Receiving prenatal care early in your pregnancy is crucial to support your
health and your baby’s health. As soon as you learn you’re
pregnant, you can call the doctor’s office to schedule your first
prenatal checkups are scheduled for about the eighth week of pregnancy. If you have health
issues, unusual symptoms, or you’ve previously experienced problems
with a pregnancy, your healthcare provider may urge you to schedule a
prenatal visit sooner than this.
During prenatal checkups, your physician will conduct a physical exam,
check your vital signs, and evaluate your weight. He or she will request
a urine sample to confirm the pregnancy and check for signs of infection.
You can also expect to have a Pap test, pelvic exam, and tests for sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs). Your doctor may request a blood test to
check for potential health issues, and he or she may do an ultrasound. Additionally, you can expect your
doctor to thoroughly review your personal and family medical history,
discuss previous pregnancies, and ask about previous surgeries. This thorough
examination is necessary to evaluate the health of you and your child.
Should any medical conditions pose a potential problem, your physician
will provide guidance on managing them.
Another reason why prenatal checkups are critically important is that
they offer your doctor a chance to review your lifestyle habits. You can
expect questions regarding your alcohol consumption, physical activity
level, drug use, tobacco use, and stress level. It’s important to
be completely honest with your doctor; he or she is only concerned about
the well-being of you and your baby. Your doctor can advise you about
matters such as the amount of weight you may need to gain and the health
hazards you’ll need to avoid, such as certain environmental toxins
and dietary choices.
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group is pleased to support the health of
mothers and babies throughout our community by offering prenatal checkups
in Lee’s Summit, free of charge. During your meeting at our pediatrics
office, you’ll learn about our available services and you’ll
receive some helpful information on newborn care. Call our Lee’s
Summit location at (816) 774-4142, or call Raintree Pediatrics at (816)
525-4700 or Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520 to
schedule your checkup.