Whether you’re planning for your first child or adding another bundle of joy to your growing family, we’re always prepared and delighted to be part of this exciting journey. To schedule your first visit, just give us a call and make an appointment. Your first visit may take a bit longer than subsequent ones. There’s a lot to learn! We’ll want to take a complete medical history and do some lab tests. This should take about an hour. (Please arrive about 15 minutes early so we can get all the preliminary paperwork done in advance and keep you on schedule.) At the end of the first trimester you’ll have another appointment for a complete pelvic exam and to answer any new questions you may have. The follow-up visits won’t be as long, but as you get closer to your due date, we’ll want to see you more often. At any visit, please don’t hesitate to let the doctor or nurse know if you have any questions or concerns. The better we know your needs, the more effectively we can help you.
Our providers deliver at two hospitals, Fairview Southdale and Ridgeview Medical Center.
Whether this is your first baby or your adding to your family it is an exciting time. All of us at OBGYN West are proud you have chosen our clinic to take care of you and your baby through this exciting and special journey. Our physicians will work with you to tailor a birth plan that supports your needs.
Early Pregnancy Appointments
Most pregnant women have between 10-15 prenatal visits. Typically you will visit the doctor every four weeks during the first trimester. Your initial prenatal visit will be the longest appointment. The first visit will include family history information, labs, and an ultrasound. We will also go over what to expect for those that are experiencing motherhood for the first time. We encourage you to write down any questions that you may have about your pregnancy and prenatal care.
First Trimester (less than 14 weeks)
The first trimester begins on the first day of your last period. It is not uncommon to be five or six weeks pregnant by the time you realize that you are pregnant. Most women receive two ultrasound scans. The first scan is during the first trimester to confirm the due date.
Second Trimester (14-27 weeks)
The second trimester is referred to as the “honeymoon stage.” Typically, the nausea subsides, emotions even out, and sex drive returns. You also start to feel the baby’s first movements. Typically you will have another ultrasound around 18 weeks to confirm normal anatomy.
During the second trimester you may experience physical changes such as growing belly and breasts, Braxton Hicks contractions, skin changes, leg cramps and vaginal discharge.
Third Trimester (greater than 27 weeks)
At this stage of your pregnancy you may be feeling uncomfortable, but you are nearing the finish line of your pregnancy. You start to look into childbirth classes, prepare for your maternity leave, and get the nursery ready for your newest addition. Your body is working hard to help your baby fully develop and you may find yourself feeling tired.
Pregnancy and Nutrition
When you are pregnant it is important to eat healthy. You need more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid prior to becoming pregnant. The foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Education
As you approach the final weeks of your pregnancy, Sarah Talbott, PA-C, would like to meet with you to help you begin preparing to breastfeed your new baby. Starting after 28 weeks, Sarah will complete your routine prenatal care, then discuss breastfeeding basics. Topics will include: the “golden hour”, the “proper latch”, how to know when your baby is hungry, pumping, and more. Sarah will help you set attainable breastfeeding goals.
Starting later this year, Sarah will be offering group Prenatal Breastfeeding Education classes. Stay tuned for more information.
Moms say that breastfeeding is rewarding, but can also be challenging. If you have concerns such as your baby’s latch, or weight, or if you are experiencing breast or nipple pain, consider making an appointment with Sarah Talbott. Sarah will observe a breastfeeding session with you and give you suggestions to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.
Helpful Breastfeeding Resources
La Leche League- https://www.llli.org
MN Department of Health- https://www.health.state.mn.us/breastfeeding
Obstetrical care does not end at the time of your delivery. OBGYN West providers provide a variety of postpartum support. Below are some helpful links:
Early Pregnancy Loss
The loss of a pregnancy within the first trimester is called an early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion.