First-Trimester Prenatal Visits

If you think you're pregnant call your doctor's office.

  • If your home pregnancy test said you are pregnant, some doctors may want to see you right away while others will ask you to wait until you're further along.
  • Start thinking of questions you may want to ask and bring a list with you.

Here's what your doctor will most likely do during this visit:

Figure out your due date

  • If you know the day your last period started, this can be used to guess your due date.

Ask for your full health history

  • Your health and your family's health history can have an impact and may help your doctor decide the kind of care you need.
  • Your doctor may ask you about:
    • Age and what you do for a living
    • Height, weight and body mass index (BMI)
    • Gynecological history, including any problems you may have had
    • Risk factors or chances for sexually transmitted diseases
    • Prior pregnancies
    • Long-term health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma
    • Alcohol use
    • Tobacco use
    • All prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs you use
    • All herbs, dietary supplements and vitamins you use
    • Genetic or other birth defects in your family
    • Any things in your workplace or home that may be toxic, including cleaning products
    • Your level of worry
    • How much you work out

Ask about your family's health history

  • Many health problems can run in the family.
  • You will most likely be asked a lot of questions about your parents, partner, brothers, sisters and other family members.

Give you a physical exam

  • This visit will often include a full physical exam in which your weight, height and vital signs such as blood pressure will all be checked
  • Your doctor will likely run or collect:
    • Breast, abdomen and thyroid exams
    • A pelvic exam
    • A pap smear
    • Blood tests
    • A urine sample

What to expect in future visits

  • You will likely see your practitioner every four weeks until the 28th week
  • After the 28th week, it's likely he or she will ask to see you more often

Your doctor's philosophy

  • This relationship with your doctor is going to play a key role in your life for the next nine months. At the first visit, you should get a feel for your doctor's point of view.
    • How will he or she work with you
    • How much say will you have over your birth plan?
    • Where will the baby be delivered?
    • Who's on call if your doctor is not there
    • Who will take care of you and the baby in an emergency or crisis?
    • What sort of classes does he or she suggest?

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