Appointment Planner & Checklist

Studies show that women who receive regular care have the healthiest babies. Below is a common sequence of events for your prenatal visits. Timing varies from person to person, and we adjust the schedule as needed.

Each time you come to the clinic, we will:

  • Record your weight
  • Check your blood pressure
  • Measure your uterus to see if your baby is growing at a normal rate

First 3 months

5-8 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • First visit with nurse
  • If you are a high-risk patient, the nurse may arrange for you to see a doctor soon after this visit.

Routine lab work:

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) – Find out if you carry the CF gene or your chances of this are low.
  • Hemogram that checks for anemia or infection
  • Blood type and Rh factor
  • Antibody screen
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen screening (for inflamed liver)
  • VDRL (test to detect syphilis)
  • Varicella Zoster Immune Status (test to see if you are immune to chicken pox)
  • Rubella Immune Status (test to see if you are immune to German measles)
  • Other tests may be ordered that you need

Checklist

  • Tell your insurance company you are pregnant and ask these questions.
  • Have your well water checked for nitrates, if applicable.

11-12 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • First visit with midwife or doctor
  • Complete routine lab work
  • Hear your baby's heart beat for the first time
  • Meet with the financial counselor to have a financial assessment and to get pre-registered for your hospital stay

Months 4, 5 & 6

18 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • Midwife or doctor visit
  • Ultrasound: See your baby, uterus and placenta. Bring home pictures.
  • Maternal Serum Screen – This optional blood test shows your level of risk for giving birth to a baby with:
    • Down’s Syndrome
    • Trisomy 18
    • Spina Bifida

Checklist

  • Sign up for prenatal classes.
  • Have you chosen a doctor for your baby? You can schedule a visit with a pediatrician or family practice doctor before you decide.
  • Look into child care options.
  • Review your employer’s policies on leave of absence, maternity leave, payroll, worker’s compensation and return to work after delivery.

24 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • General prenatal exam

Months 7, 8 & 9

28 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • General prenatal exam and education with a nurse
  • Blood tests
    • Blood sugar test
    • Hemoglobin (to check iron levels)
  • If your blood type is Rh negative, you will also have:
    • Rhogam shot
    • Antibody screen (an extra blood test)

Checklist

  • Purchase a car seat.
  • Have your car seat checked by a certified car seat technician.
  • Think about what you will do for birth control after your baby is born.

32 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • General prenatal exam and preview visit with the nurse to:
    • Discuss birth options and what you prefer.
    • Learn what to expect in the hospital.
    • Explain your special needs, if any.
    • Sign forms and consents.
    • Find out what resources we offer.
    • Get answers to your questions.
    • Prepare for as restful a hospital stay as possible.

Checklist

  • Develop your birth plan.
  • Verify your insurance coverage.
  • Meet with the financial counselor, if not done previously in your pregnancy.

34 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • General prenatal exam

36 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • General prenatal exam
  • Vaginal culture to test for presence of group B strep

37-38 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • General prenatal exam

39 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • Cervix exam as needed and prenatal exam

40 weeks - due date

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • Cervix exam as needed and prenatal exam

41 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • Ultrasound and prenatal exam

41.5 weeks

Visits for exams, tests or ultrasound

  • Ultrasound and prenatal exam
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