If you are reading this guide chances are you have already booked your first prenatal visit and now you are anxiously waiting to go to it. If you haven’t booked your first appointment now would be the time to decide on an Ob or midwife and call to make your appointment.
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Don’t forget to get your free download of questions to ask your OB/Midwife. Click on the photo at the bottom of the post to grab your printable booklet with questions and spots to fill out your answers.
What to Expect During Your First Prenatal Appointment
Your first prenatal appointment will be scheduled between 8 and 12 weeks. This appointment is not the most eventful appointment, but it will be your longest. During this appointment you get the chance to get to know your doctor and for them to get to know you.
Information you need to give your doctor
- Medical Background
- Family medical history
- List of medications you are taking
- History of miscarriages or abortions
- If you have any allergies
- Date of your last monthly period
- Hemoglobin levels
- Rh factor
- Blood type
- Check for anemia
you can expect one done at each visit . This test checks for sugar and protein levels present in your urine.
Test for sexually transmitted diseases
- Blood pressure
- Listen to heart and lungs
- Check ears, nose, and throat
Depending on your health care provider, you might receive a pelvic exam. I never received one with my midwives, but I do believe most OB’s perform one during your first visit.
Sign Paper Work
You will have consent forms and other forms to read, fill out, and sign.
Questions to Ask Your OB/Midwife
You will want to have a list of questions to ask your OB.
You can download a free printable booklet with questions you should be asking your OB or midwife.
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Your first prenatal visit may be one of the longest you’ll have during your pregnancy and definitely the most comprehensive. Not only will there be tests and information-gathering, there will be lots of time spent on questions and answers. There will also be plenty of advice given, from what to eat (or not), what prenatal vitamins to take, and how much to exercise.