The usual schedule of prenatal visits to your practitioner is monthly for the first twenty-eight weeks, every two weeks from twenty-eight to thirty-six weeks, and weekly thereafter until delivery. The frequency and complexity of these visits may vary, according to your practitioner's philosophy, your previous obstetrical history, and any special needs you and your baby may have. Your obstetrician or midwife will use the office visits to monitor the changes you and your baby are experiencing.
Most of these changes are normal. Other changes may signal a concern that needs to be addressed. In most cases, these concerns can be dealt with or corrected early on so your chances of delivering a healthy baby are great. While there are no guarantees in life, taking good care of yourself is one way to take care of your preborn baby. Regular prenatal visits help to ensure that your self-care is on target and that your baby is growing, as she should.