As soon as you discover that you are pregnant, you should establish a schedule of prenatal care with your physician for the duration of your pregnancy. Prenatal care can be provided by various medical professionals, including obstetrician-gynecologists and certified nurse midwives
. Perinatologists are obstetricians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complications during pregnancy and childbirth, also known as maternal-fetal specialists)
Prenatal Care Schedule
For normal pregnancies without significant complications, prenatal exams are usually scheduled
- every month from the 1st week through the 28th week
- every two weeks from the 29th week through the 36th week
- every week from the 37th week until delivery
This schedule may vary depending on your personal medical condition and your physician's preference.
Additional prenatal care may be necessary if there are any preexisting medical conditions (i.e., diabetes) present in the mother and/or if complications arise while carrying the baby to term. If you need this specialized care, your physician will refer you to the specialists at the Mass General/North Shore Obstetrics & Gynecology practice
at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers.
Selecting a doctor for your baby
Well before your baby arrives you should select a pediatrician or family medicine physician who will be your baby's physician. Your baby will be seen by his or her doctor while you are still in in the Birthplace.