Prenatal care refers to the healthcare received from a doctor, nurse, or midwife while a person is pregnant. The goal of prenatal care is to keep the mother and baby healthy, and it can be started as soon as a person learns they are pregnant.
A general schedule for prenatal care appointments is:
- every four to six weeks for the first 32 weeks
- every two to three weeks for weeks 32-37
- every week from week 37 to delivery
However, people with high-risk pregnancies may need to come in for appointments more often.