Prenatal care is an important part of a healthy during pregnancy. Pregnancy changes your body, your emotions, and your life.
You can start getting prenatal care as soon as you know you’re pregnant.
Prenatal visits depend on how far along your pregnancy is and how high your risk is for complications. The typical prenatal care schedule for someone who’s 18-35 years old and healthy is:
- Every 4 weeks for the first 32 weeks
- Every 2 or 3 weeks for the 32nd-37th weeks
- Every week from the 37th week until delivery
At your prenatal visit monitor your baby’s development and do routine testing to help find and prevent possible problems. These regular checkups are also a great time to learn how to ease any discomfort you may be having, and ask any other questions about your pregnancy and the birth of your future baby.
Prenatal testing will be done at different stages and /or weeks of your pregnancy to make sure you’re healthy and that your fetus is developing normally.
- Family history
- NIPT testing (Genetic testing)
- Weight and blood pressure
- NST (non stress test)
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