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OBGYN Services

Overview of Prenatal Care in Dallas, TX

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

  • Determine due date
  • Discuss prenatal vitamins
  • Order laboratory testing
  • Physical exam

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.