Prenatal Visit: 21 - 24 Weeks

In addition to the tests and measurements you've come to anticipate at your regular prenatal visits, at 21 - 24 weeks you may well have some additional tests.

  • Your weight measured
  • Your blood pressure taken
  • Your urine analyzed
  • Your abdomen measured to check the growth of your baby (fundal height)
  • The baby's heart rate checked

You may have blood drawn for Hemoglobin (Hgb) and Hematocrit (Hct) levels. These tests determine if your body has sufficient iron supplies to meet the needs of you and your baby.

Often a routine glucose tolerance test (GTT) is scheduled between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy. This test helps determine if your blood sugar levels are within expected ranges for this time of pregnancy, or if you have developed gestational diabetes.

Topics your provider may bring up include:

  • Any medications you are taking
  • Any symptoms, concerns, or problems that have occurred since your last visit
  • The results of any tests conducted on your last visit
  • Fetal movements each day

Promptly notify your doctor/midwife of any noticeable decrease or sudden increase in your baby`s normal pattern of movement. Also call if you have symptoms of preterm labor.

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