Your prenatal exams play a very important role in helping you and your baby stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy. During the exam, your blood pressure and weight will be measured and recorded, and your belly will be measured as well. You'll probably need to provide a urine sample so it can be evaluated for infections and glucose levels. You may also have blood work ordered, and depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, an ultrasound may be performed to monitor your baby's growth and development. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, other tests may be ordered or performed during your exam. And finally, you'll receive guidance about how to stay healthy and what to expect during the next few weeks of your pregnancy.
During the first seven months or 28 weeks of your pregnancy, you'll need to have a prenatal exam every month. After that, you'll have an exam every two weeks until the 36th week, then every week until delivery. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you'll probably need to be seen more frequently.
High-risk pregnancies are pregnancies in which either the baby or mother faces certain types of risks that can have an impact on pregnancy or delivery. There are many causes of high-risk pregnancies, including:
diabetes that's present when you become pregnant or that develops while you're pregnant (gestational diabetes)
high blood pressure that's present when you become pregnant or that develops while you're pregnant (hypertension of pregnancy)
being pregnant with multiples
smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs
a history of multiple miscarriages
presence of some diseases
Women with these and other conditions associated with high-risk pregnancies will need to have more frequent office exams and monitoring.
Please always verify we participate in your insurance plan when you call to schedule your appointment as our participation with different plans may change from time to time. We also strongly recommend that you contact your insurance carrier to verify your coverage, benefits, limitations and exclusions prior to appointment.
For insurance plans with which we participate, we will seek to obtain verification of your eligibility. However, even when coverage, benefits, and eligibility are verified, your insurance plan will not guarantee the accuracy of their confirmation.
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