At each prenatal visit, you
can expect to be weighed. Your blood pressure will be checked. Your urine may also be checked for bacteria, protein, or sugar. Your
doctor or midwife will track your baby's growth and position. To do this, he or she will measure the size of
your uterus (fundal height) and will gently press (palpate) your belly. Up to
the 36th week of pregnancy, the baby can change position often. The baby may be head down (vertex lie), feet down (breech lie), or even sideways
During your second trimester, expect to have these tests:
Your doctor may also recommend:
Pregnant women and their partners can choose whether to have tests for birth defects. It can be a hard and emotional choice. Think about what the results of a test would mean to you. How might the results affect your choices about your pregnancy? You and your doctor can choose from several tests. What you choose depends on your wishes, how far along you are in your pregnancy, your family health history, and what tests are available in your area. You may have no tests, one test, or several tests.
Second-trimester tests for birth defects can be done between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. The triple or quad screening checks the amounts of three or four substances in your blood. These tests can also be done as part of an integrated screening test. Amniocentesis may also be done to find certain birth defects.
Experts recommend that all pregnant women be screened for depression during their pregnancy. Depression is common during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. If you have symptoms of depression during pregnancy or are depressed and learn that you are pregnant, make a treatment plan with your doctor right away. Not treating depression can cause problems during pregnancy and birth.
To find out if you are depressed, your health care provider will ask you questions about your health and your feelings.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and GynecologyRebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Last modified on: 8 September 2017