- During the first trimester (weeks 0 to 13) many changes occur and expectant mothers are usually anxious to be informed, which is why we usually see them at intervals of 2 weeks, we perform a laboratory evaluation with general tests such as urine test, blood count and blood chemistry and finally we completed with the ultrasound and blood screening evaluation for aneuploidies (fetal chromosomal alterations).
- The second trimester (weeks 14 to 28) is spent evaluating fetal growth and development and controlling risks of the appearance of medical diseases in the mother such as arterial hypertension and gestational diabetes. For this reason we have special vigilance in the control of the mother’s weight and nutrition and we perform the O’Sullivan Test (screening for Gestational Diabetes) and the detailed morphological evaluation of the fetus between weeks 20-22.
- The third trimester (week 29 to 40) begins with the fetal echocardiographic evaluation and after week 32 the evaluation intervals are usually shortened again to two weeks, monitoring good fetal and maternal health, to prepare for the birth that usually occurs between weeks 38 and 40 of gestation and whose attention will be by delivery or caesarean according to each particular case.
Postpartum care is carried out with consultations a week and a month after the birth, in such a way as to verify that the patient’s recovery is carried out adequately in relation to those prior to pregnancy.
For future parents it is important to have an answer to the concerns they have regarding the health of their future children with maximum efficiency and the best humane treatment, hence the support of the neonatologist pediatrician.
Since our patients are pregnant, it allows us to meet this objective by offering continuity, communication with other units and information on the child’s history, which guarantees maximum security in monitoring their health once the birth occurs.
After the birth, the neonatologist assists the newborn during their hospital stay through physical examination, Apgar test and other tests that he deems necessary depending on each particular case. Subsequently, it will be in charge of the health control of the healthy child, where the objective is the prevention of diseases, the early detection of anomalies and the promotion of optimal physical, mental and social development, including monitoring the vaccination schedule.