Prenatal Care

Prenatal Care Specialist
Patients must take good care of themselves in order to have a healthy baby; the healthier the mother is, the stronger and healthier her baby will be. In fact, most doctors recommend that women begin prenatal care as soon as they find out that they’re pregnant. Our providers at the Center for Women’s Health offer prenatal care services for patients in and around Wichita, Kansas.

Prenatal Care Q & A

Center for Women's Health

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is health care the mother receives during pregnancy. Visits for prenatal care ensure that the mother and baby are both healthy and strong.

Regular checkups are also a good time to learn how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, undergo necessary tests, learn about different warning signs, and ask questions. Mothers should begin prenatal care as soon as they know they’re pregnant.

What happens during my first prenatal care visit?

The first antenatal care visit Dr. Breit will ask the patient about her medical history, her partner's medical history, and their family's medical history. The appointment also entails a thorough examination that can include any of the following:

  • measurements of the mother’s height, weight, blood pressure, breathing, and pulse
  • a breast exam
  • a Pap test
  • tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • urine tests to check for diabetes or other infections

Patients may also be offered blood or skin tests to check for:

  • Anemia — including sickle cell anemia
  • Blood type
  • Certain inherited diseases, such as Gaucher's and Tay-Sachs
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Rubella
  • Syphilis
  • Thalassemia
  • Tuberculosis

What happens during follow-up prenatal care visits?

Patients should schedule regular antenatal care visits. On follow-up prenatal care visits, Dr. Breit will check to make sure the patient’s pregnancy is progressing normally. On these follow-up visits, Dr. Breit may:

  • test urine
  • check blood pressure
  • check weight
  • check for swelling of the face, hands, or feet
  • examine abdomen to check the position of the fetus
  • measure uterine growth
  • listen to the sounds of the fetal heartbeat
  • offer prenatal testing

Follow-up visits are also good times to discuss any questions or concerns that have come up since the mother’s last visit.

What is prenatal testing?

During prenatal care visits, Dr. Breit will use specific tests to make sure that the mother and the fetus are both healthy. Some tests identify possible congenital disabilities. Standard prenatal tests for congenital disabilities and other abnormalities include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Multiple marker screening
  • CVS (chorionic villus sampling)
  • Amniocentesis
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Center for Women's Health
10111 E. 21st North
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Wichita, KS 67206