Dr. Jenkins and the staff at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine are honored to see you and your family through this exciting journey toward parenthood. We understand that there are many changes ahead, and we have compiled some educational information that can help you prepare. Remember, this information contained here is intended as a complement to the professional care you receive in our office.
We're here when you need us
Our Katy obstetrics and gynecology practice is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00pm. Fridays we are open from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The doctor may also be reached on weekends or after hours by calling our office at 855-346-8610. In the event that we determine you need immediate medical attention, we will direct you to the emergency room, and will follow up with the medical team there.
When are you due?
Rarely are babies born on their exact due date. We estimate this date in order to help us monitor growth and schedule appropriate screenings. A full-term pregnancy is estimated to last about 280 days after the last period.
Prenatal visits are scheduled as follows
- Weeks 7-10. Confirm pregnancy and perform ultrasound.
- Weeks 10-12. Physical examination, thyroid function test, and screening cultures are performed.
- Weeks 13-26. Monthly visits.
- Weeks 27-34. Bi-weekly visits.
- Weeks 34 to delivery. Weekly visits.
Fetal movement, what to expect
You may begin to feel your baby moving sometime between week 16 and week 22 of your pregnancy. Initial "flutters" tend to be mild and infrequent. Once you begin to notice these movements, which will intensify as your baby grows, they will occur about 10 times every two hours. More movement may occur after meals or snacks, especially after dinner, when you are ready to relax. You may also feel movement more when you lie on your side and gently press on your belly with your hand. If you are concerned that you have not felt the expected movement, and you have tried the methods mentioned here, contact our office.
There are several routine tests that we schedule throughout your pregnancy. These include:
- Routine lab work is done to check blood and Rh type, anemia, and antibodies.
- Blood type may be O, A, B, or AB. Rh, or Rhesus, and may be either positive or negative. If Mom is negative and Dad is positive, we will give Rh Immunoglobulin to prevent the formation of antibodies. This will protect this baby and future babies as well.
- Rubella. Most people are immunized against this virus, which is the cause of German measles, during childhood. If immunity to this condition has not been established, there is a risk that infection could occur during pregnancy. This could potentially cause birth defects.
- Infections. Screenings for bladder infections, hepatitis B, Chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea are performed. Additional screening for toxoplasmosis and chickenpox may also be necessary.
- PAP smear. This test is intended to identify pre-cancerous cells on the cervix.
- Ultrasound. The first ultrasound is typically performed in the first trimester, or first twelve weeks of pregnancy. This may be a transvaginal ultrasound if performed before 12 weeks. Ultrasound is a safe way for us to see the baby. It may also be used if miscarriage is suspected. Miscarriage occurs in 1 of 5 pregnancies.
Are you pregnant or planning a pregnancy? Call our office at 855-346-8610.