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Prenatal Care Specialist

Fort Worth Female Health Associates

Darren R. Tate, MD

OBGYN located in Fort Worth, TX

Pregnancy is an exciting time as you nurture a new life and ready your baby for the world, which is why good prenatal care during this time is paramount. Dr. Darren R. Tate, OB/GYN at Fort Worth Female Health Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, will help you every step of the way to ensure the health of you and your baby (or babies).

Prenatal Care Q & A

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care refers to healthcare you receive during pregnancy. Studies show that women who do not receive regular prenatal care are three times more likely to give birth to a baby with low birth weight. Prenatal care is important for tracking the health of you and your baby, ensuring that important milestones are met and everything is on target.

When do I start prenatal care?

After you receive your exciting news, make an appointment at Fort Worth Female Health Associates right away for a full assessment of your health in advance. This first visit will include:

  • A thorough review of your health history
  • A complete physical exam
  • Giving blood and urine samples
  • Checking your vitals, such as heart rate, blood pressure, height, and weight
  • Calculating your due date

This all-important first visit will set a baseline for your health and is a great time for you to ask questions about what you can expect on this journey.

Dr. Tate will also set you up with:

  • A prenatal schedule
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Supplements, if necessary
  • Exercise recommendations

What is a typical prenatal schedule?

Consistent monitoring of your progress is key during your pregnancy. Dr. Tate will set up a schedule along these lines:

  • Once a month from weeks 4-28
  • Twice a month from weeks 28-36
  • Every week from week 36 to birth

If you have a high-risk pregnancy or are older than 35, Dr. Tate will recommend that you see him more often.

What does prenatal care monitor?

Your pregnancy is divided into three trimesters; here is what you can expect during your visits in each trimester:

First trimester

  • Discussing lifestyle issues, such as smoking and drinking
  • Screening for fetal abnormalities
  • Immunity check for certain infections, like chickenpox
  • Lab tests
  • Physical exam

Second trimester

  • Tracking the growth of your baby
  • Monitoring fetal movements
  • Checking your baby’s heartbeat
  • Blood tests and ultrasound
  • Genetic tests if recommended

Third trimester

  • Tracking growth and movement of your baby
  • Checking your vitals
  • Testing for group B strep
  • Checking the baby’s position

Each of these visits provides a great opportunity for you to ask questions. Dr. Tate is a highly trained obstetrician and is eager to see you through your pregnancy as safely as possible.