Prenatal Visits.png

Confirmation of Pregnancy

  • Usually around 6 weeks or after the first missed period or first positive home pregnancy test.

  • An ultrasound is done to confirm the pregnancy.

8-10 Weeks

  • This is an information gathering visit and takes about an hour!

  • It includes orientation to the practice, lab work, brief ultrasound and a complete physical exam.

  • Visits after this will usually be every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then every week until delivery depending on your particular history and pregnancy.

11-14 Weeks

  • Consider a flu shot.

  • Discuss exercise.

  • Screening for at risk mothers: First trimester, sequential screen or maternal serum cell-free DNA testing for chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomy 13, 18 and 21 (Down syndrome). Testing may include a Nuchal Translucency screening ultrasound. Additional genetic carrier testing can be done to evaluate for genetic risk for complications such as cystic fibrosis.

15 Weeks

  • MSAFP (maternal serum alpha-feto protein) is a blood test that screens for neural tube defects and placental problems may be recommended even if genetic screening is declined.

  • For High Risk moms a Quad-screen can be done if first trimester screening is declined.

18-20 Weeks

  • A review of systems ultrasound is done- your baby is big enough to see the major anatomy!

20-24 Weeks

  • This is a great time to begin thinking about pregnancy and birthing classes and to pre-register and schedule a tour at the hospital.

  • Local classes can be found online or by calling 1-877-HealthOne.

  • Discuss Baby Kick Counts.

24-28 Weeks

  • The one hour glucose tolerance test is done to screen for gestational diabetes.

  • A complete blood blood count is also checked to screen for anemia.

  • If you are RH negative, an antibody screen blood test is also done and you will receive a RHOGAM shot.

  • Discuss Preterm labor symptoms.

  • Visits begin every two weeks.

30-36 Weeks

  • Begin thinking about labor desires, breastfeeding needs, your pediatrician, plans for circumcision and future family plans after delivery.

35-37 Weeks

  • GBS (Group Beta Strep) is a common vaginal bacteria and a culture is done during this time.

  • If you are positive you will receive antibiotics during labor.

  • Weekly visits begin.

37-41 Weeks

  • Its time to have a baby!

Every pregnancy is different! This is a guide and additional ultrasounds or visits may be recommended.