Prenatal Visits in Nashua, NH
At Women’s Medical Associates of Southern New Hampshire, we are partners with you throughout your pregnancy. Regular prenatal visits with your OBGYN are important to monitor the health of you and your baby. The frequency of prenatal visits depends on how far along you are in the pregnancy and any known health conditions.
When to Schedule a Prenatal Visit
Your first prenatal visit should be scheduled as soon as you think you are pregnant. As the pregnancy progresses, prenatal checkups will happen more regularly and may include special tests.
A typical schedule for prenatal checkups is:
Between Weeks 4-28. You’ll have an appointment once a month.
Between Weeks 28-36. You’ll start having appointments twice a month.
After week 36. You’ll have weekly appointments.
If your pregnancy is high-risk, which depends on factors like age, weight and other health problems or concerns, your doctor may recommend more frequent prenatal visits to closely monitor your pregnancy.
How to Prepare for Your First Appointment
In order to make the most of your first prenatal appointment, be sure to:
Prepare a list of your medical conditions – Make notes of any health issues that you may have, or troubles that you have experienced with past pregnancies. Also be sure to look into your family’s history of medical conditions.
Make note of all medications – Write down all of the medications and supplements that your take regularly. Be sure to include the exact name and dosage of what you’re taking, or simply bring in the medicine bottle.
Write down a list of questions – In the excitement of your first prenatal visit, you may forget some of the questions you wanted to ask. Writing your questions beforehand will ensure you get all of the information you need.
What to Expect During Your Prenatal Visit
During a prenatal checkup, your doctor may:
- Get a urine sample
- Review medical history
- Check blood pressure, weight and height
- Check stress level and lifestyle habits
- Perform blood tests
- Check the fetal heart rate
- Feel and measure the patient’s abdomen
- Take a fetal ultrasound
- Answer any questions or concerns you have
Other tests may be done to test to detect signs of possible health problems including infection, birth defects, gestational diabetes or fetal distress.
If you think you are pregnant and would like to make an appointment for your first prenatal appointment, contact Women’s Medical Associates of Southern New Hampshire by calling (603) 880-9200.