Around 20 Weeks
Generally a fetal ultrasound is ordered around 19-20 weeks.  Fetal ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of a baby in the uterus.   An ultrasound can help your midwife evaluate your baby's growth and development, assuring a healthy heart and normal anatomy.  You may also choose to learn the baby's gender!  This is an exciting time when you will also probably start feeling the baby move! At your 16 week visit, our staff will assist you with scheduling this at an ultrasound facility location that is convenient for you and your family.

24-28 Weeks
Between 26 and 28 weeks, you will have blood tests to check for low iron levels and gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy.  
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If we have told you that you have an Rh negative blood type, we will check for the presence of antibodies and give you a Rhogam injection to protect you into the last part of your pregnancy. Rhogam facts

Urine and weight checks are done at every visit.  Once you check in, you may go ahead and use the restroom and leave us a sample.  We are checking your urine for protein and sugar, not infection.  If you feel you may have signs or symptoms of a bladder infection, please let us know (We need your urine collected in a different, sterile container).  On the way back to the desk, stop and weigh yourself and during your visit we will record that weight in your record.  We are watching for insufficient weight gain or sudden weight gain which may indicate a problem.  If you have a history of an eating disorder this can be a rough time for you and can bring back some old feelings. If you are struggling in this area, please let us know.  Tell us what is on your mind, even if it seems silly or unimportant. Nothing is too trivial when it comes to your health.  

"The Honeymoon Trimester"

Second trimester, from 14-27 weeks, is often the best and referred to by some as "the honeymoon trimester."  You will soon begin to lose those first trimester nuisances such as nausea, vomiting and fatigue and your uterus isn't large enough yet to cause you too much physical discomfort.  Many couples wait to share pregnancy news after the 12th week, so this is an exciting time for you!  I recently learned about the "babymoon" which is a last getaway for a couple before the baby is born, and this is a perfect time to travel! Your midwives will see you once a month to track baby's growth and listen to the baby's heartbeat.