Routine prenatal care consists of approximately 14 prenatal visits. These visits are spaced out throughout your pregnancy. Typical prenatal visits consist of asking certain screening obstetric questions, checking your blood pressure,hecking your urine for glucose and protein, measuring your belly, listening for the fetal heart beat and answering your pregnancy questions and concerns. Some visits involve more testing.
They are as follows:
- Initial OB visit – This visit is usually done at 6-8 weeks gestation (6-8 weeks from the first day of your last period). At this visit we take a thorough history, do a complete physical exam, do an initial ultrasound (see the section on optional testing), and obtain prenatal labs.
- 15-21 weeks – Sometime between 15 – 21 weeks, you can opt to have the AFP tetra test. It is a simple blood test that can indicate if you are at high risk for having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality or open neural tube defects (see the section on AFP tetra testing for more details). During this time, at a separate visit, you may opt to have a screening second trimester ultrasound.
- 24-28 weeks – During this visit, we do the 1hour glucose tolerance test (see the section on the 1 hour glucose tolerance test for more information).
- 35-36 weeks – During this visit, we do the group B strep screening test (see group B strep testing for more information).
- 38-39 weeks – It is during this visit that we check your cervix to see if it is dilated.