A pregnancy panel will be drawn at or near your first visit. It includes blood typing, Rh factor, complete blood count, syphilis, hepatitis, and rubella.
If your blood type is Rh negative, a RhoGam injection will be given at 28 weeks to prevent fetal anemia and death in subsequent pregnancies.
An HIV test is offered and highly recommended by the American College of Gynecologists.
At 20 weeks, a comprehensive fetal ultrasound is performed. The purpose is to evaluate placental and fetal anatomy. If desired, the sex can also be determined at this time.
Around 24 – 28 weeks, you will have a Gestational Diabetes screening test. On the morning of the test, eat a breakfast with protein and avoid carbohydrates. At your visit, you’ll drink a sugary drink and we’ll test your glucose level an hour later. If abnormal, you’ll have a 3 hour confirmatory test within the following week. The 3 hour test requires that you fast: nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the test.
Two vaccinations are recommended during pregnancy. Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) is given at 28 weeks to protect the fetus from the whooping cough after delivery. It is recommended that family members, including the father of the baby and grandparents, be vaccinated too. The flu vaccine is administered during the flu season: October to March. Please see resources below: