Pregnancy generally lasts for 40 weeks. The following is our recommended prenatal visit schedule for pregnancies without complications. Depending on your pregnancy, we may recommend additional visits:
|From 0 to 28 weeks||See your doctor every 4 weeks.|
|From 28 to 36 weeks||See your doctor every 2-3 weeks.|
|After 36 weeks||See your doctor every week.|
Here are some of the important dates and tests along the way.
First Visit. Your first prenatal visit will include a review of your medical history, physical exam and Pap test, and lab work for syphilis, blood type with Rh status, Rubella immunity, Hepatitis B, HIV and thyroid screen. A urine culture also will be done, as well as a cervical culture for Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
First Trimester Tests. During the first trimester, you may elect to have a cystic fibrosis screening and Down Syndrome screening. These are optional and may not be covered by all insurance plans. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of these tests and whether they make sense for you.
16-Week Visit. Optional Quad or Penta Screen blood tests to screen for neural tube defects and chromosomal abnormalities. Women who will be 35 or older at the time of delivery may choose to have an amniocentesis, which tests a sample of the fluid surrounding the baby to examine the baby’s chromosomes for abnormalities.
20-Week Visit. A level-1 ultrasound is performed to confirm the growth of the baby and your due date. At this time, the baby’s gender often can be determined.
28-Week Visit. You’ll have a blood test for gestational diabetes and anemia. If you tested Rh negative during your first blood test, you will now receive an antibody screen. If you are Rh negative, you may have blood that is incompatible with your babies’ blood. Don’t worry, though, a simple RhoGAM injection prevents any problems.
36-Week Visit. Group B strep vaginal culture is done.
Download a printable PDF of our Prenatal Visit Plan