At Platte River Medical Clinic, we specialize in women’s health. This includes care when you are expecting. Our provider, Dr. Smith, is here for you during your pregnancy and our entire staff is here for the health and well-being of your whole family.
For the course of your pregnancy you’ll receive the utmost care. This includes blood work, a glucose tolerance test, an ultrasound, and doppler. Find out more about each below:
- Blood Work Labs are taken throughout your pregnancy to check hormone and protein levels that will help determine placenta and fetal health.
- Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) This test is performed to determine if you have gestational diabetes. This is done by measuring the level of sugar in your blood.
- Ultrasound Using high-frequency sound waves, the ultrasound creates an image of your baby. The 20-week ultrasound will help confirm a due date as well as allow the provider to monitor fetal growth, check the amount of amniotic fluid, examine blood flow patterns, and more. Keep in mind, the ultrasound will not be performed at Platte River Medical Clinic, but we will refer you to a clinic that performs ultrasounds.
- Doppler This is a device that checks your baby’s heart beat.
Keep in mind, we also have a certified lactation consultant on staff if you have questions about breastfeeding.
Prenatal Care Timeline
This is the timeline that Platte River Medical Clinic follows for prenatal care. Visits typically last 15 minutes. Your second visit will be 30 minutes long.
|Pregnancy||What to Expect at your Appointment|
|First Visit||We will confirm your pregnancy and refer you to Dr. Smith to establish OB care.|
|Second Visit||8-10 weeks||This is your initial OB visit (IOB). You’ll meet with Dr. Smith to go over your OB/GYN history as well as medical and family history. We may also attempt a doppler and you will get labs drawn.|
|Third Visit||12-13 weeks||You’ll go over the lab results from your previous visit. You’ll get a gynecological exam and we will attempt a doppler.|
|Fourth Visit||16 weeks||Dr. Smith will discuss genetic screening and perform a doppler. At this time we will order your 20-week ultrasound. The ultrasound will not be performed at Platte River Medical Clinic. We will refer you to a clinic to receive the ultrasound.|
|Fifth Visit||20 weeks||We’ll review your ultrasound and perform a doppler.|
|Sixth Visit||24 weeks||We will perform a doppler and discuss the 1-hour GTT that will be done at your next appointment.|
|Seventh Visit||28 weeks||We will perform a doppler and the 1-hour GTT. If the test is abnormal, you’ll need to return to the clinic for a fasting, 3-hour GTT.|
|Eighth Visit||32 weeks||We will perform a doppler.|
|Ninth Visit||36 weeks||We will perform a doppler and discuss transferring your OB care to the delivering OB group at your preferred hospital.|
Why are Prenatal Appointments Important?
Prenatal care is not only important for your baby, but for your health as well. Your provider will help you navigate your pregnancy with education and counseling, according to womenshealth.gov. The checkups will also let you and your doctor see the health of your baby.
Schedule your Little One’s first Well Baby Exam
You can continue seeing Dr. Smith, or any of our providers, for your little one’s well baby checks. Click here to schedule your baby’s first appointment.
Platte River Medical Clinic is a patient-centered medical home. This model of care emphasizes the coordination of care between you and your primary care provider. You will receive the right care at the right time. Use the patient portal to email your provider directly and get your test results quickly.
Learn more about our Provider
Dr. Smith has a passion for patient education and education in medical training. She believes a good rapport and understanding of a patient’s needs drives better health outcomes.
We accept most major insurance. This includes OB patients with Medicaid. Follow the link for a full list of accept insurance.