Pregnancy Care

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.

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Congratulations!  

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.

 

Pregnancy Trimesters

 

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.

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Nutrition-During-Pregnancy

 

Postpartum Services

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:

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Postpartum-Depression

https://www.themotherbabycenter.org/care-services/after-baby-born/post-partum-services/

http://www.ppsupportmn.org/

Early Pregnancy Loss

The loss of a pregnancy within the first trimester is called an early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion.

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Early-Pregnancy-Loss

Learn more about our pregnancy services; contact us today.

Dear Dr. Teigen and the other OBGYN West staff,

We wanted to take a moment to say how thankful we are for everything you have done for us. On January 20th you helped welcomed our first baby girl into the world. Sweet, little Annabelle was supposed to be a Valentine’s baby and ended up arriving a month early. We actually got to take her home on my birthday! She is happy, healthy and definitely keeping us busy.

You have all been so wonderful and helpful during my numerous pregnancy visits and we truly appreciate how kind and welcoming everyone is.

Please help yourselves to a treat on us and thank you thank you THANK YOU!!

Dr. English is a great fertility doctor! He has a lot of knowledge & cheerfulness mixed with the perfect amount of awkward nerdiness that puts me at ease during my appts. I am a scientist to awkward nerdiness is what I do best. I typically do not prefer male OBGYNs, but the male staff here is awesome!

I love Dr. Stecher. I followed her to this practice. She was kind, efficient and knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone in need of an OBGYN. She did an incredible job on my surgery!

Dr. Weinrich is a fabulous Doctor. I had a number of procedures done by him that required hospital stays. He spent a great deal of time with me making sure that I understood everything clearly. He is personable, and competent. I would recommend him to any of my friends without hesitation. Only good things to say about him.

I love OBGYN West. Dr. Toft is caring and an excellent listener. I have been coming here for years. All the nurses, techs, PAs- everyone is always so nice and upbeat. Thank god when I switched insurance OBGYN West was still in my network!

I feel like I really matter when I visit Dr. Teigen. He understands what my needs are and how to best go about treatments. I don’t ever feel pressured. I feel optimistic about my future fertility issues, general health and well-being because of him. I am very thankful for the knowledge and professionalism that he shows.

I have been incredibly please with Dr. Larson. Her knowledge of me and my health is beyond impressive. I really feel that she had my best interest in mind and truly listens to me. The second I hear that someone is looking for an OB, I can’t wait to tell her how amazing Dr. Larson is.

My sister and I both see Dr. Johnson & have for many years. We both work in the medical prof. and have very high expectations. She exceeds our expectations. Dr. Johnson shows genuine interest in me as a patient & is also willing to engage in small talk about what’s going on in your life.

Dr. Heegaard is one of the most thorough and caring doctors around. He spends as much time as needed with you and makes you feel at ease. I just can’t say enough good things about him. You cannot go wrong seeing him.

Wonderful OB; he delivered my second baby. He is wonderful doctor who listens and is extremely knowledgeable. He makes an effort to deliver his own patients which I appreciate. He is confident and reassuring. I would highly recommend him.

Dr. English is very focused on his patients. He is very knowledgeable, kind & attentive. Exactly what a worried pregnant woman needs! I always feel important when I come to an appointment with him. I transferred from a different clinic to keep Doctor English as my provider.