Older woman holding potted flowers in greenhouse garden
OBGYN Services

Overview of Prenatal Care in Dallas, TX

Prenatal Care Calendar from Dr. Shimer

Every pregnancy is different, but certain tests and treatments are recommended for women during different stages. From conception through your third trimester, we’re with you every step of the way. Typically, we will perform the following:

Initial Visit

About 12 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Discuss prenatal laboratory testing
  • Listen to fetal heart beat

About 16 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss AFP Testing
  • Sign up for Childbirth Education Classes

About 20 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Perform Ultrasound

About 24 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Order on-hour glucose test (fasting is not necessary)
  • Distribute hospital pre-registration forms

About 28 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Order one-hour glucose test (fasting is not necessary) (if not already done)
  • A Rhogam shot is given to patients who have Rh-negative blood type

About 30 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss glucose test results

About 32-36 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Check for the baby’s position
  • Group B strep culture of the vagina

About 36 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Non Stress test
  • Group B strep culture of the vagina

About 38-40 Weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Non Stress test
  • Cervical examination
  • Discuss plan for delivery

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the office of Tricia Shimer at (469) 364-3760.

Tricia Shimer, M.D., P.A. is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

We are sill open during our normal hours and are providing care and services to all of our patients. 

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (469) 364-3760. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

Tricia Shimer, M.D., P.A.—Comprehensive Women's Care