PREGNANCY CARE GUIDE

Initial OB Visits

 

 

At the first few initial visits, a provider will review your medical history and perform a complete physical exam. If a pap smear is needed it can be done at this time. Prenatal lab work will be collected (including Blood type, iron level, STI screening, screening for drug use, etc). Often an ultrasound will be done in the 1st trimester to help determine your due date. Genetic screening options will be reviewed.

Routine Prenatal Visits

 

 

You will return to our office for:

  • Monthly visits until about 28 weeks.

  • Bi-weekly visits start about 28 weeks until 36 weeks.

  • Weekly visits start about 36 weeks until delivery.

 

At each routine visit you will have your weight and blood pressure checked. We will listen to your baby’s heartbeat (after 10-12 weeks) and measure your uterus to monitor your baby’s growth.  We will provide education and support at each visit.

Screenings and Tests During Pregnancy

 

 A number of tests can be done throughout pregnancy to screen for potential problems with your pregnancy and/or your baby’s health. Some of these tests are optional and others are recommended or required. 

1. HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing are performed during your pregnancy, as required by North Carolina law.

2. Genetic screening can be done to evaluate the risk of having a child with certain chromosomal abnormalities (such as down’s syndrome). This testing is not required but offered to all patients. This testing needs to be done between 10 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. (optional)

3. Carrier screening is offered to each patient for Cystic fibrosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (optional) 

4. Fetal anatomy ultrasound is done between 18-20 weeks (required). This is often when it is possible to determine the baby’s gender

5. Gestational Diabetes testing is performed for all women between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. Included with the diabetes testing is a repeat iron level and syphilis testing. (required)

6. A Rhogam injection is advised at 28 weeks for women who have Rh negative blood type.  Discuss with your provider for more information. (required)

7. TDAP (vaccine for whooping cough) is recommended in the 3rd trimester for each pregnancy, to provide immunity to your baby. (recommended)

8. A genital swab is collected at 36 weeks to check for Group B Strep.  This is a type of bacteria that can be passed to your baby if not treated properly (required)

It is our mission to provide quality healthcare. We accept cash, checks and credit cards at the time of your visit. If you have questions regarding pregnancy care coverage's, please contact the Galatians Care Team at 919-556-1008

You’re more than a patient, you’re part of the Galatians family!