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Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

What happens at all those OB appointments?

Re: What happens at all those OB appointments?

The Bump Expert

Good question, considering you’ll have between 10 and 15 OB visits throughout the pregnancy. During the first and second trimester, you’ll see the doc roughly every four weeks, then every two weeks through week 36, and then weekly until delivery. At every visit, your blood pressure, weight and urine will be tested. The doc will also check the fetal heartbeat,and around week 20 start measuring your belly’s growth and checking baby’s position. As your due date approaches, she’ll also start checking your cervix's effacement (the amount it has shortened) and dilation (the amount it has opened) to judge the imminence of labor. Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor will look for symptoms like swelling in your hands and feet (a possible sign of preeclampsia) and varicose veins in your legs. Depending on the week, you’ll also be given various prenatal screenings.

In addition to all this poking and prodding, you'll have a chance to ask questions and discuss your concerns. Keep a list of anything that comes up between visits so you won’t forget to ask when you have the chance. Your doc will fill you in on the changes to expect in the coming weeks,and let you know what is normal and what may be a cause for concern. If you plan to take any supplements, over the counter medications or herbal teas, bring them along and let your doc check the label first. Also, consider bringing your partner to a visit or two -- it’s a good way to include him in the process and prepare him for delivery.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

My first appointment will be at 10-11 weeks, what are they probably going to do?

Kmcc1989 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I got my first ultrasound at my first appointment... I was 9 weeks. Listened to the heartbeat and they did the urine test and blood pressure... oh and weight

Phalevaria |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I had my first appointment at 10 weeks, 6 days which was February 10. It was a long process including an ultrasound, family history questions, pap, pelvic exam and blood work. I couldn't give as much blood as they needed so I have to drink lots of fluids and return to the OB soon.

firstbaby1111 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

At your first appointment they will usually do a sonogram to check how far along you are. They will also check your weight/urine/blood pressure. Generally a pap smear and pelvic exam will also be done. The baby's heartbeat will also be listened to. At all future appointments there are some things that you will have done each time, weight/blood pressure/urine will be checked each time. You will also have your baby's heartbeat listened to. About half way through your pregnancy(around 20 weeks) your stomach will start being measured(this is to make sure that your baby is growing to match the # of weeks along you are). In addition to these routine appts blood work will be done in your first trimester and the glucose(sugar) test will be done in your second trimester. At some point you will most likely have a mid pregnancy sonogram as well (usually somewhere between 18-22 weeks) This is generally when you will learn your baby's sex(if you choose to) plus they will check for overall growth n development as well. In the 3rd trimester you will have a test done to check for group b strep as well. As you get close to your baby's due date, generally around 35 or 36 weeks your dr will also checking your cervix for effacement and dilation. This helps them to determine approximately when labor will start. Keep in mind based on medical history, age, prior pregnancies or any complications with this pregnancy you may have additional testings done.

jenelle620 |