Preventing Premature Birth
Going to the doctor regularly can help keep you healthy and lower your chances of having your baby early.
Prenatal tests can tell how your baby is growing and help find any health problems early.
Learn about prenatal tests
First Trimester Tests
At your first visit, the doctor will confirm your pregnancy and check to see how your baby is developing.
Learn about tests in the 1st trimester
Second Trimester Tests
The second trimester is when many moms and dads "see" their babies for the first time on ultrasound.
Learn about tests in the 2nd trimester
Third Trimester Tests
In this trimester, you'll be offered more tests depending on your age, health, family medical history, and other things.
Learn about tests in the 3rd trimester
Prenatal Genetic Counseling
If your doctor thinks that genetic testing would be helpful, you may be referred to a genetic counselor.
Learn about genetic counseling
In a high-risk pregnancy, one or more things raise a woman's — or her baby's — chances for health problems or early delivery.
Many things cause a baby to be born early or with health problems. Some things can be controlled, but others can't.
A progesterone shot can increase the chances for a full-term pregnancy if you've had premature labor in the past.