Pregnancy is an exciting time but can also be a time of uncertainty and anxiety. At Novant Health Today's Woman OB/GYN & Pediatrics, we are committed to delivering the prenatal care you and your unborn baby need to be as healthy as possible. We also work to answer your questions and address concerns you may have about your health or raising a child.
Prenatal care is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance. Even if you do not qualify for Medicaid when you are not pregnant, there is a chance prenatal coverage can be extended to you. Click here to learn more about Medicaid coverage for pregnant women.
Typical prenatal care schedule
As soon as you learn you are pregnant, call our office so that we can schedule your first appointment. Early prenatal care is one of the most important things you can do for your health and the health of your child. During a typical pregnancy, you will see a provider:
- Between eight and 12 weeks to diagnose pregnancy.
- Once a month between 14 weeks and 27 weeks.
- Once every two weeks between 28 weeks and 34 weeks.
- Once a week between 35 weeks and delivery.
- Once after delivery. At this visit, you will review your recovery and discuss birth control options.
If you are carrying multiples or have a health condition that makes your pregnancy high risk, your provider might request more frequent appointments.
Your first appointment will include a blood test, a urine test, a review of your health history and a physical exam. Later appointments will include measures of your weight and uterus size, a blood pressure check, a urine test and a chance to listen to your baby's heartbeat.
Ultrasounds and genetic testing will be discussed with you. These tests can identify genetic concerns or concerns related to the development of your child.
Certain blood tests are required by law to ensure your baby is protected should have an illness such as syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, HIV or group B strep. If you test positive, you will be treated as needed and precautions will be taken to prevent you from passing the illness on to your baby.
If you have Rh negative blood, you may have an antibody screen and will receive an injection of Rh immune globulin.