Once pregnancy is confirmed, when should I see an obstetrician or midwife? | by Sarah Scott, CNM

First Trimester

Posted on Tue, Jun 24, 2014

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Sarah Scott, CNM Rose Midwifery Denver

Sarah Scott, CNM
Rose Midwifery

Women should see their provider for an initial visit at about six week’s gestation. This allows new mothers the opportunity to receive education regarding dietary recommendations and lifestyle choices as well as to learn certain things to avoid while pregnant. The next visit, usually towards the end of the first trimester, includes a physical exam, lab tests, and a discussion about options for genetic screening.

Regular prenatal care is important to provide support and information, in addition to ensuring that you and baby are both healthy and that the pregnancy is progressing normally. After the initial visits, appointments usually occur every four weeks until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and then weekly until your delivery. In the rare event of a pregnancy complication, your provider might recommend more-frequent visits. If you feel that you need longer or more frequent visits, make sure you discuss this with your provider.

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