Even with all the joy and anticipation pregnancy can bring, it’s common to have questions and concerns. Your body will go through various changes during pregnancy, and it can be helpful to know what to expect.
Mid-pregnancy visits will occur every 2-4 weeks. Most visits will be check-ups to make sure that both you and the baby are healthy. We will check your weight and blood pressure and screen for common pregnancy-related problems. At some visits, you may have other tests done such as a screening test for diabetes of pregnancy.
Below, you will find information that covers laboratory testing, prenatal classes and what to expect during your mid-pregnancy visit.
Preterm labor is a serious complication of pregnancy that can sometimes occur during the second and third trimesters. Symptoms of preterm labor include uterine cramping or “balling up” that occurs several times an hour, increased pelvic pressure, vaginal bleeding and/or an increase in vaginal discharge. Please contact us for evaluation if you are experiencing these symptoms.
In general, most pregnant women will be most comfortable lying on their sides to sleep. A body pillow or pillow between the legs can help with comfort. After the first trimester, lying on the stomach should be avoided. As you get further along, most women will become uncomfortable lying on their backs because the uterus compresses a major blood vessel. Lying with a slight tilt to the left or right side is safer and more comfortable. Propping yourself up with pillows or lying in a recliner can also help with comfort.
At 24-28 weeks, we will perform a screening test for gestational diabetes called a glucola. This will require you to drink a sugar beverage and have your blood drawn one hour later. You do not have to fast for this visit, but please do not eat or drink anything really sugary in the hour or two before your visit. If this test is abnormal, further testing will be performed.
At 34-36 weeks, we will perform a vaginal examination to test for group B strep (GBS). GBS is a bacteria that 30% of women carry naturally. It is not a problem for you, but it could infect the baby. If you test positive for this, you will receive antibiotics through your IV during labor.
Presbyterian Hospital offers a variety of classes for parents-to-be including childbirth preparation, hospital tours, breastfeeding classes, infant CPR and sibling classes. For more information on these classes or to register for the hospital, please call 704-384-4949 or register online.
We deliver at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in uptown Charlotte. Presbyterian Medical Center offers a full range of gynecologic and obstetrical services including anesthesia services, centralized monitoring, ability to offer vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC), and a Level III NICU.
Presbyterian Medical Center is located at 200 Hawthorne Lane Charlotte, NC 28204. The main hospital phone number is 704-384-4000. Labor and delivery’s phone number is 704-384-4947.
There is a parking garage located at the corner of 5th Street and Hawthorne with the entrance off Hawthorne street. In this garage, there are specially designated parking spots for “Moms in Labor”. These are located to the right upon entering the garage.