Dr. Reddy and her staff are privileged that you have chosen us to guide you through your pregnancy and prenatal care. We understand all the physical and emotional changes that come with pregnancy, and we are here to support you through this life-changing experience.
Every birth is a special event. We are delighted to share this time with you and your family. Our ultimate goal in providing obstetrical care is the mother’s continued good health and the delivery of a healthy, beautiful newborn. Knowledge and preparation are essential to enjoying pregnancy. We make every effort to keep you informed and answer all of your questions to enhance understanding.
We provide obstetrical care that begins with initial pregnancy confirmation, prenatal visits through delivery and delivery evaluation.
Additional obstetrical services we provide are:
First trimester ultrasound is performed to confirm pregnancy location in the uterus and gestational age to determine your due date. You maybe referred to the specialist for Nuchal Translucency (NT) testing to search for genetic problems. The test combines the results of an ultrasound to measure the neck (nuchal) thickening on your growing baby, a blood test and your age. NT is performed between 11-13 weeks of gestation.
Blood tests performed during your first trimester will screen for certain genetic disorders or conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, Tay-Sachs and Canavan’s, spinal defects or hemolytic disease caused by the Rh factor.
Nutrition, weight gain and exercise will also be discussed along with Physician examination and Pap smear. Appointments will occur monthly. A due date will be assigned.
First Trimester (conception to 12 weeks):
Conception - week 4:
Weeks 05 - 08:
Weeks 09 - 12:
Second Trimester (13 weeks to 27 weeks):
Weeks 13 - 16:
Weeks 17 - 20:
Weeks 21 - 24:
Weeks 25 - 27:
Appointments will occur monthly.
Quadruple screen - In the second trimester, around 15 - 20 weeks of pregnancy, you will have the option of doing this blood test to check for fetal Down’s Syndrome, Trisomy 18 or Open Neural Tube defects. Positive test does not indicate that the baby is abnormal but does denote increased risk of abnormality. If your test results are abnormal, you will be referred to the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) for further evaluation.
Gestational Diabetes - During pregnancy, hormone changes can affect insulin and cause gestational diabetes. To test for diabetes, your glucose level is measured in a blood sample that is taken after you drink a sugar solution between 24 - 28 weeks. If your glucose level is elevated, an additional diagnostic test will be performed to detect diabetes.
Third Trimester (weeks 28 to delivery):
Weeks 28 - 31:
Weeks 32 - 35:
Weeks 36 - 38:
Weeks 39 and beyond:
Appointments will occur once every 1 - 2 weeks.
NST: Non Stress Test - belts are placed around the abdomen. High risk pregnancies will be monitored routinely after 32 weeks to ensure fetal well being and uterine activity. You will be monitored for 15 - 20 minutes at every visit.
Ultrasound: As needed to check fetal growth and presentation.
After delivering your baby, the fluctuation in hormones can cause many symptoms, including “baby blues”, swelling, hot flashes and night sweats. The most serious symptom is postpartum depression. Take time to care for your baby by taking care of yourself. Sleep when the baby sleeps and accept help from your partner, family and friends. If you or your family notices that symptoms of depression exist, call Dr. Reddy immediately.
You will need a follow up visit 6 weeks after delivery. The visit will include an exam, establishing a birth control plan and any other concerns that need to be addressed.