Obstetrical Care

Prenatal Care

Tennessee Women's Care team of board certified obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in normal and high risk pregnancies supported by in-office prenatal screenings, advanced ultrasound capabilities and postpartum care.Tennessee Women’s Care team of board certified obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in normal and high risk pregnancies supported by in-office prenatal screenings, advanced ultrasound capabilities and postpartum care.

Beginning with your initial appointment to confirm your pregnancy, through the prenatal care visits, ultrasounds, labor, delivery and follow-up you can be assured in knowing that you and your baby receive the best possible care throughout. Below is a summary of general services you can expect as part of your pregnancy care.

Prenatal Lab Work:

During early pregnancy the following routine blood tests are typically conducted:

  • Prenatal bloodwork: consists of a complete blood count, with differential, blood type, and antibody screen to determine Rh factor as well as screenings for rubella, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and iron levels.
  • Glucose screening test: a blood test performed at approximately 24 - 28 weeks into pregnancy to determine if you are at risk for gestational diabetes. You will be given a 50-gram Glucola drink when you arrive for your appointment and a blood sample will be drawn 1 hour later.  This test is required unless you are currently being treated for diabetes.
  • HIV screening test: a blood test that is performed at approximately 24- 28 weeks.  This test is required.
  • Hemoglobin: is done routinely between 24 and 28 weeks into pregnancy to determine the need for supplemental iron.  This test is required.

Prenatal Ultrasounds:

During your pregnancy there are typically at least two ultrasounds conducted as part of routine pregnancy care.

Prenatal Routine Schedule of Appointments established typically as follows:

  • Every 4 weeks until the 32nd week of pregnancy.
  • Every 2 weeks from the 32nd to 36th week of pregnancy.
  • Every week from 36 weeks until delivery.

Your doctor may choose to see you more frequently if you are experiencing complications or if the pregnancy is considered high risk.

 
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