Routine Prenatal Testing: What Happens During Each Trimester

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
November 14, 2022

Finding out you’re pregnant can fill you with emotions, ranging from excitement to anxiety. You will likely immediately start to wonder what’s in store over the next nine months and have questions about the steps you can take to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

One of the most important things you can do throughout your pregnancy is to stay on top of your routine prenatal care. That means, seeing your doctor or midwife regularly so they can check on your health, plus the health and development of your baby. It also can mean extra appointments for screenings and tests that offer additional insights into certain medical risks and conditions. Educating yourself about what to expect during these visits and screenings can help you prepare for what’s to come.

Here’s what to know about some of the tests you can expect over your 40-week journey.