each prenatal visit you'll be weighed, have your belly measured, and have your
blood pressure and urine checked. Go to all your appointments. Although these
quick office visits may seem simple and routine, your doctor is watching for
signs of possible problems like
high blood pressure.
In some medical
centers, you can have screening in your first
trimester to see if your baby has a chance of having
Down syndrome or another genetic problem. The test
usually includes a blood test and an
During your second trimester,
you can have a blood test (triple or quadruple screen test) to see if you have
a higher-than-normal chance of having a baby with birth defects. Based on the
results of the tests, you may be referred to a geneticist for further
discussion. Or you may have other tests to find out for sure if your baby has a
Late in your second trimester, your blood sugar
will be checked for diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Near the end of your pregnancy, you will have tests to look
for infections that could harm your newborn.
What changes can you expect in your body and your emotions?
You will go through some amazing changes during pregnancy. Your body, emotions, and relationships will all do some growing. These changes are common, but some may be a challenge.
Every woman feels these changes in her own way. Even the way she changes can change. In the beginning of your pregnancy, you may feel so tired that you can barely keep your head up. But at other times, you may have trouble sleeping.
Many women feel nauseated in the morning (morning sickness) or at other times of day in the early part of pregnancy. But some women never have this problem. Your breasts will get larger and may feel tender. Throughout your pregnancy, you may get heartburn or crave certain foods, and you may have aches and pains. You also may enjoy the flutters of your baby moving and kicking.
Your emotions may move around too. Even women who are happy about their pregnancy may worry a lot about their babies. They may even feel some sadness at the coming changes in their lifestyles.
Your relationship with your partner and other children you may have also may change. Talk with your partner and with your doctor if you have concerns about how you're feeling.
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