Liberty Women

Prenatal Care

Why is pregnancy care important?

Having high-quality pregnancy care is essential for the health of both you and your baby. Our doctors can track your baby’s development, monitor your health throughout your pregnancy, and help keep you on track for a healthy, full term delivery through regular prenatal visits. 

Besides monitoring your health and that of your baby, our doctors also watch for risk factors that may arise while you’re pregnant. Our physicians also make recommendations for any vaccinations or actions that should be taken to protect your health.

Pregnancy care also allows you to develop a trusting relationship with our physicians. While caring for you and your baby, our team guides you from the first trimester of your pregnancy through your delivery and into your postpartum care.

How is my pregnancy monitored?

Your first obstetrics appointment is often the most extensive. During this comprehensive visit, our doctors perform a complete physical that includes a pelvic exam and pap smear, blood work and STD testing. Based on your overall health and family history, we suggest additional tests or genetic screening.

Following your initial prenatal exam, out doctors schedule regular monthly visits until your pregnancy reaches 28 weeks. At that time your appointments are more frequent, and you’re examined every two weeks until you reach 36 weeks. After 36 weeks, your appointments occur each week until your baby is born.

During your pregnancy care appointments, our doctors check for several heath concerns,

  • Swelling
  • Blood pressure and weight
  • Signs of gestational diabetes
  • Baby’s growth

Pregnancy care also includes checking the heart beats of your baby and capturing images as it develops through ultrasound technology.