Most moms-to-be have prenatal care visits every month for the first few months until the 28th week of pregnancy. Then visits come every two weeks until week 36, at which time visits usually occur weekly. Women with high-risk pregnancies usually need to come in more frequently for exams and any recommended tests to ensure they and their babies stay healthy throughout the pregnancy.
A high-risk pregnancy occurs when the mother or baby has -- or is at risk for -- a medical or health condition that could compromise the health and wellness of the mother or baby (or both) during pregnancy or delivery. Women with high-risk pregnancies may be at an increased risk of miscarriage, delivery problems, or problems with the development of their unborn baby. Some of the most common causes of high-risk pregnancies include:
In addition to having more frequent office visits during pregnancy, women with high-risk pregnancies usually have additional testing and ultrasounds to ensure that they and their babies stay healthy.
Prenatal care visits typically begin with a review of any symptoms or concerns, followed by measurements of weight and blood pressure. Depending on the stage of the pregnancy, Dr. Numrych may:
Patients may be asked to provide a urine sample or a blood sample for testing. At each visit, Dr. Numrych will provide helpful and important guidance on:
In high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Numrych also may provide information on genetic testing or she may order additional tests and evaluations to ensure that both mother and baby stay healthy.
Ultrasounds can be performed at different stages of pregnancy. Usually in the first trimester, an ultrasound will be performed to:
Later, ultrasounds may be performed to:
The baby’s gender may also be determined at that time.
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