Prenatal or antenatal care is a preventive medical practice that provides necessary information to ensure you and your baby are as healthy as possible. Choosing your prenatal care provider is an important decision for your family.
Prenatal care includes check-ups to help answer any and every question you may have about your pregnancy. These visits can be scheduled with either an obstetrician or certified nurse midwife
. The Longstreet Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health recommends the following schedule for a healthy pregnancy:
Monthly visits during the first 28 weeks
Biweekly visits from week 28 until week 36
Weekly visits from week 36 until your delivery
Prenatal examinations consist of a physical exam, blood screening and ultrasounds
in order to help determine the expected due date, review of the developmental progress of your baby and assessing any potential risks to you and your baby.
Visiting your obstetrician regularly can help detect and treat possible problems early. As your pregnancy progresses, appointments will allow your physician to check the baby’s positioning and measure your stomach to see how your baby is growing.
Optional prenatal care includes childbirth education and breastfeeding classes. The Longstreet Clinic Center for Women’s Health Center for Women’s Health offers both of these options on a regular basis. Check the schedule
to register for a class.
Prenatal care is about more than regularly taking a vitamin. Our obstetricians and certified nurse-midwives
can help you understand what you can do to keep yourself and your baby healthy.
At the Center for Women’s Health, we understand that caring for a woman’s health requires more than just good “medical” care. Call (770) 297-2200 or contact us
to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians to help you with your health needs.