Congratulations on deciding to start or
expand your family!
Prenatal Care for a Healthy Pregnancy
At Bellevue Woman’s Center, our number one priority is ensuring the health and comfort of expectant moms and their babies. Whether you are a first-time mother, or you are preparing to welcome your next child, we’re here to act as a guiding hand throughout the process.
Searching for a prenatal care provider? View a list of physicians with privileges at Bellevue.
Trying to Conceive (TTC)
How long will it take to get pregnant?
Does timing matter?
What can I do to increase fertility?
When you’re trying to have a baby or even just thinking about it, it’s normal to have questions. A lot of questions. Talking to your doctor will help you navigate them as you focus on your preconception health—the things you can do before your pregnancy to increase your chances of having a healthy baby.
Your doctor will want to discuss your health history, any medical conditions that could affect a pregnancy, the medications you’re taking, and other behavior and lifestyle factors. Together, you and your doctor will begin to create a plan for your pregnancy.
Prenatal Tests & Care
Your pregnant... now what?
Should you change your eating habits?
Stop (or increase) your exercise habits?
What can you do today to ensure a healthy pregnancy?
Pregnancy is an exciting time…but it can also be stressful. Regular prenatal appointments will help to answer any questions you have and move you toward a safe, healthy pregnancy. While Bellevue Woman’s Center does not offer prenatal care directly, we can help you find an OB/GYN with privileges at Bellevue.
Staying healthy through your pregnancy is an important part of your prenatal care. Work with your doctor to develop a plan for your diet, exercise, and activity that will help your baby to thrive at every stage of early development. The goal of prenatal care is to detect any potential problems early, to prevent them if possible (through proper nutrition, exercise, and vitamin intake), and to recommend appropriate specialists if necessary.
Prenatal care visits will increase as your pregnancy goes on. You can expect:
- Monthly visits for the first two trimesters (weeks 1-28)
- Biweekly visits during weeks 28-36
- Weekly visits from week 36 to delivery (week 38-40)
(Women older than 35 or with a high-risk pregnancy may see their doctor more often.)
Creating your birth plan now can help you to prepare for your upcoming delivery. Once you have filled it out, bring it to your prenatal appointments and talk about your wants and needs with your doctor. This will help you both to craft the best birth experience for you and your baby.
Childbirth & Prenatal Classes at Bellevue
Bellevue offers a wide variety of classes for expectant mothers and families to support you during pregnancy and to help plan for your new arrival.
Childbirth and prenatal classes are open to ALL mothers, whether or not you choose to deliver at Bellevue. Current classes include:
- All About Infants
- Breastfeeding Support
- Breastfeeding Preparation Class
- Infant Safety and CPR
- Prepared Childbirth
- Returning to Work While Breastfeeding
- Sibling Class