Your first gynecologist appointment- Here’s what to expect

check up during pregnancy

So you’ve discovered you’re pregnant and are itching to go to the doctor, verify that everything is ok and to of course hear your baby’s heartbeat for the FIRST time. How exciting! But hold your horses, your first antenatal visit isn’t till you’re about 6-10 weeks pregnant, depending on your practitioner. Take note of your medical details to share with your doctor - past pregnancies, other medical issues you have, any past contagious diseases, etc. Also, have handy, a list of medications (including vitamins) to share.

Also what’s a good idea is making a list of health conditions that run in your husband’s and your families. This might be vital to share as well.

Apart from this, doctors have their own checklists to run through. This includes a full exam, talking to you about your plan for the baby, your birth plan (yes, now itself) and this is likely the longest you’ll be sitting down and talking to her. Feel free to ask questions that you or your partner may have, regarding the baby, it’s health, your diet and anything else that may be concerning you.

Determination of your Due Date

Determining your due date is one of the big things that the doctor will confirm with you today. This is derived by adding 280 days (40 weeks) to the first day of your last menstrual period. This calculation is dependant upon the length of your menstrual cycle, which for most people this number is 28 days.

What else is likely to happen during your first prenatal appointment?

  • You will receive your approximate due date at this appointment. If you’re aware of your ovulation date, make sure to mention it. Else, it is done using the date of the last menstrual period (LMP). Don’t fret if you aren’t sure of that as well The ultrasound will reveal how far along the baby is.
  • The doctor will give you a check-up. Most likely, this will include a vaginal exam, and a weigh-in. In some cases, there can also be a breast exam and a BP reading.
  • You will be prescribed blood tests, just to get an idea on where you are health-wise. For instance, blood tests can reveal anemia from low hemoglobin content. Your urine will be checked for proteins (an indicator of preeclampsia). The information from these tests will be useful for your doctor to prescribe medication for you. The blood tests will also reveal blood pressure, blood sugars and your hCG levels.

Make sure to check with your doctor if she’s available for emergencies or if someone else in the hospital can help you if you can’t reach her. Make a quick run through with your questions and have patience. It’s certainly going to come in handy for you!