You’ve just learned you’re pregnant and you’re filled with excitement, anticipation, and no small share of fear. We understand. That’s why Lifestages tailors our prenatal care to assure that you’re doing everything you can to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, especially for the first time, please understand that no question or concern is “stupid” or unreasonable. Your prenatal visits are your time to know what is going on with you and your unborn child. By receiving prenatal care you know you are giving your baby the best possible start at life.
In our first meetings, you’ll be getting to know us while we’ll be getting to know you. Here’s what you can expect:
Lifestyle: We will want to get to know you and your life habits so we both have an understanding that will help you make good decisions to empower you throughout your pregnancy.
Medical history: We will want to talk with you about your menstrual cycle, past pregnancies, personal and family history, medication use and birth control history. At this time, please don’t be afraid to bring up sensitive issues such as domestic abuse, drug/alcohol use and abortion. We promise to be understanding and discreet.
Physical exam: Your height, weight and blood pressure will be checked along with overall health. We may need to perform an internal exam as well.
Lab tests : At your first prenatal visit, lab tests might be ordered for blood work and urine cultures.
Helpful Prenatal Tips:
- Take a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin with 400-800 micrograms (400-800 mcg or 0.4-0.8 mg) of folic acid every day.
- Ask your provider before stopping any medications or starting any new ones.
- Avoid x-rays.
- Get a seasonal flu shot.
- Eat a variety of healthy foods to make sure your nutrient levels such as iron are adequate.
- Do not eat uncooked or undercooked meats or fish.
- Do not eat fish with high mercury levels including swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating.
- Gain a healthy amount of weight – work with your provider to know what that amount is.
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs.
- Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, try to get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week.
- Do not take very hot baths or use hot tubs or saunas.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Stay away from chemicals like insecticides, solvents, lead, mercury and paint.
- If you have a cat, ask us about toxoplasmosis.
Going The Extra Mile With Ultrasound
When it comes to ultrasound, we go that extra mile to ensure the absolute confidence and trust of our patients. Lifestages has taken the extra step of undergoing a rigorous evaluation process to achieve accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Few private practices become AIUM-accredited, but we are committed to a standard of excellence in care above and beyond the expected.
Types of prenatal ultrasound scans your provider may order include:
Dating ultrasound: This scan is done to establish gestational age.
Growth ultrasound: This scan determines the growth or size of the baby.
Fetal Survey at 20 weeks: This “anatomy scan” looks at the baby from head to toe — examining internal organs, heart, brain, lungs, etc., as well as limbs.
Biophysical Profile: This ultrasound evaluation is combined with an NST (nonstress test) to determine fetal health during the last trimester.