The Importance of Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. Regularly coming into our La Jolla office during your pregnancy allows our medical team to monitor your baby’s health, development, and growth at different stages of the birthing process—all steps that help to fortify the health of your child. Read on to learn more about what the doctors at Children's Clinic La Jolla can do for you!
What Happens During Prenatal Visits?
Some of the things that happen during a routine prenatal visit include:
- Gathering a urine sample
- Checking your blood pressure
- Taking your weight
- Measuring your abdomen
- Listening to the baby’s heartbeat
- Checking if you are dilated (during the last weeks of pregnancy)
Some prenatal visits also include an ultrasound, which makes it possible to observe your baby’s growth and development. The first ultrasound is often scheduled for around the eighth week of pregnancy. The due date can be determined or confirmed during this ultrasound. A second ultrasound is usually scheduled for around the 20th week of pregnancy. The doctor will check that your baby is growing and developing at the proper rate. At this time, it is also possible to determine the sex of your baby, if you wish.
How Often are Prenatal Visits Needed?
You will have several prenatal visits in La Jolla throughout your pregnancy. Most pregnant women in good health come in for prenatal appointments approximately every four weeks during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. The frequency of visits changes to every two to three weeks after the 28th week of pregnancy. During the last month of pregnancy, prenatal visits occur weekly until the baby is born.
Give Us a Call!
Prenatal visits are an important way you can begin caring for your baby before birth. They also provide an exciting opportunity to bond with your baby as you hear your baby’s heartbeat or see your little one on the screen during an ultrasound. For prenatal visits in La Jolla, schedule an appointment with the Children’s Clinic La Jolla by calling the office at (858) 459-5437.