Prenatal care: Other first trimester visits

Subsequent prenatal visits — often scheduled about every four weeks during the first trimester — will probably be shorter than the first. Your health care provider will check your weight and blood pressure, and you'll discuss your signs and symptoms.

Near the end of the first trimester — by about nine to 12 weeks of pregnancy — you might be able to hear your baby's heartbeat with a small device that bounces sound waves off your baby's heart (Doppler).

You probably won't need another pelvic exam until later in your pregnancy.

Remember, your health care provider is there to support you throughout your pregnancy. Your prenatal appointments are an ideal time to discuss any questions or concerns — including things that might be uncomfortable or embarrassing.

Also find out how to reach your health care provider between appointments. Knowing help is available when you need it can offer precious peace of mind.

Aug. 04, 2012 See more In-depth