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You will be overwhelmed and delighted when you get the good news that you are pregnant. The first thing you have to do is schedule an appointment with a gynecologist. A specialist must check you and your baby early in your pregnancy. Even if you are not pregnant for the first time, every pregnancy is different, so you must consult a doctor as soon as you know you are expecting. Read below to learn when to see a gynecologist when pregnant.

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When to Visit the Doctor After a Positive Pregnancy Test?

If you have missed a period, do not wait for a long time to do a pregnancy test. Most of these home tests can detect the hCG, pregnancy hormone, by the time the period is missed. If your menstrual cycle is irregular, you may not know that your period is late; in that case, look for pregnancy symptoms like frequent urination, sore breasts, morning sickness, or change in smell or taste. If you notice these common pregnancy symptoms, do a home pregnancy test.

The best time to visit a gynecologist is before you are 8 weeks pregnant. If you have a regular menstrual period of a 28-day cycle, you will already be in the 5th week of your pregnancy. That is because the pregnancy is calculated from the first day of the last period, so by the time of your next period date, four weeks of pregnancy is completed. Pregnancy is calculated from the LMP, the last menstrual period, as it is impossible to know when conception occurs.

Once the home pregnancy test confirms that you are pregnant, you should book an appointment for your first prenatal visit. While most women start this after about 2 months of pregnancy, it is recommended that you visit earlier if you are at a high risk due to:

  • Preexisting medical conditions
  • Advanced reproductive age
  • Previous history of pregnancy-related complications
  • Symptoms like vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, etc.

What to Expect in First Prenatal Visit?

Expect the first visit to be longer than all other prenatal visits. That is because the doctor will thoroughly investigate the family's medical history, perform a comprehensive physical exam, do a pelvic exam, and perform other tests. You may also have to undergo blood tests, urine tests, STD tests, rarely, pap smears, and other such tests.

During the early stages of pregnancy, you will receive guidelines on lifestyle choices, such as daily exercise, proper nutrition, and prenatal supplements, to help with maternal health and the baby's healthy development.

The Recommended Schedule of Appointments

If you have a complication-free pregnancy and your health is normal, you will have about 15 prenatal visits throughout your pregnancy. Your prenatal visits will be scheduled closer as the pregnancy progresses. The following is the timing for prenatal visits:

  • From 4 to 28 weeks of pregnancy, one visit is recommended every four weeks
  • From 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy, one visit every two weeks is recommended
  • From 36 to 40 weeks of pregnancy, one visit every week is needed

The above schedule is a reference, and you may need more visits with less time in between if you have preexisting medical issues or you have a high-risk pregnancy. Read below in more detail about the different stages during which you are recommended prenatal visits.

  • Early Pregnancy: During early pregnancy, also called the first trimester, it is advised to have regular visits to your healthcare provider. A monthly check-up is best until you reach about 28 weeks of pregnancy. These visits are critical as they confirm the pregnancy, set a baseline for the expected parameters after checking the overall health, and identify potential complications or risks.
  • Second Trimester: Once you enter the second stage of pregnancy, which typically begins around 12 weeks, your prenatal visits are less frequent as your health has stabilized. Usually, checkups must be scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks at this stage. During these consultations, the doctor will assess your health, check the development and growth of the baby, and discuss any questions or concerns you have.
  • Third Trimester: As you reach the final stage of pregnancy, the frequency of prenatal visits increases. From about 36 weeks until you give birth to the baby, you will have checkups every few weeks. At these checkups, your doctor will check the baby's position, assess whether your cervix shows signs of labor, and ensure that the mother and baby are healthy and ready for impending labor and delivery.
  • High-risk Pregnancy: If you have a preexisting medical illness or any other factors that put you at risk of pregnancy, your doctor will recommend more visits. The gynecologist will also provide special care tailored to your needs. These visits are not generic but specific to your health to ensure the best possible outcome for the mother and the baby.

Also Read : What do gynecologists do on your first visit?

What to Expect During Prenatal Visits?

After the first scheduled appointment, what happens at the first prenatal visit is repeated, and every visit will involve a physical exam. Depending on your health, stage of pregnancy, and medical condition, tests specific to your needs will be recommended. As you proceed with your pregnancy, these visits may change to monitor the changes in your baby and you due to the specific medical conditions.

A typical prenatal visit will include:

  • Urine tests - to check for pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, urinary tract infections, and preeclampsia.
  • Measure of your blood pressure and weight.
  • A measure of your abdomen to check the baby's growth.
  • Doppler ultrasound to check the baby's heart rate.

Why Do You Need Prenatal Visits?

Even if your pregnancy has no complications and you feel healthy, you must have frequent prenatal visits, as that can make a difference in having a healthy baby with a smooth delivery. If you do not complete these scheduled visits, your baby may be at the risk of a low birth weight. Studies show that those babies who have not received prenatal care are three times more likely to be born with low birth weight. Plus, your baby is at the risk when you are not adequately monitored during pregnancy.

The two main reasons for low birth weight are premature birth (i.e., birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and fetal growth restriction, which prevents the baby from gaining weight. At prenatal visits, the baby's growth is monitored, and if there is any risk or complications, the problem is identified, and the risk of complications is reduced.

Prenatal visits also allow healthcare providers to observe and monitor the mother for conditions like gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, etc., which can damage the health of the mother and the baby.


A woman should see a doctor as soon as the home pregnancy kit shows a positive result. That helps confirm the pregnancy and provides valuable information about how to care for the mother and the baby.


When should you see a gynaecologist for the first time during pregnancy?

A pregnant woman should see a doctor as soon as she gets a positive home pregnancy test result. Early care is essential to monitor the health of the mother and the baby and have a comprehensive pregnancy plan

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