Testing Positive! | Doctor Ryan - Family Medicine

Testing Positive!

Congratulations on your new pregnancy!

It’s not unusual to be super excited and also extremely nervous at the same time.  Even if this isn’t your first pregnancy, you’ll quickly find out that each pregnancy can be as unique as each new child.  So this is something that I have put together to guide you along the journey.
In the end, I am hoping that you will have more questions than this guide can provide.  Write them down!  The next time that you’re here, we will go through each and every one.  If you have a question that simply can’t wait, then please call!  I would much rather have you call me here at the Vadnais Heights Healtheast Clinic than worry until your next visit.  If you have suggestions as to how to make this website more helpful, I am always open to feedback. Below you will find some helpful information about your:

1)Clinic visit schedule
2)Tips on how to get the most out of your pregnancy visits
3) My contact information if you need to reach me or schedule a visit

Sincerely,

Ryan Dick M.D.

PREGNANCY VISIT SCHEDULE

1st trimester (week 1 to 12)
-Your initial “Pregnancy Confirmation” visit
-Pregnancy physical and pregnancy labwork (between 2 to 3 weeks after your confirmation visit)
-Then routine pregnancy checks every 4 weeks or so

2nd trimester (week 13 to 27)
-Routine pregnancy checks every 4 weeks or so
-A chance to see the baby’s sex during ultrasound
-Check for pregnancy related diabetes

3rd trimester (week 28 until delivery)
-Routine pregnancy checks every 2 weeks (weeks 28 to 36)
-Routine pregnancy checks every 1 week (starting week 36)

**This is meant to be a guideline, but may be modified by your physician (most of the time that’s me!) at any time**

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PREGNANCY VISITS
1) Always bring lots of questions
2) Don’t be shy!  This is the time to bring up that stuff that you looked up online and have been worrying about.
3) Bring something with you so that you can write down what we have discussed.  Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of everything we review.
4) Be Honest.  If you have a health concern (even if its a bit embarrasing), I can promise you that I have heard the concern before.  You can trust me to keep your concerns and questions confidential and get an honest answer when you need one.
5) Bring someone to your visits!  It’s always nice to meet the family who has been a big part of your pregnancy before your big day and I love it when husbands, partners, sisters, mothers, or friends come visit with you.  Often times they can help us find the baby’s heartbeat.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Entira Highland Clinic
1540 Randolph Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105
651-699-8333

St. John’s Labor and Delivery
1575 Beam Ave  Maplewood, MN 55109
651-232-7550