Quick Answer: What Happens At The 16 Week Prenatal Appointment?

When you’re about 16 weeks pregnant, you’ll have a second antenatal appointment with your midwife to check baby size and fetal development.

You may also get to listen to your baby’s heartbeat.

At this appointment, you may also get the results of any blood tests you had at your booking appointment.

What happens at a 15 week prenatal appointment?

Also at this visit your doctor will:

  • Measure the height of your uterus to gauge your baby’s growth.
  • Check your weight and blood pressure.
  • Check your baby’s heart rate.
  • Ask you to leave a urine sample to check your sugar and protein levels.
  • Schedule your 20-week ultrasound exam to evaluate your baby’s anatomy.

Can I lay on my back at 16 weeks pregnant?

After 16 weeks of pregnancy, sleeping on your back isn’t such a good idea, because your baby is pressing on your blood vessels. This can make you feel faint . If you wake up in the night and find yourself lying on your back or front, just turn over to your side again to go back to sleep.

What happens at each prenatal appointment?


At your first prenatal visit, your provider will calculate your due date, schedule blood tests, may perform a pelvic and breast exam, measure your height and weight, listen to your heart and lungs, and touch and push lightly on your stomach. You will see your provider every 4 weeks.

Do you get an ultrasound at every prenatal appointment?

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), women may have “at least one” ultrasound during a pregnancy, usually around 16 to 20 weeks (when you can find out the sex of the baby, if you want). Otherwise, you’re kind of SOL unless you have a scan-happy doc like I did.

What questions should I ask at my first prenatal appointment?

Here are 9 essential questions you should ask during your first prenatal appointment:

  1. Who will deliver me?
  2. How much weight should I gain?
  3. Can I continue exercising?
  4. What do I do about my history with certain health conditions?
  5. Are all my medications safe for pregnancy?
  6. Should I be taking a prenatal vitamin?

How long do prenatal appointments last?

We typically schedule the first prenatal appointment eight weeks after the first day of a woman’s last period. This eight-week appointment is also called an intake appointment. It includes an ultrasound, lab work and a meeting with a certified nurse midwife. Please allow about 90 minutes for this appointment.

What happens if you accidentally sleep on your back while pregnant?

It’s common for pregnant women to sleep on their backs while pregnant, even if they fell asleep on their side. But you’ll most likely wake up within a few minutes of landing on your back because the position is so uncomfortable after the first trimester of pregnancy.

How does baby kicks feel at 16 weeks?

Some moms can feel their babies move as early as 13-16 weeks from the start of their last period. These first fetal movements are called quickening and are often described as flutters. It may be difficult to determine whether this feeling is gas or your baby’s movements, but soon you will begin to notice a pattern.

What should I be feeling at 16 weeks pregnant?

Your baby’s eyes are making small side-to-side movements this week and can perceive some light, even though they’re still closed. That thumb-sucking habit of many newborns may have already begun. At 16 weeks, babies may be able to make sucking motions. Baby-to-be’s circulatory system is now up and (beginning) to run.

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