Getting care early in a pregnancy, and even before, can help protect moms and babies from complications and ensure a healthy birth. By discussing your specific needs and health conditions with your doctor, you can work together to decide on a care plan that lowers your risks.
Typical prenatal care milestones
Many women follow a similar pregnancy check-up timeline, but every pregnancy is unique.
- Weeks 4 to 28 of pregnancy: In the earliest stage of pregnancy, expectant mothers visit their care provider once a month to get routine care such as physicals and pelvic exams, blood pressure and urine tests, prenatal vitamin prescriptions, and gestational diabetes screening.
- Weeks 28 to 36 of pregnancy: At this stage, expectant mothers have checkups twice a month. At later checkups, your doctor may assess your weight, blood pressure, the baby’s heartbeat and growth. you may receive relevant vaccinations, such as Tdap.
- Weeks 36 to 41 of pregnancy: During the final stage of pregnancy, expectant mothers typically visit their doctor every week.
If you have complications during pregnancy, your provider may want to see you more often.
Our whole person approach to prenatal care
Your mental and behavioral health is just as important as your physical health during your pregnancy and after birth. Post-partum depression is more than “baby blues” and can sometimes be severe. If you feel something isn’t right, physically or mentally- during or after your pregnancy- make sure your doctor listens to your concerns.
At Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, we are committed to assisting parents in maintaining healthy behaviors before, during, and after pregnancy. Our Special Delivery Education Program is a free maternity program for pregnancy members. Click here to learn more and sign up.