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Prenatal care

Pregnancy is a special time, and it requires specialized prenatal care. We're here to keep you and your child healthy throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal services may include checkups, nutritional supplements and childbirth education.

Obstetricians in Nashville, Tennessee

As you prepare for pregnancy and birth, our specialists are with you every step of the way.

At TriStar Health hospitals, we know the range of emotions that occur during pregnancy. Our obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) and care team build a nurturing environment for soon-to-be parents throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

Tour our birthing suites

We offer a tour to familiarize you with our state-of-the-art facilities. Your questions are answered by your tour guide as you visit our birthing and postpartum suites, waiting area and nursery.

We offer a tour to familiarize you with our state-of-the-art facilities. Your questions are answered by your tour guide as you visit our birthing and postpartum suites, waiting area and nursery.

Specialized care for your pregnancy

Every pregnancy, from mother-to-mother, from child-to-child, is different. To get you as close to full-term as possible while keeping you healthy, our staff is trained and experienced in looking for, monitoring, and treating a variety of prenatal conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Substance abuse during pregnancy
  • Weight management issues

Our prenatal services

Our prenatal specialists provide ongoing care for women before the births of their babies.

What to expect at a prenatal appointment

Routine prenatal tests frequently include blood, urine and blood pressure tests for mom, and monitoring heartbeat and growth for baby. The types of testing and monitoring vary from trimester to trimester and may be dependent on certain risk factors, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. You can opt-in or opt-out of some tests and insurance coverage may not include all testing, which is why it is important to communicate with your OB/GYN throughout your pregnancy.

In addition to routine tests, you can expect to receive the following care and services at different stages of your pregnancy:

  • Discussions on how you feel physically and emotionally
  • Discussions regarding labor and childbirth and your desired birth plan
  • Information and resources about staying healthy throughout your pregnancy
  • Ultrasounds
  • Pap smears
  • Weight checks
  • Group B strep tests
  • Glucose screenings
  • Pelvic exams
  • Breast exams
  • Monitoring baby's heartbeat
  • Measuring baby's growth
  • Genetic testing

Early prenatal appointments

Appointments for prenatal services can also be scheduled before you are pregnant. This is sometimes referred to as preconception care. Because some of the most crucial development for the baby happens during the first trimester, it is ideal to begin prenatal care as early as possible.

Preconception appointments will help you create a plan to prepare mentally and physically for pregnancy. Some topics that may be discussed include:

  • Managing existing medical conditions
  • Improving diet and exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Abstaining from alcohol and drugs
  • Evaluation and best practices for supplements and medications
  • Receiving certain vaccinations
  • Family history of miscarriages, genetic diseases and medical conditions
  • Avoiding exposure to toxic substances

Childbirth and parenting classes

Prenatal care also includes educational resources about how to care for your baby after birth and consideration for where you decide to give birth. Our educational classes are available to all moms, and some classes are tailored for spouses and siblings to prepare everyone in your home for your baby's arrival. Classes are taught by specially trained birth center experts and include topics pertaining to:

Preparing for childbirth

This class teaches the basics of pregnancy and childbirth. It includes discussions on the changes your body will go through as well as what to expect during labor (relaxation techniques, pain management, interventions, complications). It also covers postpartum and newborn care.

Breastfeeding

Moms will learn the benefits of breastfeeding in this class. They will also receive information on how to properly latch your child to the breast, the type of equipment needed and how to avoid common issues.

CPR and safety

Expecting parents, grandparents, babysitters and anyone else interested in learning safety techniques and infant CPR are welcome to take this class.

Sibling care

This class promotes bonding and safety. Brothers and sisters can learn how to play and interact with the newest addition to their family.

(Classes may vary based on hospital location.)

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