When you’re pregnant, it’s important to choose a medical provider for all of your prenatal checkups to ensure you and your baby have a safe and healthy pregnancy. Abigail Justiss, MD, provides comprehensive prenatal care and labor and delivery support at Pflugerville OBGYN. Located in Pflugerville, Texas, Dr. Justiss always treats you with compassion and respect throughout your pregnancy. To learn more about the practice and schedule a visit, call the office or book online today.
You should schedule an obstetrics appointment with Dr. Justiss when you are about five to eight weeks pregnant. Dr. Justiss recommends taking an at-home pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy before visiting the office.
During your pregnancy, you’ll have multiple prenatal visits with Dr. Justiss to check on the growth and development of your baby and your overall health. These prenatal visits are typically spaced one month apart at the beginning of pregnancy until week 28. From weeks 28 to 36, you’ll have prenatal visits every two weeks. After 36 weeks, you’ll have a visit each week.
Dr. Justiss is the first full-time OB/GYN at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. She’ll discuss your labor and delivery plans with you leading up to your due date so you can be prepared and know what to expect.
During your prenatal visits, Dr. Justiss checks your weight and blood pressure and asks how you’re feeling and if you’re experiencing any side effects of pregnancy. The first trimester is often the most difficult as your body adapts to pregnancy. This can come with nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. If your symptoms are severe, Dr. Justiss provides treatment to help you feel better.
During your second and third trimesters, Dr. Justiss monitors your weight gain along with the development of your baby. Many of your visits may include an ultrasound to check your baby’s growth and heart rate.
At your week 20 visit, you’ll have an ultrasound to assess the development of your baby’s brain, lungs, and other organs. The 20-week ultrasound typically lasts about 30 minutes and is the longest exam you’ll have throughout your pregnancy.
Dr. Justiss also performs blood tests throughout your pregnancy to check your cholesterol and iron levels, blood sugar levels, and determine your blood type. These tests are spaced throughout your pregnancy as needed.
In addition to blood tests and ultrasounds, Dr. Justiss may also perform the following screening procedures.
Some of these tests are required to assess for conditions like gestational diabetes which can affect your baby. Other tests are optional and not required. Dr. Justiss may recommend certain tests if you’re over the age of 35 or have a family history of genetic disorders.
To schedule a prenatal visit, call Pflugerville OBGYN or book online now.