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Pregnancy and Postpartum Care at
Neighborhood Health

We know you want to make the healthiest choices for you and your baby. And we’re here for you every step of the way.

Pregnancy can be a time of great joy, but it can also be a time of many changes. You will learn new ways of caring for yourself, your body, and healthy ways to help your baby develop.

Your team at Neighborhood Health will provide the quality care and support needed to make your experience as worry-free and comfortable as possible.

Whether you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or interested in learning more about birth control options, we can help. Call us today at (615) 227-3000.

Stages of Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is divided into trimesters and during each trimester, your care provider will help monitor your health and that of your baby. Here’s what to expect:

  • Appointments: 2-3 visits about 4 weeks apart
  • Baseline and new pregnancy lab tests
  • Ultrasound to check for your baby’s heartbeat
  • Receival of estimated delivery date
  • Appointments: 2-3 visits about 4 weeks apart
  • Ultrasound to assess your baby’s development
  • Gestational diabetes lab test
  • Appointments: 1 visit every 2 weeks, then every week until delivery
  • Lab tests, including a test for Group B Strep
  • Check-up to see how your body is preparing for labor and delivery

Keep in mind that everyone’s pregnancy is different. Your provider is there to ensure the particular needs of your body and your baby are met. Always.

Things to Keep in Mind About Your Pregnancy

Common Discomforts

As your body changes to care for your baby, you may experience some discomforts. This is normal, and in fact, often times these discomforts are natural signs that your body is adjusting well to your pregnancy. Still, you should always talk to your provider about how you are feeling.

Some common discomforts include: Morning sickness, cramping and bleeding, digestive problems, breast pain and tenderness, back pain, hemorrhoids, heartburn, insomnia, weight gain, dehydration, headache, and colds/congestion.

Staying Healthy

  • Diet: You should try to eat foods that are low in fat and sugar, and high in protein. Fresh fruits and leafy vegetables are rich in calcium and iron, which are important minerals for your body during pregnancy.
  • Exercise: If you exercise regularly and are in good shape, you should be able to continue your normal workout routine during your pregnancy.
  • Alcohol/Drugs/Cigarettes: Using alcohol or drugs can have severe negative impacts on you and your baby and should be avoided. Help is there if you need it. Your provider can give you the resources and support you need to quit.

Delivery and Postpartum Care

Preparing for Delivery

As you approach your due date, it is important to prepare both mentally and physically. We recommend the following resources to help you get ready for your delivery:

  • Childbirth Classes: Childbirth classes teach you techniques that will help you during labor. Courses are available through WIC, as well as at Saint Thomas Midtown, where you will deliver.
  • Hospital Tours: Touring the hospital is a great way to get familiar with the space and reduce anxiety. Tours can be scheduled at Saint Thomas Midtown.

Postpartum Care

After delivery, you and your baby will each have routine follow-up visits:

  • Your Visits:
    • Vaginal delivery: 1 visit 3-6 weeks after delivery
    • C-section: 1 visit 10-14 days after your procedure
  • Your Baby’s Visits:
    • 1st: Day of the delivery
    • 2nd: 1-2 weeks after they are born

*To learn more about pregnancy and postpartum care, preparedness, and our recommendations, download our comprehensive Pregnancy Guide.

Download Pregnancy Guide

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