Your next doctor’s appointment (18-20 weeks pregnant)

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

What to expect:

  • You’ll do a urine test.
  • You’ll get your blood pressure and weight checked.
  • Your doctor will listen to your baby’s heart.
  • You’ll discuss any symptoms or concerns.
  • Your doctor will feel and measure your belly
  • You might have an ultrasound and maybe see the sex of your baby.

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 identify 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.

Sources:

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