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:
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.
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 Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology