What can you expect at your second prenatal visit? Your second prenatal visit will probably take less time than the first, but some very important information is being collected.
You can expect the following:
- Your weight taken
- Your blood pressure checked
- Your urine checked for protein, sugar, and ketones
- Listening to your baby's heartbeat
- Your fundal height measured to check baby's growth
- A review of laboratory findings from your first prenatal visit and scheduling of other tests if indicated
- Blood drawn for Alpha-Fetoprotein testing, if you have chosen to have this prenatal test.
- A review of any symptoms, concerns or problems occurring since your last visit.
You should contact your midwife/doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Persistent vomiting
- Chills or fever
- Dimness or blurring of vision
- Severe cramping or pain in the abdomen or lower back
- Increase or change in vaginal discharge
- Fluid leakage from the vagina
- Persistent or severe headache
- Pain or burning during urination
- Unusual swelling of the hands, face, or feet
- Unusual soreness or redness of the legs
Remember, your prenatal visit is the ideal time to ask any questions about your pregnancy. Jotting thoughts down on your list as they occur between visits helps you remember to ask the questions that are important to you.
Reprinted with permission from Her Healthcare.