Prenatal Care

Preterm Birth Prevention

Diabetes in Pregnancy

Multiple Gestation

Prepregnancy Health

 


Prenatal Care

All women need prenatal care. Women who see a health care provider regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies, are less likely to deliver prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy. A typical prenatal care schedule for a low-risk woman with a normally progressing pregnancy is:

  • Weeks 4 to 28: 1 visit per month (every 4 weeks)
  • Weeks 28 to 36: 2 visits per month (every 2 to 3 weeks)
  • Weeks 36 to birth: 1 visit per week

A woman with a chronic medical condition or a “high-risk” pregnancy may have to see her health care provider more often. Make sure you go to all your prenatal care appointments, even if you're feeling fine.

What Happens at a Prenatal Care Visit?

During your first prenatal care visit, your provider will ask you a lot of questions and do some tests. Most of your other visits will be much shorter.