Pregnancy Timeline

Pregnancy timelineWhat you needYour next visit
11-14 weeks
15-18 weeks
19-20 weeks
Routine bloodwork
NT ultrasound — 11 to 13+6 weeks
Prenatal screening tests (bloodwork)
FTS: 11 to 13+6 weeks
IPS#1: 11 to 13+6 weeks
Visit every 4 weeks
24-28 weeks
36 weeks
Prenatal screening tests (bloodwork)
   AFP: 15 to 20+6 weeks
   IPS#2: 15 to 18+6 weeks
   MSS: 15 to 20+6 weeks
Anatomy scan: 19 to 20 weeks
Glucose challenge test: 24–28 weeks
Visit every 4 weeks
40 weeksGBS swabVisit every 2 weeks
Time to pack your bags!
Due date — only 5% of babies are born on their due date!
Induction of labour if baby not born yet
41-41+3 weeks Visit every week

Have an emergency?

  • Before 20 weeksgo to the ER
  • After 20 weeks, go to the Assessment Room (2S-176)
  • If it’s not really urgent, see your health care provider or family doctor

Need a family doctor?

Remember to:

Sign up for prenatal classes!

Common terms

Placenta: connects mom and baby. Provides babyès nutrients and oxygen and takes away its waste.

Amniotic fluid: babies float in a fluid actually made up of their urine. An ultrasound can measure this fluid.

Cervix: opening to uterus. Should stay tightly closed until the baby is ready to be born. During labour it should dilate to 10 cm.

Rectum: where you store stools (poo)

Fetus: what we call the baby when it’s still inside the mother.

Uterus: muscular structure where your baby, placenta, amniotic fluid are located.

Bladder: where you store urine. The baby presses against the bladder and this is why you might have to pee frequently in pregnancy.

Vagina: the passage through which a baby is born in a vaginal or “natural˜ delivery.  

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Wash your hands

Performing hand hygiene (e.g. washing one’s hands with soap and water or using an alcohol hand rub) is the most important method of preventing the spread of infection in the hospital. This is why you will see all the staff washing their hands before and after caring for their patients. We encourage patients, families and visitors to also wash their hands frequently. Read a booklet on patient and family hand hygiene. 

Get a flu shot

Getting the flu can cause serious problems when you are pregnant. Even if you are generally healthy, changes in immune, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to get seriously ill from the flu. Pregnant women who get the flu are at higher risk of hospitalization, and even death than non-pregnant women. Severe illness in the pregnant mother can also be dangerous to her fetus. When you get your flu shot, your body starts to make antibodies that help protect you and your baby against the flu. Antibodies can be passed on to your unborn baby, and help protect the baby for up to six (6) months after he or she is born. Prevention is better than a cure— get your shot today! Read a flyer on getting the flu shot when pregnant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Say Thanks

From the best medical treatments to the little things that make a difference, our staff go the extra mile to provide exceptional care. You can now acknowledge the meaningful experience you and your family had at North York General Hospital by making a donation in honour of your doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, volunteers and support staff. When you do, they will receive a unique pin and a card with your personal message of thanks. Your gift will help to ensure that our hospital can continue to provide our patients with the best care today, and drive the health innovations of tomorrow. Visit the North York General Foundation website.

You can also contact the Patient Experience Office to provide feedback about your experience at NYGH.

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