Pregnancy and Prenatal Care
Methodist is home to the region’s largest practice of board-certified OB/GYNs specially trained to monitor and treat physical and emotional health issues before, during and after pregnancy. Our team of experts – including certified nurse midwives – provides personalized labor and delivery support, postpartum care, and family planning assistance.
Having a trusted relationship with a provider is essential during a woman’s reproductive years and beyond, even if she chooses not to have children. But managing fertility and pregnancy are often some of the most significant aspects of a woman’s health journey.
Establishing care early in pregnancy is paramount in ensuring the health of you and your growing baby. If you think you may be pregnant, don’t wait to contact your provider’s office.
What To Expect
Depending on your circumstances, you’ll likely see your provider:
- Every four weeks until 28 weeks gestation
- Every two weeks from 28-36 weeks
- Weekly after 36 weeks
Prenatal care can include:
- Blood and urine testing
- Careful review of your family and personal history to ensure early identification and treatment of potential complications
- Glucose screening
- Prenatal testing
Maternal age, BMI and a variety of other medical conditions can result in a pregnancy requiring a higher level of care. In this case, your provider may refer you to the maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Methodist Hospital Perinatal Center to co-manage your pregnancy.