Last Updated on:
November 6, 2022

Pregnancy Guide

Know to Ask:

Pregnancy can be an exciting but also an overwhelming time. In order to make the experience easier, it is important to be aware of the recommended medical exams and know what questions to ask your doctor. Some ultrasounds and other tests require you to make an appointment well in advance. Women experiencing a high risk pregnancy will need extra monitoring, and should review the second page of the checklist. In addition, this page includes helpful and important employment rights for pregnant women. Bsha’a tova!

Timeline of Recommended Tests & Monitoring During Pregnancy

Positive Pregnancy Test Make an appointment
with your gynecologist
Schedule
doctor’s appointments every 4-6 weeks.
Get hafnayot
(referrals) for upcoming tests.
Schedule Monthly weight and blood pressure checks with the nurse separately.
First Visit - Before Week 12 Blood Test Kupah walk-in with hafnaya during lab hours
Week 13 - 17
(recommended 14 -16)
Early Fetal Anatomy Scan
(סקירת מערכות מוקדמת)
Covered with SHABAN only
Week 16 - 20 Second Trimester Screening:
Triple Screen Blood Test
(חלבון עוברי)
Increased co-pay (62 NIS).
Evaluates risk for Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.
Week 19 - 25
(recommended week 20 - 23)
Late Fetal Anatomy Scan
(סקירת מערכות מאוחרת)
If risk is indicated, one may be sent for a detailed scan of a specific organ or body part
Week 24 - 28 Blood count & Glucose Tolerance Test An initial 1 hour test is done. If results are high, a repeat 3 hour test will be carried out
Week 28+ Third Trimester Ultrasound To determine the size and position of the baby
. It May be sent more than once

Other Tests

Please note: In cases where increased risk is indicated, these tests may be recommended by your doctor or a clinical geneticist. It is important to clarify with the kupah which tests are covered.

Week 10-12 Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Week 16-20 Quad Screening Additional blood test done in conjunction with the Triple Screen Blood Test.
Week 16-24*
Week 32+
*Many public hospitals will not do an amniocentesis at weeks 24-32.
Amniocentesis If amniocentesis is performed, there is no need to do the Triple Screen Blood Test (Second Trimester Screening). All women over the age of 35 are offered an amniocentesis. As with all tests, a woman can defer this test if she chooses.

Employment Rights:

Who is Considered High Risk Pregnancy?

  • Women over the age of 35, or under the age of 18.
  • Women with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart conditions, etc.
  • Pregnancy of multiple babies
  • Women with an infection during pregnancy.
  • Women with preeclampsia (רעלת הריון) or gestational diabetes (סוכרת הריונית).
  • Women who have experienced recurrent miscarriage (3 or more).
  • Women who have had previous high risk pregnancies (although this will depend on the cause of the risk in the previous pregnancy).

Monitoring During High Risk Pregnancy:

  • Once determined as high risk, your regular OBGYN may refer you to a high risk OBGYN who should monitor you throughout the rest of the pregnancy.
  • High Risk OBGYNs have limited appointments, so make your first appointment ASAP.
  • Be prepared to have extra doctor’s appointments, monitoring, and ultrasounds.

Supplemental Insurance Package Reimbursements:

  • 1,500 NIS reimbursement for a Doula.
  • 700 NIS reimbursement for seeing a private specialist.
  • 400 NIS reimbursement for extra night of recovery post birth, consultation with lactation consultant, consultation with sleep specialist, and other consultations post birth.
  • Equipment such as a breast pump must be purchased at your kupah's pharmacy in order to received reimbursement for the product.
  • Reimbursement of 75% up to 2,000 NIS for each pregnancy, and limited to 4 pregnancies. Pregnancies of multiples can receive reimbursement up to 4,000 NIS. Before April 1, more than 2,000 NIS will be reimbursed.

A Few Tips:

  • Bring up any medical concerns or important medical history at your first appointment. Do not be afraid to ask questions and advocate for yourself and your baby.
  • Ask the doctor to give you the relevant hafnayot (referrals) for future tests as soon as possible.
  • Ultrasound appointments fill up quickly through the kupah, so it is important to make all appointments as early as possible. It’s a good idea to make appointments for your first few tests/ultrasounds right after your first doctors appointment. You can always cancel later.
  • Many ultrasounds are time sensitive. When making an appointment, double check, and confirm the appointment you are given is during the appropriate time for your pregnancy.

Clinics and Urgent Care:

  • Merkaz Briut Haisha: Most kupot have a Merkaz Briut Haisha (Women’s Health Center) or Mirpa’at Nashim (Women’s health clinic) in major cities or areas. Many of them offer walk in services for fetal monitoring, ultrasounds, and consulting with a doctor.
  • Mirpaat Geulah: (Jerusalem) Open from 8 AM-7PM, and offers all types of ultrasounds. They work with all kupot (but require a hafnaya and hitchayvut). Even when paying out of pocket, their prices for basic ultrasounds are reasonable, and it is fairly easy to get an appointment.
  • TEREM: Many TEREM locations offer ultrasounds, and will be faster than going to the emergency room. It is a good first option if experiencing first trimester bleeding or pains. (Please note: If it is a serious emergency, go straight to the hospital emergency room).
  • Miyun Nashim: Some hospitals have a separate ER for maternity patients. Anyone after 24 weeks of pregnancy should go directly to the Miyun Nashim if experiencing any problems.

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