Bringing a new life into this world is an incredible journey. This journey comes filled with excitement, joy, wonder, and a touch of anxiety. The nurse midwives at Trinity Health IHA Medical Group have the unique privilege of supporting expectant moms through the miraculous process of pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
Choose the right care provider for yourself.
You have options for care during pregnancy, and it is important to find a healthcare provider who you trust and feel comfortable with. This could be an obstetrician or a certified nurse midwife. At Trinity Health IHA Medical Group, we are proud to have amazing practitioners to serve patients across the Southeastern Michigan area.
It is important to attend all of your prenatal appointments as scheduled.
Prenatal and postnatal care are both essential for the health and well-being of both mom and baby. These appointments are an opportunity for your provider to monitor your baby’s growth, as well as your own health, through all stages of pregnancy.
As your pregnancy progresses, the frequency of your visits will increase.
At approximately 8 weeks, you will begin seeing your provider monthly, then twice each month at 28 weeks. Once you hit the 36-week mark, you will be seen weekly.
A series of ultrasounds will take place throughout your pregnancy.
The first will take place during the first trimester: this ultrasound will confirm your due date. At 20 weeks, an anatomy scan will take place where your provider will be able to look at your baby in detail. The final ultrasound will take place at 36 weeks. This ultrasound will make sure that your baby is in an ideal position for a vaginal birth.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy or other risk factors, your provider may recommend additional scans to monitor your health and the health of your growing baby.
Blood tests are part of routine care throughout pregnancy.
These blood tests will include a full STI (sexually transmitted infection) panel as well as testing for diabetes and anemia.
Nutrition will be key; it is the cornerstone for a healthy pregnancy.
At Trinity Health IHA Medical Group, we recommend that you take a prenatal vitamin throughout your pregnancy. Your individual provider may recommend additional supplements, such as iron if it is needed.
Pregnancy can bring on a whirlwind of emotions.
It is vitally important to take care of your mental health just as you care for your physical health. If you have had a history of anxiety and/or depression prior to or during pregnancy, your provider may recommend an early postpartum visit to check in with you.
Be curious! Seek out reliable sources of information, attend prenatal classes, and read books.
Knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy. Extended appointments are offered by the Trinity Health IHA Medical Group Nurse Midwives to ensure you have time to ask all your questions, so bring them with you! We want to hear your concerns and fears so we can help and reassure you throughout this journey.
Trinity Health IHA Medical Group Nurse Midwives have the privilege of being a part of countless beautiful beginnings. Remember, every pregnancy journey is different, and your journey will have its own twists and turns. Trust your instincts and your healthcare provider. And embrace the joy, challenges, and growth that come with bringing a new life into the world!