Mountainside Medical Group


Preconception and Prenatal Care


Preconception Counseling
If you and your partner are considering conception, we encourage you to meet with your doctor to answer any of your questions and discuss lifestyle changes that may be required. We will also discuss prenatal vitamins, ovulation, healthy diet and exercise and other practices that can increase your chances of starting off and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Prenatal Care
It is important to attend all your scheduled visits, pay close attention to instructions provided and observe precautions to help protect your child. Our doctors will provide you with a care plan tailored specifically to you and your baby's needs to ensure the safest and most memorable pregnancy, labor and delivery. Your doctors will always keep you informed regarding necessary blood tests, ultrasounds, and exams.

The First Prenatal Visit
At the first prenatal visit, your doctor will perform a Pap smear if it is necessary, and take vaginal cultures to test for infections. An ultrasound will be administered to check on the baby, where you will have the opportunity to see the baby and hear its heart beat! Your doctor can also show you any visible anatomy, and measure the size of the baby to determine your Estimated Due Date (EDD). You will be referred a designated lab for blood and urine samples which will be used in a variety of tests that check for genetic diseases, anemia, and infections.

The Prenatal Visit Schedule
Your pregnancy progress will be counted in weeks with your Estimated Due Date (EDD) being the last day of the 40th week. After your first prenatal visit, the doctor may want to see you in 2 weeks to make sure the baby is growing well and to review your blood tests with you. After that, visits will be every 3-4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then every week until delivery. During every prenatal visit, you will be weighed, have your blood pressure taken, and give urine to be checked for protein and sugar. The doctor will use one of our three ultrasounds to assess the baby by listening to the baby's heart beat and checking to make sure the baby is growing adequately. This will be the time to bring up any concerns or questions you may have. At certain intervals during your pregnancy, additional blood tests and ultrasound will be done.

Birth Your Way
At these visits, you and your physician will discuss your personal birth plan. Take the opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you have during your scheduled visits. The doctors at Mountainside Medical Group OB/GYN and Mountainside Medical Center encourage you to look through your Expectant Parent Packet, provided to you at your initial pre-natal visit, and ask any questions you may have about breastfeeding, rooming-in, medications/pain management, using the labor tub, or anything other topic you that affects you and your baby.

Take a Tour and Schedule Your Classes
We also recommend that patients take a birthing class at Mountainside Medical Center. Our goal at Mountainside Medical Group is to prepare our patients as much as possible, especially our first time mothers. Please take a tour of the Birthing Center in order to remove some of the stress and uncertainty when it's time to go to the hospital.

To see a calendar of classes and tours, and to register, click here.

High Risk Obstetrics

At times your pregnancy may be categorized as "high risk." When this is the case, you and your doctor will discuss a treatment plan based on your individual needs. In order to receive optimal care and to promote the health and wellness of you and your baby, it is important to follow your plan.

Patients considered high risk include:

  • Those of advanced maternal age, meaning women who are going to be older than 35 years old at the time of birth.
  • Women with Gestational Diabetes, or pregnancy-caused diabetes. If left uncontrolled, gestational diabetes can lead to increased risk of macrosomia, or larger babies, shoulder dystocia, organ failure, hypoglycemia or low blood sugar in the new born, stillbirth and increased risk of cesarean section.
  • Medical History - Women who have a history of preterm loss, miscarriage, or have had various complications that develop during pregnancy are at increased risk.
  • Women with multiple gestations (twins or other multiple gestations).
  • Women who are obese with a Body Mass Index greater than 35. Obesity puts mother and baby at risk for certain conditions.

Women with other underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes, blood conditions like anemia, and mental health issues. These conditions increase pregnancy risks.

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