What to Expect at Your First Prenatal Appointment

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 | 4 comments

What to Expect at Your First Prenatal Appointment

 

So, you’ve taken a pregnancy test, it was positive and you are now definitely pregnant. Woohoo! During this exciting period of your life you will have to attend prenatal appointments with your practitioner, to prepare for the big day. Besides the fact that it won’t hurt to be prepared, you’re probably still wondering what your very first prenatal appointment is all about. If that is the case, this Baby’s Own Room post is the article for you.

► You Will Get An Official Due Date

Whether it’s your midwife, doula, or ob-gyn practitioner you are seeing, they will work out your due date for you. It’s especially helpful if you know the date of your last period or when you possibly conceived. If you don’t know, or the health provider is not sure how far into pregnancy you are, an ultrasound appointment may be scheduled for you to work it out. This will become a date you will never forget. 🙂

► You Will Get A Check-Up

During your first prenatal appointment you can expect a thorough exam. Your healthcare provider will conduct – a breast exam, weigh-in, blood pressure reading, pap smear and a pelvic examination.

► They Will Run Tests On You

If you have a history of pregnancy complications or issues, or if there is history of them in your family, the practitioner might order an ultrasound so that they can have a look at your baby. You will also have to submit to a urine test to check the levels of protein. This test is used to check for signs of pregnancy high blood pressure and Preeclampsia. If the doctor wants to rule out problems such as HIV, hepatitis, anemia and gestational diabetes; they will take a sample of your blood to test. The blood test will also be used to determine your blood type (if not already known), HCG levels, and a complete blood count.  These tests are very important to prevent issues like a low platelet count. If they find that it’s very low, precautions can be taken against hemorrhaging during a natural labor.

► You Will Chat About You And Baby

Your doctor or health provider will use this time to get to know about your health history.  It’s also a great time for them to give you some helpful advice on how to look after yourself and your growing bundle of joy. You can also use this time to address any concerns you have.

 

Baby’s Own Room Quick Tip! It’s a good idea to have a list of questions ready for your healthcare provider. Also, don’t be afraid to take plenty of notes! Remember, we are not Dr.’s, but merely wanted to share some basic things you can expect at your first prenatal appointment. Happy Mommy, Happy Baby! 🙂

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  1. Love the post! Wish I had read one like this before I had my first appointment. I had no idea what to expect or ask 😀
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  2. I was so excited and nervous for my first appointment.

  3. going to the 1st doctor prenatal appt can be both exciting and nerve-racking! I brought a list of questions with me that I prepared in the few weeks ahead of time because I knew I would be so nervous I would forget
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  4. Oh, I remember so well the excitement of that first visit! The anticipation is just soooo intense. After 4 of those “first” appointments, I would have to say the most important thing is finding a provider that is truly compassionate and there to listen and help. If not, find a new one…fast!
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