Depending on the pregnancy’s stage, we characterize the obstetrical observation as necessary. As we examine different aspects of the pregnancy, we give our fullest attention to the health of both mother and fetus.
Therefore, during the 9 months of your pregnancy there are variable checks and examinations to do. This is important, in order to provide adequate observation of the pregnancy’s course. At the same time, it is equally important to guide properly the pregnant woman.
It is clear that the pregnancy is a totally natural condition. Therefore, the doctor focuses on the following aspects:
- Prevent and detect in time, possible anomalies or dysfunctions, during the pregnancy.
- Support, in a context of safety and trust.
- Inform and educate around the pregnancy. (The labour and around whatever is needed after childbirth).
As soon as the pregnancy is certified, the pregnant woman must follow specific and programmed visits to her doctor. This is necessary, in order to have her pregnancy carefully observed. Altough, iin order to have any complications diagnosed in time, so that they can resolved in the better way.
We measure the duration of pregnancy in weeks and divide it in 3 trimesters. It is, so, calculated that a gestation lasts for approximately 40 weeks. We considering that from the first day of the last menstrual period.
The frequency of the visits will depend on the pregnancy’s course. The visits are programmed every 4 weeks. This is happening until the 28th week. Later, from the 28th until the 36th week, their duration is more frequent, every two weeks. Finally, from the 36th week and so, the doctor asks from the pregnant woman to visit in a weekly basis. (According to American protocol).
The purpose of the first visit to the doctor is mainly to confirm the pregnancy. This is around the 5th-6th week of gestation. Then, to point out and detect all those factors that could affect the pregnancy’s progress. On the other hand, to evaluate – generally – the health of the pregnant woman. At last, to program a full medical check and to plan the background of the obstetrical observation.
During every visit, we evaluate the subjective symptoms of the pregnant woman. We check her body weight, blood pressure, the uterine height and the correlation of the fetus and the uterine axis. Finally, an ultrasonographic examination is proceeding.
We check the woman’s limbs for the presence of edema. The fetus’s heart function is checking by hearing the heartbeat. During the last weeks, by CTG, general blood and urine examinations are in progress regularly.
The results of the clinical and laboratory examinations are assessing and comparing to those of past visits. This is called the pregnant woman’s obstetrical history. On specific weeks of the pregnancy, there are some special examinations for the woman to do. This happens in order to precisely check the fetal development and to ensure that everything is going well.