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Obstetrics

Whether you’re pregnant for the first time or are expecting the latest addition to your family, this time requires early, regular, high-quality care for you and your baby. Dr. Knudsen has cared for thousands of expectant mothers over the years. As a mother of five, she has a deep understanding of what women and their babies need during pregnancy and delivery.

  • How far along will I need to be for my detailed ultrasounds and what will each be for?
    Your first detailed ultrasound will happen at approximately 20 weeks and is mainly to check the baby’s estimated size, ensure that the baby is properly developing and how the placenta and umbilical cord are positioned. You’ll also get a chance to find out the sex of your baby.
    Your second detailed ultrasound will happen at approximately 30 weeks and is referred to as a biophysical profile. This ultrasound is to ensure your baby’s safety by checking the baby’s position, the amount of fluid, placental position and maturity and the size and weight of the baby.
  • What should I expect from my first obstetric appointment?

    Your first OB appointment will typically get scheduled when you are 8-12 weeks along which is determined by the first day of your last period and is referred to as the LMP (last menstrual period). During your visit you’ll get a full physical exam including, a pelvic exam, breast exam, urine test, blood work and likely an ultrasound. We want to check your overall health and attempt to identify any risk factors that may occur during pregnancy, at birth or if there will be any fetal complications. Based on your OB doctor’s assessment you may be asked to stop certain habits, watch for specific warning signs and symptoms, and using your LMP (last menstrual period) date, ESTIMATE your due date. Your first visit is always the best time to ask questions and discuss any lifestyle changes or health and risk factors that may result in specific restrictions and/or additional testing. Also remember to establish a reasonable schedule for future visits with your doctor according to your needs.

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  • High-risk pregnancy

    • Personally and as a physician, Dr. Knudsen is experienced with high-risk pregnancy. For the past 25 years, she’s cared for pregnant women with diabetes, high blood pressure and other health problems. She has the excellent training and in-depth experience you can feel confident in. At Community Medical Center, Dr. Knudsen also has access to excellent resources to meet all your medical needs during labor and delivery.
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    • Throughout your pregnancy and when it’s time to deliver, Dr. Knudsen makes it a priority to be here for you. It’s rare that one of our patients ends up seeing an on-call doctor for delivery. This comes from Dr. Knudsen’s dedication and attention to you – not by making your delivery fit her schedule. With Dr. Knudsen and her team, you’ll have the support you need to have the personal birth experience you want, with an uncompromising dedication to keeping you and your baby safe and healthy.
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    • If you’re having trouble becoming pregnant, be sure to talk with Dr. Knudsen. She provides infertility evaluation and initial treatment, and she’ll help you get more specialized care if you need it. Dr. Knudsen offers her compassion along with extensive medical knowledge and has helped many couples achieve their dream of having a child.
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