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You will probably have prenatal visits once a month for weeks 4 through 28 (then more often until delivery). At your first prenatal visit, you can expect your provider to

  • Obtain a thorough health history, including diseases, surgeries, and prior pregnancies
  • Ask about your family‚Äôs health history
  • Do a complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test
  • Take your blood and urine for lab work
  • Check your blood pressure, height, and weight
  • Calculate your due date
  • Answer your questions (make a list before you go, so you will be prepared

Warning signs (if any of these happen or you have questions, contact your health care provider right away).

  • Bright red blood from your vagina
  • Sharp pain in your abdomen (stomach) or side
  • Vomiting several times in one hour
  • Chills and fever
  • Sudden gush or slow leak of fluid from your vagina
  • Sudden and severe swelling of face, fingers, or ankles
  • Bad headaches, blurred vision, seeing spots
  • Pain when urinating
  • Fainting, dizziness
  • (In your third trimester), baby stops moving or moves less than 10 times a day