Baptist Health Madisonville: Healthy Pregnancy Checkups
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, you should schedule regular checkups and check for risk factors. Learn more pregnancy tips from Baptist Health.
Healthy Pregnancy Checkups in Madisonville, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Sarah Fisher, MD, OB/GYN:
Obstetrical care is very important, and it is very important to see your OB/GYN physician regularly for your obstetrical care. During the first trimester, we see patients every four weeks up until about 28 weeks. After that point, we start seeing our patients every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks we see you weekly. Sometimes we may see you more frequently based on high risk or complications that may arise during the pregnancy.
OB care is very patient dependent. We personalize a lot of that based on complications in a prior pregnancy, complications that are going on now, or risk factors that you may have. For instance, women who have high blood pressure, we may be doing extra lab work, checking your urine, and potentially doing extra ultrasounds. If you’ve had a history of gestational diabetes or family history of diabetes, we may be checking you for gestational diabetes with the glucola [test] earlier in the pregnancy, rather than waiting until the 28-week mark. Sometimes those with risk factors may need to be seen by a high-risk specialist called a maternal-fetal medicine [specialist]. We do that here in our office as well.
I feel very honored that I get to be able to take care of pregnant moms and see them during their pregnancy, do their delivery, and then see these same moms postpartum as they grow their families with their little babies.
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