If you’re pregnant, or suspect you may be pregnant, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you haven’t already selected a doctor, now’s the time to choose who will care for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.
Your doctor can confirm your pregnancy and get you started with prenatal care. Arranging prenatal care as soon as possible is critical for the health and wellbeing of you and your baby.
You should expect to see your doctor approximately once a month for checkups during your first 28 weeks, then every two to three weeks until your 37th week, and then weekly until you deliver. If you develop complications, you will likely visit your doctor more often.
During your checkups, your doctor will monitor your weight, blood pressure and other vital signs; check the baby’s growth and heartbeat; discuss or perform additional tests if needed; and discuss labor and delivery as your due date approaches. You keep a notebook with questions you have to bring with you to your appointments so that you can discuss any concerns with your doctor.