When Should You Start Prenatal Care?

How often do pregnant woman see their OB or care provider during pregnancy?

If you’re healthy and have no complicating risk factors, you can expect to see your health care provider: every 4 weeks until the 28th week of pregnancy.

then, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks.

then, once a week until delivery..

When should you start getting prenatal care?

The 1st visit As soon as you think you’re pregnant, schedule your first prenatal appointment. Set aside time for the first visit to go over your medical history and talk about any risk factors for pregnancy problems.

What can I expect at my first prenatal visit?

What You Can Expect: Your doctor will give you a full physical exam, including checking your weight and blood pressure. You will also have a breast and pelvic exam. Your doctor will do a Pap test (unless you’ve had one recently) to check for cervical cancer and any sexually transmitted infections.

What questions should I ask during my first prenatal visit?

Possible questions to ask your provider during your prenatal appointment:Is there a nurse line that I can call if I have questions?If I experience bleeding or cramping, do I call you or your nurse?What do you consider an emergency?Will I need to change my habits regarding sex, exercise, nutrition?More items…•

What are three things that happen during prenatal visits?

During prenatal care visits, your doctor, nurse, or midwife may: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.More items…

What does an 8 week ultrasound look like?

The baby’s eye structures are complete, he has tiny earlobes, and his wrist, elbow, and knee joints are visible. All in all your baby finally looks like what he is—a miniature human being. In medical terms he has graduated from an embryo to a fetus, and soon he will begin to stir.

Do you have to go to the doctors when pregnant?

As soon as you know you’re pregnant, call your doctor and schedule in your first prenatal (or antenatal) appointment. Most women like to make an appointment fairly soon after they find out they’re pregnant. If this is your first pregnancy, it’s likely you’ll want to see a doctor straight away.

Is 12 weeks too late for first prenatal visit?

First Prenatal Visit Your first prenatal visit usually takes place when you are about 10-12 weeks pregnant (a pregnancy confirmation visit and possibly an early ultrasound typically occurs between 5-8 weeks). This appointment is often the longest, and will include a general physical and routine prenatal labs.

What happens at your first pregnancy appointment at 10 weeks?

The 10-week obstetrics appointment includes a full physical exam and a pap smear if needed. Your care provider will go over your lab results and listen to the baby using a Doptone fetal monitor. This appointment normally takes about 30 minutes.

How long can you wait before going to the doctor when pregnant?

The American Pregnancy Association recommends you make an appointment with your doctor for your first prenatal visit within eight weeks of your last menstrual period (LMP). Even if you’ve been pregnant before, every pregnancy and every baby is different.

Is there an ultrasound at first prenatal visit?

Most practitioners do a prenatal ultrasound during the first visit, which is the most accurate way of dating a pregnancy. However, some docs wait until a bit later, when there’s more to see.