Prenatal Visits in Birmingham, AL
Birmingham OB/GYN Will Be Partners With You Throughout Your Pregnancy
The board-certified obstetricians at Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology are dedicated to partnering with parents to be there every step of the way during their pregnancy process. This can include help with fertility struggles, high-risk pregnancy care, or education on breastfeeding and other common needs of a newborn.
Regular prenatal visits with an obstetrician are important to monitor the health of both mother and baby. The frequency of prenatal visits depends on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy, and any known health concerns that may require additional checkups with your Obstetrician
About Prenatal Visits
Your first prenatal visit should be scheduled as soon as you think you are pregnant. As the pregnancy progresses, prenatal checkups will happen more regularly and may include special tests.
A typical schedule for prenatal checkups is:
- Between Weeks 4-28. You’ll have an appointment once a month.
- Between Weeks 28-36. You’ll start having appointments twice a month.
- After week 36. You’ll have weekly appointments.
- If your pregnancy is high-risk, which depends on factors like the patient’s age, weight, and other health problems or concerns, your OBGYN may recommend more frequent prenatal visits to closely monitor your pregnancy.
What to Expect During Your Prenatal Visit
A prenatal checkup at Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology typically includes several standard processes and tests to obtain insights about the mother’s health and that of the developing fetus. During this time, your obstetrician may:
- Get a urine sample
- Review medical history
- Check blood pressure, weight, and height
- Check stress level and lifestyle habits
- Perform blood tests
- Check the fetal heart rate
- Feel and measure the patient’s abdomen
- Take a fetal ultrasound
- Answer any questions or concerns the patient has
- Other tests may be done to test to detect signs of possible health problems including infection, birth defects, gestational diabetes, or fetal distress.
Contact our practice to schedule a prenatal checkup or your first prenatal appointment if you think you are pregnant.