Routine and High-Risk Obstetrics

Routine Obstetrics follow a pattern of visits, tests, and suggestions in order to help bring a healthy baby to happy and healthy parents.

From 4 weeks to 26 weeks, visits are often scheduled every four weeks. From 26 weeks to 36 weeks, the visits increase to every two weeks, and after that, the doctor will see you every week as you approach your due date.

First Visit: 
The first prenatal visit is usually scheduled six to eight weeks after your last period. During this visit, your physician will take a complete medical history in order to determine possibilities for complications, and you will undergo a physical exam as well. Often, safety issues, dietary concerns, seat belt use, travel in pregnancy, and other common problems will be discussed. Other tests may be offered, such as:

High Risk Obstetrics
Complications may arise during pregnancy, and some women are at higher risk for these issues than others.

Consult with your primary physician pre- or post conception to determine if you should seek counseling with a doctor who specializes in high risk obstetrics, called Perinatologists or Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialists.

The following factors or conditions may contribute to high-risk obstetrics:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Teenagers
  • Underweight or overweight
  • Lung disorders (ex. asthma)
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizure disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Menopausal women (who are pregnant through donor eggs)
  • Multiples (especially triplets or more)
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Lupus
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Placental abruption
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Teratogen exposure (ex. certain medications, narcotics, and alcohol)
  • Previous history of complications and/or miscarriages

It is important to examine fetal health and help treat any issues that arise in high risk obstetrics.

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Dr. Ricks uses Ultrasound for the following:
  • Confirm the due date
  • Count the number of fetuses
  • Examine fetal anatomy
  • Follow fetal growth throughout the pregnancy
  • Check for healthy fetal activity
  • Check amniotic fluids
  • Treatment for some complications may include bed rest or hospitalization in order to gain time for the fetus to survive to delivery.
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Sonograms
Dr. Jon T. Ricks’ sonograms are AIUM Accredited.

AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that allows practices to demonstrate that they meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. The accreditation process encourages providers of diagnostic ultrasound services to assess their strengths and weaknesses and initiate changes to improve their practices.

Practices accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) have demonstrated competency in every aspect of their operation.

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