What to Expect at Prenatal Appointments & Tests?

When I was pregnant, one of the first things on my mind was my medical appointments and what to expect at each of these appointments. The first sign of pregnancy is usually a missed period. At least that is how I took the home pregnancy test! To know about other early signs of pregnancy read my blog ‘Am I Pregnant? Early Signs of Pregnancy!’

The “+” or “positive” on the home test stick was the first time I called my doctor’s office.  I called my family doctor and typically she would take care of me until I am at least 10-12 weeks before I would be referred to an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist (OB/GYN). I am in Canada and the timelines or prenatal appointment activities listed below are based on my experience in Ontario, Canada. This might be different for other Canadian provinces and territories as well as for other countries across the globe. But I thought this helps moms-to-be to understand and know what to expect at these appointments!

4-6 weeks A missed period or confirmation of pregnancy by a home test
Blood work to confirm pregnancy
The doctor provides an expected due date (usually at 40 weeks of pregnancy)
At every visit afterRoutine blood pressure and weight check
Listen to baby’s heartbeat through doppler
6-14 weeksMonthly appointments until 28 weeks
Prenatal blood work and urine test
First visit with OB/GYN
Dating ultrasound (to confirm the due date)
Genetic screening (optional – only if interested)
Pap smear (if due)
15-19 weeksRoutine visit
18-20 weeksAnatomy Scan (most exciting scan as you can find the gender of the baby if interested!!)
20-24 weeksRoutine visit
24-28 weeksGlucose challenge test (to check for gestational diabetes)
Blood work and urine test
Tdap (pertussis vaccine) (recommended)
Hospital registration
28-34 weeksAppointments every two weeks
Pelvic exam
32-34 weeksGrowth ultrasound
35-36 weeksGroup B Strep swab
Pelvic exam
Weekly appointments
40 weeksDue date
41 weeksInduction of labor if not already delivered

Here are some additional resources for you:

Are you getting ready for your new arrival?! Read What to Pack in Hospital Bag? to be prepared when you head to the hospital.


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