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Preadmission What You Can Expect Hospital Virtual Tour FAQs


What You Can Expect

We realize that each patient's obstetric care requires individualized, personal attention — that’s what you can expect from us.  Here is a typical list of your care during your OB care with us.

Office Visits

  • Initial visit (appointment with a nurse):  At beginning of pregnancy , complete history and assessment along with blood work
  • 8 to 12 weeks first physician visit: complete exam, limited ultrasound and review of blood work and history assessment
  • Up to 28 weeks:  Every 4 weeks
  • 28-36 weeks:  Every 2 weeks
  • 36-42 weeks:  Every week
  • (If more extensive care is necessary, more office visits may be required)

At each visit, see your physician and receive the following routine checks:

  • Urine specimen
  • Blood pressure check
  • Weight
  • Baby's heart beat
  • Measurement of uterus after 20 weeks

Prenatal Tests

  • Prenatal blood panel:  Initial visit with nurse
  • Glucose screening for gestational diabetes:  24-28 weeks 
  • Group B Streptococcal vaginal culture:  34-36 weeks

Other Prenatal Screening
Our physicians will discuss with you the most current prenatal screening options.  Within our department we offer:

  • Genetic counseling
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
  • 1st trimester screening including nuchal translucency
  • Multiple marker screening
  • Level 3 ultrasound (detailed ultrasound)
  • Amniocentesis, if indicated

Flu Vaccination

  • Vaccination against the flu is recommended during pregnancy.  We can administer the vaccination.

When to Call

  • Vomiting and unable to keep anything down by mouth for 24 hours
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping not relieved by rest
  • Fever (greater than 101)
  • Baby moving less than usual
  • Labor pains
  • Broken water bag

One of our physicians is available 24 hours a day in Labor and Delivery at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. Call our office number at 803 545-5700 and ask for the doctor on call.