Prenatal and Maternal Care

We understand how exciting pregnancy can be.

That’s why everyone at Fairview hospitals and clinics provides compassionate care to you and your baby. 

Please call us at 855-FAIRVIEW (toll-free) to make an appointment with one of our OB/GYN specialists today.

Prenatal care
In order to monitor your pregnancy over the months, visiting your doctor for regular check-ups makes good sense. That way you ensure your health and the health of your baby.

How often you’ll visit your provider
  • Once a month during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy
  • Twice a month during the 28th through 36th weeks of pregnancy
  • Once a week after 36 weeks
  • If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll have these prenatal appointments more often.

What to expect at your appointment
You will:
  • Get answers for all your questions
  • Check your weight, blood pressure and temperature
  • Listen to your baby’s heart beat
  • Check the size and position of your baby

Prenatal tests available:
  • Ultrasound – Checks for any physical problems and the presence of more than one baby. It’s done with a machine that uses sound waves to create an image of the baby that can be seen on the screen.
  • Blood tests – Checks for any problems such as gestational diabetes (diabetes that develops in pregnant women) or genetic disorders.
  • Fetal echocardiogram (in select locations) – Checks to see if the baby has heart problems. It’s done with a machine creating an image of the baby's heart that can be seen on the screen.

What happens if you have a high-risk pregnancy?
Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant and have a high risk of experiencing a medically complicated pregnancy? If so, the expert providers at University of Minnesota Medical Center’s three Maternal-Fetal Medicine Centers are available to provide you with our highly-specialized care.
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