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Prenatal Care Specialist

Arizona Women's Specialists -  - OBGYN

Arizona Women's Specialists

OBGYNs located in Phoenix, AZ & Glendale, AZ

Motherhood is such an important time in a woman’s life. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, Hetal Shah, MD, Luminita Iacob, PA-C, and Julie Denton, FNP-C, at Arizona Women's Specialists, can provide the expert prenatal care you expect. Call the office in Glendale or Phoenix, Arizona, or schedule your prenatal care appointment online today.

Prenatal Care Q&A

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care refers to the regular office visits with your provider at Arizona Women's Specialists during your pregnancy. Getting early and regular prenatal care ensures both you and your baby stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. 

If you’re pregnant or think you’re pregnant, contact Arizona Women's Specialists right away to schedule your first prenatal appointment. This appointment is usually scheduled about eight weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period.

Prenatal care services at Arizona Women's Specialists include regular visits with your provider, ultrasounds, and lab tests. 

What happens during my first prenatal care visit?

Your first prenatal care visit at Arizona Women's Specialists is usually the longest. During this visit, your provider asks detailed questions about your personal gynecological, medical, and sexual history, as well as your family history. They also ask about your partner’s medical, sexual, and family history. 

Your provider performs a physical, pelvic, and breast exam, and a Pap smear, and runs blood and urine tests. They check your height and weight and calculate your due date.

Your provider spends time talking to you about what you can expect during your pregnancy and prenatal care and answers all of your questions. 

How often do I need prenatal care?

Regular prenatal care visits are an important part of your pregnancy. These visits give you and your provider an opportunity to talk about your concerns and monitor your and your baby’s health. 

The frequency of your prenatal care visits depends on your stage of pregnancy and whether your pregnancy is normal or high-risk. In general, you need prenatal care:

  • Monthly from week eight to week 28 of your pregnancy
  • Twice a month from week 29 to week 36 of your pregnancy
  • Weekly from week 36 until you give birth

During a normal pregnancy, you can expect 14-15 office visits, and with a high-risk pregnancy, 16 or more office visits. 

What are the prenatal care tests?

The Arizona Women's Specialists team performs a number of prenatal care tests throughout your pregnancy. Standard tests include:

  • Prenatal profile (comprehensive blood work)
  • First trimester screening
  • Genetic profile
  • Glucose tolerance test for gestational diabetes
  • Urinalysis 

Arizona Women's Specialists also provides ultrasound testing as part of your prenatal care. The OB/GYN practice has one of the most advanced ultrasound machines available, allowing the team to send ultrasound pictures to your phone through text messaging.

Arizona Women's Specialists provides comprehensive prenatal care. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.