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    Pregnancy: Prenatal Exam Schedule

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    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: footnote 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: footnote 1

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

    Related Information



    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.


    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Current as ofMarch 16, 2017

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