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Your Quick Guide To Pregnancy

How many prenatal appointments can I expect to have during pregnancy?

Depending on when you find out you’re pregnant and have your first prenatal visit, you’ll have a total of about 10 to 15 appointments. In most complication-free pregnancies, you can expect to have a prenatal appointment following the below schedule:

The frequency of prenatal appointments increases in the third trimester because pregnancy complications like preeclampsia are more likely to occur during that time. Issues with your baby’s growth also tend to appear later in pregnancy, so your practitioner will also want to measure your weight, belly size and other growth indicators more frequently in the last trimester. You may see your practitioner more often if you have any risk factors or if you gave birth early or late in a previous pregnancy.

What kinds of tests will I have at my prenatal appointments?

Throughout your pregnancy, you can expect a number of prenatal tests. At every prenatal appointment, your practitioner will:

 Other tests you’ll get during various visits vary according to your risk for certain conditions and may include:

Based on your risk factors (usually your age, ethnic background or family history), your practitioner may also recommend one of several prenatal genetic tests and screenings to check for chromosomal abnormalities that cause conditions like Down Syndrome. Blood screenings may include noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and the quad screen, both of which indicate whether your baby is at greater risk of a genetic abnormality.

What will I talk about during prenatal visits?
Each time you visit, take this opportunity to stay informed about your pregnancy:

 What to avoid eating in pregnancy?

For further information on pregnancy or for any questions we invite you to call our office or visit our Patient Resources page on our website. 

Be Well,

The Staff at West Orange Women’s Center

Serving the Ocoee, Winter Garden, Winderere, FL areas


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