Getting regular checkups and screening tests -- what doctors call prenatal care -- is key to keeping you and the developing baby healthy during pregnancy.
The womenshealth.gov website says here's what you should expect during prenatal care visits:
- The first visit should include a physical and gynecological exam, medical history and blood work.
- All visits should include weight measurement and blood pressure checks.
- Measuring the fetal heart rate.
- Measuring your belly to monitor baby's growth.
- Routine screenings should include a gestational diabetes test, tests to detect any infection, and tests to detect conditions such as anemia.
Health Tip: Why Am I on Bed Rest?
Doctors frequently order bed rest during pregnancy to protect the mother's health and that of the developing baby.
The Nemours Foundation says pregnant women are typically ordered to rest in bed if they:
- Have bleeding or early contractions.
- Had complications during a prior pregnancy, or a medical history that increases the risk of complications.
- Have high blood pressure or show certain changes in the cervix.
- Have a multiple pregnancy.
- Had a prior miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth.
- Have a fetus that doesn't appear to be developing normally.