Do you have questions about what to expect during the course of your pregnancy? Regular visits to an OB/GYN or family doctor trained in obstetrics ensure your pregnancy is going as planned and that any signs of troubles are detected early when complications are easier to treat.
Image: Dr. Bryn Parker, a family practice obstetrician at Gritman|MFM, performs an ultrasound on Laurel during a prenatal care appointment.
Regular prenatal exams are important both for monitoring your own and your baby’s health and for giving you and your health professional time to build a working relationship. If your pregnancy is going well, you will have a regular schedule of prenatal checkups. These will become more frequent as you near your due date.
A general example of such a schedule is as follows:
Every baby is different. Every fetus is different. The images we show you may not be your skin color or your fetus’s exact size. But they do tell you a lot about what happens over the course of a pregnancy.
This tool links you to information about prenatal tests. Some of these tests are new and not available everywhere. For example, you might not have chorionic villus sampling or nuchal translucency ultrasound in your town. The good news is that you still have excellent options, such as triple or quad screening.
You can use this tool to discover the amazing changes that happen during a pregnancy. Get a close-up peek at the early embryo. See how much a growing fetus changes every few weeks. Read about what’s new every month.
ATTENTION: A flu shot specifically for pregnant women is recommended if you are pregnant during flu season.
Antacids: Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid, PrevAcid, Prilosec, Rolaids/Tums and Zantac
Cold and allergy: Saline nasal spray, Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Dimetapp, Flonase, Mucinex, Robitussin-DM cough syrup, Zyrtec and throat lozenges Constipation: Citrucel, Colace (Docusate), Fibercon, Metamucil, MiraLAX and Milk of Magnesia.
Yeast infections: Monistat, Terconazole, Mycelex and Gyne-Lotrimin.
Diarrhea: Imodium, Kaopectate and Lomotil. Hemorrhoids: Preparation-H, Anusol and Tucks. Pain: Tylenol, Tylenol Extra Strength and Tylenol Sinus. Sleep: Tylenol PM and Unisom.
Topical agents: Calamine lotion, Neosporin, Cortaid cream, Clotrimazole and Hydrocort