Prenatal Exams, Tests, and Procedures
During your pregnancy, you will experience a variety of exams, tests, and procedures. Some of the tests are routine for all pregnant women. Others are optional or may be recommended by your healthcare provider in certain situations or if there are complications.
You should keep all appointments with your healthcare provider so that problems can be detected as soon as possible. If any problems or potential problems are identified, your healthcare provider can plan for your care as necessary. During each visit, your healthcare provider will ask about any symptoms or problems you may be having, particularly:
- Leakage of fluid
- Regular movement of your baby once you start feeling your baby moving
- Swelling of your hands or feet
Your healthcare provider will look for and ask about signs and symptoms at the various stages of pregnancy including:
- Symptoms of early pregnancy, such as morning sickness, breast enlargement and tenderness, and frequent urination
- An embryo, viewed with ultrasound
- Enlarged uterus
- Enlarged abdomen
- Fetal heartbeat
- Movement of the baby
- Changes in your vagina, cervix, and skin
Last reviewedDecember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.