Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Whether you’re new to motherhood or you’ve been through the experience before, the women’s health experts at OB/GYN of Evangelical are here to help guide and support you through every stage of your pregnancy and assist with the delivery of your new baby. We’ll help you learn everything you need to know, even starting before your first visit!

Scheduling Your First OB Appointment

Like most OB practices, unless you’re experiencing a problem, OB/GYN of Evangelical first sees expectant mothers during their eighth week of pregnancy.

The best time to call us to schedule your first appointment is after your period is two-to-four weeks late. To schedule an appointment with OB/GYN of Evangelical, please call 570-523-8700.

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The Importance of Prenatal Care

It’s important for you to begin taking good care of yourself and your developing baby as soon as you know you’re pregnant. This usually begins several weeks before your first OB appointment.

Begin Taking Prenatal Vitamins

Once you know you’re pregnant, you should begin taking a prenatal vitamin that contains:

  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Iron

And, if you aren’t getting enough omega-3 fatty acids or essential fatty acids in your diet, you may want a prenatal vitamin or supplement that contains 200 mg of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Avoid Undercooked Foods

When you’re pregnant, it’s important that you avoid eating undercooked foods, including meat and fish. Raw or undercooked fish and meat can carry parasites and other microbes that could cause potential harm to you or your baby.

Avoid Unpasteurized Dairy Products and Deli Meats

Unpasteurized cheeses and deli meats can carry Listeria, a type of bacteria that can lead to miscarriage or an infection in a developing baby. Although this is very uncommon in the US, we still advise expectant mothers to avoid these foods.

Talk with Your Primary Care Doctor About Any Health Conditions You May Have that Could Affect Your Pregnancy

If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, depression, or other chronic health conditions, talk with your doctor. These conditions could affect your pregnancy.

Ask Your Primary Care Doctor About Any Medications You’re Currently Taking

Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications could harm your developing baby. Ask your doctor whether they’re safe to take during your pregnancy. You may need to stop taking certain types of medication altogether, or switch to a different medication, during part or all of your pregnancy.

Avoid Aspirin and Ibuprofen

While you’re pregnant, you should avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Aleve, etc.). If you need a pain reliever during your pregnancy, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a safer choice. 

Experiencing a Problem? Call us at 570-523-8700

Please call our office immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Vaginal bleeding that is more than spotting
  • Persistent cramping
  • Any severe pain
  • Fever higher than 101 ⁰F
  • Vomiting that prevents fluid intake for more than 24 hours

Your First Visit

Unless you’re experiencing a problem, your first appointment will take place in your eighth week of pregnancy. During this appointment, we’ll:

  • Ask questions about your health and habits. This will help us check for issues that could affect your pregnancy. One important question will involve the date of your last period. This information will help us project your baby’s due date 
  • Perform a full physical exam, including a pelvic exam
  • Do an ultrasound test to confirm your pregnancy and help confirm your baby’s projected due date
  • Collect blood and urine samples to perform various tests
  • Discuss testing for genetic disorders

We’ll also attempt to answer any questions you may have.

High-Risk Pregnancies

At OB/GYN of Evangelical, our women’s health experts are experienced in identifying high-risk pregnancies.
Your pregnancy may be high-risk if you:

  • Have a chronic health condition such as diabetes or a heart problem
  • Have a history of pre-term labor
  • Are older than age 35
  • Are carrying more than one baby
  • Have other complicating factors that might put you in a high-risk category

We refer high-risk patients to board-certified OB/GYN doctors who have received specialized fellowship training in maternal fetal medicine (MFM). For your convenience, you can schedule your visits with maternal fetal medicine specialists at our Lewisburg office.

Routine Visits and Testing

If you’re healthy and have no complicating risk factors, your OB appointments generally will follow this schedule:

 Number of Weeks Pregnant Frequency of OB Visits
 From 8-28 weeks Visits occur every 4 weeks
 From 28-36 weeks Visits occur every 2 weeks
 From 36 weeks until delivery Visits occur once each week


Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll see all of our certified nurse midwives. This will allow you to get to know each of them, and them to get to know you. The midwife on call when it’s time to deliver your baby will be the one to help you through your labor and delivery. 

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Preparing for Your Labor and Delivery

OB/GYN of Evangelical is a hospital-affiliated practice. All of the babies we help deliver are born at The Family Place, the obstetrics unit at Evangelical Community Hospital.

A Visit to The Family Place

To help you become familiar with The Family Place, we’ll schedule a time for you to visit the unit about 36 weeks into your pregnancy. While you’re there, you’ll also complete most of the paperwork that we’ll need to admit you to the hospital when it’s time for your baby to arrive.

Your Baby’s Doctor

Also during this visit, we’ll ask you the name of the pediatrician or family doctor who will be caring for your baby after you leave the hospital. We can provide you with a list of local pediatricians and family doctors who are accepting new patients, if you don’t have one already.

Birth Care Services

When it’s finally time for your baby to arrive, one of our expert, certified nurse midwives will provide compassionate care and support to you during your labor. We believe in honoring your birth plans to every extent possible, whether you’ve chosen a completely natural birth or want an epidural. And, if all goes according to plan, the midwife will deliver your baby.

Coordinated Care

At the Family Place, our midwives and doctors work closely together. That means, if needed, your midwife can involve one of our doctors in your care at any time. 

Scheduled and Emergency Cesarean Sections

If you are having a scheduled C-section, or if you should need an emergency C-section, one of our board-certified OB/GYN physicians will deliver your baby.