Questions to ask a gynecologist at your first appointment

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Most gynaecologists will probably schedule your first visit for when you're at least 8 weeks pregnant (since the last menstrual period). If there is undue bleeding, or in some other extenuating cases, appointments can be scheduled sooner. You can also choose to visit your doctor sooner if you have a history of miscarriage or any other medical condition that needs monitoring. Also, speak to your doctor as soon as possible if you have very severe nausea, vaginal infections or any other conditions that may require medical intervention.

When you meet your doctor, make sure to carry a list of your everyday medications. Typically, your first visit will be the longest if everything progresses normally. At this checkup (and future ones of course!), do not hesitate to ask anything you've been thinking about. And if you have non-emergent questions as your pregnancy progresses, make note of it to ask at the next appointment.

List of questions to ask your gynecologist

Here are some questions to start you off with:

  1. When my due date?
  2. Do I need prenatal vitamins?
  3. Are my symptoms normal?
  4. When should I call the doctor? How do I know if the condition is an emergency or not?
  5. How much weight can I gain during pregnancy?
  6. How can I ease morning sickness?
  7. Is there a recommended exercise and what are the specific foods I should eat?
  8. What are the activities, foods and medication I should avoid while pregnant?
  9. Is it safe to have sex during my pregnancy?

All the same, your emotional health is very important. Don’t neglect to ask a gynaecologist if you're feeling depressed or anxious. She might able to refer you to a counselor.