Pregnancy is a transformative time in your life, filled with changes that trigger lots of questions and sometimes concerns. Dr. Judy Wei at Capri Medical is available to offer answers and guidance while providing expert medical care throughout your pregnancy and delivery. If you’re at any stage of pregnancy, need prenatal care, or you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call their office in Irvine, California, or schedule an appointment online for a thorough exam.
The first prenatal visit usually occurs between weeks six and nine of your pregnancy. During your first appointment, you’ll get a pelvic exam, standard blood work and a urinalysis are ordered, and you may get an early pelvic ultrasound. This is also a good time to discuss issues that affect the health of you and your baby such as:
Prenatal appointments are scheduled once a month until you reach your third trimester. You’ll schedule appointments every two weeks up to week 36, then your doctor at Capri Medical sees you weekly until your baby is delivered.
If any concerns arise, or if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may have more frequent prenatal exams to keep a close watch on the health of you and your baby. During each prenatal appointment, your baby’s growth and heart rate are checked, as well as your weight and blood pressure.
At specific times throughout your pregnancy, you’ll get routine blood and urine tests to monitor your health. Though there are a variety of different tests, they fall into these broad categories:
The California first trimester screening test is done around weeks 10-14 of your pregnancy. This screening uses blood tests and a first-trimester ultrasound to determine whether your baby is at risk for birth defects such as Down syndrome or an open neural tube defect.
Genetic screening tests only reveal your potential risk for birth defects. If the screening shows a concern or you have a family history of genetic disorders, you may decide to get genetic testing, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, to verify the presence of a genetic disorder.
You may receive an early, first-trimester ultrasound, or you may receive one around 18-20 weeks to screen for genetic defects. These ultrasounds, however, are diagnostic – they aren’t the ultrasound most parents anticipate that shows their baby’s features and often reveals the baby’s sex. This formal ultrasound is performed during the second trimester around weeks 20 to 23.