The Role of Your Healthcare Provider During Pregnancy

Dr. Karen Buhler, family physician, discusses The Role of Your Healthcare Provider During Pregnancy.

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Dr. Karen Buhler, family physician, discusses The Role of Your Healthcare Provider During Pregnancy.
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Featuring Dr. Karen Buhler, MD, CCFP
The Role of Your Healthcare Provider During Pregnancy
Duration: 2 minutes, 3 seconds

You should see a care provider as early as possible in your pregnancy.

There are many tests and investigations that need to occur early on. A prenatal visit will start off by meeting your care provider and finding out about their care philosophy, their approach to childbirth, and who's on call, where and what options you have for where you deliver.

They'll ask you a lot of questions, it may seem like quite a barrage at first, but they need to find out everything about your health, your past surgery, all the things that have ever happened to you in your health; your family history, and your social concerns.

In early pregnancy, an ultrasound is recommended to confirm your dates because finding out when your baby is due is very important.

Next, there are many blood tests that are ordered to check for other conditions, signs of old infections, and many things that can be used to predict how healthy you are now and how healthy your pregnancy is going to be. Some of these tests are time sensitive, especially the ones around genetic screening.

After a complete history is taken, a complete physical is taken. You are examined from head to toe, including a Pap smear and pelvic exam so that infections can be ruled out.

Subsequent to this, there are a few tests ordered along in the pregnancy, such as a detailed ultrasound in the middle of the pregnancy. After you get these first four or five visits done where a lot is taken care of, your pregnancy is pretty easy with your health care provider.

You come once a month, have a visit where your blood pressure is checked, and the growth of the baby is checked, where your belly is measured, and the baby's heartbeat is listened to.

Nearer to the end of the pregnancy, visits are closer together, and at the very end of the pregnancy, you see your care provider once a week. If you have any questions about your care, check with your care provider.

Presenter: Dr. Karen Buhler, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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