If you recently discovered that you are pregnant, one of your next steps should be to schedule an appointment with an obstetrician. This healthcare professional specializes in treating women during all stages of their pregnancy. Your first prenatal appointment will be very involved, so make sure to block off plenty of time for it.
Here are some tips to prepare for your first appointment with an obstetrician.
Organize Your Medical Information
During your first prenatal appointment, your obstetrician will want to know detailed information about your medical history, including any health conditions you currently have and health conditions that run in your family. Certain medical conditions, like diabetes and high blood pressure, can make for a difficult pregnancy, so your doctor needs to know about them ahead of time.
If you have been pregnant in the past, it is important to let your obstetrician know about them. If you have suffered miscarriages or stillbirths, inform your doctor.
Bring Your Partner
If there is a partner in the picture, ask them to go with you to your first prenatal appointment. The initial appointment can be overwhelming and your obstetrician will provide you with a lot of information. If you do not remember something that the doctor told you, your partner might. You may feel more comfortable with your partner by your side.
Be Completely Honest
During your first prenatal appointment, you can expect your obstetrician to ask you numerous questions. Some of the questions may be very personal and you may feel too embarrassed to answer them. However, you should always tell the complete truth. For example, if you smoke tobacco, you should tell your doctor.
Your obstetrician will not be able to help you have the most healthy pregnancy if they do not know the whole truth. They want to help you and your baby have the most healthy, comfortable pregnancy possible.
Write Down a List of Questions
There is no such thing as asking too many questions during your first prenatal appointment. In fact, your obstetrician may likely encourage you to ask multiple questions. Do not forget to write down a list of questions before your appointment to help you remember.
For instance, you may want to know when your due date is and the types of foods you should be eating.
If you follow these helpful tips, you should have a successful first appointment with an obstetrician. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with your obstetrician.
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