St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

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What to Expect?

Prenatal care generally consists of:

  • Monthly visits during the first two trimesters (from week 1-28)
  • Every two weeks from weeks 28 to 36 of pregnancy
  • Weekly after week 36 (delivery at week 38-40)

Your first visit might be one of your longest – for good reason. The physician and staff will want to get to know you and your medical history and establish a plan of care. Understandably, you will probably have a lot of questions and you will want to make sure those questions are answered and you feel comfortable with the information presented.

You will most likely have a physical examination during your first visit. Physical examinations generally consist of:

  • Collection of your medical history
  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Collecting your height and weight
  • Performing a pelvic exam
  • Running blood and urine tests

Around week 20, or about half way through your pregnancy, Obstetric ultrasounds are commonly performed. Ultrasounds have been used for over 35 years for monitoring pregnancy.

Typically ultrasounds are used to:

  • Determine due date (based on measurements and relative developmental progress)
  • Determine the sex of the fetus
  • Note the development of fetal body parts (e.g., heart, brain, liver, stomach, skull, other bones)
  • Assess possible risks to the mother
  • Check for fetal malformation
  • Determine if an any medical conditions exists
  • Monitor the amniotic fluid and umbilical cord for possible problems
  • Check for multiple fetuses