Prenatal Clinic in Calgary
On your initial visit to our prenatal clinic, you will first meet with our clinic nurse, Teresa, who will review your medical history, the father of the baby’s medical history, and both family histories. Proper knowledge of your medical history and current physical condition is essential for us to fulfill our commitment to provide you with the best possible medical care. Other information including allergies, medications, lifestyle issues such as diet, vitamins, exercise, appropriate weight gain, smoking, alcohol, street drugs and potential occupational health issues will be discussed. Teresa will also review any blood tests and ultrasounds that you have done and arrange for further tests if required. If your family physician has not recently performed a complete physical, this will be arranged for your next visit. This initial visit may take up to 1-1.5 hours, so please plan your work and other commitments appropriately. After your visit with Teresa, you will meet with one of our physicians who will review things with you and answer any questions that you may still have.
As the weeks of your pregnancy move forward, we will discuss topics that are relevant to each stage. Such topics include nutrition, episiotomy, birth plans, and pain management in labour – to name a few. Good communication is vital to ensure that we are able to provide you with the best possible prenatal care so please ask us any questions and clarify any concerns that you may have regarding your pregnancy during your appointments. At every appointment we will check your blood pressure, weight, examine your growing abdomen, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and address your concerns and questions. These follow-up appointments are usually 10-15 minutes in duration.
FREQUENCY OF OFFICE VISITS:
1st visit to 30 weeks of pregnancy – every 4 weeks
30-36 weeks of pregnancy – every 2 weeks
36 weeks of pregnancy to delivery – weekly
Depending on the how far along you are in your pregnancy, we will discuss prenatal screening options that may be available to you. Such tests may include first trimester screening, nuchal translucency screening, a blood test and amniocentesis. None of these prenatal screens are perfect and therefore, normal screens will not guarantee a perfect baby. Each screen can only be done at certain times during a pregnancy. Screening is a very individual decision and it is not medically needed for us to manage your pregnancy. You and your partner will need to discuss the screens. Ultimately, you need to decide if the information that each test may provide would be valuable to you. For further information on this matter, please see www.earlyriskassessment.com.
An early ultrasound may be done to help determine an accurate due date. An ultrasound between 18 - 20 weeks of pregnancy is routinely done because it provides information regarding fetal anatomy and placental location. Additional ultrasounds are not ordered routinely, but may be recommended later in the pregnancy if clinically indicated. Requesting an ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby is not appropriate.