How Often Should You See Your Doctor During Pregnancy?

Prenatal care is essential for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. In addition to routine checkups, prenatal care includes ultrasounds and various tests. Testing helps your provider ensure that you get the care you need during your pregnancy.

At Palm Valley Women's Care, we want to help you with all of the tests and ultrasounds you need. That’s why we recommend that expectant mothers give us a call as soon as they receive a positive home pregnancy test.

During your prenatal appointments, you can expect one-on-one time with one of our skilled providers. This means you can ask questions and learn how to take care of yourself during your pregnancy. 

In the meantime, we’ve compiled a blog addressing how often you can expect to see us during your pregnancy.

How many prenatal appointments do you need?

Depending on your specific circumstances, the number of appointments you need may vary. However, most complication-free pregnancies require about 10-15 appointments. They’re broken down in the following manner:

During these routine appointments, you can expect a urine test (to check for signs of preeclampsia), a blood pressure screening, and a weight check. As you get closer to your due date, your provider may suggest an internal exam to check for dilation. 

What tests do you need? 

Throughout your pregnancy, you undergo several tests and ultrasounds to make sure that your baby is growing and developing on track. Some tests also make sure you’re in good health too! 

Ultrasounds

During a normal pregnancy, it’s common to have a few ultrasounds. Your first ultrasound (during your first trimester) is used to confirm your pregnancy and your due date. You may also benefit from a nuchal translucency ultrasound, which screens for Down syndrome. This is done during the end of your first trimester or beginning of the second trimester.

In your second trimester, you receive an anatomy scan to make sure your baby’s development is on track. During your third trimester, you get another ultrasound to make sure your baby is in the correct position for delivery. 

Depending on your specific pregnancy, you might need a few extra ultrasounds. For example, if you’re pregnant with twins, you may benefit from extra monitoring. 

Testing

Many tests are offered throughout your pregnancy. Some examples include:

High-risk expectant mothers may need additional monitoring, ultrasounds, or testing. 

Newly pregnant? Schedule your first prenatal appointment today

As dedicated OB/GYNs, it’s our goal to help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy. We offer prenatal care and help you deliver your baby whether you’re having a vaginal birth or a C-section.

We’re located in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona. If you need to begin prenatal care, give us a call.

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