Prenatal Care Q & A
When do I schedule my first prenatal care appointment?
Ideally, you should schedule a prenatal visit before you become pregnant. This gives you and your OB/GYN time to thoroughly evaluate your health, check for any underlying medical concerns and get you started on nutritional supplements (if needed).
Don’t worry if you’re already pregnant, though — it’s never too late to get started on quality prenatal care. If you’ve confirmed a pregnancy through an at-home test or blood test with your primary care doctor, it’s best to get in for your first prenatal visit around the eighth week of pregnancy.
If you’ve had a problem with a pregnancy in the past, though, including a prior miscarriage, you can certainly schedule a prenatal visit sooner. It’s also important to book a prenatal exam as early as possible if you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes.
How often do I need prenatal care appointments?
You’re going to see the team at OB/GYN Associates of Miami regularly throughout your pregnancy, as well as after your little one is born. During your first trimester and part of your second trimester — up through 28 weeks — you need monthly prenatal visits.
You generally need prenatal care appointments every two weeks throughout the latter half of your second trimester and into your third trimester (weeks 28-36). When you’re getting closer to your due date, usually from week 36 and on, the team wants to see you every week.
Of course, if you have any medical concerns or need additional care, possibly for high-risk pregnancy concerns, you can certainly book additional prenatal exams outside of these routine guidelines.
What happens during a prenatal visit?
Your prenatal visits offer the chance for the team at OB/GYN Associates of Miami to evaluate your health and give answers to all of your questions. Prenatal care checkups may include:
- Blood work or urinalysis
- Head-to-toe exam
- Ultrasound or fetal monitoring
- Height and weight check
- Breast and pelvic exam
The team may also counsel you on your diet to ensure you’re getting enough of the vital nutrients you need to support your growing baby. Each prenatal visit is personalized to your specific needs.
If you’re in need of prenatal care, schedule your exam at OB/GYN Associates of Miami today. Book online or over the phone.