Patient Education

Approximate Schedule of Prenatal Care


First Trimester
8-9 weeks
Initial visit and short ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. Blood drawn and tested, including State-mandated HIV testing**. Physical Examination, including possible Pap. Smear & gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing. Cystic fibrosis test (optional, can be done any time during pregnancy)
11-14 weeks
Nuchal Translucency (optional)

Second Trimester
13-16 weeks
Alpha-feto protein test (blood draw-optional)-performed after 15 weeks
Amniocentesis if indicated
* Routine pre-natal visit
18-20 weeks
*Routine pre-natal visit
***Screening ultrasound for the evaluation of the baby’s growth and anatomy
24 weeks
* Routine pre-natal visit

Third Trimester
28 weeks
* Routine pre-natal visit
One hour glucose test
Rhogam injection for Rh negative patients
Register at St Luke’s Hospital
31 weeks
* Routine pre-natal visit
34 weeks
*Routine pre-natal visit
35-37 weeks
* Routine pre-natal visit
Group B Strep swab
38 weeks
* Routine pre-natal visit
39 weeks
* Routine pre-natal visit
40 weeks
*Routine pre-natal visit & cervix check

* Routine pre-natal visit includes weight, blood pressure, urine test, measurement of your uterus and listening to baby’s heartbeat with a doppler. Visit interval is approximate and dependent on maternal and fetal issues.
** If you decline the HIV test during your pregnancy, your baby will automatically be HIV tested in the hospital, prior to discharge.
*** Any ultrasounds other than what are listed above will be done in the event of medical necessity, such as bleeding, hypertension, fetal growth problems or placental location.