You and Your Baby – Pregnancy and Delivery


 
The First Trimester

The first three months (up to 13 weeks) of your pregnancy is known as the first trimester and is a very important time in your baby's development. While it is difficult to control development at this early stage, providing the right environment for the embryo is most desirable and can be best accomplished by adopting a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition. 

Several blood tests are typically obtained early in pregnancy – some routine and others are ordered for particular concerns that have been identified. Other tests are performed only after you decide that they would be useful to you.

Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics prior to and after each of your office visits during the first trimester.

 
First Trimester Warning Signs

Please call us if you experience any of the following warning signs during weeks one through 13 of your pregnancy (first trimester):

Possible signs of an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy or miscarriage:

  • Persistent cramping or severe abdominal pain
  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Passage of clots or tissue
  • Faintness or dizziness

Excessive nausea and vomiting, including:    

  • Unable to keep food or liquids down for more than 48 hours
  • Passing dark urine only 2-3 times a day
  • Increased dry mouth

Signs and symptoms of an infection: 

  • Temperature above 100.4 degrees
  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Severe or persistent diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge


The Second Trimester

Weeks 14 through 26 of your pregnancy are known as the second trimester. At the beginning of this stage, the fetus is still quite small but has a very recognizable human appearance. It is also during the second trimester that many women feel the baby move for the first time. Office visits continue at four week intervals, and many women will usually have their first ultrasound and peek at their baby. You may enjoy and experience increased energy and comfort during the second trimester as well!

Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics prior to and after each of your office visits during the second trimester.

The Third Trimester and Labor and Delivery

The third trimester consists of weeks 26 through 40 or until your delivery. Your baby is now growing and maturing rapidly to prepare for life outside the womb. Your office visits will pick up in frequency towards the end of this trimester, monitoring you closely as your body prepares for labor and delivery.

Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics prior to and after each of your office visits during the third trimester.

 

Postpartum Care
You’ve spent the last nine months preparing for the delivery and arrival of your child. The baby’s here, now what?

Below are links and resources to learn more about these important topics regarding life after your baby is born.

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