Prenatal checkup: week 16 – 20

Prenatal visits

Prenatal checkup: week 16 – 20

Your visit to the doctor during weeks 16 and 22 might be very special as you will probably get to listen to your baby’s heartbeat and maybe already see if you can expect a boy or a girl.

What to expect:

What to ask:

  1. What upcoming tests and screenings do you recommend?
  2. How can I make sure I’m getting the best nutrition, especially if I have morning sickness?
  3. What foods should I avoid?
  4. Can I keep to my regular exercise routine?
  5. Is it necessary to take a flu shot or vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, and Hepatitis?

To prepare
Bring along any vitamins, supplements, herbal teas, or over-the-counter medications you’re taking.

Optional tests:

  1. Multiple marker screening: It estimates the risk of a genetic condition, as well as identifies the risk factors for preeclampsia and fetal growth concerns via a blood test.
  2. Mid-pregnancy anatomy scan: Use a sonogram to check out the baby’s size, development, and sex. This test can be done after 18 weeks.


Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat (OB-GYN) (1 September 2021)


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