At Capital Women’s Care, we provide comprehensive care in general and high risk obstetrics. Our offices are equipped with the most advanced technology and equipment and with our onsite phlebotomists and sonographers, we try to help make your pregnancy experience as simple and efficient as possible.
Pregnancy can be a joyous event but can also be stressful at times. If you think you are pregnant, we recommend you perform a home pregnancy test. If the test is positive, start taking a prenatal vitamin and schedule your first appointment. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, please feel free to schedule a preconception appointment so that we can discuss ways to help ensure you have a healthy and happy pregnancy. Here are some things you may expect at each of your visits with us.
On your first visit, we may do some baseline tests and studies. Depending upon how far along you are, we may also recommend that you schedule an ultrasound to estimate your expected due date. At that time, we will also sit down and talk about things to expect and answer questions you may have. We may also offer first trimester screening if you are early in your pregnancy. This test evaluates your baby’s risk of genetic conditions that may impact your pregnancy. Another test that has become available is Cell Free DNA testing which is a blood test that also screens for genetic conditions and also can give information about your baby’s gender as early as 10 weeks.
Around twenty weeks is when we try to determine the gender of your baby as well as examine the development of the other organs. Some women can also start to feel some movement at this time. Towards the end of the second trimester, usually 26-28 weeks, you may also be screened for diabetes and depending upon your blood type, you may need a medication called Rhogam. This is also the time when you would consider registering for classes that are offered through our office, as well as registering at Holy Cross Hospital for your delivery. You may consider signing up for cord blood collection at this time if you are interested.
Some women may begin to feel irregular contractions in the third trimester. At this point, your visits will become more frequent to answer questions about what are considered normal symptoms. Depending upon whether your pregnancy is considered high risk, you may also undergo regular assessments for how your baby is doing. Between 35 and 37 weeks, we may assess for dilation of your cervix, and you will likely be screened for Group B Strep, a bacteria that can affect your baby in labor. As you get closer to your expected due date, we can discuss your delivery plan and any new symptoms of concern.
High Risk Obstetrical Care
In addition to our general obstetric services, we also provide care for high risk pregnancies including women with pre-existing medical conditions, multiple births, or women who develop conditions specific to pregnancy. Some of these conditions may include diabetes, thyroid disorders, hypertension, preterm labor, recurrent miscarriage, and incompetent cervix. Depending upon your condition, you may undergo more frequent testing, sonograms, or monitoring throughout your pregnancy to help ensure a safe and healthy delivery.