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Clinical Services at Rush Ob-Gyn Care for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. It can also be an emotional time of great uncertainty. Ob-gyns at Rush offers highly skilled and compassionate care to women before, during and after pregnancy.

New Labor and Delivery Rooms in Tower

Our new state-of-the-art labor and delivery services in Rush’s hospital building, the Tower, offer pregnant women a safe and nurturing place to welcome their babies into the world.

Labor and delivery is part of the Rush Family Birth Center, which also includes the Mother-Baby Unit and the NICU.

Patients at Rush also have access to maternal-fetal specialists, who specialize in high-risk pregnancies, if problems arise during the pregnancy.

Trying to getting pregnant?

Our clinicians can help women prepare for pregnancy by seeing them before they get pregnant to discuss the following:

  • Health history and medication use
  • Infertility
  • Nutrition
  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Smoking cessation
  • Trying to conceive
  • Vaccinations for women trying to conceive
  • Weight management

Prenatal care

When a woman becomes pregnant, our clinicians provide expert prenatal care, including the following services:

  • Answers to common pregnancy complaints and questions
  • Estimation of fetal weight
  • Pregnancy confirmation
  • Prenatal nutrition guidance
  • Prenatal testing
  • Psychosocial (including depression or mood disorders) and environmental (including exposure to prescription drugs or other toxins) pregnancy risks
  • Teratology (birth defects) and drug use during pregnancy
  • Treatment during normal and abnormal puerperium (the six-week period after childbirth)
  • Treatment of breech presentation
  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme, persistent vomiting)
  • Treatment of pregnancies to go beyond 40 weeks gestation
  • Treatment of pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), an extremely itchy, hive-like rash that affects some women during pregnancy

For healthy pregnancies, prenatal appointments are typically:

  • Every four to six weeks until 28 weeks
  • Every two to four weeks from 28 to 36 weeks
  • Weekly from 36 weeks to delivery

What to expect at your prenatal appointments:

  • Abdomen measurement
  • Blood pressure check
  • Discussion of any discomfort, problems or questions
  • Fetal heart beat with a Doppler device
  • Urine screen
  • Weight check

Prenatal testing

Many of the following prenatal tests are available at Rush to pregnant women:

  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Amniocentesis
  • Fetal monitoring
  • First trimester prenatal tests
  • Genetic counseling
  • Glucose tolerance test
  • Group B strep culture
  • Non-stress test
  • Percutaneous umbilical cord blood sampling (PUBS)
  • Second trimester prenatal tests
  • Transvaginal ultrasound

Diet and weight gain

Gaining weight is a natural part of pregnancy. Depending on a woman’s overall health and weight before pregnancy, clinicians at Rush will discuss healthy weight gain and good nutrition during prenatal visits.

The recommended weight gain for healthy women who are an average weight before pregnancy is between 25 and 35 pounds.

High-risk pregnancies

A high-risk pregnancy occurs when a woman or her baby is at risk for developing a health problem. Maternal-fetal specialists at Rush provide exceptional care and consultation services for high-risk pregnancies.

Gynecologic care

Many women require gynecologic care that may not be related to pregnancy. At Rush, there are doctors who specialize in treating other conditions related to a woman’s reproductive system, such as menopause, endometriosis, fibroid tumors and ovarian cancer.

Clinical specialists 

Clinicians at Rush work closely with women to help them have safe and healthy pregnancies.


Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park

Maternal and fetal medicine specialists

Contact us

To make an appointment, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

Contact Name
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Contact Phone
(312) 942-6380
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