Do you think you might be pregnant or have taken a home pregnancy test that has come back positive? At the first sign or indication you are pregnant, you should schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN to confirm the pregnancy. There is more to this confirmation of pregnancy visit than just determining you are pregnant; this is the first opportunity to begin planning the months ahead for a happy and healthy pregnancy and delivery of your new baby. Here is what to expect during this first pregnancy confirmation appointment with your doctor.
- Urine tests. Urine samples are routinely drawn both for confirmation of pregnancy as well as testing your glucose and protein levels.
- Blood tests. Blood tests are used to determine your blood type, RH factor and to test for any diseases that could affect your pregnancy.
- Pelvic exam. You can expect to have a pelvic exam and swabs collected during your first pregnancy visit.
- In some cases, you may undergo an ultrasound during your first visit to determine the expected delivery date.
- Baby’s heartbeat. If you are at least 10-12 weeks pregnant, you may get to hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
- Planning for your pregnancy. During this first visit, you will receive advice on nutrition, lifestyle restrictions, future testing and other factors that you will need to know for a healthy pregnancy.
This first appointment is the beginning of a crucial period in the development of your baby. Use it to ask questions and learn as much as possible on how to improve the chance of a healthy pregnancy and delivery. This should be just the first interaction with your OB/GYN team, with many visits to follow as you get closer to your delivery date. Congratulations!
Posted on behalf of
North Point OB/GYN Associates
1505 Northside Boulevard #3500
Cumming, GA 30041