Rerun image 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:

  • Bleeding
  • Contractions
  • Leakage of fluid
  • Regular movement of your baby once you start feeling your baby moving
  • Headaches
  • 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