Tennessee Women’s Care team of board certified obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in normal and high risk pregnancies supported by in-office prenatal screenings, advanced ultrasound capabilities and postpartum care.
Beginning with your initial appointment to confirm your pregnancy, through the prenatal care visits, ultrasounds, labor, delivery and follow-up you can be assured in knowing that you and your baby receive the best possible care throughout. Below is a summary of general services you can expect as part of your pregnancy care.
Prenatal Lab Work:
During early pregnancy the following routine blood tests are typically 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, hepatitis B and iron levels.
- 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 1 hour later. This test is required unless you are currently being treated for diabetes.
- HIV screening test: a blood test that is performed at approximately 24- 28 weeks. This test is required.
- Hemoglobin: is done routinely between 24 and 28 weeks into pregnancy to determine the need for supplemental iron. This test is required.
During your pregnancy there are typically at least two ultrasounds conducted as part of routine pregnancy care.
Prenatal Routine Schedule of Appointments established typically as follows:
- 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.
Your doctor may choose to see you more frequently if you are experiencing complications or if the pregnancy is considered high risk.