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Pregnancy Specialist

Women's Health Specialists, PLLC

OBGYNs located in Murfreesboro, TN

When you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you need a team of experienced specialists to smoothly guide you through the process. With more than 20 years in business, Women’s Health Specialists, PLLC, has a long history of supporting moms in the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, area through every phase of pregnancy. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Pregnancy Q & A

How often will I have pregnancy appointments?

Most women see the Women’s Health Specialists, PLLC, team on the following schedule during their pregnancy.

  • Every four weeks until your 28th week
  • Every two weeks in your 30th-36th weeks
  • Once a week from your 36th week until you give birth

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may need more frequent pregnancy appointments. There are many reasons that the team may classify a pregnancy as high risk, with common examples including age over 35, pre-existing chronic disease, or new problems during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes. 

What can I expect during my pregnancy appointments?

During every prenatal visit, the team checks your weight and blood pressure. You'll provide a urine sample for testing at every appointment, and the team checks your baby's heartbeat at each visit as well. 

At around 20 weeks gestation, the team also checks fundal height during your appointments. You'll have additional specific tests at different points throughout your pregnancy, including:

  • Rh factor screening: during your first prenatal visit
  • Anemia and gestational diabetes screening: at 24-48 weeks gestation
  • Vaginal culture for group B strep: at 35-37 weeks gestation
  • Fetal anatomy ultrasound: at 19-21 weeks gestation

Depending on your risk factors and personal preferences, you may opt for genetic testing, which includes blood tests, ultrasounds, and amniocentesis. These tests can screen for Down syndrome, trisomy 13, trisomy 18, and cystic fibrosis, along with other genetic diseases.

Do I need preventive care during pregnancy?

Preventive care, including vaccinations, can protect both you and your baby. Women's Health Specialists, PLLC, recommends that you have a flu shot and a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine during pregnancy. 

You can also support good health by taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid and DHA. Women's Health Specialists, PLLC, recommends starting prenatal vitamins before conception. If you breastfeed, continue the supplements until weaning your baby. 

Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Most women can walk during pregnancy, and it’s usually okay to lift up to 35 pounds unless the team tells you otherwise. 

High-risk pregnancies have different guidelines based on the individual. The Women’s Health Specialists, PLLC, team can recommend a safe pregnancy exercise plan for you. 

Women's Health Specialists, PLLC, is here to help you through your pregnancy safely, from your positive pregnancy test to birth and delivery. Book an appointment online or call the office to schedule your pregnancy visit today.