Navigating First Trimester Screening: Key Insights by Dr. Renee Obey

The first trimester of pregnancy is a period filled with anticipation and care. At Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group, Dr. Renee Obey and her team emphasize the importance of first trimester screening tests. These tests are crucial for assessing the health of the mother and the developing baby.

Understanding First Trimester Screening

First trimester screening tests are typically performed between the 11th and 14th weeks of pregnancy. They are designed to assess the risk of certain chromosomal conditions, such as Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18).

Types of Screening Tests

These screenings usually include a combination of blood tests and an ultrasound evaluation called a nuchal translucency scan.

Blood Tests

The blood tests measure levels of specific pregnancy-related hormones and proteins in the mother’s blood, providing information about the risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

Nuchal Translucency Scan

The nuchal translucency scan is an ultrasound that measures the thickness of the fluid at the back of the baby’s neck. An increased thickness can be an indicator of a chromosomal abnormality or heart problem.

The Significance of Early Screening

Early Detection for Better Outcomes

Early screening plays a critical role in prenatal care. Detecting potential issues early can significantly improve outcomes, as it allows for timely and appropriate medical interventions or planning.

Informed Decision Making

First trimester screening provides valuable information that can help expectant parents make informed decisions about their pregnancy and prepare for any potential health issues in the baby.

Integrating Screening with Prenatal Care

At Summit Women’s & Wellness, we integrate first trimester screening into our comprehensive Obstetrics services. Our approach ensures that screening is seamlessly incorporated into your regular prenatal care, providing a holistic picture of your pregnancy health.

Personalized Care Approach

Each pregnancy is unique, and so are the needs of each expectant mother. We provide personalized care, tailoring screening and follow-up based on individual health profiles and risk factors.

Beyond Screening: Comprehensive Prenatal Support

Navigating Test Results

Understanding the results of first trimester screening can be challenging. Dr. Obey and her team offer detailed counseling to help you understand the results and what they mean for your pregnancy.

Emotional and Psychological Support

We recognize that undergoing screening tests can be emotionally taxing. Our Virtual Class and Support Groups provide a supportive environment where you can share your experiences and receive support from other expectant mothers.

Continuing Care Post-Screening

Following the first trimester, ongoing care remains crucial. We continue to monitor the health of both mother and baby, adapting our care plans as your pregnancy progresses. This includes subsequent prenatal visits, routine check-ups, and additional screenings or tests as needed.

The Summit Women’s & Wellness Commitment

Our commitment to your health and well-being extends throughout your pregnancy journey. Along with first trimester screening, we offer a range of services to support your health, including Nutrition, Preventative Care, and Menopausal Care.

Closing Thoughts: A Partnership in Your Pregnancy

At Summit Women’s & Wellness Medical Group, Dr. Renee Obey and her team are dedicated to providing expert, compassionate care throughout your pregnancy. First trimester screening is a vital step in ensuring your and your baby’s health and well-being. For more information or to schedule your first trimester screening, please contact us at 909-736-9091.


  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2023). First Trimester Screening.
  2. March of Dimes. (2023). Screening Tests in the First Trimester of Pregnancy.
  3. National Health Service (UK). (2023). Screening Tests for You and Your Baby: First Trimester.