Prenatal visits and exams vary depending on the length of a patient’s pregnancy. In the first trimester, exams are centered around medical history, establishing an estimated due date, lab tests, screening for fetal abnormalities, and discussing discomforts and what to expect. First trimester visits are usually done monthly, and include checking a patient’s weight, blood pressure, urine and discussion of any concerns. Near the end of the first trimester, patients will be able to hear the fetal heartbeat. In the second trimester, a patient’s weight, blood pressure, and urine will be checked, fetal growth will be checked by palpating and measuring the pregnant patient’s abdomen. At each visit, the Provider will listen to the fetal heartbeat and feel for and discuss fetal movement. Second trimester tests may include genetic tests, ultrasound, and other diagnostic testing. By the time a patient hits the third trimester, they will start seeing their Provider more frequently – every couple of weeks and then weekly in the last month of pregnancy. Patients can expect much of the same during the third trimester visits, plus tests for Group B Strep, assessment of the position of the fetus and cervical exam to see if you are dilated.