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PHOENIX
1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-241-1671

AHWATUKEE
4530 E. Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-759-9191

1st Trimester (0 to 13 Weeks)

Overview

The first 14 weeks of pregnancy is the most important trimester because this is when the vital structures of your baby are developing. The embryo develops all of its organs and grows to about 1.5 inches. The heart, brain, lungs, eyes, arms, and legs have formed, however, not all of structures are fully functional. The placenta and umbilical cord are also formed during this time.

First OB Visit

Why is prenatal care important?

Regular appointments with your health care provider throughout your pregnancy are important to ensure the health of you and your baby. In addition to medical care, prenatal care includes education on pregnancy and childbirth, plus counseling and support. Frequent visits with your health care provider allow you to follow the progress of your baby’s development. These visits will also give you the opportunity to ask questions.

What happens on my first prenatal visit?

Your first prenatal visit is designed to determine your general health status and will also give us clues of risk factors that might affect your pregnancy. Your first prenatal visit will be longer than subsequent visits. The purpose of the initial visit is to:

  • Determine your due date
  • We will go over your health history, current and past medications
  • Determine if you have any pregnancy risk factors based on your age, health, and/or personal and family history
  • You will be asked about previous pregnancies and surgeries, medical conditions, and exposure to any contagious diseases.

Your first prenatal visit will include:

  • Physical exam
  • Pelvic exam
  • Listen for your baby's heartbeat
  • Lab Tests

How often do I see my OB provider during pregnancy?

Generally, recommended follow-up visits are every four weeks until 28 weeks. If you have risk factors that is affecting your pregnancy, your follow-up visits will be sooner than 4 weeks.

Appointments Overview

Care Instructions

Phoenix Office

602-241-1671
602-230-7982

1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Ahwatukee Office

480-759-9191
480-759-9105

4530 E Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Hospital Affiliation

         Main 602-839-2000
OB Triage 602-839-6700

Banner University
Medical Center Phoenix

1111 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006