It’s time for your first pregnancy appointment! Excited? Nervous? Anxious?
Not sure what first pregnancy appointment questions to ask? This guide will help prepare you and put your mind at ease.
Your first pregnancy appointment will be at eight weeks after your last period. The date of your last period can also help determine how far along you are. This can be a long, difficult wait if you got a positive pregnancy test early on.
But don’t fret. You can keep your mind occupied in the meantime by making a list of questions to ask.
It’s likely that you don’t even know where to start. That’s understandable!
And, we assure you, there are no stupid questions.
If there’s anything you’re worried about, you should add it to your list. No matter how embarrassing or strange your questions are, you’re entitled to answers.
In this guide, you’ll get some ideas of what to expect and first pregnancy appointment questions you should ask .
What to expect at your first pregnancy appointment
The first pregnancy appointment can be scary for new mothers. Even if you’ve been pregnant before, it’s still an important day for you and your baby.
There is so much information to absorb and so many questions to ask. It’s likely that this appointment will be the longest of any other you’ll have. So you’ll have plenty of time to get all your questions answered.
Make sure that you know all your important dates and health information. Like when your last period was, history of breast and pelvic exams, etc.
Your doctor or midwife will ask you lots of questions like this at your first appointment. It may seem overwhelming, but it’s all important information they need to know.
It will seem like an intrusion and even a little intimidating. But the more information you give your care provider the better they can prepare you for the months ahead.
Your doctor/midwife will also perform a pap smear. They may even do an ultrasound if there’s any question of how far along you are.
Here are some tests your doctor will perform (from Americanpregnancy.org):
- Hemoglobin/ hematocrit
- Rh Factor and blood type (if Rh negative, rescreen at 26-28 weeks) If you test negative, there’s a shot your doctor will give you to prevent miscarriage and other complications.
- Rubella screen
- Varicella or history of chickenpox, rubella, and hepatitis vaccine
- Cystic Fibrosis screen
- Hepatitis B surface antigen
- Tay Sach’s screen
- Sickle Cell prep screen
- HIV test
- Hemoglobin levels
- Hematocrit levels
- testing for tuberculosis and Hepatitis C depends on the particular patient.
Suggested first pregnancy appointment questions
- Is there a number I can call if I’m worried or have more questions?
- If I have any cramping or bleeding should I worry?
- Can I continue with my regular physical activities or should I slow down?
- Can I still have sex throughout my pregnancy?
- When will my next pregnancy appointment be?
- What are my options for planning my labor?
- What are the pros and cons of natural childbirth and having an epidural?
- What factors determine whether I need a C-section or not?
Like I said, some of these questions are a little embarrassing but each one is valid. Your doctor or midwife has answered every question in the book before. Nothing you could ask would startle them.
Above all else, you need to call and make your first pregnancy appointment as soon as that stick turns blue. The earlier you get in, the better…for your baby’s health and your peace of mind. And bring your list of first pregnancy appointment questions with you.
At the beginning, you don’t have to be picky about which caregiver you’d like. Just as long as you get the ball rolling early. You can always switch to a preferred doctor or midwife later on once you’ve had time to research.
It’s possible that your caregiver may schedule your first pregnancy appointment a little earlier. This depends on if you have a preexisting medical condition or past pregnancy complications.
They may also have you come in early if you experience any unusual symptoms. These include vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain or severe nausea, unlike normal morning sickness.
First pregnancy appointment questions you might not expect your doctor to ask:
- “Do you drink alcohol?” This one is a no-brainer, so you’d think they wouldn’t ask but they do because they have to be sure. If you don’t think you can quit drinking during pregnancy, that’s a problem.
- “Do you smoke?” Another no-brainer. If you do smoke they’ll encourage you to quit. If you’re a heavy smoker this will be a big challenge, but it’ll be worth it when you hold your baby for the first time.
- “Do you own a cat?” It was surprising that this would be a question at the first pregnancy appointment. But I did some research and it’s okay to have a cat and be around cats. But it’s recommended not to handle kitty litter if you don’t have to. If you do, make sure to use gloves and wash your hands after. Cat feces can carry a parasite that can cause an infection called Toxoplasmosis. It can lead to miscarriage or other complications.
Good Luck and Congratulations
This appointment is the one that sets the stage for your entire pregnancy. Every question you could ask will get answered. And if you forget anything, you can always call your doctor’s office with any more questions.
It may be stressful, because of all the poking and prodding, but it’s well worth it. Once you get this appointment out of the way, you’ll have a lot less to deal with for the next seven months or so.
After this, all you need to do is take care of yourself and help your baby grow. I hope this guide helped you to make a list of first pregnancy appointment questions to ask.