When that pregnancy test shows up positive, most women will have one of two reactions: you will either be crazy excited and a bit scared because you’ve been waiting for that positive sign! Or you will be shocked and a bit scared because this might have come as a bit of a surprise.
Either way, one of the first things you’ll have to do is make an appointment with your care provider, be it a family doctor, OB/GYN, or midwife. You’ll want to go over any questions that you may have and prepare yourself as much as possible.
This first visit is an important one. It will help confirm that you are pregnant and you’ll get a good estimate of how far along you are. If you’re anything like me, you will have a lot of ’em!
The first visit can be a bit overwhelming as you’re given a lot of information and you may already be having some uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. There are some key questions you may want to write down and bring with you, so that you’ll remember to ask during that first crucial appointment.
Below are 7 questions you should ask during your first prenatal visit:
1. How Much Weight Do You Recommend I Gain?
What you weigh before pregnancy will determine how much you should try to gain during pregnancy (or try to limit). It’s a good question to ask right away so you know what you need to change in your diet to accommodate.
2. When Do You For A Fetal Heartbeat?
Some doctors like to check for baby progress early with an ultrasound to check that the baby is visible and a heart rate is found, some doctors like to wait until after the first trimester when a doppler could be used. Asking your doctor now can keep you from wondering and waiting.
3. Are My Current Medications Or Supplements Safe During Pregnancy?
Not all medications are safe during pregnancy and same for over-the-counter medications and supplements. Be sure to chat with your doctor at your first visit over what you take currently.
4. What Lifestyle Changes ShouldI Make Now?
If you didn’t get a chance to go for your pre-conception appointment, be sure to ask what if any changes you can make. Do you need to exercise more or less? Eat better? Drink more water? Modify work? These are important questions to ask during this time.
5. What Do I Do Or Who Will I Call If I Experience Bleeding And/Or Cramps?
Many women worry about what cramping is normal and if spotting or bleeding occurs, what do do and who to call. Asking your doctor before it happens can help keep you calmer if it does.
6. What Is Your Birth Philosophy?
If the doctor you see for your first appointment is going to be the one in your care the whole time, you should ask a few questions about how they handle birth. Are they more hands on? Are there more than one person in their practice? What is their c-section and induction rate? Be sure they are in line with your philosophy.
7. What Do You Recommend For Fatigue And Morning Sickness?
The two big first trimester symptoms that pop up are fatigue and morning sickness. If you haven’t experienced it yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t be coming so ask about it now. That way if said symptoms do pop up you will know what to do without having to wait until your next appointment.