Finding out you’re pregnant can be one of the most exciting but nerve-wracking times in your life. For expert care and compassionate guidance, the practice of Paul W. Morrison, M.D. Obstetrician Gynecologist offers prenatal care and labor and delivery support for both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. Based in Newburgh, Indiana, and serving the Evansville area, Dr. Morrison has more than a decade of experience supporting women to have the birth they want using safe, evidence-based care. To schedule a prenatal visit, call the office or fill out the online form to request an appointment.
Dr. Morrison recommends that most women who’ve had a positive pregnancy test come in for their first prenatal visit at eight weeks. If you’re not sure how far along you are, the team can perform a urine or blood test to check your hormone levels and an ultrasound to measure your baby and establish an estimate of your due date.
For the first portion of your pregnancy, you visit with Dr. Morrison and his team once a month to keep track of how you’re feeling, how much weight you’re gaining, and how your baby is growing. After 28 weeks, you visit the office every two weeks, and then you visit once a week from 36 weeks until you have your baby. These visits are important to ensure your health and the health of your baby.
At your first few prenatal visits, Dr. Morrison performs routine tests including:
These tests check for signs of anemia, which could prevent your baby from getting enough iron for proper development, and infections that could affect your baby if not treated. Later in your pregnancy, you’re screened for gestational diabetes, too.
Between 18 and 22 weeks, Dr. Morrison performs an ultrasound of your baby to check on his or her development. This is traditionally when you can learn the sex of your baby, if desired. Genetic testing is available sooner if you don’t want to wait to find out your baby’s gender. Both 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds are available.
There are also optional genetic tests that are performed at different times during your pregnancy to check for genetic abnormalities. If you’d like advanced testing to screen for genetic diseases, discuss your options with Dr. Morrison.
A high-risk pregnancy may affect you if you:
If you’re considered high risk, Dr. Morrison provides you with safe options for care throughout your pregnancy and delivery in order to ensure your health and the health of your baby.
To schedule a prenatal visit, call the office or fill out the online request form now.