Pregnant Women

Obstetrical Calendar

Weeks Gestation: Discussion & Testing

8 weeks - Visit with nurse

  • Pre-natal blood work drawn
  • Obtain medical history from mother and father
  • Pregnancy education
  • Discuss testing options: 1st Trimester Screen (provides a more accurate assessment of a woman’s risk for carrying a baby with Down syndrome, than age alone) and AFP (Alpha-fetoprotein - screens for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 and neural tube defects).

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9 weeks

  • Dating Ultrasound – used to confirm your due date and ensure the well-being of the baby.

10 - 10 1/2 weeks - Visit with MD or Provider

  • Review results of Pre-natal blood work
  • Discuss 1st Trimester Screen or Cell Free DNA if you wish to pursue
  • Discuss 9 week Dating Ultrasound
  • Discuss indication or need for Strong Memorial Hospital Genetics if High Risk or 35 and older for amniocentesis or CVS (Chorionic villus sampling) tests used to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities.
  • Full pelvic exam includes Pap smear and cultures. Please note, there is a possibility of spotting after the exam.
  • At each visit
    • Check Blood pressure (BP)
    • Check Urine
    • Check Weight

12 weeks

  • Discuss 2nd Trimester Screen with provider.  2nd Trimester Screen to be done between 15-22 weeks if you wish to do it.
  • Check Fetal heart beat at each visit
  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Sign up for Childbirth Education Classes

16 weeks

  • Discuss 2nd Trimester Screen results if they are back
  • Urine culture to be obtained
  • Discuss results of 1st Trimester Screen
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size

19-20 weeks

  • Detailed Anatomic Screening Ultrasound – during this Ultrasound, we take a detailed look at the anatomy of the baby.

20 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Review urine culture
  • Review results of 19-20 week ultrasound if done
  • Review results of 2nd Trimester Screen if done later than 16 weeks

24 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss 1-hour Glucose Test to be done to check for Gestational Diabetes
  • Order blood work for Anemia
  • Antibody screen to be checked only if Rh negative

28 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Review results of 1-hour Glucose Test and blood work to check anemia.
  • Discuss Rhogam injection Only if Rh negative
  • Schedule 3rd Trimester Talk with nurse at 32 weeks
  • Select a Pediatrician, if you haven’t already done so.

30 weeks

Starting every 2 weeks visits

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size

32 weeks

  • Visit with OB nurse to discuss labor and delivery, circumcision, breast or bottle feeding, and to be registered at Highland Hospital (unless this has already been done)
  • Discuss disability if needed

Educational Handouts


34 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Address any additional questions or concerns you may have regarding labor and delivery, Highland Hospital, etc.

36 weeks - Starting Weekly Visits

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • We will obtain a Cervical Culture to check for Group B-Strep
  • Prepare for a cervical exam at every visit now
  • Please note, there is a possibility of spotting after the exam
  • Repeat HIV test (if indicated)

37 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Cervical Exam

38 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Discuss 36 week culture results
  • Cervical Exam

39 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • Cervical Exam

40 weeks

  • Check weight, BP, and urine
  • Listen to fetal heart beat and check uterine size
  • You may have a non stress test (NST) and/or ultrasound to check the status of your baby
  • Provider may discuss and schedule induction prior to 42 weeks.
  • Cervical Exam

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