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Staying Healthy

Prenatal Checkups

Pregnant woman

Schedule your first prenatal visit as soon as you think or know you are pregnant.

The first visit takes longer than other visits as your provider will:

  • Take a complete medical history
  • Review your immunization history
  • Discuss screenings based upon your personal history
  • Do a urine and blood test to make sure you are healthy
  • Do tests to make sure you do not have any sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Complete a physical and pelvic exam
  • Review any medications and vitamins you are taking
  • Discuss how you can take care of yourself while you are pregnant
  • Determine your expected delivery date

After the first visit, you’ll have shorter visits about once a month. The frequency of your visits will depend on:

  • Your medical history
  • How your pregnancy is going
  • Your provider’s advice

A common schedule for prenatal visits is:

First visit Get prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant.
6 to 28 weeks Monthly
28 to 36 weeks Every 2-3 weeks
36 to 40 weeks Weekly
Over 40 weeks At least weekly
Postpartum 21 to 56 days after delivery

Note: Visits may be more often if your provider feels it necessary or if you are high risk.

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