How many times do you go to the doctor when pregnant?
As long as your pregnancy is considered low risk and is progressing normally, you will visit your doctor monthly for the first 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and weekly thereafter. If you go beyond 40 weeks, your doctor will want to see you once or twice a week until you give birth.
In your third trimester, you will have a prenatal visit every 2 weeks until week 36. After that, you will see your provider every week. The visits may be quick, but they are still important.
- Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman's vagina or rectum. This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum of about 25% of all healthy, adult women. Women who test positive for GBS are said to be colonized.
- During the Pap smear, your doctor may choose to collect samples of the fluid around the cervix to test for Gonorrhea or Chlamydia. Other tests that your doctor may choose to perform as part of a standard STD screen include urine testing for Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, and blood testing for HIV, Hepatitis B, and syphilis.
- If you are between ages 21 and 29, you should get a Pap test every 3 years. If you are between ages 30 and 64, you should get a Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) test together every 5 years or a Pap test alone every 3 years. If you are 65 or older, ask your doctor if you can stop having Pap tests.
If you did not meet with your health care provider before your were pregnant, your first prenatal visit will generally be around 8 weeks after your LMP (last menstrual period). If this applies to you, you should schedule a prenatal visit as soon as you know you are pregnant!
- You should wait to take a pregnancy test until the week after your missed period for the most accurate result. If you don't want to wait until you've missed your period, you should wait at least one to two weeks after you had sex. If you are pregnant, your body needs time to develop detectable levels of HCG.
- One tests the blood for the pregnancy hormone, hCG. And you need to see a doctor to have a blood test. The other checks the urine for the hCG hormone. Urine tests Doctors can perform urine pregnancy tests (UPT) in their office and is usually the first step in diagnosing a pregnancy.
- "If you can't go to your gynecologist on your period, then who can you go to?" says Nathan. "We're used to bleeding." Just be aware that in some cases, having a Pap smear during your period may make it harder to get a clear test result, but that doesn't mean you should skip your appointment.
Updated: 6th October 2019