What to expect from your Obstetric appointments

What to expect from your Obstetric appointmentsPrenatal care is important for expectant mothers and the health of their child. Choosing a provider is essential to helping you navigate all the questions, concerns and excitement of pregnancy. Guthrie provides prenatal care in Sayre, Towanda and Troy Pa; and Corning and Waverly, N.Y.

Your first appointment:

Your first prenatal visit is a very exciting appointment. You will talk with your provider about your medical history, expectations, prenatal vitamins; you will also be able to ask any questions you may have. Your provider will order blood work to check your blood type. A pelvic exam will be performed to evaluate any changes in your cervix and the size of your uterus. This can help determine how many weeks pregnant you are.

Your blood pressure and weight will be monitored at every visit. A urine sample will also be requested at every appointment to test protein, glucose and for signs of a bladder, urinary tract or kidney infection. Your provider will listen to your baby’s heartbeat using a Doppler instrument and monitor your baby’s growth by measuring from the top of your uterus to your pubic bone.

In your third trimester you will be tested for group B streptococcus. This is a common bacterium that's usually harmless in adults but can cause babies to become seriously ill. Your provider will swab your lower vagina and send the sample for testing. If the sample is positive you'll be given intravenous antibiotics during labor to protect your baby from the bacterium.