Prenatal appointments are an important part, in fact, the most important part of your pregnancy. These appointments can help to make sure the mother-to-be an the baby are in good health during and not risk for any complications.
Here’s what to expect during prenatal appointments:
What is discussed during prenatal appointments?
During your prenatal appointments, your doctor will ask you the following questions:
- How do you feel physically?
- How do you feel mentally?
After you have answered those questions, your practitioner will ask you if you have any questions for them. Once all of your questions have been answered, they will then offer tips on how to continue to care for yourself and your baby in the best way possible.
Before your appointment is over, your practitioner will give you information on things you should look for or expect before your next prenatal appointment.
Will there be any tests performed during my appointment?
Yes, there will be test, but do not let that frighten you. Here are some of the things your doctor will do:
- Check the position and size of your baby by feeling and measuring your belly
- Listen to your baby’s heartbeat (this can happen as early as the 10th week but typically happens from week 12 and on)
- Take your weight
- Check for swelling in your face, feet, or hands
- Take a urine sample
- Take your blood pressure
- Measure and feel your belly to check your baby’s size and position (in the second and third trimesters)
Should you be at risk for one or more medical conditions, your doctor might also perform the following exams:
- Blood tests
- Biophysical profile
- Nonstress tests
- Nuchal translucency screening
- Glucose screenings
- Doppler scans and ultrasounds
- Pap smear
- Breast exam
- Pelvic exams
- Group B strep
How often should I expect to have prenatal appointments?
During low-risk pregnancies and depending on which stage you find out you are pregnant, you should expect between 10 and 15 appointments. The timeframe between each is as follows:
- First trimester Once a month
- Second trimester: Every other week
- Third trimester: Every week