Weeks of Pregnancy - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) - Southwest Iowa (IA)

Starting a family is an exciting time. Whether you're pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you probably have lots of questions about what you need to do.

Use your relationship with your doctor as a resource for advice and information before, during and after your pregnancy. Together, you'll form a team to help your baby enter the world happy and healthy.

Below are some videos made by CHI Health Clinic OB/Gyn physicians about what you can expect at each stage of your pregnancy.

Pre-Conception

Preparing for Pregnancy

Arasen Paupoo, MD.

Preparing yourself for pregnancy is very important. You should avoid alcohol, quit smoking, reduce caffeine, and eat a balanced diet. Taking pre-natal vitamin, with extra folic acid is recommended. Regular exercise is encouraged. Natural fertility varies by person, but you may want seek a reproductive specialist after one year of unsuccessful attempts at conception. See a specialist sooner if you're over 35.

Your 8th Week of Pregnancy

Your 8th Week of Pregnancy

Christopher M. Glowacki, M.D.

Your baby is the size of a kidney bean. You may not feel pregnant, but your body is changing. You may have morning sickness. Tell your doctor if you experience spotting or other symptoms.

At this office visit, you will receive a pelvic exam and a PAP smear. Your blood will be checked to ensure that your iron is not too low. Your doctor will review your immunizations to ensure they're up-to-date. You may have an ultrasound to ensure your due date is correct.

Your 12th Week of Pregnancy

Your 12th Week of Pregnancy

Erin Talaska, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

You may be starting to "show." Your appetite may improve as morning sickness decreases.You should increase your daily calorie intake by 300-500 calories, cut way down on caffeine and drink lots of water.

At this office visit, we will check your weight and test your urine for protein or sugar. Your doctor will check the baby's heart-rate. and discuss with you some optional genetic screening tests.

Your 20th Week of Pregnancy

Your 20th Week of Pregnancy

Caron J. Gray, M.D.

You're half-way there! Your baby weighs about 1 lb. and is 10 inches long. He or she is moving all the time, but you may feel only an occasional flutter. You may have difficulty sleeping, which is normal. You will begin gaining a pound per week for the rest of your pregnancy. You may want to register for Baby and Parenting Classes.

At this visit, we will check your blood pressure and weight. You may need to give a urine sample to test for protein or sugar. You will have an ultrasound at which time you can find out if your baby is a boy or girl.

Your 24th Week of Pregnancy

Your 24th Week of Pregnancy

Jimmy P. Khandalavala, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Your body is changing, your uterus is tightening and you may be experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. If these contractions are frequent or painful, or if you have bleeding, you should call the doctor right away. Your baby is about 12 inches long and weighs about one and one-half pounds.

At this visit, your weight, urine, blood pressure and uterine height will be checked. You will be given a glucose liquid to drink 30 minutes before your next appointment. This test will screen for gestational diabetes.
Your 30th Week of Pregnancy

Your 30th Week of Pregnancy

Thomas M. Besse, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Your baby can hear your voice. Your baby weighs about three pounds, is active and kicking, a lot. You're going to feel bloaty, moody and tired. You may have some spotting, which is normal, but you should call the doctor right away if you have heavy bleeding, or severe pain, especially in your abdomen or head.

At this visit, we will check your weight, urine and, blood pressure. The results of the glucose test from your previous visit will be discussed. The baby's size and heart rate also will be checked.
Your 32nd Week of Pregnancy

Your 32nd Week of Pregnancy

Guy M. Schropp, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, M.B.A.

Your baby weighs about three an a half pounds. At this stage, you're gaining about a pound a week. Half of that weight is going to the baby, so the baby will feel like it's stretching up into your ribs. This can cause shortness of breath or heartburn. Eating smaller portions, using antacids and sleeping in an elevated postion can help discomfort.You should be feeling the baby move three to four times per hour.

At this visit, we will check your weight, urine and, blood pressure. The doctor will look for any signs of swelling in your hands, face and feet.

Your 32nd Week of Pregnancy

Your 34nd Week of Pregnancy

Adrienne E. Perfilio, MD, FACOG

At 34 weeks, you're probably feeling like you're running out of room. You may be uncomfortable, tired, having trouble sleeping at night, using the bathroom often, and may even be feeling some contractions. This all is normal. Your baby weighs about four pounds. The baby's wrinkles are disappear and he or she is becoming round and plump. The baby's lungs are continuing to mature.

What you can expect: Your blood pressure and weight will be checked. We will also check your hands, feet and face for swelling. The baby's heart rate also will be checked. We will discuss delivery.

Your 36th Week of Pregnancy

Your 36th Week of Pregnancy

Heidi C. Edsill, M.D.

Your baby weighs about three an a half pounds. At this stage, you're gaining about a pound a week. Half of that weight is going to the baby, so the baby will feel like it's stretching up into your ribs. This can cause shortness of breath or heartburn. Eating smaller portions, using antacids and sleeping in an elevated postion can help discomfort.You should be feeling the baby move three to four times per hour.

At this visit, we will check your weight, urine and, blood pressure. The doctor will look for any signs of swelling in your hands, face and feet.
Your 37th Week of Pregnancy

Your 37th Week of Pregnancy

Ann M. Sullivan, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

You have only three weeks to go until your due date. Your baby weighs about five and one-half to six pounds and is less active at this stage. You may start to feel some contractions, so you should rest and stay hydrated, when possible. If you experience any bleeding, or your water breaks, call your doctor right away.

At this visit, you can expect the usual tests, but the doctor will check your cervix see if the baby's head is down and if you are dilated. The baby's size and heartbeat also will be checked.
Your 38th Week of Pregnancy

Your 38th Week of Pregnancy

John J Cote, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

It's time to play the waiting game. You may feel increased pressure and swelling. The baby may drop lower in the uterus. Call your doctor if you feel increased contractions that are regular, loss of fluid or any vaginal bleeding. The baby weighs six to seven pounds.

At this visit, we will check your weight, urine and blood pressure. Your uterine height and cervix will be checked to see if you are dilated.
Your 39th Week of Pregnancy

Your 39th Week of Pregnancy

Sami K. Zeineddine, M.D., FACOG

You are probably experiencing discomfort from swelling, contractions, lack of sleep, nausea and vomiting. You may even have hemorrhoids. These are all normal symptoms of pregnancy. Tell your doctor about any bleeding or fluid, more contractions or diminished baby movement. Your baby probably weighs about seven pounds and is about 20 inches long.

At this visit, you can expect the usual tests, weight, urine and blood pressure. Your doctor will measure uterine height and check your cervix to see if it is dilated. The baby's heartbeat also will be checked.

After your baby: post-partum

After Having Your Baby: Postpartum

Kristi NewMeyer, FACOG

You've had your baby and are now feeling like your normal self.

At this visit, we will discuss with you the "Bs" of post-partum: whether you are breast or bottle feeding, still bleeding, how your bowels and bladder are functioning, and if you are experiencing the "baby blues." Take our postpartum depression online quiz. Your doctor will give you a pelvic exam and check your incision.