Main content

    Health Information

    Pregnancy: Prenatal Exam Schedule

    Pregnancy: Prenatal Exam Schedule

    Topic Overview

    Regular prenatal exams are a top priority during any pregnancy. They are important both for monitoring your own and your fetus's health and for giving you and your health professional time to build a working relationship.

    If your pregnancy is going well, you will have a regular schedule of prenatal checkups. These will become more frequent as you near your due date. A general example of such a schedule is as follows: 1

    • After the first prenatal visit, every 4 weeks till week 28 of pregnancy
    • Every 2 to 3 weeks through week 36 of pregnancy
    • Every week during the final month of pregnancy

    You may have more frequent prenatal exams if you: 1

    • Began your pregnancy with a preexisting medical problem.
    • Develop complications during your pregnancy.
    • Are a teen.

    Related Information

    References

    Citations

    1. American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2007). Antepartum care. In Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th ed., pp. 83?137. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Credits

    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Last Revised July 23, 2012

    This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

    1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.