First Visit:

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12 weeks:

  • First trimester screening if desired
  • Review labwork results
  • Listen to heartbeat with Doppler if ultrasound wasn’t done
  • Check blood pressure and urine

16 weeks:

  • Listen to heartbeat
  • Check blood pressure and urine
  • Draw blood for Open Neural Tube screening if desired

20 weeks:

  • Full anatomy ultrasound (done between 19-28 weeks depending on physician preference) and review with doctor
  • Check blood pressure and urine

24 weeks:

  • Listen to heartbeat
  • Check blood pressure and urine
  • May do the one hour glucose test looking for diabetes of pregnancy this visit or the next
  • Sign up for childbirth classes or a tour at the hospital

28 weeks:

  • Listen to heartbeat
  • Check blood pressure and urine
  • One hour glucose test looking for diabetes of pregnancy if it wasn’t done before
  • Start every 2 week appointments

30, 32, 34 weeks:

  • Listen to heartbeat
  • Check blood pressure and urine
  • Measure the size of the uterus

36 weeks:

  • Do a vaginal swab test looking for the Group B Strep bacteria
  • Repeat labwork looking for anemia and certain infections
  • Possibly check the cervix (it is possible that you might have some bleeding after this)
  • Start weekly visits and discussing delivery plan

Insurance companies will not cover ultrasounds performed after the 20 week full anatomy scan unless there is a high risk diagnosis.

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