In most cases, you'll need to have an office visit every month for the first 28 weeks, then every other week until week 36, and then every week until the baby is delivered. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you'll need to be seen more often to ensure you and your baby stay healthy.
First, you'll be weighed, and your blood pressure will be measured. You'll also be asked about any symptoms you might be experiencing. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, your belly may be measured to track the development of the baby, and we'll also listen to the baby's heartbeat. You'll be asked to provide a urine sample to check for infection and other issues that could pose a problem, and you may also need to have blood testing performed. At certain points during your pregnancy, an ultrasound will be performed to check on your baby's development.
High-risk pregnancies are pregnancies that pose special risks to the health of the mother, the baby or both. Some of the most common causes of high-risk pregnancies include:
Carrying more than one baby
A history of more than one miscarriage
High blood pressure or diabetes before pregnancy or developing during pregnancy
Carrying the baby beyond 41 or 42 weeks can be dangerous to both you and the baby. If you go beyond the normal delivery time of 37 to 41 weeks, we'll assess your health and your baby's health as well as your cervix to determine if you're ready to be induced.