Pregnancy Overview in Columbus, OH

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Pregnancy Information

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.

The Changes in your Body and the Growth of your Baby

Pregnant woman eat a appleLearn what will happen at your prenatal appointments and what tests will be run. Learn about the timetable of your baby’s growth and the accompanying changes in your body.

Typical Problems in Pregnancy

Pregnant woman holding her bellyLearn what are normal problems encountered in pregnancy and how to deal with them. Learn when to contact your provider.

Proper Nutrition and Fitness During Pregnancy

Pregnant woman eating a saladLearn what foods are essential for your baby’s development and your good health. Learn the guidelines for fitness and safety during pregnancy.

Changes to your Activities during Pregnancy

Pregnant woman Holding her bellyLearn 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

Pregnant womanLearn your options for labor and delivery. Learn how to track your baby’s movements in the final weeks of pregnancy.

Information at your Fingertips

Pregnant Woman SmilingCheck out a brief list of the most common topics related to pregnancy and download PWHealth’s Pregnancy Booklet.

Obstetrics Appointment

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
  • Rubella
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Syphilis test (state required)
  • Sickle cell screen (for African American clients)
  • Antibody Screen
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV

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.

Pregnancy FAQ

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.

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