The first prenatal appointment is your first official check-up in pregnancy. It will provide your doctor with valuable background information. The doctor will give you a thorough health assessment. This will help her gauge your individual needs throughout pregnancy, to make sure you stay well and your baby grows healthily, too.
This first visit is one of the most crucial and longest meetings you will get with your doctor. It may even be the first time you've visited a hospital. If you're nervous or worried about something, do tell your doctor.
When You Have Missed a Period:
If you have missed your period and have had a positive result in a home pregnancy test, you should make an appointment right away. Some women may not suspect they are pregnant for a few months, as they may think a missed period is just delayed. Whatever the case, it's important to see your doctor as soon as you miss your period and start feeling pregnancy symptoms.
Choose a Doctor (VOG):
You will meet with the obstetrician of your choice, if you have already decided on one. If you haven't chosen anyone in particular, you can go to a hospital of your choice and meet the doctor on duty. If you have a serious health condition or other medical complication, your chosen doctor may refer you to a specialist. You may then be put under the supervision of both doctors for the duration of your pregnancy.
Give all Details:
Be prepared for lots of questions (and form filling)! Your doctor needs to get an accurate picture of your health, your partner's health and both of your families' medical histories. Here are some of the things your doctor may ask you:
- The date of your last period: Knowing the date of your last monthly period, or LMP, allows your doctor to work out your due date.
- Previous miscarriages, terminations and births: Your 'obstetric history' is important and could have a bearing on how well you cope with pregnancy this time around. It may also affect how your labour is managed. If you have any other gynaecological problems, such as ovarian cysts, fibroids or earlier surgery, tell your doctor.
- Family history of disease/genetic conditions: Make sure you are aware of the medical histories of your parents and your in-laws. Screening is now available at specialist centres for known genetic conditions such as thalassemia.
- Also, having a family history of allergies, heart disease or certain other major medical conditions could all have a bearing on your pregnancy.
Also tell your doctor if you:
- Have been on the contraceptive pill
- Have taken fertility drugs
- Have been on specific medication.
Your doctor will ask a few questions about your dietary and fitness habits. Doctor will ask whether you drink alcohol or smoke, as both can affect your baby's health. Doctor may also give you dietary and other advices if needed or may suggest that you meet with a dietician who will review your meal plans and advise you on how to eat well in pregnancy.