What should I expect during my pregnancy?

Dr. Bhanot typically sees you every 2 weeks early in your pregnancy, prior to 13 weeks, then she sees you every 4 weeks for routine prenatal visits. These routine visits increase in frequency to every 2- 3 weeks around 28 weeks, and then to once a week when you’re 36 weeks along.

Dr. Bhanot monitors you and your growing baby closely. At each visit, you’re weighed, your urine is tested and your blood pressure is checked. Dr. Bhanot will also listen to your baby’s heart beat and assess how well the baby is growing.

What pregnancy services are available?

Dr. Bhanot provides full-service medical care for low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. Services include but aren’t limited to:

• Normal prenatal care
• 2D/3D/4D ultrasounds
• Vaginal and cesarean deliveries
• Early Non Invasive Genetic screening
• Antenatal testing (ultrasound plus heart-rate monitoring)

The practice also offers noninvasive genetic Panorama prenatal testing, which can be performed as early as the 10th week of pregnancy.

What tests happen during pregnancy?

Dr. Bhanot recommends the following routine tests and examinations to monitor your health and that of your growing baby. You may have:

• A pelvic exam
• Ultrasound
• Pap smear
• STI testing
• Cultures and urine testing
• Blood work to check your baseline for thyroid function, blood sugar control etc.

Expect a panel of tests to check for signs of infections or viruses that can affect your pregnancy. These tests assess your blood type, look for certain antibodies, and check for signs of:

• Rubella
• Hepatitis B virus
• Syphilis
• Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
• Gonorrhea
• Chlamydia
• Group B streptococcus (GBS)

Dr. Bhanot also recommends routine screening for gestational diabetes. This is lab test will be done at around 25-27 weeks.

Do I need screening for birth defects during my pregnancy?

Dr. Bhanot offers screening tests to assess your risk of having a baby with a congenital disability or genetic disorder. They recommend testing for birth defects if you have certain risk factors, such as a family history of birth defects or if one of your children has a birth defect or genetic condition.

If your screening test shows an increased risk, they may suggest more powerful tests to diagnose the problem. While an abnormal test result can be alarming, in most cases, the baby is healthy. Likewise, a birth defect may occur even if a test result doesn’t show an abnormality.

Where do I deliver my baby?

Dr. Bhanot has a long standing relationship with St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose and with El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos. These strong ties allow the practice to provide high-quality care for low-risk and high-risk pregnancies. You’ll experience a seamless experience transitioning from your pregnancy to delivery.

Call Dr. Bhanot’s team today for prenatal care or book a consultation online.