Pregnancy Journals – 9 weeks – day 6 – First Prenatal Appointment
Today, I had my first prenatal appointment. Depending on your doctor or midwife, your first visit will likely be scheduled between 8 to 10 weeks.
What to expect?
There is much to cover at your first appointment, so it will be long. My appointment ran about an hour and a half. I’ve never had an initial visit that didn’t take at least an hour, and I’ve had one take two hours.
What are you doing the whole time?
My midwife spent most the time confirming my very complete health history. Your provider will ask you everything… everything.
The paperwork is extensive.
I spent 40 minutes filling out paperwork before my visit. It’s comprehensive.
Some information you should have on hand you might otherwise not.
- Your biological mother’s children’s birth history and health information.
- Your birth history.
- If you have other children, their health information.
- The baby’s father’s health history.
- Your biological father’s health history.
- The names and dosage information of any medication or supplements you are taking.
- The date or your last period or ovulation date.
- The date of your last Pap smear.
- Dates of any major injuries or surgeries you’ve had.
Some tests you may receive.
- Pap smear and cultures
- Pelvic exam
- They will draw your blood.
- Listen for your babies heartbeat (if your far enough along).
- They may give you a breast exam.
- A urine analysis and culture.
- Transvaganal ultrasound
Why do they have to draw your blood?
- Complete blood count
- Blood typing (including Rh screen)
- Hepatitis panel
- Syphilis test
- HIV test
They will also…
- Weight you
- Get your blood pressure
Depending on your obstetrician/midwife/health history, they may test for more. If you have not already, I recommend researching the difference between having an obstetrician or midwife handle your prenatal care. With either, you’ll have a very different experience and even if you’ve already had your first appointment it’s not to late to switch providers.
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If you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or just curious about pregnancy, follow my pregnancy journey by reading my Pregnancy Journals. This day-by-day diary expresses my pains, feelings and all the embarrassing moments I am going through as pregnant woman. Yes, there are companies that also provide a day-by-day or week-by-week list of pregnancy info or scientific analysis, which is wonderful, but not sufficient for most. As women, we want to know we are not alone and my pregnancy journals will give you that and more. I am a person that is going through the same adventure you are and have before. The truth is, those other companies are providing you with the same information your doctor or midwife will convey to you during your appointments or calls. During my first pregnancy, my male doctor had no insight regarding real ways to handle certain issues. Example of a topic: Lochia. Yes, your doctor or midwife can tell you technically what is happening, but they don’t give you the best/easiest way to deal with it. How long have women been giving birth and even hospitals haven’t been able to figure it out. I did, here is my article: Don’t be ashamed buy some depends. If you are in need of information from a Mom’s perspective, submit questions through my Ask section. I am excited to share my experiences with you!
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