At each prenatal visit, you
can expect to be weighed and have your urine and blood pressure checked. Your
doctor will monitor your fetus's growth and position by measuring the size of
your uterus (fundal height) and gently pressing (palpating) your abdomen. Up to
the 36th week of pregnancy, your fetus can regularly change position, varying
from head down (vertex lie) to feet down (breech lie) or even sideways
During your second trimester, expect the
following routine tests:
Pregnant women and their partners can choose whether to have tests for birth defects. It can be a hard and emotional choice. You need to think about what the results of a test would mean to you and how they might affect your choices about your pregnancy. You and your doctor can choose from several tests. What you choose depends on your wishes, where you are in your pregnancy, your family health history, and what tests are available in your area. You may have no tests, one test, or several tests.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.