Prenatal Appointments

 Congratulations on Your Pregnancy!

pregnantDuring the next several months, you will probably have lots of questions, and we are always available to help you with this. We have created an information package that will hopefully answer some of your questions, and give you an idea of what to expect during your pregnancy.

Your prenatal care is very important. We will be doing check-ups throughout your entire pregnancy, and what to expect at different times is explained in the following pages. We need to see you:

  • Once a month in your first trimester (up to 12 weeks) and second trimester (up to 28 weeks);
  • Twice a month until 36 weeks; and
  • Once a week from 36 weeks until you deliver your baby.

Because we no longer do deliveries, you will be seen either by an obstetrician or a family doctor who does deliveries. We usually send you to see this person at about 32 weeks of your pregnancy.

At any point, if you develop abdominal or pelvic pain, bleeding, or cramping, or if you are concerned about your health or the health of your baby, please give us a call, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment.

We encourage you to educate yourself about pregnancy and parenting. We recommend the free online prenatal class Welcome To Parenting.

You may also have questions about what is safe during pregnancy. We have provided basic information on this in the information package below, but a good resource that you can access at home is Motherisk.

The Government of Canada has published a helpful guide on what to expect during pregnancy: The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Please let us know if you have any questions about the information you find on those websites.

We have compiled a package that addresses questions that many pregnant women have, including information on prenatal care, weight gain, complications, exercise, and foods to avoid. Click here to download the entire package, or select one of the options below:

Prenatal Care Introduction
Weight Gain during Pregnancy
First Trimester
Exercise during Pregnancy
Pocket Guide for Common Symptoms, Medications, and Product Safety during Pregnancy

More Handouts

Looking for more information? The handouts below address many common issues and concerns during pregnancy.

Pregnancy – Second Trimester Info
Pregnancy – Third Trimester Info
Annapolis Valley Health Dear Mother to Be
Pregnancy and Seat Belt Use
Prenatal Testing Options for Women 35 years of Age or Older
Rh Factor and Pregnancy Pamphlet
Sex During Pregnancy
Tests during Pregnancy
Things to Avoid during Pregnancy
Travel During Pregnancy
Discharge Instructions after Vaginal Delivery
Exercise During Pregnancy
Fetal Heart Rate
Maritime Prenatal Screening and Diagnostic Testing Options
Maternal Serum Testing Pamphlet
Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
Over the Counter Medications to Take While Pregnant

Links to Other Resources

Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada Public Education Pamphlets