For a low risk pregnancy, your prenatal visits will be every four weeks until 32 weeks (8 months). Then we will see you every two weeks. Starting at 36 weeks, we will see you weekly until your baby is born. The visits that we recommend bringing your partner are the following:
–First prenatal visit (ideally between 8-10 weeks)
–12 weeks (if you are doing genetic testing )
–20 weeks (when a full anatomy ultrasound of the baby is performed)
–36 weeks (we review labor instructions and discuss delivery)
Most appointments will be normal 15 minute appointments. Exceptions to this are the following:
- First prenatal visit: 1.5 hours. This visit includes a pregnancy consult where the “do’s and don’ts” of pregnancy are discussed, an ultrasound, chromosomal and genetic testing counseling, and prenatal lab work.
- 12 weeks: If you are doing chromosomal testing, plan on being at the office for at least one hour. This visit consists of the ultrasound test, meeting with a genetic counselor, and then with your provider. If you are not doing chromosomal testing, this will be a normal 15 minute appointment.
- 20 weeks: 1.5 hours. The anatomy ultrasound usually takes 30-45 minutes in order to obtain all images necessary. You will have an appointment immediately following to review the ultrasound.
- 24 weeks: 2 hours. The testing for gestational diabetes is done during the visit.
If you have twins, your schedule of appointments is slightly different. Starting at 16 weeks (4 months), you will have visits every 2 weeks and starting at 28 weeks will generally be every week. This is because of the higher risks these pregnancies pose.
During your obstetrical visits, we will make an effort to ensure that you get to meet all the physicians in the practice, since any one of us may be privileged to deliver your baby. However, we do make sure that you are “touching base” with your primary physician at least once a trimester, and more frequently in the month before your due date.
We understand that your time is important, especially when you will be having between 10-12 appointments during the course of your pregnancy. We do our best to make sure that our schedules run on time. On the same token, we would appreciate your promptness for your appointments, and if you believe you may be delayed, please call us as soon as possible so we can accommodate you. There are rare times when extra time needs to be spent with a complicated patient and we may have you see a different provider so that you do not have to wait.