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The 10 Most Important Questions for the First Trimester

By ceridwen |

Guest post by Camilla Bicknell (RNC, WHNP), co-author of The Pregnancy Power Workbook.

You missed your period and now your home pregnancy test shows “2 lines” (either 2 pink or a pink and a blue). A zillion things may start running through your mind: “What do I do now?” “Who do I call?” “Is everything going to be okay?” “Should I be doing something different?” “I don’t even know what questions to ask or how to get started”.

The unique stresses of an early pregnancy overwhelm most women. The mental fog caused by the natural hormone changes can complicate your ability to stay focused on the most necessary details and responsibilities. Early on, as the newness and excitement permeates every aspect of your life, it’s quite easy to spin your wheels as you try gathering information.

To help you get through this whirlwind of hormonally charged mental confusion, we’ve created a simple checklist.  Hopefully this list helps you cut through the mental fog and will give you a productive focus for your energy.

So here they are, for simplicity we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 most important questions (or topics) to ask your care provider (and yourself) during these first few days, weeks, and months of pregnancy. Obviously you will have more questions than these, but using this list will get you started on the road to an empowered and knowledgeable pregnancy.

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The 10 Most Important Questions for the First Trimester

When should I schedule my first prenatal visit? What will they do at that visit?

Most OB providers like to see you sometime between 7 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you have any chronic health issues (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) you should be seen as soon as possible after finding out you are pregnant. At a typical first visit your provider or the nurse talks with you and your partner about your health history and any risk factors that may affect your pregnancy. Routine blood tests may also be taken. At this visit (or the next) you will get a physical and pelvic exam. The first visit usually takes longer than your follow-up appointments. Make sure to take adequate time off from work. Since blood tests are taken, make sure you have eaten a meal. It is also helpful to drink an extra glass of water an hour or so prior to your appointment time.
Photo credit: 4Neus.

Camilla Bicknell (RNC, WHNP) is the co-author, with Dr. James S. Betoni, of The Pregnancy Power Workbook, an incredibly informative new book that helps women navigate pregnancy by understanding the topics and questions most relevant to their prenatal care.

Check out The Pregnancy Power Workbook and blog.

Above are a few specifics regarding the checklist topics. This is not a substitution for the care and relationship you have with your OB care provider. This just gets you started on that road.

Ceridwen Morris (CCE) is a certified childbirth educator– follow her pregnancy and birth blogging on Facebook.


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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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