If you are planning your pregnancy, it is encouraged you have a discussion with your physician how to best prepare yourself.
Routine obstetrical care is the care of mother and developing baby. This usually includes frequent visits to the doctor's office to ensure the pregnancy is healthy. Until 30 weeks you will be having a visit every month, from 30 to 36 weeks every 2 weeks and after 36 weeks every week.
Routine investigations include:
- Standard pregnancy blood work and urine culture.
- Pap smear - if you are due as per ontario screening guideline.
- Dating ultrasound in the first trimester to help determine the due date and an ultrasound between 18-20 wks to look at fetal development.
- You will be offered an Integrated Prenatal Screening (IPS) if you are interested. For more detailed info see Patient pamflet.
- Vaginal culture for Group B strep at 35-36 weeks.
- Genetic screening will be offered to high risk patients or women older that 35 years.
We encourage a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy including balanced diet, regular exercise and average weight gain of 25 to 35 lbs for women with an ideal pre-pregnancy weight. We recommend no smoking, no illicit drug use and no alcohol. If you need help to achieve this, please let us know.
Towards the end of your pregnancy you will be asked to fill out a pre-admission to register you with Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).
Contact information Maternal and Child unit at OTMH: phone: 905-338-4638.
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