When a woman is pregnant, her body goes through many physical and hormonal changes while her baby develops in the womb. To ensure the health of mother and child, regular checkups with an obstetrician are important to monitor the pregnancy. While many women breeze through pregnancy without any symptoms or issues, others may be very uncomfortable, develop conditions like gestational diabetes, or even experience fetal developmental issues. Regular pregnancy care ensures that the woman’s wellbeing is supported throughout this exciting time of her life and that if any conditions arise, the doctor is able to diagnose and treat the condition as early as possible.
Unless a woman is experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, she will see her doctor every 4 weeks for the first 28 weeks of gestation, then biweekly until week 36, and then weekly until the baby is born. High-risk pregnancies are classified as when the health of the mother or baby is compromised and could result in higher risks during gestation or delivery. These frequent checkups allow the obstetrician to monitor the health of the mother and the development of the baby. The frequency of visits allows the doctor to make sure that everything is developing as expected and provides the opportunity to diagnose any potential issues as early as possible.
Your obstetrician will perform several routine health checks and tests, including blood work, measuring your weight and blood pressure, and collection of urine samples. As the pregnancy progresses, your doctor measures the growth and development of your baby with ultrasounds. The doctor also checks the heart rate of the fetus and may perform tests to ensure your baby is healthy and developing as expected. Once the exam is complete, you can expect to receive guidance on what to expect during the next few weeks until your next appointment. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about your health and any symptoms you are experiencing with your pregnancy.
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