5 Ways To Prepare For Your First Prenatal Appointment

Ways To Prepare For Your First Prenatal Appointment

If you missed your period and tested positive for an in-home pregnancy test, congratulations! Now is the right time to meet your gynecologist. The first visits are always crucial. If you are nervous or worried, bring your concerns forth, and talk about them with your doctor. The first prenatal appointment usually takes place around 8-10 weeks into pregnancy. Here is how to prepare for it, and what to look forward to during the first appointment.

1. Note Your Health History

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Your gynecologist will want to know about your health history – past pregnancies, medical conditions, surgeries that you had or any contagious diseases, which you feel you got exposed to. For instance, there are risks involved in getting infected from patients while working as a nurse, or catching an infection if you visit a place where people may be carrying a contagious disease.

2. Tell Your Doctor About The Medicines You Take

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You also need to tell them if you are on any medications, along with the dosage. Jot down the names of medicines and supplements you have been taking, including vitamins. Don’t forget to mention the medicines you are allergic to.

3. Find About Health Conditions In Your And Your Partner’s Families

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Many health problems are hereditary. It is important to highlight any medical condition prevalent in your and your partner’s family. This way your healthcare provider can keep a track of any potential problems.

4. Jot down your questions

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If you are visiting your gynecologist for the first time, be prepared with few set of questions that

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can clear your mind off confusions and worries. These may include asking about the type of test that you will have to take, whom to contact in case of emergency or even about your next appointment. Don’t hesitate to ask questions related to labor and delivery, or about having sex in those 9 months. All these queries and many more can be part of the list of questions you can put across to your doctor.

5. What To Expect

Determining The D-Day

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Your doctor or midwife will ask a few questions that you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to answer – whether your menstrual cycles are regular, how long they tend to last, and the first day of your last period. This will help them determine your delivery date. If they aren’t sure how far your pregnancy has progressed, they will do an ultrasound to find out. They might also ask about your lifestyle habits – whether you

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engage in drinking and smoking.

Physical Examination

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Your healthcare expert will check your blood pressure, height, and weight. Further, a pap smear screening checks for cervical cancer and a pelvic exam examines the size of the uterus to ensure the baby is growing properly.

Blood And Urine Tests

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The blood test is done to examine the levels of the pregnancy hormone in your blood, to check if you are anemic and also to determine your blood group. The tests are also done for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B and to find out if you are immune to rubella or German measles. The urine test is done to check for gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and urinary tract infections.

It is alright to ask questions that you think are embarrassing or awkward.

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Don’t feel uncomfortable asking your doctor even the silliest of the questions, after all, it is about you and your baby. If you haven’t chosen any particular doctor or midwife, ask your family for suggestions. Choosing a doctor well before can help build a good equation with them, making you comfortable in approaching them if you have any concerns.