Regular prenatal care is key for a healthy pregnancy. Our clinic obstetricians work with you over the course of your pregnancy to monitor your baby’s development and do routine testing to help find and prevent possible problems. Each visit is also a good opportunity to ask questions about your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
While each visit may vary somewhat, you can expect your obstetrician to:
- update your medical history
- check your urine
- check your weight and blood pressure
- check for swelling
- feel your belly to check the position of your fetus
- measure the growth of your belly
- listen to the fetal heartbeat
- discuss any genetic testing you decide to do
How often you’ll get prenatal care depends on how far along your pregnancy is and how high your risk is for complications. The typical prenatal care schedule for someone who’s 18 to 35 years old and healthy is:
- Every 4 or 6 weeks for the first 32 weeks
- Every 2 or 3 weeks for the 32nd-37th weeks
- Every week from the 37th week until delivery
Your doctor might recommend more frequent pre-natal visits if you have a high-risk pregnancy.