoning, or side effects of medications.Read
Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
Your providers at PW Health request that you abstain from all alcohol use if you are trying to conceive, if you are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.Read
Causes of Backache During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant, physiological changes place stress on your spine, ligaments attached to your spine and pelvis, surrounding muscles for support.Read