Prenatal care and appointments

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.

Dr. Bryn Parker

Prenatal Exams

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:

  • After the first prenatal visit, every 4 weeks till week 28 of pregnancy
  • Every two weeks through week 36 of pregnancy
  • Every week during the final month of pregnancy

Printable appointment checklist

8-10 Weeks 8-10 Weeks


12 Weeks 12 Weeks

16 Weeks 16 Weeks

20 Weeks 20 Weeks

24 Weeks 24 Weeks

28 Weeks 28 Weeks

30 Weeks 30 Weeks

32 Weeks 32 Weeks

34 Weeks 34 Weeks

36 Weeks 36 Weeks

37 Weeks 37 Weeks

38 Weeks 38 Weeks

39 Weeks 39 Weeks

40 Weeks 40 Weeks

41 Weeks 41 Weeks

Induction is recommended – your physician will discuss this with you at your 40-week appointment.

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Interactive Tool: From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months

pregnant woman

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.

From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months

OTC medications that are safe during pregnancy

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

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