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Prenatal care before delivery is essential to ensuring a healthy pregnancy for mom and baby. This care includes regular office visits with a physician, midwife, or certified nurse practitioner, completing scheduled tests, and attending prenatal classes.
Regularly scheduled visits with physician, midwife, or certified nurse practitioner are needed to ensure healthy development of baby. Healthcare providers can detect health problems early when mothers are seen regularly. Early treatment can cure or prevent health problems. Regularly scheduled visits during pregnancy are essential to assess both maternal and fetal health, growth and development, and to keep mom up-to-date with a recommended of testing. Visits are scheduled monthly through the 28th week of pregnancy. During the third trimester, visits will occur every 2-3 weeks until 36 weeks. Visits will then occur weekly until delivery.
During mom's first appointment, our healthcare team will ask about health history including diseases, operations, and prior pregnancies, obtain family history information, complete a physical exam including pelvic exam and pap test, take blood and urine for lab work, check blood pressure, height and weight, and calculate due date for baby's arrival.
Later appointments in pregnancy include blood pressure check, measure of weight gain, measure of abdomen to check baby's growth, baby heart rate monitoring, and ultrasound tests if ordered by the physician.
Patients are encouraged to write down questions to ask the healthcare provider prior to the scheduled appointment to ensure understanding pregnancy progress and health status.
During pregnancy, it is important to monitor health of mom to ensure a proper environment for baby to grow and develop. The healthcare provider will schedule tests including blood work to check for anemia or infection, blood type and Rh, genetic testing if desired, and blood glucose screening for gestational diabetes.
Expectant mothers attend prenatal classes prior to delivery, especially for first-time pregnancies. Childbirth classes can be scheduled by calling (814) 534-9009.
On-site: A series of three, two-hour classes for mom and labor coach should be taken during the final trimester of pregnancy. Topics include signs of labor, process of labor and childbirth, relaxation and breathing techniques important to the mother's comfort during labor and delivery, comfort measures, pain management, and anesthesia.
Online: Online child birth classes - Your Place! Your Pace! All from the convenience of your own home.
For more information or to register for on-site or online classes, call (814) 534-9009.
A three-hour class is open to pregnant women interested in learning more about breastfeeding, including the labor coach. Class topics include advantages of breastfeeding for mother and infant, preparation for breastfeeding, feeding after delivery, and support services.
Lactation Support Services
Breast milk is ideal food for baby. Conemaugh Health System Certified Lactation Consultants offer support and assistance to each mother's needs immediately following birth. Breastfeeding assistance and skills are tailored to meet the needs of mother and baby.
Big Brother & Big Sister Class
A fun, interactive class offered to children ages two to eight years old who will soon become a big brother or sister. Participants take a tour of the maternity department, dress and diaper lifelike baby dolls, and learn about behaviors of a newborn.
Eating healthy food is a large part of prenatal care. During pregnancy, it is important to be aware of maintaining healthy nutrition, rather than "eating for two". Eating a variety of healthy foods will help ensure meeting baby's needs for development. Expectant mothers are encouraged to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, foods low in saturated fat, and drink plenty of fluids especially water.
Exercise is beneficial to both mom and baby, and helps mom prepare for upcoming labor. Pregnancy is not a time to start a new exercise routine or vigorous workout programs. Expectant moms should ask the healthcare provider about appropriate types of exercise during pregnancy.