Thank you for choosing Charleston Ob/Gyn during one of the most exciting and important times of your life. Every birth is a special event, and we’re committed to providing you with the highest level of safe, competent, and personalized care to assure the health of you and your baby.
Charleston Ob/Gyn provides complete obstetrical care that includes prenatal visits, the delivery and a postpartum evaluation. For your convenience, prenatal labs and routine ultrasounds are performed in the office.
We proudly deliver babies at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. This facility offers private labor, delivery, and recovery rooms, and has an excellent Level II nursery.
A pregnancy consists of the three stages, or trimesters.
The first trimester of your pregnancy is 0 to 14 weeks, or the first three months. Your first pre-natal visit will be around 6-8 weeks. During this visit you will have a pelvic exam and an ultrasound. We will discuss any further testing that is relevant to you and your pregnancy as well as draw pre-natal labs.
Pregnancy side effects may include:
The second stage of your pregnancy includes weeks 14 to 28 weeks, and this is when women begin to “look pregnant.” It is between 20 and 22 weeks that you will begin to feel your baby move. During this time you will have your second trimester anatomy ultrasound, which is scheduled between 19 and 21 weeks. It is at this time that we evaluate the anatomy of your baby and can determine its gender, if desired. Between 24 and 28 weeks you will be screened for diabetes. This is also the time to discuss work policies with an employer, begin considering child care plans, start looking for a pediatrician, and register for classes and a tour of the hospital.
Side effects may include:
The third and final stage of your pregnancy includes week 28 until birth. During this time your visits will become more frequent. Pelvic exams begin at 35 weeks and you will start coming weekly at this time.
Side effects may include:
IF ANY OF THESE THINGS HAPPEN, CALL OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT 843-740-6700. If you need to leave a message with the after-hours answering service, remember to:
Some examples of high-risk pregnancies include gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, chronic hypertension, hyperthyroidism, hyperemesis, advanced maternal age, and other conditions. We are well equipped to manage these medical conditions. We also work in conjunction with the Maternal Fetal Medicine doctors for added consultation if needed.
We deliver solely at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, which is conveniently located a mile from our West Ashley office. This hospital also has a Laborist Program which offers an in-house obstetrician 24 hours a day and 7 days a week that is available to cover any emergency.
It is best for your baby to have a vaginal delivery when medically safe. The decision to electively induce your labor is primarily based on your medical conditions and will be discussed between you and your physician. Although there are times when a Cesarean section is necessary, we are proud that our C-section rate is below the national average.
The childbirth classes offered by our hospital are taught by the Labor & Delivery nurses and are highly informative. We encourage you to attend these classes, especially if this is your first delivery.
We encourage skin-to-skin contact directly after vaginal or C-section birth, which improves breast feeding success and bonding with the baby. There are lactation consultants available to you at the hospital to ensure breast feeding success.
Most people stay in the hospital 1 to 2 days after a vaginal birth and 2 to 3 days after a C-section. Six weeks after delivery you will have a full physical exam at our office and birth control will be discussed. If you have had a C-section or a high-risk condition, you may be seen more frequently. Postpartum blues and Postpartum depression are not uncommon occurrences. If you are feeling symptoms of sadness or hopeless, we encourage you to let us right away. There are many ways we may be able to help.
For an extensive list of FAQs, visit the Patient Education FAQ site at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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