Routine prenatal care is key to your health and the health of your unborn child. When you learn you are pregnant, it is wise to begin prenatal care promptly. At UVA Obstetrics & Gynecology, we recommend scheduling an appointment to confirm your pregnancy around eight weeks after your last menstrual period. Your pregnancy will be confirmed through a blood test and/or a vaginal ultrasound. This might be your first chance to see and hear your baby's heart beating! Click here to learn more about our in-office ultrasound services.
Your confirmation appointment is the beginning of your routine prenatal care. These regular appointments throughout your pregnancy allow your doctors to monitor your health and the health of your baby. They also give you a chance to ask questions and raise concerns. For a complete prenatal care schedule, click here.
Safe foods and medications while pregnant
When you are pregnant, the foods you eat and the medicines you take can affect your unborn child. While most foods are safe during pregnancy, there are certain foods that should be avoided and others that should be eaten only in moderation. Some medications, even over-the-counter ones, can be dangerous for your unborn baby. Patients at UVA Obstetrics & Gynecology are provided with a list of safe medications during pregnancy as well as foods to avoid during pregnancy. Please click here to access food and medication information.
Concerns? In labor?
Pregnancy is exciting, but can be a stressful time as well. Everyone at UVA Obstetrics & Gynecology is here to answer your questions and hear your concerns. If you have a routine question, please call our office during business hours. If you have an urgent need or concern, or if you are in labor, call us at any time; after-hours calls will be handled by our answering service and directed to your provider as needed.