What to expect in your first prenatal appointment

What to expect in your first prenatal appointment

After confirming that you are or that you may be pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor. It is important to visit your health care provider throughout your pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy. You will also learn about pregnancy and childbirth. Bring your partner or family for support and your doctor will help you all prepare for this exciting time in your life!

So, when should you make your first appointment?

When you get a positive home pregnancy test, call your doctor to schedule an appointment. Make sure you know whom you would like to use as your doctor throughout your pregnancy. Most practitioners will try to schedule you around eight weeks of pregnancy.

You will go over your medical history.

Before your first appointment, make sure you update your family’s health history. The doctor will look at this to determine any risks for you or your baby. Note any medications you are taking and talk to your doctor immediately if you are taking something that may harm your baby. Also take note of health details you may be experiencing.

You will determine the due date.

Due dates are not always accurate, but they give you a good estimate as to when you will have your baby. Typically, pregnancies usually last about 37-40 weeks long. If you are not sure of the date of conception, you doctor will be able to get a good estimate from an ultrasound.

Questions and tests.

You and your doctor will go over any questions you have as well as a couple tests. One will be a physical exam, where you are weighed; blood pressure, heart and lungs are checked. The other is a pelvic exam to check for any cervical cancer or other abnormalities in the uterus. Other tests, like blood tests are likely to take place as well.

Your first prenatal appointment will be fairly normal. With the help of your doctor, you and your baby should be doing well and they can schedule you for your next appointment to keep everyone healthy.

If you have any concerns or questions about your first prenatal appointment, let us know.

If you would like to schedule your first prenatal appointment with us, give us a call. We would love to work with you and your baby to ensure you get the best health care possible.

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