Skip Navigation
Skip sharing on social media links
A pregnant woman and a man looking at an ultrasound.

What happens during prenatal visits?

What happens during prenatal visits varies depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Schedule your first prenatal visit as soon as you think you are pregnant, even if you have confirmed your pregnancy with a home pregnancy test. Early and regular prenatal visits help your health care provider monitor your health and the growth of the fetus.

  • The First Visit

  • Prenatal Visit Schedule

  • Later Prenatal Visits

​​​​​​

Citations

​ ​
  1. American Pregnancy Association. (2015). Your first prenatal visit. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://americanpregnancy.org/planning/first-prenatal-visit/ External Web Site Policy [top]
  2. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2013). Frequently asked questions. FAQ027. Pregnancy. The Rh factor: How it can affect your pregnancy. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq027.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20120612T2325317701 External Web Site Policy (PDF – 317 KB) [top]
  3. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2014). Frequently asked questions. FAQ133. Pregnancy: Routine tests in pregnancy. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq133.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20120612T2343414674 External Web Site Policy (PDF – 72.4 KB) [top]
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Updated recommendations for use of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (TDAP) in pregnant women―Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6207a4.htm [top]

Can you promote a healthy pregnancy before getting pregnant?

What preconception tests might I need?

What can I do to promote a healthy pregnancy?

What happens during prenatal visits?

What tests might I need during pregnancy?

What health problems can develop during pregnancy?

Who is at increased risk of health problems during pregnancy?

Will stress during pregnancy affect my baby?