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Your Pregnancy Journey

Congratulations! If this is your first pregnancy or if you will be delivering your second or third child, we are excited to be part of your pregnancy journey. If you think you are pregnant or have taken a test at home, please call our OB/Gyn clinic to schedule your first appointment.

Your First Visit

Your first appointment will take place around week 7-9 of your pregnancy. This visit will take about an hour and will be your most extensive visit. You will review your medical history with your doctor and will learn more about your estimated due date. During your first visit you will have the following screenings done:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood work
  • Breast exam
  • Pap smear
  • Pelvic exam
  • Pregnancy test
  • Ultrasound
  • Urine screen
  • Weight

Second Visit

Your second visit will take place about a month after your first appointment unless you are having issues or have a high-risk pregnancy. During this visit you:

  • Sit down with a staff member to pre-register for delivery day
  • Discuss genetic testing options for chromosome abnormalities

High-Risk Pregnancy Care

A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the mother or the developing baby (or both) is at an increased risk for complications during pregnancy or after birth. Expectant moms with high blood pressure, diabetes, seizure disorders, auto-immune diseases and blood disorders are most treated by a maternal fetal medicine physician in partnership with their obstetrician. Our maternal fetal medicine physicians also manage illnesses for the baby including possible birth defects, genetic syndromes, heart arrhythmias, blood disorders and infections.

If you’re experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center is uniquely prepared to care for you and your baby every step of the way. The Birth Center is backed by the extensive resources of Baton Rouge General’s full-service hospital, including adult and pediatric subspecialists like maternal-fetal medicine and neonatologists. In the event a newborn requires intensive care services, parents can rest assured their little one will be well taken care of in a Certified Level 3 Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.