Pregnancy For Dummies
Book image
Explore Book Buy On Amazon

To ensure the health of you and your baby, you’ll need to schedule regular visits to your doctor during your pregnancy. Use this guideline for making your appointments and understanding common procedures for each visit:

Weeks Possible Tests
6–8 Blood type, rubella titer, blood counts, hepatitis screen, ultrasound.
10–12 Doppler detection of fetal heart, CVS, if planned.
11–14 First trimester screen/Nuchal translucency (11–12 weeks is best) cell-free fetal DNA test is appropriate.
15–18 Second trimester serum screen (sometimes called quad screen); amniocentesis (if planned).
18–22 Ultrasound to evaluate fetal anatomy.
24–28 Glucose screen to check for gestational diabetes.
28–36 Every-other-week visits to check blood pressure, weight, urine protein, and fetal growth.
36–40 Weekly visits to check all the above and to assess fetal position. Some practitioners do internal exams to check the cervix; some do a vaginal/rectal culture for group B streptococcus.
40–?? Twice-weekly visits to assure fetal well-being.

About This Article

This article is from the book:

About the book authors:

Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD, are Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and are Associate Professors at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

This article can be found in the category: