Pregnant? What You Need to Know About Your Pregnancy

Pregnant? What You Need to Know About Your Pregnancy

What Can I Expect From My First OB Appointment?

by Joann Dunn

If you have recently found out you are pregnant, the first thing to do is schedule your appointment with your ob doctor. This is a good idea to do upfront, since oftentimes it can be difficult to get in with popular obstetricians. Depending on how many clients your preferred OB has, it may be a month or two before you will be able to get in for your initial appointment. While your first visit with your obstetrician may vary based on your doctor's preferences, there are a few basic things that you can probably expect.

A Review of Your OB/GYN History

There is a lot of talking that happens during the initial visit. One of the first things that your doctor may ask about is your personal history. This will include any previous pregnancies or miscarriages you may have had, along with any sexual problems you have experienced.  This is crucial information, since it may affect your current pregnancy. For example, if you have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection, your baby may be susceptible. There are specific precautions that must take place once this information is shared. 

A Review of Your Families' Medical Histories

Next, the medical history of your family as well as your partner's family will be sought after. It is vitally important to know of any disorders or diseases that run in your family so that you can find out and be prepared for your child. For example, sickle cell anemia is a disease where the blood cells are misshapen. Knowing that this is a hereditary disease, experts in treating sickle cell in infants can be on call and help if necessary. Without the information, you and your doctor may be blindsided. Make sure to be up-to-date on your family's medical history before your visit. 

An Overview of Your Pregnancy

Many doctors will go through and give you an overview of the visits that you can expect throughout your pregnancy. After the initial visit, many doctors see patients again at twelve weeks, 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks, and then twice a month until 36 weeks when weekly visits begin. 

An Ultrasound

Get your camera ready! Many doctors have access to portable ultrasounds in the office, which can give you the first glimpse at your sweet little wonder. While there is not much to see, there is enough to bring a tear to a new momma's eye. Congratulations!

For more information, contact an OB doctor in your area.


About Me

Pregnant? What You Need to Know About Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I spent a lot of time pushing pillows behind my back trying to find comfort. As the size of the baby grew, so did my discomfort. By the time she was born, I was more than ready to give birth. When I found out I was pregnant again, I was determined that I would not suffer through the same discomforts. I started researching ways to ease the symptoms of pregnancy, including back pain. I created this blog to help other expectant moms find remedies to deal with those symptoms that can be emotionally and physically draining.