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After you leave the hospital, you will be in close touch with health care providers for the first months of your newborn's life. If you leave go home within 48 hours you'll probably be asked to see your pediatrician when your baby is 2-4 days old. Learn what you can expect to happen at that first appointment.
A trip to the pediatrician can be an anxious time for parents as they are often worried about their child's health. The following tips should ensure you get the most out of your visit.
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If your pregnancy is progressing normally, you probably will be visiting our doctors and nurses every other week during this time period. At 36 weeks gestation, your provider may schedule weekly visits until your baby arrives. At each visit you can expect the routine:
- Your weight measured
- Your blood pressure taken
- Your urine analyzed
- Your abdomen measured to check you baby's growth (fundal height)
- Your baby's heartbeat listened to
- A vaginal exam may be done at each visit to:
Selecting a doctor for your new baby is an important decision. Schedule interviews before your baby is due with potential pediatricians. In addition to getting specific answers to questions about your baby's care and the office procedures, you'll know if you feel comfortable with him/her.