Prenatal Care

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prenatal care.

What routine doctor visits can I expect while I’m pregnant?

Dr. Gregory Siewny explains what types of doctor visits women can expect while they’re pregnant. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What routine doctor visits can I expect while I’m pregnant?

Then you’ll have your first official OB visit and that’s a rather long affair, a lot of tests, exams, a one-time only pelvic exam...they only do a pelvic exam the beginning and end of pregnancy. A lot of blood tests . . . there are a lot of diseases out there and they keep inventing new diseases that they find out about that we didn’t know about 10 to 15 years ago that you need to be tested for. In general for a good healthy pregnancy, you see your doctor about once a month for four or five months. When you are about three months from your due date you see your doctor about every two weeks. The last four weeks of pregnancy you see them about every week until you hold a beautiful baby in your arms.

 

Frequent and thorough check-ups are an important part of prenatal care, and various tests and measurements are taken as a pregnancy progresses, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon.

While every patient is different, some tests and procedures are commonly ordered for expectant mothers, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon. These may include:

  • Urine screens
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasounds
  • Physical exams
  • Weight checks

For more information about prenatal physician visits, talk to your doctor.

Learn more:

Gregory Siewny, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Charles Hageman, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Jiri Sonek, MD, Perinatal Partners