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The Importance of Checkups in the Second Trimester During a checkup. During your checkup your doctor will do a brief physical exam. A nurse or assistant will check your Further testing during the second trimester. In addition to your regular checkups, you might have additional tests Talking to. Detects chances of genetic abnormalities.
If you miss the first blood test (between 10 and 14 weeks), you may still have the second blood test (at 15 to 21 weeks). It’s best to have both blood tests when possible. This improves result accuracy.
Ultrasounds (18-20 weeks) Checks the baby’s development and position. Second Trimester During Pregnancy: Checkups and Tests The second trimester falls between the 4th month and 6th month of the pregnancy calendar, or between week-13 and week-28. The second trimester is, for many women, the easiest three months of pregnancy as your morning sickness starts to lessen. During the second trimester (14 weeks to 27 weeks), you’ll typically see your healthcare practitioner once every four weeks unless you have a condition or complications that call for more frequent checkups.
18 to 20 weeks pregnancy check up visits are not different for regular check up. As that of other visits, it includes checking your blood pressure and weight to understand the growth of the baby. 18 to 20 weeks is halfway through your pregnancy.
During the second trimester, your doctor can use an ultrasound test to determine whether or not your baby is a boy or a girl. The research about the importance of folic acid supplementation beyond the first trimester is less clear, and in fact, there is a little research to show that perhaps we don’t want extremely high levels later in pregnancy. It may increase the risk of allergy, and also may be correlated with increased risk of autism. There is definitely not. In addition to an overall physical examination, a standard or regular health checkup package comprises of test that helps in the assessment of the functionality of your heart, lungs, digestive system, kidneys, liver and the immune system.
Second trimester checkups During your regular prenatal visits throughout the second trimester, your health care provider will check your blood pressure and weight to watch for pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). PIH is more common in first pregnancies and usually happens after week 28. Symptoms include swelling and sudden weight gain.
Prenatal visits are a time for your midwife or doctor to check vitals and measurements (including your baby’s size, position, and heartbeat), but they’re also an opportunity for you to ask questions and get the support you need. Photo credit: Thinkstock.
List of related literature:
|from The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health|
|from Manual of High Risk Pregnancy and Delivery E-Book|
|from Health and Wellness|
|from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing|
|from Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby|
|from Wilderness Medicine E-Book: Expert Consult Premium Edition Enhanced Online Features|
|from Midwifery: Preparation for Practice|
|from Fundamentals of Nursing E-Book|
|from Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book|
|from Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing E-Book|