Your dream is finally coming true. You are pregnant! Once you come back down to earth and calm down, it’s time to start planning your first prenatal visit. Here’s everything you should know.
When to Schedule the Appointment
As soon as you are sure you are pregnant, call Cedar rapids OB Gyn Specialists, and tell them you want to schedule your first prenatal visit. This appointment is typically held between the 6th and 8th week, however, you can schedule an early appointment, especially if you have any concerns.
No matter when the appointment is scheduled, you are pregnant, so begin to change your lifestyle. No more happy hours and white wine, purchase some prenatal vitamins, and plan healthy meals going forward.
What to Expect During Your First Prenatal Appointment
Don’t think you will be able to fit in your first prenatal appointment during your lunch hour. This is going to be an extended event so plan accordingly. Maybe take a friend or relative with you who can be your second set of ears. It’s hard to remember it all on your own.
Plan what you need to bring:
- Your detailed medical history. This includes any chronic diseases, prior surgeries, vaccines you’ve had, allergies you are aware of.
- Detail any mental health issues like depression or medications you currently take.
- List GYN history like previous pregnancies, complications, or any information about problematic deliveries.
- List every medication you take both prescription and OTC. This includes supplements and vitamins.
- Are there any concerning health issues in your family or the father’s family history?
Expect that your OBGYN will do many tests.
There will be a thorough physical examination, blood tests, blood pressure, urine test, and a pelvic exam. There will be checks for other things like varicose veins as a baseline. Your obstetrician wants to eliminate any possible complications that may arise for you or your growing baby.
Expect to get a confirmation of your pregnancy and an approximate due date. This will be firmed up later.
One More Big Test
Many doctors perform an ultrasound on the first prenatal visit. There usually isn’t too much to see at this point, but it does confirm the fetal heartbeat, the baby’s position, and if there are multiples.
You should get at least one ultrasound in the second trimester between 18 and 22 weeks. Later they will look at growth and the position of the placenta.
Bring a list of questions you have for your obstetrician. You won’t remember them if you don’t write them down.
Ask about how much to exercise, what vitamins to take, what symptoms should you expect- to help rule out anxiety, and what symptoms should prompt a call to the office.
Contact your doctor if you have pelvic pain or bleeding any time during your pregnancy.
Another one of your requirements is to keep all your appointments.
- They should be scheduled every 4 weeks until week 28.
- Every 1 to 2 weeks between week 28 and 38.
- Weekly from week 38 until birth.
Your top priority is keeping you and your baby healthy. So maintain your prenatal visits.