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My Pregnancy

My Pregnancy:
Care & Services

Every birth is a special event, and we’re delighted that you chose us to share this journey with you! Our commitment is to provide you with the highest level of safe, competent, and personalized care to assure the health of you and your baby.

LowCountry Women’s Specialists provides complete obstetrical care that includes prenatal visits, the delivery and a postpartum evaluation. For your convenience, prenatal labs and routine ultrasounds are performed in the office.

We proudly deliver babies at both Trident Hospital and Summerville Medical Center. Both facilities offer private labor, delivery, and recovery rooms, and have Level II nurseries.

Pregnancy By Trimester

Whether you’re just starting out on the journey into motherhood or if you’ve become the certified expert, each pregnancy is a unique experience. Use the by trimester guide below to guide you through this exciting time in your life.

First Trimester (weeks 2 - 13)

The hormones of early pregnancy may have you thinking you are on a physical and emotional roller coaster. Anxious, excited or sad? Most women may have some of these feelings in their first trimester as they get adjusted to the idea of being pregnant. Perhaps you are experiencing cramping or feeling exhausted, nauseated or bloated.

 

 

While these signs and symptoms of a healthy pregnancy are a bit uncomfortable, they are usually gone by the end of your 1st trimester. Try to keep your sense of humor and your sense of wonder as your body becomes the home for a totally unique creation – your baby.

What to expect:

❑ Need to urinate more often.

❑ Feeling very tired.

❑ Nauseated and even vomiting.

❑ Craving certain foods or loss of appetite.

❑ Heartburn or indigestion.

❑ Constipation.

❑ Feeling bloated or heavy.

❑ Gain or loss of a few pounds.

When to call:

❑ Heavy vaginal bleeding or clotting.

❑ Lighter bleeding that lasts for more than one day.

❑ The passage of grayish or pinkish tissue.

❑ Any amount of bleeding that is accompanied by cramps, fever, chills or dizziness

❑ Severe pain in abdomen.

❑ Dehydration.

❑ A fever of more than 101°F.

❑ Painful urination.

Second Trimester (weeks 14 - 27)

By the second trimester of pregnancy you are starting to feel better – your appetite is back and you have more energy, you are more mentally and emotionally adjusted to the idea of having a baby, and you are ready for the fun part of the journey.

The baby growing inside of you takes vitamins, minerals and protein away from you so eating a balanced diet and not skipping meals is vital to staying healthy during pregnancy. Try your best to avoid fatty foods and empty calories. But now and then, treat yourself to your favorite dessert or fast food meal! Savor every bite.

One of the most thrilling moments in your second trimester occurs when you begin to feel your baby moving inside you. This usually happens between 18-20 weeks. At first you may notice just a faint fluttering. Enjoy the feeling of wonder during these early days because before too long this child will be kicking and wiggling with such force that you cannot miss it!

What you may experience:

❑ Increased appetite and easing of nausea and fatigue.

❑ Abdomen beginning to expand – by the end of this trimester, the top of your uterus will be near the rib cage.

❑ Abdomen aches on one side or the other as the ligaments that support the uterus are stretched.

❑ Swelling of feet and ankles.

❑ Hip and back pain.

When to call:

❑ Heavy vaginal bleeding or clotting.

❑ Any amount of bleeding that is accompanied by pain, fever, or chills.

❑ Severe abdominal or shoulder pain.

❑ A severe or persistent headache, particularly one that is accompanied by dizziness, faintness, or visual disturbances.

❑ Dehydration.

❑ A fever of more than 101°F.

❑ Painful urination.

❑ A watery discharge from the vagina.

❑ Sudden swelling of the face, hands or feet.

❑ A significant decrease in fetal movement after the 24th week of pregnancy.

❑ The signs of premature labor: regular uterine contractions, lower back pain, a feeling of heaviness in the lower pelvis or abdomen, diarrhea, slight spotting or bleeding or a watery fluid or mucus discharge.

Third Trimester (weeks 28 - 40)

Here you are on the last leg of your journey through pregnancy. Baby is taking up most of the room in your abdomen now, reminding you with every movement that it’s time to get the nursery in order and sign up for those childbirth classes. While we understand this 3rd trimester can be physically and emotionally challenging; remaining positive and looking forward to that bundle of joy you’ll soon hold in your arms will make the wait worthwhile.

Understanding the changes you’ll experience will hopefully ease your anxiety and prepare you for the exciting weeks ahead. Remember, we’re in this together and we’re here to answer your questions and help put your mind at ease.

What you may experience:

❑ BACKACHE: As the baby grows the pelvic bone relaxes which causes lower back pain. Comfortable shoes, exercise, massage and Tylenol may help. If you’ve tried and none of these seem to work, give us a call and we’ll work with you to make you more comfortable.

❑ HEARTBURN: Heartburn is common in pregnancy and contrary to the old wives tale of your baby having a head full of hair; the growing uterus pushes the stomach out of its normal position which may contribute to heartburn. Eating smaller meals, avoiding spicy or fried foods, citrus fruits or juices, and drinking plenty of fluids may help. Tums, Rolaids or any of the meds listed on the approved medications list may also be helpful.

❑ BRAXTON HICKS CONTRACTIONS: Like the song says, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby.” These are sometimes referred to as “false labor” pains. They can begin as early as 28 weeks. We normally recommend ensuring you are well hydrated by drinking at least 32 oz of water then lying down on your left side. These contractions go away. True contractions will get stronger and closer together, even with rest.

WHEN TO CALL:

❑ Leaking fluid without control.

❑ Severe pain.

❑ Heavy bleeding.

❑ Contractions 5-7 apart for greater than 1 hour; unless you’ve been instructed differently.

What to Expect at my Visits

The list below is meant to be a general guide for a low risk, uncomplicated pregnancy. Your actual services will vary depending on you and your unique clinical needs.

First Visit

This will likely be the longest visit of your pregnancy. At this time you’ll meet your OB coordinator. She will review your patient history and give you an orientation to the practice. A “sneak peek” ultrasound will be done by one of our highly skilled, ARDMS-certified ultrasonographers. You will then meet with your physician who will perform a complete physical exam and put your mind at ease about any pending questions. You’ll finish this visit by having routine prenatal testing and scheduling your upcoming appointments. WHEW!!! This may sound like a lot but we want to make certain we have all the bases covered as we start out on this important journey together.

 

 

Click here for more information on Prenatal Testing. 1st Visit Prenatal Testing

❑ Complete blood count

❑ Blood Type, Rh factor & Antibody screening

❑ Rubella Immunity Screening

❑ Hepatitis B testing

❑ Syphilis Testing

❑ HIV Testing

❑ Cystic Fibrosis (optional)

Second Trimester

During the second trimester, you’ll typically see your physician once every four weeks unless you have problems or complications that call for more frequent checkups. During these visits we’ll check your weight and urine, measure and monitor fetal growth and of course listen for the baby’s heartbeat. If you’re anxious to know what color to buy for the nursery, you’ll be finding out during these next couple of weeks!

12-15 Weeks:

❑ Nuchal Translucency U/S

❑ NT Part I & Part II

❑ Quad Screening Click here for more information on these screenings.

18-20 Weeks:

❑ Anomaly Ultrasound

Third Trimester

In your third trimester (28 weeks through the end of your pregnancy), you’ll most likely have a checkup every two weeks from 28 to 36 weeks, then switch to once-a-week visits until you deliver. This is when things start winding down. We’ll continue to watch for fetal growth, monitor your blood pressure and urine and keep a keen eye on you and baby. You’ll visit with your OB Coordinator again to go over some last minute details and ensure we have everything together in preparation for the BIG DAY!

28-40 Weeks:

❑ Gestational Diabetes Testing

❑ Group B Strep

LowCountry Women’s specialists have been supportive and helpful in my healthcare and prenatal care. I feel comfortable knowing that if I need assistance they are quick to help.

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Education & Resources

Click here to find answers to your frequently asked questions in our My Pregnancy: Education & Resources.

Click here for more information about Labor & Delivery: Pre-registration, classes available, hospital tours & more.

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