Prenatal care is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy for both mother and baby. At Women’s Health Center of Clarksville, William McIntosh, MD, and Lisa McIntosh, MD, offer top quality prenatal care to expectant mothers in and around Clarksville, Tennessee. If you’re planning to welcome a new member to your family, call to set up your first prenatal visit today.
Prenatal Q & A
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is the medical care you receive during pregnancy. It’s intended to support the health of both you and your baby. Prenatal care is an important part of your journey to motherhood.
In fact, widespread availability of prenatal care and advanced diagnostic and treatment services are part of why maternal and infant mortality rates have declined so precipitously in recent generations.
What happens during prenatal care appointments?
Your first prenatal care appointment at the Women’s Health Center of Clarksville is a bit longer than later visits. You sit down with your obstetrician to discuss your personal and family health history as well as your current lifestyle and experience with previous pregnancies.
They gather information about your vital signs and add them to your medical record. They may ask you to provide blood and/or urine samples. If there are any areas of concern, additional screening tools may be needed.
Your first prenatal visit is also when your doctor estimates your due date, and you learn the schedule for future visits.
During subsequent visits, your obstetrician performs screenings to check for any abnormalities or signs of distress in both you and your child. Best of all, these visits are your opportunity to express any concerns you have about pregnancy and childbirth and to ask questions.
What types of prenatal screenings are available?
There are many different tools your Women’s Health Center of Clarksville provider can use to track your child’s development. You won’t need all of those tests, but it can be comforting to know what’s available. Some of those options include:
- Chorionic villus sampling
- Cell-free fetal DNA testing
- Maternal blood screening
Many tests look for signs of genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. Your doctor advises you on which screenings are right for you.
When should I schedule my initial prenatal exam?
The best time to begin care is actually before you get pregnant. That timing allows your doctor to check that your body is ready for the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth.
Otherwise, schedule your initial exam as soon as you find out you’re expecting. Once you begin prenatal care, your obstetrician advises you on the scheduling for future visits. If you have a high-risk pregnancy (maternal age over 35, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, etc.), you may need to come in more frequently.
When you’re ready to get started, set up a prenatal care visit at Women’s Health Center of Clarksville.
You are always welcome to call to speak with a member of the administrative staff to ask questions or book an appointment.