During Pregnancy

When you find out you are pregnant, there are a lot of things you need to know.
Pregnancy timeline
NT ultrasound —11 to 13+6 weeks
   •  FTS: 11 to 13+6 weeks
   •  IPS#1: 11 to 13+6 weeks
   AFP: 15 to 20+6 weeks
   IPS#2: 15 to 18+6 weeks
   MSS: 15 to 20+6 weeks
Anatomy scan: 19 to 20 weeks
Glucose challenge test: 24–28 weeks
You will have many routine tests and medical visits during your pregnancy.
Time to pack your bags!
Due date — only 5% of babies are born on their due date!

Induction of labour if baby not born yet
Have an emergency?
  • Before 20 weeks, go to the ER
  • After 20 weeks, go to the Assessment Room (2S-176)
  • If it's not really urgent, see your health care provider or family doctor
Need a family doctor?
Remember to:
Sign up for prenatal classes!
Common terms

Placenta: connects mom and baby. Provides baby's nutrients and oxygen and takes away its waste.

Amniotic fluid: babies float in a fluid actually made up of their urine. An ultrasound can measure this fluid.

opening to uterus. Should stay tightly closed until the baby is ready to be born. During labour it should dilate to 10 cm.

Rectum: where you store stools (poo)
Gt to know some common terms as you prepare for the birth of your baby.
Fetus: what we call the baby when it's still inside the mother.
Uterus: muscular structure where your baby, placenta, amniotic fluid are located.
Bladder: where you store urine. The baby presses against the bladder and this is why you might have to pee frequently in pregnancy.
Vagina: the passage through which a baby is born in a vaginal or “natural˜ delivery.                   

Wash your hands

Wash your hands: Performing hand hygiene (e.g. washing one's hands with soap and water or using an alcohol hand rub) is the most important method of preventing the spread of infection in the hospital. This is why you will see all the staff washing their hands before and after caring for their patients. We encourage patients, families and visitors to also wash their hands frequently. Read a booklet on patient and family hand hygiene. Download: Booklet on patient and family hand hygiene

Get a flu shot
Get a flu shot: Getting the flu can cause serious problems when you are pregnant. Even if you are generally healthy, changes in immune, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to get seriously ill from the flu. Pregnant women who get the flu are at higher risk of hospitalization, and even death than non-pregnant women. Severe illness in the pregnant mother can also be dangerous to her fetus. When you get your flu shot, your body starts to make antibodies that help protect you and your baby against the flu. Antibodies can be passed on to your unborn baby, and help protect the baby for up to six (6) months after he or she is born. Prevention is better than a cure— get your shot today! Read a flyer on getting the flu shot when pregnant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Download: Flyer on getting the flu shot
Thank a staff member
Say Thanks: From the best medical treatments to the little things that make a difference, our staff go the extra mile to provide exceptional care. You can now acknowledge the meaningful experience you and your family had at North York General Hospital by making a donation in honour of your doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, volunteers and support staff. When you do, they will receive a unique pin and a card with your personal message of thanks. Your gift will help to ensure that our hospital can continue to provide our patients with the best care today, and drive the health innovations of tomorrow. Visit the North York General Foundation website.
You can also contact the Patient Experience Office to provide feedback about your experience at NYGH.

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