Pregnancy - Prenatal Visits and Tests
The first test you may have is the one you take at home to see if you're pregnant. After you know you're pregnant, you will have a series of tests throughout your pregnancy to make sure you and your baby are healthy.
At-home pregnancy test
If you think you might be
pregnant, you can use a
home pregnancy test as soon as you think you have missed your period.
Pregnancy is measured in
weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. There are several methods to
find out your due date.
Use this Interactive Tool: What Is Your Due Date?
Checkups and tests after you know you're pregnant
As soon as you
know you're pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor or certified
midwife. Your first prenatal visit will provide information that
can be used to check for any problems as your pregnancy progresses. It's also a good time to think about how you want to partner with your doctor or midwife.
Good care during pregnancy includes
regularly scheduled prenatal exams. At each prenatal
visit, you'll be weighed, have your abdomen measured, and have your blood
pressure and urine checked. Use this time to discuss with your doctor or midwife your list of pregnancy
concerns or problems.
At different times in your
pregnancy, you may have additional exams and tests performed. Although some
are routine, others are only done when you ask for them, when a problem is suspected, or if you have a
risk factor for a problem.