There were so many emotions that filled your body as you read that pregnancy test and it said “POSITIVE”.
After telling your best friend or significant other then it was time to think of WHAT’S NEXT?!
The first prenatal visit is usually something you are unsure of what to expect.
That first prenatal visit may look slightly different for everyone.
One thing to expect is labs and bloodwork being done. This is very common at your first prenatal visit and usually they are testing to confirm the pregnancy, checking your blood type (including Rh status), measure your hemoglobin, check immunity to certain infections, and detect exposure to other infections. Keeping in mind that these could vary depending on location.
Another thing to expect is a urine sample being taken. Urinalysis is usually done at all prenatal visits to test for sugar, protein, ketones, bacteria, and blood cells. This is to make sure you don’t have a condition such as a UTI or preeclampsia.
Depending on how far along you are, your location, and your doctor you may have an ultrasound. Some have an internal ultrasound at eight weeks pregnant; which is a wand that is placed internally. (Discussion about the internal ultrasound, with your provider is important-- especially if there is a history of miscarriage.)
There will most likely be discussion with your provider on due date, when your last cycle was, etc. Your provider will probably want to know you and the baby father’s family history and anything else that is precedent to your pregnancy journey.
This is a great time to ask questions—and bring up anything that may come to mind.
HERE you can find some important questions to ask your provider.
Keep in mind that you are most likely still in early pregnancy so you can always switch providers—that means ask questions of your provider that follow your morals, goals, and wishes. You want to make sure your chosen provider is one that you jive with, get along with, and can trust.
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