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WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING YOUR FIRST VISIT?
If you did not already meet with your healthcare provider before you became pregnant, your first prenatal visit will be scheduled for around eight weeks after your last menstrual period. Even if you aren’t a first-time mother it is still important to have prenatal visits, as every pregnancy is different.
Your first prenatal appointment will likely be one of the longest. It can be helpful to arrive to your appointment with vital dates and information, such as the end date of your last menstrual period and the estimated date of conception. The first appointment is also a good time to ask any questions you and if you have one, your partner, may have about your pregnancy, prenatal care, and birth options.
Your doctor will likely ask for your medical history, including:
- Blood pressure
- Height and weight
- Any birth control methods
- Medical and/or psychological problems
- Medication allergies
- Breast and cervical exam
- Date of your last menstrual period
- History of abortions or miscarriages
- Any medications you are currently taking
- Your family’s medical history
Your healthcare provider may also ask if the father or any other relatives have any chromosomal or genetic disorders.
Your healthcare provider will perform a physical exam, which can include cervical cultures, ultrasound, and a pap smear. The ultrasound will be performed if there are any questions as to how far along you are, or if you are experiencing any cramping or bleeding.
Your healthcare provider may also request blood tests, which can include:
- Rubella screen
- Haemoglobin/haematocrit levels
- Varicella or history of rubella, hepatitis, and chicken pox vaccine
- Rh factor and blood type
- Cystic fibrosis screen
- Hepatitis B surface antigen
- Sickle cell prep screen
- HIV test
- Tay Sach’s screen
More specific tests may be requests depending on the patient’s medical history, such as tuberculosis and hepatitis C.
Your healthcare provider may want to discuss some of the following:
- Recommendations concerning cats, gardening, raw meat, dental care, and fish
- Environmental hazards
- Travel limitations
- Fevers and medications
- Diet weight gain, exercise, and nutrition
- Prenatal vitamins, herbs, and supplements
- Miscarriage precautions
Your first prenatal appointment is also a good time to discuss any questions you have regarding pregnancy, labour, and birth.
Some of the medical information you should take to your first prenatal appointment includes:
Gynaecological health details
- How regular your menstrual cycles are and how long they last
- When the first day of your last period was
- Any problems or symptoms you have noticed since your last pregnancy
- Any gynaecological problems your currently have or have had in the past
- Details about previous pregnancies
Other medical history
- Any chronic conditions and medications used to treat them
- Drug allergies
- Any psychiatric problems
- Past hospitalisation of surgeries
Habits that can affect your pregnancy
- Drug use
- Any problems that can affect your safety or emotional well-being
Your family’s medical history
- If any of your relatives have or had any chronic or serious diseases
If you have any further queries, our friendly team at My Obg will be happy to assist you. Call us on (03) 9731 1006 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org