Your OB Appointments
Many women use a home pregnancy test to learn they are pregnant four to six weeks after conception. Your first OB appointment should coincide with the eighth week of your pregnancy. If your pregnancy is without complications, you will see one of our obstetricians or nurse practitioners monthly until the 28th week. During weeks 28 to 35, you’ll be seen every two weeks. You’ll be seen every week from 36 weeks until delivery. At each visit, our obstetricians will monitor your baby’s growth and your overall health.
Why You Should See Each of the OBs at the Clinic You Choose
During your pregnancy, we recommend that you see each of our obstetricians because they perform deliveries at the hospital on a rotating basis. We want to make sure you’ve gotten to know all of our doctors before you go into labor.
If Your Pregnancy Is Determined to Be High-Risk
The perinatologists at Duke University Hospital will be involved in your ongoing care through your delivery. This may be the case if you are carrying multiples, have a history of pregnancy complications (miscarriage, preterm delivery, or cervical incompetence), or have a preexisting medical condition, such as heart disease, lupus, or a seizure disorder.
The CenteringPregnancy® program replaces routine individual visits with group visits of eight to 12 pregnant women who are due at about the same time. The two-hour visits include a one-on-one assessment with the provider plus group sharing and discussions. Group sessions include a facilitated discussion of pregnancy, birth, and newborn care as well as overall health, stress management, and more.
Attend a Childbirth Class, Tour the Birthing Centers
This will help you prepare for childbirth and learn what to expect afterward. You also are welcome to tour the labor and delivery units at both hospitals.
We will also see you six weeks after delivery for a post-partum checkup.