What happens during a prenatal care appointment?
You can expect a number of prenatal tests throughout your pregnancy, depending on how far along you are.
Check your blood pressure.
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So the doctor can make sure you and your baby are growing well.
Your health care provider will assess the size of your uterus, either vaginally or via an ultrasound. When you’re bigger, during the second and third trimesters, your provider will measure your abdomen and feel for the baby's size and position.
Take a urine sample
To check for too much protein (a sign of pre-eclampsia) or sugar (a sign of gestational diabetes).
Note any swelling in your hands, feet or face
Swelling in these spots is called edema, which is extra fluid trapped in the body’s tissues and may be a sign of preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Discussing testing options
Your provider will advise you about any recommended tests such as ultrasounds, amniocentesis (to check for chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections) and screening for genetic issues as well as the risks and benefits of each
Offer info and guidance
Your practitioner will fill you in on any recent or upcoming changes in your body or baby, answer your questions and offer you tips to help you stay healthy and happy until delivery day.
Listen to baby's heartbeat
Making sure the baby is healthy