How Often Am I Seen for Prenatal Care?
Prenatal or antenatal visits are crucial in reducing maternal mortality and preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes. ACOG recommends 10-16 routine prenatal visits to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
With this emphasis on prenatal visits, mothers often wonder how often they need to be scheduled. Keep reading ahead to find out!
How Early Do I Need To Plan The First Visit?
We see people as early in pregnancy as they decide to come. This is usually around the 10-16 week mark when you find out you’re pregnant. It’s good to have made your first booking visit within the first few weeks to make sure we get on track early on.
Coming to a Prenatal Appointment before pregnancy is ideal
If you’re planning to get pregnant, we highly recommend visiting the birth center for a pre-pregnancy appointment. This appointment helps moms to optimize their health and nutrition.
We might advise some routine changes, tests, and prenatal vitamins during this appointment. This helps us create a nurturing environment for the baby to grow in and treat any problems such as infections before the pregnancy begins.
Do A Telehealth Visit
If you’re not in the mood to do an in-person visit yet, you can always opt for your telehealth visit. A telehealth visit helps us to get to know you, go over your history, ask some screening questions, and recommend any supplements or routine changes that you might need.
Prenatal Visit Schedule
Our recommended schedule for prenatal visits is as follows:
- We see you prenatally every 4 weeks until you are 28 weeks
- Between 28-36 weeks we see you every 2 weeks
- During the last month of pregnancy, we see you in-person every week
Some mothers might need to visit more often to monitor any ongoing issues and address them in a timely manner.
After birth, our families come back for a couple of postpartum visits or as often as they feel the need.
If you feel the need to visit less often or more often due to personal preferences, you can always discuss it with your midwife so we can work out an appropriate schedule! Give us a call to start planning your prenatal care.