Please call to schedule an obstetrical visit as soon as you suspect you may be pregnant. Your first obstetrical visit will occur at 8-10 weeks of your pregnancy.
During early pregnancy the following routine blood tests are conducted:
Prenatal bloodwork: consists of a complete blood count, with differential, blood type, and antibody screen to determine Rh factor as well as screenings for rubella, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B.
Triscreen/Alpha Feto-protein: a blood test performed at approximately 16 weeks into pregnancy to detect specific abnormalities. This test is optional.
Glucose screening test: a blood test performed at approximately 24 - 28 weeks into pregnancy to determine if you are at risk for gestational diabetes. You will be given a 50-gram Glucola drink when you arrive for your appointment and a blood sample will be drawn after 1 hour.
Cystic Fibrosis testing (optional)
Routine Schedule of Appointments:
Every 4 weeks until the 32nd week of pregnancy
Every 2 weeks from the 32nd to 36th week of pregnancy
Every week from 36 weeks until delivery
Ultrasounds are usually performed at 8-10 weeks and 20 weeks