Your routine pregnancy appointments

Below is a quick summary of what you can expect during your visits with us.

Your first appointment

At your first appointment, your doctor or medical assistant will:

  • collect a urine sample from you to confirm your pregnancy
  • check your weight and blood pressure
  • talk with you about your family history
  • discuss dietary requirements and vitamin supplements
  • send you to an independent lab for routine blood work

After your first visit through your 32nd week - you have monthly appointments

At these appointments, we:

  • collect urine samples to check for protein and glucose levels at each appointment
  • check your weight and blood pressure
  • perform an ultrasound in the first trimester and then again at 20 weeks to evaluate the size, health and development of your baby
  • send you to an independent lab for the Gestational Diabetes test (between 26-28 weeks) to determine your glucose levels during pregnancy. For this test you drink a sugar solution and then after 60 minutes your blood is drawn. Your medical assistant or doctor discusses the results with you.
  • make sure you receive the seasonal flu vaccine if you will be pregnant during the flu season and also the Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine (which should be administered just after 28 weeks) to protect your baby from "whooping cough." Read more information about these vaccines in the News section of our website.

Weeks 32 through 36 - you have an appointment every other week

We continue to check your urine, weight and blood pressure at each appointment.


Week 36 until your due date - you have an appointment every week

We begin checking your cervix and position of the baby and continue to check your urine, weight and blood pressure at each appointment. We also test you for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) between weeks 35 - 37 by taking a culture of the vagina and rectum. Testing for GBS is a simple procedure and is not painful.


Your postpartum checkup - 6 weeks after your delivery

We perform a routine exam and talk about any of your emotional concerns at your postpartum checkup.