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Prenatal Office Visits Calendar

This is a list of exams, tests and general information that is covered during the course of a pregnancy.  Your appointments may vary depending on when you begin your prenatal care and if you have any additional problem visits.  The weeks listed here are approximates for the gestation of the pregnancy.  Your appointments may vary by 1 to 2 weeks.  There will also be some differences in the timing of discussions.  This is a general guideline and not meant to be all inclusive.

You first visit can be as soon as you miss your period.

Confirmation of pregnancy appointment (4-7 weeks)
  • Determine due date
  • Discuss prenatal vitamins
  • Discuss lifestyle, diet & exercise.
  • Review warning signs of ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
New OB appointment (8-10 weeks)
  • Physical exam usually including pap smear
  • Order labs- blood and urine
  • Discuss optional testing
12 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Complete nuchal translucency ultrasound, if desired
  • Review lab results
16 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Order AFP test, if desired
  • Schedule complete ultrasound
20 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Complete ultrasound
  • Discuss pediatricians & childbirth education classes
24 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss glucose testing for gestational diabetes (complete between 26-28 weeks)
  • Discuss signs of preterm labor
28 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss glucose test results
  • Receive Rhogam-for patients with Rh-negative blood type only
  • Discuss hospital facilities & complete pre-registration form
  • Select pediatrician
  • Repeat ultrasound-if needed
30 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss warning signs of pre-eclampsia & review preterm labor
32 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss indications for c-section, forceps or vacuum
  • Begin twice weekly monitoring for high-risk pregnancy
34 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss Group beta strep test (GBS)
  • Discuss labor pain medication options & birth plan
36 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Check fetal position
  • Complete GBS test
  • Discuss postpartum mood changes
  • Discuss signs of labor
37 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Check fetal position
  • Vaginal exam for cervical dilation may be done
38 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Check fetal position
  • Vaginal exam for cervical dilation may be done
39 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Check fetal position
  • Vaginal exam for cervical dilation may be done
  • Discuss options for labor induction-if indicated or desired
40 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Check fetal position
  • Vaginal exam for cervical dilation may be done
  • Begin twice weekly monitoring for post dates pregnancy
  • Discuss options for labor induction
41 weeks
  • Check weight & blood pressure
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Check fetal position
  • Vaginal exam for cervical dilation
  • Continue twice weekly monitoring 
  • Discuss labor induction
It is important to see your healthcare provider for each of these visits.  Mothers who receive good prenatal care are more likely to deliver healthy babies and have fewer complications.


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