Dear Ms Ultrasound,
Dear Ms Ultrasound,
For many months, you have visited your midwife/doctor with a list of questions. Now you arrive with one more question; "Will this prenatal appointment be the last?"
If your pregnancy is progressing normally, you probably will be visiting our doctors and nurses every other week during this time period. At 36 weeks gestation, your provider may schedule weekly visits until your baby arrives. At each visit you can expect the routine:
By this point in your pregnancy, you will probably be visiting your midwife/doctor every two weeks. Certain tests and measurements are part of each visit.
Expect to have:
Due to special situations like high blood pressure, premature rupture of membranes, twins or triplets, your provider may decide to order a non-stress test (NST). An NST monitors a baby's health by showing his/her baseline heart rate and also any increases in the heart rate due to movement. It's an easy, painless, non-invasive test that allows your providers to monitor baby's well being in the womb.
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. Read more!
You're now at 17-20 weeks in your pregnancy. Chances are you're visiting your caregiver once each month. You may be asked if you've felt the baby move. Read more!
If you're looking for more personal, less rushed care during your pregnancy, you may want to consider a midwife. The midwives' model of care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. She usually offers a variety of options and seeks to eliminate or minimize unnecessary interventions. Read on to learn more about midwifery care.
The nine months of pregnancy are all about choices. Everything from the best exercise, to the most comfortable shoes to more important things like your prenatal care provider and place to give birth.
Looking for an overview of the third trimester? Try reading here first!