Regular prenatal visits are an important part of pregnancy. At these visits, you’ll get to monitor yours and your baby’s health. By checking on you and your baby regularly, your doctor can spot problems early and treat them so that your baby is as healthy as possible.

To make sure you have a healthy pregnancy, your doctor will likely want to see you on the following schedule:

4 to 28 weeks: One visit per month

At these visits, your doctor will take your health history and run basic physical tests. Your doctor might also offer you tests to screen for genetic diseases. These visits are your chance to ask your doctor any questions you might have. You can also use these visits to ask questions about your baby’s health and weight. If you’re not sure about something, ask your doctor.

28 to 36 weeks: Two visits per month

At these visits, your doctor will monitor your health and your baby’s health. Checking your baby’s heartbeat will become a regular and exciting part of these visits! Your weight will also be recorded to make sure you’re gaining the right amount. This will help increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

36 weeks to delivery: One visit per week

At these visits, your doctor will check your physical health and your baby’s movement. Your doctor will also talk to you about labor and give you important information about how to care for your baby once it’s born. Be sure to ask your doctor any questions you might have.

Pregnancy is already a busy time, but it’s really important to make sure you attend your scheduled prenatal visits. Regularly attending prenatal visits helps to make sure your pregnancy and your baby are as healthy as possible.