Second-Trimester Prenatal Visits

For many women, these three months may feel like the easiest time while pregnant. Of course, your visits with your doctor still mean a lot. Here is what your second-trimester prenatal visits will cover:

Your baby's size and weight

  • Fundal height is measured from the top of your womb to your pubic bone
    • It is measured in centimeters
    • It often matches the number of weeks that you are pregnant
    • If you measure 24 centimeters it most often means you're at 24 weeks
  • An ultrasound will most likely be done at about 18 to 20 weeks

General health

Your doctor may ask about swelling in your hands or feet, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and other pains

Your baby's health

  • Depending on your age and other reasons, certain tests may be done to help find out if your baby has any problems, like:
    • The triple screen or quadruple screen test checks for Down syndrome
    • Amniocentesis will be offered to you if your triple or quadruple screen test or other screening raises concerns
    • Amniocentesis is most often performed at about 18 weeks
    • Your doctor will look for swelling, a rise in your blood pressure and other warning signs of preeclampsia, which could be a serious health problem for both you and your baby
    • You'll get screened for gestational diabetes (high blood sugar) and anemia
    • If your blood test is Rh negative, you may need to have a series of special tests

Planning for the future

  • Ask your doctor or midwife about group or private birth classes
  • Birth classes may be offered through the hospital where you plan to give birth
  • Some hospitals offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR or mouth-to-mouth) and breastfeeding classes
  • These classes can fill up quickly, so make your plans early

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