Pregnancy is an exciting experience, but we understand that it can also seem overwhelming. The doctors of Women’s Health of Augusta have been delivering babies at University Hospital and Trinity Hospital since the 1970s. We provide convenient and comprehensive care for both low risk and high risk pregnancies. All our doctors are currently seeing new low risk and high risk pregnant patients. Please contact our office today to schedule your new pregnancy appointment.
Your initial Obstetric visit allows us the opportunity to answer concerns and to individualize your care. Our office staff will help answer any insurance and financial questions you may have.
We typically schedule a confirmation of pregnancy visit around 8 weeks.
In addition to management of the normal prenatal course, we also specialize in the following obstetrical services:
- Ultrasounds for dating, growth, and fetal well-being. We also offer keepsake and 3D sonograms
- Non-stress tests to measure fetal well-being
- Screening tests for chromosomal anomalies and spina bifida
- Amniocentesis as indicated by testing or maternal age
- Cerclage for the weakened or incompetent cervix
- Management of high risk pregnancies including: pregnancies complicated by hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disease, and multiples (twins, triplets, etc.)
Thousands of women from the CSRA have entrusted us with their care during this very special time in their lives. We are honored to continue this tradition and are excited about your pregnancy
Prenatal Care Guideline
We follow ObGyn convention by assigning weeks from the 1st day of your last menstrual period. Your due date will be 40 weeks from your last menstrual period. This will be confirmed by either conception date (if known) and/or by Ultrasound.
We typically see patients every 4 weeks until approximately 30 weeks, then more frequently until the last month (weeks 36 to 40), where we see patients weekly.
We check blood pressures, weight and urine (for infection, protein, ketones and glucose) at every visit. We check hematocrit levels to assess your risk for anemia, which is common in pregnancy.
- General orientation to the practice
- Physician examination (pap smear if due)
- Assigning a due date
- Discussing prenatal vitamins
- Discussing any concerns
- Routine prenatal blood work
We perform a first trimester ultrasound to check growth, viability, number and confirm dates.
Normal symptoms include fatigue, breast tenderness and nausea. While spotting and occasional cramps are not unusual, persistent cramping or bleeding should be reported.
We check for fetal heart tones at every visit from 12 weeks.
We offer optional tests between 16 to 19 weeks:
Quadruple Screen: an optional blood test that checks 4 different chemicals in your blood that gives us an approximate risk for neural tube defects (ex: Spina bifida), some chromosomal abnormalities (ex: Down’s syndrome – Trisomy 21), and other anatomic abnormalities (ex: Omphalocele – incomplete closure of the fetal abdominal wall). If the screening test is ‘positive’, then we may perform an in-depth ultrasound evaluation, offer an amniocentesis and/or refer to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for a second opinion.
Cystic Fibrosis Test: an optional blood test that determines whether or not you are a carrier for cystic fibrosis, which can result in a severe lung disorder. If positive, we would recommend checking your partner’s carrier status and/or referring to a genetics counselor.
You’ll receive an Ultrasound at approximately 20weeks to check fetal anatomy and growth.
During this time, we will measure uterine growth at every visit and listen to the fetal heart beat.
At approximately 28 weeks, you will take the screening blood test for Diabetes in pregnancy. We usually schedule this visit in the morning. You will have a fasting blood glucose level drawn, a sugary drink administered, and another blood level drawn an hour later. If this screening test is positive, we then administer a more accurate and more involved 3 hour Glucose tolerance test another day.
For women who are Rh- (Ex: A ‘negative’ blood type like A-, B-, O- and AB-), you will receive your first Rhogam injection (to decrease the chance of building up antibodies against future pregnancies) at 28 weeks; the second injection will be administered after delivery.
Normal symptoms during this time include uterine cramping (braxton-hicks contractions), back pain, and heartburn. If you have more than six contractions per hour that are persisting and increasing despite rest and fluids, please notify us.
Normal symptoms include lower abdominal pressure, contractions and fatigue. As your cervix thins, you may have some vaginal spotting. If you have any vaginal bleeding, a sudden gush of fluid (possible rupture of the membranes), or your baby is not moving, call your doctor. Labor varies from person to person. If you have contractions increasing in frequency to every ~ 5 minutes apart, lasting longer each time, with increasing intensity for at least 1 – 2 hours, then please call us.
Typically around 35-37 weeks, we will do a Group B streptococcus Culture. This a vaginal culture to screen for fairly common vaginal bacteria that can cause serious infections in newborns (ex: pneumonia). If positive, we will treat with I.V. antibiotics during labor.