Pregnancy is an exciting time. Getting regular checkups while you are pregnant is important to ensure the health of you and your baby. Choosing your obstetric (OB) provider is an important first step, and we are honored if you chose Banner Health for your care.

What Are My Pregnancy Care Options?

We offer care options for all types of pregnancy, from the simplest to the most complex.

What Care Do I Need During a Healthy Pregnancy?

Your Banner Health OB provider will set up regular appointments based on your age, health condition and pregnancy. Your OB provider will also recommend Diagnosis for you and your baby.

What Happens at My First Appointment?

It’s important to have early and regular obstetrical care to ensure a healthy pregnancy. The first trimester (weeks 0 to 12) is an exciting time. Imagine, already all of your baby’s major organs and systems are formed during this time. That’s why your first obstetrical appointment is usually the most thorough one you’ll have.

Your OB provider will:

  • Take your complete medical history (medical conditions, surgeries, medications, menstrual period history and pregnancy history)
  • Ask about family medical history for both you and the baby’s father
  • Talk to you about what to expect during pregnancy, proper nutrition, exercise and what to avoid (alcohol, tobacco and drugs)
  • Perform a pelvic exam to check the size and position of your uterus, size and structure of your pelvic bone, and age of the fetus
  • Conduct a Pap test to check for abnormal cells
  • Collect urine and blood for testing

What Do I Do if I’m Worried?

Welcome to motherhood! Being worried is normal, but we’re here to discuss any of your concerns you may have about the changes in your body and becoming a parent.

We’re here to calm your nerves and provide the obstetrical care you need during this special time.

What Are My Options for a High-Risk Pregnancy?

Most pregnancies are healthy and uncomplicated. But sometimes you or your baby has a condition that requires closer monitoring. You may need to see a specialist in high-risk obstetrics (a maternal-fetal medicine specialist or perinatologist) for this extra care, and additional tests may be required.

Multiple Births

When you’re pregnant with more than one baby, you may need:

  • More frequent doctor visits
  • Bed rest at home or in the hospital
  • Medication to prevent premature labor
  • Medication to help your babies’ lungs develop
  • Cesarean delivery

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