What happens during prenatal visits?

During the first prenatal visit, you can expect your doctor or nurse to do the following:

  • ask about your health history including diseases, operations, or prior pregnancies
  • ask about your family’s health history
  • do a complete physical exam
  • do a pelvic exam with a Pap test
  • order tests of your blood and urine
  • check your blood pressure, urine, height, and weight
  • figure out your expected due date
  • answer your questions

At the first visit, you should ask questions and discuss any issues related to your pregnancy. Find out all you can about how to stay healthy.

Later prenatal visits will probably be shorter. Your doctor will check on your health and make sure the baby is growing as expected.  Most prenatal visits will include:

  • checking the baby’s heart rate
  • checking your blood pressure
  • checking your urine for signs of diabetes
  • measuring your weight gain

While you’re pregnant your doctor or midwife may suggest a number of laboratory tests, ultrasound exams, and other screening tests.