Whether this is your first or your fifth pregnancy, it will be an exciting time filled with much anticipation. Included in this section of the website will be resources to help you during your pregnancy. We have provided information about our practice, childbirth classes, hospital tours, and many other pregnancy related topics.
We are glad that you have chosen us to take care of you during this very special time. Please feel free to ask any questions at any time. This information is provided to answer some commonly asked questions. If you need to inquire about starting prenatal vitamins or Folic Acid please call our office.
During pregnancy, you will usually be seen for regular visits every four weeks until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until delivery. You may either rotate among the providers or may see just one or two of them as you wish.
We do take turns being on-duty in the hospital, and when you are in labor or have a problem, the person on-call will take care of you. We deliver only at Chester County Hospital and so we are always in attendance there.
There will be several routine tests done to assess the health of you and the baby:
- Standard blood pregnancy profile
- Pap smear
- Cultures at your first visit
- Blood tests for diabetes and anemia
- A vaginal culture for Group B beta strep
- Cystic Fibrosis carrier status screening
- Ashkenazi Jew (Tay-Sachs and other disorders more common in this group of individuals)
- Sequential Screening - a two part non-invasive screening test which is initiated between 10 and 13 weeks gestation. It screens for Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18 and open neural tube defects such as spina bifida. A
- Amniocentesis will be offered as needed for women 35 or over or for any woman who has other risk factors for genetic abnormalities.
- We offer everyone a routine screening ultrasound at 20-22 weeks.
- This test is not always covered by insurance. Please check with your plan.
We encourage you to take care of yourself during the pregnancy; that means a balanced diet, regular exercise and an average weight gain of 20-35 lbs. for women with an ideal pre-pregnancy weight. It also means no smoking or illegal drug use. No alcohol intake is the safest advice. If you have problems in any of these areas, we are happy to help you. Unfortunately, violence and abuse is all too common in women's lives, especially during pregnancy. Please bring this to our attention if it is a part of your life.