Obstetrics 

You and your pregnancy

Congratulations! We look forward being a part of your care team during this exciting journey. We expect that you may have many questions. This area of the site includes resources and information for you to access at any time. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call the office to speak with a member of the care team. 

At Boston Health Care for Women, we strive to provide personalized and attentive care. Dr. Mansour, our solo provider, sees you at each and every visit and will be the physician at your delivery. Below you will find your care timeline which will vary based on your needs and medical history. Thank you for choosing us for your obstetrical care. 

 

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FIRST TRIMESTER

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Weeks 6-7: You will come into the office for your first visit with us. Prenatal lab testing will be done at Quest Diagnostics or at the time of your visit through Genpath. During this time, the baby’s heart begins to beat spontaneously and you may hear it on the ultrasound. Dr. Mansour will send you for your first visit at Diagnostic Ultrasound for an early pregnancy assessment ultrasound.

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Weeks 8-12: You will come back for your second visit after attending your first ultrasound. After 10 weeks, we encourage you to undergo prenatal genetic testing. This is a blood draw done in the office and may be done during your prenatal visit or individually. It takes about two weeks for the results to come back. Your baby now has begun to grow fingertips and eyelids. Most of your baby’s organs such as the lungs, liver and kidneys are forming.


SECOND TRIMESTER

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Weeks 17-19: Your second trimester ultrasound will be performed and you will come into the office for your visit. At this time, you may begin to feel your baby move. The baby’s ears now distinctly stand out of the sides of the head.

Weeks 24-26: During this time, you will undergo glucose level testing which screens for gestational diabetes. This test is a non-fasting blood test that can be done in the office or Quest Diagnostics. You will be given a sugary drink called Glucola and an hour later your blood will be drawn. At this time, your baby has developed stem cells, will we provide you with information about storing cord blood.

 


THIRD TRIMESTER

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Weeks 26-27: At the start of your 26th week of pregnancy we ask that you measure your baby’s activity in kick counts. We will have you count 3 times a day and attempt to count five kicks in one hour, or ten kicks in two hours. If it is anything less than that please give the office a call. We want you to practice monitoring movement that is normal for your baby. You baby can now open and close their eyes! At 27 weeks, we can begin administering the TDAP Vaccine which can be done up until 36 weeks. 

Week 30-35: During this time, you will have your third trimester ultrasound. At the 35 weeks, Dr. Mansour will perform a Group B Strep Culture. Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum. This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum of about 25% of all healthy, adult women[1]. If you test positive, you will receive extra antibiotics during delivery. At this time, your baby’s eyes may be able to see light filtering through the womb.

[1] American Pregnancy Association, 2018

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Week 36-40: You will come into the office each week for monitoring. If you are over 35 years old, we were perform non-stress test fetal monitoring with your visits.Your baby is the size of a small pumpkin! If you experience signs of labor or have any concerns call the office to page Dr. Mansour.


LABOR AND DELIVERY


POSTPARTUM CARE

You and your newborn

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Being a new parent can be an exciting and overwhelming time. One month following delivery, we will see you back in the office for your postpartum visit! If you plan to use formula Dr, Mansour recommends Similac or Enfamil.  If you experience any changes in mood or are feeling overwhelmed please give the office a call.