If your pregnancy is advancing normally, chances are you're visiting your caregiver once each month during the 17 - 20 weeks time. This regular schedule allows the doctor/midwife to check the well-being of you and your baby and monitor your baby's development.
At this time, you will be able to listen to your baby's heartbeat and clearly hear the rate of the heartbeat. A vaginal exam may be performed at any time during your pregnancy, to determine cervical status or collect vaginal cultures.
You can also expect the follow to occur:
Your doctor or midwife may talk with you about the following:
You may be asked to report:
Remember, your prenatal visit is the ideal time to ask any questions about your pregnancy. Jotting thoughts down on your Prenatal Visit Checklist as they occur between visits helps you remember to ask the questions that are important to you.
Reprinted with permission from Her Health Care.