Antenatal care

Also known as: Pregnancy check-ups
Antenatal checkups are very important to monitor the progress of your pregnancy.

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If you haven't done so already, schedule a prenatal visit right away. Your first prenatal visit will provide information that can be used to check for any problems as your pregnancy progresses. Talk with your doctor about any medical conditions you are being treated for, such as depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. – you may need to change medications or dosages during your pregnancy to protect the fetus, so your doctor needs to know everything you are taking. Your doctor will probably talk to you about the rest of the issues on this top-ten list, as well. Before you leave the doctor's office, schedule your next visit; be sure to make it to all of your prenatal appointments.

Good care during pregnancy includes regularly scheduled prenatal exams. At each prenatal visit, you'll be weighed, have your abdomen measured, and have your blood pressure and urine checked. Use this time to discuss your list of pregnancy concerns or problems with your health professional. At different times in your pregnancy, you will have additional exams and tests performed. Although some are routine, others are only done when a problem is suspected or if you have a risk factor for a problem.

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Ask an Expert: Getting pregnant after…

Q: How long should I wait to get pregnant after…
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  • Taking prescription medications?
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Ask an Expert: Men and miscarriage risk

Q: “Could it be possible for the male to be at fault for miscarriages? I’ve had two pregnant women in my life: The first woman had two miscarriages, and the second had one. Is there something wrong with my sperm?”

Ask an Expert: Pregnancy past 40

Q: I just turned 40 and my husband and I would like to have a baby. What are the risks and what would you advise to optimize our chances of having a healthy baby?

Ask an Expert: Preeclampsia risk in pregnancy

Q. "I am 40 and am, unexpectedly, expecting for the fourth time. In my last pregnancy seven years ago (same father), I gave birth three and a half weeks early due to preeclampsia. What is my risk of developing it again? Is there anything I can do to minimize my risk?"

Ask an Expert: What’s safe to take during pregnancy?

Answers from Angela Keating, M.D., board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with Providence Medical Group Columbia Women's Clinic.

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Prenatal appointment schedule for Portland midwife clinic

We care for you throughout your pregnancy. Click here to view the schedule for your prenatal visits with Providence Maternal Care Clinic.

Preparing for your delivery: Resources for new mothers and families

Ready to have your baby? Here's everything you'll need to prepare for delivery at a Providence hospital or medical center.

PMG- Hood River Women's Clinic Obstetrics Visit Forms

If you are an established patient at our clinic, and are preparing for your next follow-up visit, please complete these forms and bring them with your to your next appointment. In addition we will also need your photo ID and current medical insurance card.

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Providence midwives pair traditional practices with technology

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Medications that are Safe During Pregnancy

Women who are between four and 12 weeks pregnant may safely take the following over-the-counter medications. Follow all directions on the container for adult dosage and usage instructions.

Medical Staff Guidelines for Periviability Pregnancy Counseling and Medical Treatment of Extremely Premature Infants

The goal of this report is to describe the collaborative formation of rational, practical, medical staff guidelines for the counseling and subsequent care of extremely early-gestation pregnancies and premature infants between 22 and 26 weeks.

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Caring for the pregnant woman presenting at periviable gestation: acknowledging the ambiguity and uncertainty

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An evidence based approach may improve the experience for both the expectant parents and the health care team.

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CDC Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s information page about vaccinating pregnant women and associated risks.

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