What to expect at your first obstetric visit

Congratulations on beginning this exciting part of your life! We are here to help see you through every step of your pregnancy and through the birthing process. And the first prenatal visit is often the most important, so it’s important to know what to expect.

First, we will usually need to complete an extensive medical history, which will include questions about your general health and lifestyle, your family medical history, your past pregnancies if any, and your allergies, medications, birth control and menstrual history. It is important that we get as complete an understanding as possible of your medical needs and circumstances. We will also perform a series of blood tests, not only to detect any potential problems such as anemia, but also to get vital information such as blood type, Rh-factor and blood sugar.

We will also answer any questions or address any concerns you have as well, and we encourage you to ask us anything you may have on your mind, such as questions about your diet, any needed habit changes, sexual activity, hospital routines, the delivery process, and costs of prenatal care. We recommend that you write down your list of questions in advance so that you don’t forget anything during your actual appointment. We want you to be comfortable and assured as you enter this exciting time, so we will schedule plenty of time in your appointment to answer any questions you may have.