What should I expect from my office visits during my pregnancy?
The first visit is the most involved because of the time spent gathering your complete history, conducting the physical exam and completing the necessary blood work. Subsequent visits will occur monthly until you are 32 weeks; from 32 weeks to 36 weeks, they will occur every 2 weeks. After 36 weeks, your visits will be weekly until delivery. Additional visits during the pregnancy may include:
- 12 weeks: first time to hear heartbeat.
- 16 weeks: triple screen test containing Maternal serum Alpha Fetoprotein (MS-AFP), Estriol, HCG. More on AFP.
- 18-20 weeks: ultrasound.
- 24-28 weeks: glucose test, and Rhogam given to RH- patients.
- 36 weeks: screening for GBS (Group B streptococcus).