The First Step
Prenatal care is a very important first step in having a healthy baby. As partners in your care, we want to show you what you will need for a healthy pregnancy.
The Pregnancy Access Bridge (“Bridge”) visit takes place in between your positive pregnancy test and your first prenatal visit with you prenatal provider.
The appointment is not a substitute for prenatal care and it is important to continue with a prenatal provider to get the full range of tests that you need.
Tests and Lab Work
At your Planned Parenthood Bridge appointment, we offer the following services:
• An ultrasound that tells you how far along you are
• Gonorrhea test
• Chlamydia test
• HIV test
• Syphilis test
• Flu shot (if available)
Here is a list of the additional things your prenatal provider might test for when you start prenatal care:
• Anemia (low iron)
• Blood type
• Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
• Measles or mumps
• Genetic testing for conditions like Down Syndrome
• Cervical cancer (pap smear)
Important Steps For Prenatal Care
- Apply for ongoing Medi-Cal or other health insurance coverage.
- Once your Medi-Cal or other insurance plan is approved, select a prenatal provider and call to schedule your first prenatal visit.
- At your first prenatal appointment with your prenatal provider, bring a copy of the ultrasound.
Need More Information About Your Pregnancy?
Please visit https://www.acog.org/patients for more information on the following topics, and many more.
• Pregnancy and nutrition
• Nausea and pregnancy
• Exercise and pregnancy
• Benefits of flu shot
• Smoking, alcohol, and drugs
• Travel during pregnancy
Other helpful websites: