Depending on the pregnancy’s stage, we examine different aspects of the pregnancy and we give our fullest attention to the health of both the mother and the fetus.
Therefore, during the 9 months of your pregnancy thare are variable checks and examinations that are being done, in order to provide adequate observation of the pregnancy’s course and at the same time to guide properly the pregnant woman, which is equally important.
It is clear that the pregnancy is a totally natural condition, therefore, the doctor focuses on the following aspects:
- to prevent and detect in time, possible anomalies or dysfunctions, during the pregnancy
- to support, in a context of safety and trust
- to inform and educate around the pregnancy, the labour and around whatever is needed after childbirth
As soon as the pregnancy is diagnosed, the pregnant woman must follow specific and programmed visits to her doctor, in order to have her pregnancy carefully observed, and to have any complications diagnosed in time, so that they can be resolved.
The duration of pregnancy is measured in weeks and is parted in 3 trimesters. It is, so, calculated that a gestation lasts for approximately 40 weeks (from the first day of the last menstrual period).
Even though the frequency of the visits will depend on the pregnancy’s course, generally speaking, the visits are programmed every 4 weeks until the 28th week. Later, from the 28th until the 36th week, their duration is more frequent, every two weeks, and from the 36th week and so, the doctor asks from the pregnant woman to visit in a weekly basis (American protocol).
The purpose of the first visit to the doctor (around the 5th-6th week of gestation) is mainly to confirm the pregnancy, to point out and detect all those factors that could affect the pregnancy’s progress, to evaluate generally the health of the pregnant woman, to program a full medical check end to plan the background of the obstetrical observation.
During every visit, we evaluate the subjective symptoms of the pregnant woman and we check her body weight, her blood pressure, the uterine height and the correlation of the fetus and the uterine axis. Finally, an ultrasonographic examination is being done.
What is more, we check the woman’s limbs for the presence of oedema. The fetus’s heart function is being checked by hearing the heartbeat and during the last weeks of gestation, by CTG. General blood and urine examinations are being done regularly.
The results of the clinical and laboratory examinations are assessed and compared to those of past visits. This is called the pregnant woman’s obstetrical history. Furthermore, and on specific weeks of the pregnancy, there are some special examinations being done, in order to precisely check the fetal development and to ensure that everything is going well.