Prenatal care protects you and your baby by tracking your health, screening for problems, and giving you the opportunity to learn how to stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. Dr. Edward S. Wagner offers the support, guidance, and expert medical care you need from your first prenatal visit through delivery, including specialized care for high-risk pregnancies. If you already know you're pregnant or need a pregnancy test, call Dr. Wagner's office in Hollywood, Florida, or book an appointment online today.
Your first prenatal visit should be scheduled eight weeks after your last menstrual period, so call Dr. Wagner as soon as you know or suspect you’re pregnant. After your first appointment, prenatal care follows a routine schedule.
You'll have an appointment once a month until your third trimester; then you'll see the doctor every two weeks from weeks 28 through 36. After that, appointments are scheduled weekly until delivery. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Wagner may recommend more frequent prenatal appointments.
Your first prenatal visit is a comprehensive medical review to determine your baseline health and learn whether you have any issues that could affect your pregnancy or the baby’s health. During future appointments, you’ll have time to ask questions, talk about your birth plan, and learn about childbirth classes.
At every appointment, you can expect to have your baby’s heart rate and growth measured, your weight and blood pressure checked, and the baby’s position in your abdomen assessed.
All women receive routine tests at specific times during their pregnancies to check for potential health problems, such as:
Dr. Wagner may perform ultrasound any time during your pregnancy to examine your baby’s growth, verify a due date, evaluate your uterus, and make sure your baby is healthy. Most women, however, get a routine ultrasound in the second trimester, around 18-20 weeks, which may reveal your baby’s sex.
After your baby is delivered, Dr. Wagner can collect blood from the umbilical cord and placenta for storage at a cord blood banking facility. Cord blood contains stem cells that can regenerate or heal tissues throughout the body, so it’s used to treat a number of diseases.
You can save cord blood for your baby or someone else in your family. You may also decide to donate it to others, placing it in a free public cord blood bank. If you’re interested in cord blood banking, Dr. Wagner can help you find the best storage option.
Whether you're planning to become pregnant or you're already pregnant, Dr. Wagner is honored to provide your comprehensive prenatal care. Please call or use the online booking feature to schedule a prenatal appointment today.