Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Let’s work together to make sure your baby is healthy.
First things first:
- It’s time to give up tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and any other recreational drugs
- Cut back on the caffeine (no more than 2 cups a day)
- Give up the hot tub until after your baby is born
- Start your prenatal vitamins and make sure they contain folic acid
- Clean up your diet – that means cutting back on processed foods with added sugar and saturated fats and add in more fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as protein
Schedule your first visit with us between your 8th and 10th week of pregnancy, unless of course you experience problems such as bleeding, or severe abdominal pain.
Our OB-GYNs have regular office hours at our Centers for Primary Care in Green Valley, Hilborn Road (evening hours) and Vacaville. Ask when you schedule if those locations are more convenient for you.
What to expect…
Welcome to the Center for Women’s Health! At this group orientation visit you will complete a comprehensive health history form and meet with our LVN who will go over what to expect during your prenatal care and delivery with us.
You will meet with one of our OB-GYN’s or a nurse practitioner who will review your medical and family history with you, order labs and perform a confirmation of pregnancy ultrasound to assess dating and answer any other questions you may have.
One of our OB-GYN’s or a nurse practitioner (NP) will perform a physical exam and get you scheduled for the remainder of your prenatal visits.
You will see us monthly at this point. At these visits we will monitor the progress of your pregnancy, measuring the growth of your baby and checking the fetal heart beats. When you are close to 20 weeks you will have a more comprehensive ultrasound which will allow us to make sure your baby is growing appropriately. Between 24 and 28 weeks, we will check your blood sugar level with a glucose tolerance test.
We will want to check on you every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then every week until you deliver. Your doctor or NP will continue to monitor your progress checking your blood pressure, fetal heart beats, weight gain, and the growth of your baby. As you get closer to your due date, we will help you get ready for the big day, checking on the position of your baby and making sure you know what to expect during your labor and delivery. It’s time to sign up for prenatal classes and start working on your birth plan. And don’t forget to choose a pediatrician for your new baby!
Our parenthood seminars, ranging from preparing for childbirth to caring for your newborn, are offered free of charge to moms who are planning their delivery at NorthBay Medical Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
We try to schedule you with the same provider; there may be times you will be scheduled with a different provider, based on the provider's availability and your particular needs.
Our providers collaborate with a High Risk Obstetrician from UCSF on a monthly basis. This same High Risk group from UCSF comes to our clinic twice a month to provide care for our High Risk Patients. Occasionally we refer patients out if higher level of care is needed.
You can choose your pediatrician anytime. Here is a link to information about NorthBay Medical Group pediatricians. The staff at mother/baby will help to schedule your baby's 1st pediatric appointment.
We are strong advocates of breastfeeding. We will talk with you at every visit (and give you reading material) on the benefits of breastfeeding. We offer classes taught by lactation consultants. You will meet with a lactation consultant during your hospital stay; and if you need additional support once you are home with your baby, those same consultants are available to you.
On your first visit with the OB-GYN provider, they will perform an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and assess due date. We will schedule an ultrasound again at 20 weeks gestation.
Yes, we do depending on your medical history. Our prenatal providers will help you determine if a VBAC is right for you.
Yes, we recommend a prenatal vitamin with Folic Acid. We also recommend Calcium and/or Vitamin D if indicated.
If your pre-pregnancy weight is:
- Healthy: 25-35 lbs weight gain
- Underweight: 28-40 lbs weight gain
- Overweight: 15-25 lbs weight gain
- Obese: 11-20 lbs weight gain
Pregnancy or gestational diabetes (also known as GDM) is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy, usually during the second trimester. Approximately 7 percent to 14 percent of all pregnant women develop it. At the Center for Women’s Health, we perform a glucose screen for all pregnant women at 24-28 weeks of pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes.
If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, we’ll schedule you with a dietitian who works in our office who will help you to learn ways to control your blood sugar and avoid complications during pregnancy and delivery.
You are at a higher risk for having gestational diabetes (GDM) again. We will order lab tests an monitor your blood sugar levels.
Yes. You will need to sign your authorization 30 days before you deliver. We recommend completing the paperwork at the beginning of your third trimester.