What to expect at your first pregnancy appointment?
Your first pregnancy appointment is an exciting and wonderful time, but for some it can cause anxiety. What should you expect at this first pregnancy appointment?
Well, rest assured, you will learn all about it here!
When you schedule your first pregnancy appointment with your OBGYN, they will need a few things from you.
First, they will want to know the first day of your last period. This helps them calculate how far along you are.
Secondly, they will want to know what insurance you have to make sure they are in your network.
When the actual day comes around for your first pregnancy appointment, here are a few things you might want to bring:
A list of any medications you are taking
Insurance Cards- Just like any other doctor’s appointment, your OBGYN will want your insurance card to make a copy and begin the process of determining what all your insurance will cover procedurally
Questions you might have
Jot down the date again of the first day of your last period…they will ask again.
Should Your Husband come to the first pregnancy appointment?
This will all depend on everyone, but definitely ask him to come! After all, this might be the first time you get to see your little baby (see below).
Now, what happens at your first pregnancy appointment?
Blood Pressure Check
This will be the first of many blood pressure checks throughout your pregnancy.
Checking blood pressure is an important part of every pregnancy appointment because elevated blood pressure is the first sign of preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder affecting some pregnant women.
After the take your blood pressure, the nurse will then ask you a series of health questions INCLUDING what the first day of your last period was.
If you don’t know due to many irregularities, just be honest. Or if you have a rough idea of when, tell them that.
Here are some sample questions they might ask, or at least that I was asked:
“Do you smoke?’
“Do you drink?”
“Do you have a history of high blood pressure?”
“Do you have a history of diabetes?”
“How much caffeine do you have daily?”
“Do you have any other health problems?”
“How many pregnancies including miscarriages have you had?”
These questions aren’t to be intrusive, just to help give them an idea about your health and if you would benefit from seeing a high risk OBGYN.
Click here to learn about high risk pregnancy and if you might be classified under this.
After you have answered everything to the best of your knowledge, the nurse will leave the room and your OBGYN will be in shortly.
The next thing varies depending on your OBGYN, but with mine, they do a transvaginal ultrasound to determine a gestational age of your baby.
This will be the first time you get to see your little baby! Although, fair warning, you won’t see much.
After the ultrasound, you doctor may discuss some things with you and give you a resource sheet of things to avoid eating/drinking while pregnant.
Your doctor will also order a blood test. Again, this will be the first of many blood draws, but it’s all worth it when you have your baby!
Schedule the next appointment
The last thing will be to set up the next appointment. See, that’s really all there is to your first pregnancy appointment!
I do want to share a bit of advice from one mom to another in that OBGYN appointments always typically take a long time of waiting, especially when they have emergency surgeries or an unexpected delivery.
This isn’t always the case, but just wanted to give you the heads up that I never got!
Thanks so much for stopping by!! If you enjoyed this, please remember to share it on your pregnancy board on Pinterest.