First and foremost, congratulations! Pregnancy and welcoming a child into the world is an incredible experience. At Kernodle OB/GYN, we understand that for first-time moms and new patients, in particular, it can often feel like sailing into uncharted territory. To help give you the most positive experience possible, here is what to expect at your prenatal visits:
At Kernodle OB/GYN, we provide patients with a team approach through physician and midwifery care. Our physicians and midwives perform deliveries at the hospital on a rotating basis, so we recommend that you see all providers during your pregnancy.
The following is a summary of routine prenatal care that we provide throughout an uncomplicated pregnancy. Please keep in mind that each woman and each pregnancy is different, and events may vary to reflect that.
Your first OB visit will typically be around 8 weeks. Upon confirmation of your pregnancy, you will meet with the doctor or midwife to discuss your medical history and other information about what to expect throughout your pregnancy. She will also give you information about the group practice and important telephone numbers.
You will return to Kernodle OB/GYN every 4 weeks until you reach 28 weeks (about 7 months). From 28 to 35 weeks, you will be seen every two weeks, then weekly beginning at 36 weeks until you deliver your baby. Six weeks after delivery we will see you for a postpartum checkup.
At each visit, we will check your blood pressure and weight. You will also be asked to provide a urine sample at your first visit and each visit beginning with the 20th week of pregnancy. You can expect your provider to check fetal heart tones, measure your abdomen, and review your blood pressure, weight and test results.
All tests are reviewed by your provider. Should any have an abnormal value that requires immediate attention, one of our nurses will notify you. Otherwise, your provider will review the results with you at your next visit.
Between appointments, we encourage patients to write down any questions you may have and bring them with you to your next appointment. At any time, you can view lab results, appointments and other useful information online through our patient portal, Duke MyChart.
Throughout your pregnancy, you can expect several routine screenings. Your provider will also talk to you about optional screenings that are available to you.
As a patient at Kernodle OB/GYN, you can view lab and test results as well as a summary of your health history at any time through the convenience of our online patient portal, Duke MyChart. You can also view and schedule upcoming appointments, request prescription refills, view and pay your bill, and send a secure message to your healthcare team about any non-urgent needs. If you have questions about Duke MyChart, including how to sign in or receive an activation code, contact Duke Customer Services at (919) 620-4555 or toll-free at (800) 782-6945.