Pregnancy

Pregnancy Specialist
FemCare OB-GYN offers care for patients in Miami, Florida before, during, and following pregnancy.

Pregnancy Q & A

FemCare OB/Gyn

When Should a Patient Schedule Her First Prenatal Visit?

A woman should schedule her first prenatal appointment as soon as she thinks she is pregnant. If possible, the partner of the patient should be included in the first visit. Patients should expect this first visit to last up to an hour and a half.

What Happens During the First Visit?

Medical history - past pregnancies, menstrual cycle and gynecological history, current medications in use, family and personal medical history, and lifestyle choices (use of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol) are investigated.

Physical exam - BMI or Body Mass Index, is determined so the doctor can advise the recommended weight gain a mother needs for a healthy pregnancy. Blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate are recorded. The doctor examines the vagina and cervix (opening to the uterus) in order that their changes in size confirm future stages of pregnancy.

Blood work is ordered to determine:

  • Hemoglobin measurement - Low hemoglobin indicates unhealthy red blood cells that cause anemia in the mother.
  • Infection immunity - Rubella and chickenpox are checked for unless the mother has a documented medical history of natural immunity or can provide proof of vaccination
  • Blood type - This includes checking Rh status.
  • Exposure to other infections - Tests may be done to check for syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and HIV.

What Follow-Up Visits Will Be Scheduled?

These usually occur about every four weeks during the first trimester in order to check a patient’s blood pressure and weight and allow time for the patient to ask any questions she might have. As the second trimester begins, an examination often allows for the mother to hear her child’s heartbeat.

Patients are always encouraged to any questions they might have regardless of how uncomfortable or embarrassing they may be. Help is always available whenever our patients need it.

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FemCare OB/Gyn
7800 S.W. 87th Avenue
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Miami, FL 33173