At each prenatal visit, you
can expect to be weighed and have your urine and blood pressure checked. Your
health professional will monitor your fetus's growth and position by measuring
the size of your uterus (fundal height) and feeling (palpating) your abdomen.
If your fetus is not in the head-down (vertex) position after 36
weeks (as confirmed by
fetal ultrasound), your health professional may try to
turn it gently from the outside (version). Version carries some risks, and not
all health professionals are skilled in this technique. For more information,
see the topic Breech Position and Breech Birth.
Late in your
pregnancy, your health professional:
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.
Later in pregnancy, your health professional may recommend an amniocentesis if there is a concern about infection in the
amniotic fluid. Or the test may be done to check your baby for certain types of infections or other rare problems.
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 ofApril 24, 2017
Current as of:
April 24, 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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