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What to expect at doctor visits

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you've just learned you're pregnant, don't hesitate to schedule a doctor's appointment.

Regular doctor visits during pregnancy are important to ensure that you and your baby stay healthy, according to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

At some point, you can expect to undergo:

  • A physical exam, including a pelvic and breast exam, checking your heart, lungs, eyes, ears, nose and throat, and measuring your height and weight.
  • Blood, urine and blood pressure tests, and a Pap smear to check for disease that could affect your health during pregnancy.
  • Checks for several harmful conditions, including anemia, bladder infections, syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, cervical cancer, hepatitis B, vaginal infections and other problems.
  • Questioning about the state of your health and that of the baby's father.


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