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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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Prenatal Care (Overview)

Prenatal care refers to the recommended medical care to be received while a woman is pregnant, leading up to the birth.


Dr. Brian Enggano
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
7 years in practice
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What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do? .

Dr. Brian Enggano
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
7 years in practice
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What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do?

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Many: Every pregnant woman will be screened for blood type/screen, anemia, kidney function, diabetes, gbs, rubella, and stds (gonorrhea, chlamydia, hiv, hep b, syphilis). You will also undergo screening for fetal ntds and chromosomal abnormalities. Your urine will be checked for infection and an ultrasound will be performed to evaluate your baby. These are the main "tests" that you will undergo. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
595 doctors shared insights

Prenatal Care (Overview)

Prenatal care refers to the recommended medical care to be received while a woman is pregnant, leading up to the birth.


Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
478K people helped
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What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do? .

Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
478K people helped
What kinds of tests are involved with prenatal care? I'm just starting prenatal care and am wondering what kinds of tests i will have to do?

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See your doctor: Prenatal care involves multiple tests to assure a healthy pregnancy. You will need blood tests for anemia, tests for sexually transmitted diseases, blood typing, rubella immunity as well as ultrasounds, and additional screening for genetic conditions and diabetes. These tests are done at different times in your pregnancy based on how far your pregnancy has progressed. ...Read more

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
11M people helped
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What are some of the obstacles to good prenatal care in rural country?

Dr. Miguel Cano
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
11M people helped
What are some of the obstacles to good prenatal care in rural country?

Availability: The biggest obstacle is availability of board-certified physicians. You also need a certified hospital, obstetrically trained staff, 24/7 anesthesia & surgical services, and neonatal services. Without the above it's difficult to provide quality & safe care & many women have to travel far to reach specialty care. Even in low-risk patients, complications occur unexpectedly & a doc better be ready. ...Read more

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Dr. Donna Wilkins
Board Certified, Neonatology
41 years in practice
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What is prenatal care like?

Dr. Donna Wilkins
Board Certified, Neonatology
41 years in practice
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What is prenatal care like?

Prenatal care: Prenatal care is seeing a nurse practitioner or physician during a pregnancy monthly until about 36 weeks gestation then weekly if there are no medical issues. Weight gain, BP check, fetal heart rate and any maternal concerns are discussed at each visit. A sonogram may be done to see if the fetus is growing properly. Blood work is usually done the first visit and culture for gbs at 36 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
Board Certified, Clinical Genetics
41 years in practice
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Is it okay if I don't get prenatal care?

Dr. Richard Roberts
Board Certified, Clinical Genetics
41 years in practice
184K people helped
Is it okay if I don't get prenatal care?

Ok if you don't mind: dying from preventable short- or long-term avoidable complications, or have serious fetal problems go untreated, which otherwise can cause fetal death. The serious complication and death rate for pregnancy has decreased enormously in the past century because of huge breakthroughs in prenatal care. You are entitled to choose 17th century prenatal care, but I personally would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What are some prenatal care obstacles?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
What are some prenatal care obstacles?

Prenatal Care: Some females may be unaware of the need for prenatal care. Some may live in rural areas and have difficulty accessing care. Some females don't obtain care in a timely manner as they are not aware they are pregnant. Transportation can be an issue. Some areas offer free prenatal services for women who are impoverished. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Board Certified, Psychiatry
25 years in practice
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I am due soon. Drs wont see me im too far along, don't take my insurance or no appts soon. What do I do. Im being denied prenatal care. Found out late.

Dr. Andrew Ho
Board Certified, Psychiatry
25 years in practice
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I am due soon. Drs wont see me im too far along, don't take my insurance or no appts soon. What do I do. Im being denied prenatal care. Found out late.

Still ok, because: In the old days, no one got prenatal care, women still had child-births. You already had 6 births, so you should be able to draw from prior experiences. The difference is higher risk, that is why prenatal care is highly recommended. Ask your doctor what he/she recommends in your situation. Even if no ob/gyn doctor will take you now, you can ask your primary care or family medicine doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. David Doucette
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
34 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: routine prenatal care?

Dr. David Doucette
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
34 years in practice
274K people helped
What is the definition or description of: routine prenatal care?

Pregnancy care: Routine prenatal care is professional medical care provided to a woman throughout a normal pregnancy. It must meet accepted standards and practices as established by appropriate accrediting bodies and implies regular medical visits and complete compliance by the patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
478K people helped
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Is it possible to know the date a woman conceived, when they go in for the start of prenatal care?

Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
478K people helped
Is it possible to know the date a woman conceived, when they go in for the start of prenatal care?

We can estimate: Conception is normally about two weeks after the start of a period. If an ultrasound is performed early in pregnancy the date of conception may be estimated as two weeks. For example if the ultrasound says that the pregnancy is 8 weeks along, conception could be estimated 6 weeks earlier. ...Read more

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Dr. Dale Kristle
Board Certified, Gynecology
35 years in practice
2M people helped
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What to do if I have a doctors appointment next week for prenatal care and i was just wondering what they will do?

Dr. Dale Kristle
Board Certified, Gynecology
35 years in practice
2M people helped
What to do if I have a doctors appointment next week for prenatal care and i was just wondering what they will do?

Gyn exam: they should talk to you about the pregnancy, exam you and have blood tests done; sometimes an ultrasound ...Read more

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