A Typical Prenatal Visit
In most cases what happens at each prenatal visit is pretty much the same, no matter who your healthcare provider might be. Of course there may be small differences, but the general checks are all the same.
Differences may include the order in which these checks are done, and some may not be completed with every visit, but overall you can expect each visit to more or less the same.
What checks will be completed?
- Give urine
There are a number of difference issues which will be checked through a urine test. Protein and glucose are possibly the two most common as any unusual results would indicate a possible complication.
- Blood Pressure
This will be taken at every visit and will give your practitioner an idea of what your blood pressure normally is. This will allow your doctor to pick up on any rise or fall in normal blood pressure.
- Fundal Height
This is the size of your uterus and will be carried out from week 20 onwards. At around this time your uterus will probably measure around 20cm from the pubic bone.
- Fetal Heart Rate
From around week 12 your practitioner will be able to use a Doppler to hear baby’s heart beat. From 18 weeks onwards your doctor will use a instrument called a fetoscope to listen to baby’s heart beat.
Your doctor will more than likely ask you what you have been eating, you will be weighed to ensure that your weight gain is as it should be. If you need any help with your diet then speak to your doctor about any questions which you have.
- Mental & Physical Health
A general chat about how you are feeling – are you suffering from fatigue, swelling and water retention, headaches and general aches and pains.
If you have any questions about your pregnancy or how your baby is developing, then now is the time for you to ask. Use the time you have with your healthcare provider when you do have your prenatal visits.