A variety of lifestyle issues and chronic health conditions have the potential to cause problems such as preterm delivery, low birth weight, and birth defects. A preconception checkup will identify these concerns, and give you the chance to make any necessary changes before you become pregnant.
Ultrasound is a safe procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image of your baby. You may have an ultrasound around six to10 weeks to confirm your due date, or you may have the more standard ultrasound between 16-20 weeks. This second-trimester ultrasound shows the baby’s development and often -- but not always -- reveals the baby’s sex.
The team at Tidewater Physicians for Women is especially proud of our Ultrasound Department, which is staffed by registered sonographers and accredited by the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine Accreditation. This accreditation verifies that we meet the highest national standards and have a history of excellent patient care.
A high-risk pregnancy is one that threatens the health of the mother and/or her baby. Scheduling a preconception checkup is one of the best ways to avoid a high-risk pregnancy because it gives you the chance to treat or change the things that put you and the baby at risk.