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Prenatal Care

Obtaining regular prenatal care is a vital component of ensuring a healthy pregnancy. As soon as you think you are pregnant you should schedule an appointment with your family doctor. A variety of professionals including family physicians, midwives, and obstetricians can deliver your baby. The frequency of prenatal visits typically increases as the pregnancy progresses, with the general schedule being: - Every four weeks up until around the 30th week of pregnancy, - Every two weeks from the 32nd to the 36th week, - And weekly from the 37th week until delivery.

Did you know you can have ALL your prenatal care at Trafalgar Medical Clinic?

we have 3 female physicians that practice low-risk obstetrics and deliver babies out of

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital 

What happens at my medical appointments in pregnancy?

Here's a brief summary of what prenatal care can look like from the time you found out you were pregnant to the time you deliver. 

Initial Prenatal Visit

  • The initial prenatal appointment is often the most comprehensive, providing an excellent opportunity to address any pregnancy-related concerns.

  • During this visit, the healthcare provider will review your medical history, past pregnancies and childbirths, the start date of your last menstrual cycle, vaccination records, and general health condition.

  • A wide variety of tests will be organized for you including bloodwork and an ultrasound. 


Early Pregnancy (0-14 weeks) 

  • Early pregnancy visits are usually the longest.  Your healthcare provider will record a detailed physical history, perform a physical examination and encourage you to take prenatal supplements such as folic acid and iron or even a baby aspirin  or two depending on your individual risk. 

  • You'll get all your questions answered about what is and isn't safe in pregnancy.   

  • Your doctor will organize: Bloodwork, a dating ultrasound, genetic testing including a repeat ultrasound to check baby's neck, a detailed physical exam possibly including a pap test. 


Second Trimester (15-28 weeks) 

  • During the second trimester your care usually moves from your family doctor to one of the qualified professionals who can deliver your baby in Ontario.  This could be a Family Physician-Obstetrical provider  or FM-OB (Family doctor with more training in obstetrics), a midwife, or an Obstetrician. 

  • Tests during this trimester include genetic screening (if you missed the window before 14 weeks), repeat blood markers, testing for sugars/diabetes in pregnancy and a detailed anatomy ultrasound to check baby's development.   

  • You will also discuss vaccines in pregnancy and likely your provider will recommend a flu shot and whooping cough vaccine to protect baby in the first few months after birth. 


Third Trimester (28-40+ weeks) 

  • In the third trimester visits get closer together.  You'll start seeing your provider every 2 weeks instead of every 4.   

  • You will have another set of blood tests between 24-28 weeks to check your prenatal wellbeing as well as a test for your sugar to assess for gestational diabetes.   

  • You may have a repeat ultrasound to assess baby's growth or position depending on your clinical exam.   

  • You may get a shot called Rhogam depending on your blood type to protect your baby at delivery.   

  • After 36 weeks you will see your provider weekly until you delivery. 

  • You will get a swab done to test for a bacteria that lives in the vagina to make sure we can protect baby against infections at the time of delivery

  • If you go past your due-date your provider will talk to you about options to help your baby be born and/or tests to check on babys' wellbeing. 


Exams/Tests done at every visit

  • Checking your weight 

  • Checking your blood pressure and heart-rate

  • Listening to baby's heartbeat (usually after 14 weeks)

  • Measuring the size of your uterus (usually after 20 weeks)

  • Checking baby's position by touching your belly (usually after 35 weeks) 

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