First-time mothers may feel overwhelmed as they begin the process of gestation and eventually birth. The key to a healthy pregnancy is to have an OB/GYN that you trust there to monitor progress and help you through the experience. What should you expect when you arrive for your first prenatal visit?
- The First Visit
The first visit may be the longest you’ll have during pregnancy. That’s because your obstetrician has to do a lot of information gathering and testing. They will provide advice about diet, prenatal vitamins, exercise, and more.
- Arrive with the Information Your OB/GYN Needs
Gather information and bring it with you for your appointment. Include any health information about yourself that includes past surgeries, medications you take or have taken, gynecological history, family history, and anything else related to your health and pregnancy. Be specific and write down the names and dosages of all medications and supplements you currently have at home.
- Make a List of Pregnancy Questions and Concerns
The first prenatal visit is also intended for you to gather information. If you have questions or concerns, also write those down and share them with your doctor. The more information you have, the more confident and relaxed you will feel throughout the process.
What Happens During the First Prenatal Appointment?
Your obstetrician will most likely give you a general examination and confirm your pregnancy even if you already had a positive home test. Then they will also perform urine tests, bloodwork, STD screenings, Pap smear, blood sugar test, and a genetic carrier screening if you haven’t already had one. You’ll also get an estimated due date.
If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, now is the time to see an OB/GYN. Call Women’s Health today to schedule your appointment.