You just found out your pregnant – congratulations! If your pregnancy has been confirmed by a doctor and you are at least eight weeks pregnant, you will need to schedule your first doctor appointment to discuss your pregnancy plan. This is the most important and lengthy appointment that most pregnant women go through during their pregnancy. Here is a checklist of tests and procedures that should be performed during this crucial pregnancy planning doctor visit.
- Blood tests. You will need to have your blood tested for your type, RH factor and to check your values for abnormalities that may affect your pregnancy.
- A urine sample should be taken to test for protein and glucose levels.
- Medical physical exam. A full physical exam, including pelvic and breast exam.
- Testing for disease. You should be tested for STDs and any diseases that could endanger your pregnancy such as Rubella.
- A ‘dating’ ultrasound should be performed to determine your exact pregnancy due date.
- Baby heart check. If you are far enough along, usually at least 11 weeks, you may be able to listen to your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
- Pregnancy plan. Based on your test results, you can use all the information from your first OB/GYN appointment to plan your pregnancy. Your doctor can discuss nutrition and important health information you need for the next several months and what options you have available for delivery.
Your first visit to the doctor after your pregnancy is confirmed is essential for planning a healthy pregnancy and delivery. As soon as you suspect or know you are pregnant, call your local OB/GYN clinic for an appointment.
Posted on behalf of
North Point OB/GYN Associates
1505 Northside Boulevard #3500
Cumming, GA 30041