When can I hear my baby's heartbeat in pregnancy?
You are probably looking forward to hearing your baby's heart beat in your prenatal appointments. How long will you have to wait?
What Happens at Prenatal Care Appointments
The doctor or midwife appointments that you have in pregnancy are called prenatal care. Each visit is an opportunity to assure that you and your baby are growing well and to answer any questions that you have. So what goes on in these appointments?
Prenatal Visits in the Third Trimester
How often will you schedule your prenatal appointments in the third trimester of pregnancy?
Prenatal Visits in the Second Trimester
How often should you see your doctor or midwife for appointments in the second trimester of pregnancy?
Prenatal Visits in the First Trimester
How often do you see your doctor or midwife in the first trimester?
Anatomy of a Prenatal Visit
This article focuses on what happens at each visit to the midwife or doctor. From ultrasounds and blood work to hearing your baby's heartbeat...
What you need to know about prenatal care.
10 Things You Might Find on Your Prenatal Chart
Have you ever looked at your medical records? Trying to decipher your medical records can be a harrowing task and it has nothing to do with your practitioner's handwriting.
Reasons You Are Not Hearing Baby's Heart Beat
Towards the end of the first trimester, you should be able to hear most babies' heart beats with a doppler. Here are some reasons why you may not hear your baby's heart beat then.
Were you dilated before labor?
Being dilated doesn't necessarily mean that you are in labor. Many women find that they are dilated in the last weeks of pregnancy. (Though not being dilated doesn't mean anything is wrong.) Did you find out that you were dilated before labor?
Did you have trouble gaining weight in pregnancy?
Most women complain about gaining too much weight in pregnancy, but some women do have trouble gaining weight while pregnant.