Prenatal appointments and tests


Although pregnancy and birth are natural events, it's important that you go to all your prenatal checkups to make sure your pregnancy is going well. Make an appointment as soon as you think you may be pregnant.

During your appointment, be sure to ask questions or talk about concerns you may have.

At these visits your doctor or nurse will:

  • check your blood pressure and weight
  • check your urine
  • check your baby's growth by measuring the size of your abdomen
  • listen to your baby's heartbeat
  • order additional tests, if necessary

Your first visit

It is important that you schedule your first visit by the time you're 10 to 11 weeks pregnant so you can talk with your doctor about genetic screening options.

Your practitioner will review your past medical history, do a complete physical exam, and order a Pap test if you're due for this screening.

Scheduled visits

Throughout your pregnancy, you will see your practitioner on a regular basis.

You will probably visit your practitioner every 4 to 6 weeks during the first and second trimesters. In the last trimester, you will go even more often.

In between your scheduled visits, you can call or email your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy. You can also check certain test results, view your medical record, and more with

Reviewed by: Jeff Convissar, MD, November 2015
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2015 Kaiser Permanente

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