Delivering a Healthy and Joyful Pregnancy Experience
Welcome! We are delighted that you have chosen us for your obstetric care. We are here to help you in every way to experience a healthy and joyful pregnancy.
Your date or EDC (expected date of confinement) will be determined at your first visit. It is initially based on the first date of your last menstrual period, and will be confirmed or adjusted by ultrasound examination. Your due date is an estimate, not an exact date for delivery. Most babies are born 2 weeks before or within 2 weeks after due date, but only 1 in 20 are born on the due date.
Prenatal visits are scheduled every 4 weeks until about 28-30 weeks, then every 2 weeks until week 36, and then weekly until delivery. You will also be scheduled for a 6-week postpartum exam.
Hospital for Delivery
Drs. Goodman and Partridge, OB/GYN delivers at five major hospitals: Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mountain Vista Medical Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and Banner Ironwood Medical Center. Learn more about our Offices & Hospitals.
Most women will have a detailed ultrasound examination at around 18 weeks of pregnancy to measure the baby and to check the baby's anatomy. You may also have an exam earlier, to date the pregnancy, or as part of your first trimester screening. An ultrasound examination in the third trimester is sometimes obtained to evaluate growth, but is not routine. Drs. Goodman & Partridge, OB/GYN offers 4D ultrasounds and can even provide a DVD of your ultrasound as well as 4D and traditional pictures. Learn more.
Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy
Nausea and vomiting is extremely common in the first trimester. If you are experiencing nausea or vomiting, try to sip fluids, such as Gatorade, weak lemonade, ginger ale, or ice tea. Water seems to be difficult for some women to keep down when they are feeling sick. Then snack on light foods, such as crackers or plain cookies. Ginger or lemon flavors may calm the stomach. Avoid strong flavors, spicy or fatty foods, or anything you think might make you sick. Do not force yourself to eat anything because you think it is good for you. The nausea and vomiting almost always passes by the end of the first trimester, and rarely lasts past 20 weeks, so you will have plenty of time to eat well. If you are unable to keep anything down for 24 hours, please call for evaluation.
Warning Signs - Please call immediately if you are experiencing:
- Fever with temperature of 101 or greater
- Inability to keep fluids down for 24 hours
- Vaginal bleeding
- Severe abdominal pain
- Significant shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe headaches
Sexual activity may be continued as long as you are comfortable. Do not have intercourse if you think your water may have broken. If you have bleeding or spotting, please avoid intercourse until your physician has evaluated you. If you are concerned about the possibility of exposure to STD's please request testing. Please let us know about herpes outbreak or exposure.
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We are here to help you in every way to experience a healthy and joyful pregnancy.