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Pregnancy: Prenatal Exam Schedule

Topic Overview

Regular prenatal exams are a top priority during any pregnancy. They are important both for monitoring your own and your fetus's health and for giving you and your health professional time to build a working relationship.

If your pregnancy is going well, you will have a regular schedule of prenatal checkups. These will become more frequent as you near your due date. A general example of such a schedule is as follows:1

  • After the first prenatal visit, every 4 weeks till week 28 of pregnancy
  • Every 2 to 3 weeks through week 36 of pregnancy
  • Every week during the final month of pregnancy

You may have more frequent prenatal exams if you:1

  • Began your pregnancy with a preexisting medical problem.
  • Develop complications during your pregnancy.
  • Are a teen.

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References

Citations

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2007). Antepartum care. In Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th ed., pp. 83–137. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

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By Healthwise Staff
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised July 23, 2012

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