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Prenatal care is vital to the healthy growth and development of your baby. Regular prenatal visits help to monitor your pregnancy, assess your baby’s progress, and help to identify potential risks during your pregnancy.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care should begin early in pregnancy and will include monthly office visits. These visits will become more frequent as the pregnancy progresses, or as the need arises. We provide care and treatment to both low risk and high risk patients, including mothers with multiples. Our goal at PinnacleHealth is to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

What occurs during prenatal care visits?

The goal of prenatal care is not only to provide the best care for the pregnant woman and the unborn child, but also to prepare the mother and family for delivery of a healthy baby. During prenatal visits, certain tests are performed on both the expectant mother and the baby to assess any potential risks and to monitor the growth and development of the fetus. In addition, your provider will guide you  regarding various aspects of pregnancy, including weight gain, exercise, nutrition, and overall health. A typical prenatal visit may include any/all of the following:

  • Weight measurement
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Measurement of the uterus to check for proper growth of the fetus
  • Physical examination of the mother to identify problems or discomforts
  • Urine test to measure sugar and protein levels, which can indicate diabetes or preeclampsia (a condition characterized by high blood pressure, proteinuria, and swelling due to fluid retention). However, swelling does not need to be present to make the diagnosis, and having swelling does not always mean a woman has preeclampsia.
  • Fetal heart rate measurement
  • Prenatal screening tests (such as blood tests to check for anemia)

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Postpartum Care

Postpartum care begins immediately after the birth of your baby, and it continues through the postpartum follow-up examination. We understand that both mother and baby require special care during this time. We also know that a new mother’s body can go through many changes during this process, and we can support these changes which can include:
  •     Sore breasts
  •     Breast infections
  •     Mood changes and postpartum depression
  •     Hemorrhoid evaluation
  •     Vaginal soreness and dryness
  •     Birth control evaluation and initiation

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PinnacleHealth Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists and PinnacleHealth Women's Outpatient Center provides obstetric services.  To find an OB/GYN near your home, you can also search our doctor database for a complete list of OB/GYNs that deliver at PinnacleHealth.