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What Are Your Doctor's Prenatal Care Goals?

What Are Your Doctor's Prenatal Care Goals?

Most women with access to health care services visit the doctor more during the course of their pregnancy than they do at any other time in their life. It can be overwhelming and alarming the first time around, but it's only for the benefit of mommy and baby.

Prenatal visits are typically scheduled every four weeks during the first 32 weeks of gestation, every two weeks from 32 to 36 weeks gestation and weekly from 36 weeks to delivery. It is quite common for the doctor to tack on additional weekly appointments if she sees anything that she wants to monitor. The extra visits can be nerve racking, but they work wonders in the stress relief department.

For a look at your doctor's primary prenatal care goals,


The goals of prenatal care are to:
  • Monitor both the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy
  • Look for changes that may lead to a high-risk pregnancy
  • Explain nutritional requirements throughout the pregnancy and postpartum period
  • Explain activity recommendations or restrictions
  • Address common complaints that may arise during pregnancy (for example, backache, joint pain, nausea, heartburn, headaches, urinary frequency, leg cramps, and constipation) and how to manage them, preferably without medications
  • Support you through the experience


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LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
My first two non-eventful pregnancies followed a regular doctor's care, but for the next ones I'll have a midwife and I don't think that many appointments are necessary.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I had to go in the last 9 weeks of my pregnancy with my daughter for biophysical profiles, because my triple screen results showed that the levels were higher for her to have a neural tube defect. She came out fine, and I got lots of great ultrasound pics of her. It was quite nerve-wracking, but I definitely felt like my doctor took phenomenal care of me. He was very supportive of me, and he helped me get through the pitfalls of pregnancy. Also, he didn't make me feel like an ass for worrying about EVERYTHING!
jessie jessie 8 years
with my last two pregnancies...after 32 wks..i started going in weekly and going for NST weekly since i had high blood pressure with them...but i felt well taken care of...sometimes felt like it was a P.I.T.A. having to go to the doctors office 1x a week..then the hospital a few days later..but knowing that it was for the safty of the baby and i....i was just a tired preggo lady at that point..:)
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Mine was according to that schedule as well, although all three required extra visits at the end for various reasons. The first, gestational diabetes required NST and more visits, the second, I started contracting at 20 weeks so by the end I was in a few times a week. With the third, I had heart problems and blood pressure fluctuations that required extra visits. I never found them nerve-wracking, though. They helped put my mind at ease that I was being well taken care of.
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