First trimester. Your first obstetrician appointment will occur around six to eight weeks. This appointment is often referred to as confirmation visit. During this time, your doctor will perform a pelvic exam and ultrasound. They will also review medical problems you have and discuss starting a vitamin regiment. Your next appointment with your obstetrician will be around the 10 week mark. This exam will include a little more. You’ll have a full physical exam, blood tests to determine your blood type, test for unusual antibodies, and more. Genetic carrier screening for certain diseases will be done as well. They will also discuss what you can expect during your pregnancy and the dos and don’ts.
Second trimester. During your second trimester, you will start to see your obstetrician every approximately every four weeks. An ultrasound will be done earlier in the second semester to look for abnormalities and determine the gender of the baby, if you and your partner want to know.
Third trimester. During your final weeks of pregnancy, you will visit your obstetrician every two weeks, before transitioning to weekly visits in the final stretch. They will begin checking your cervix with each visit and watching for signs of labor. They also perform a vaginal swap to check for Group B Strep bacteria before the baby is born.
Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA women will visit their obstetrician regularly during pregnancy. Not only will you have periodic appointments, they are also the ones you should contact if you have any questions or concerns during this time. IN addition to monitoring your health, and your baby’s, they can also advise you on what you can do to stay healthy while expecting, what’s normal and what isn’t, and discuss your birth plan options with you. If you are expecting, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment.