Prenatal visits are performed in our exam room at The Birth Nest. We encourage you to bring family and/or friends as desired to be a part of this special time in your life.
Prenatal visits will be scheduled every 4 weeks until the 28th week of pregnancy, Every 2 weeks until the 36th week and every week thereafter until the baby is born.
Prenatal visits typically last somewhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour. This allows for ample time to ask questions and discuss all aspects of prenatal care. Each visit is designed to address the physical, as well as emotional needs of both baby and mother.
While each visit will be different depending on your concerns at any given stage of your pregnancy, some routine procedures will be performed.
You can expect the following at each visit:
Blood pressure and pulse are taken.
Urine is assessed.
The Fundal Height will be measured.
Fetal heart rate is taken with a fetoscope and if desired, a doppler.
Ongoing education about procedure/testing options available: Because making educated decisions is very important, emphasis is placed on giving as much information as possible about all your options.
Nutritional counseling: Good nutrition is one of the easiest things a Mother can do to help promote a healthy pregnancy. Therefore, nutritional counseling is an important component of your prenatal care and adequate time is given for this during prenatal visits.
Laboratory testing: All standard laboratory testing is available/offered. All other laboratory testing that is needed or wanted can be easily obtained by referral.
Ultrasound: If an Ultrasound is medically warranted or personally desired, again it can be easily ordered.