How to Prepare for Your First Doctor’s Visit During Pregnancy
You’ve already taken the home pregnancy test and found the results to be positive–you are pregnant. You called your doctor and scheduled an appointment with the obstetrician/gynecologist. Now the time has come for your first doctor’s appointment during pregnancy. You are probably nervous and uncertain of what to expect from the appointment. Relax–it’s normal to feel that way. Here are a few ways you can prepare for your first doctor’s visit during pregnancy.
Write down your questions. Before going to the doctor, write down any questions you may have for the doctor concerning your pregnancy. You and your doctor will develop a close relationship, as you will see him or her at least once a month for most of the pregnancy and then gradually work to multiple visits per month. Your doctor will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Have information ready for the doctor. You will need to know the date of your last menstrual period. The date of your last period will help the doctor to determine an estimated due date. If your periods are irregular or you do not remember, an ultrasound may need to be scheduled to determine the age and size of the fetus. You will also need to know the names of any medications you are taking. The doctor may have to prescribe other medications for you to take if your current medications are not considered safe during pregnancy.
Take a shower before your appointment. At your first appointment, the doctor will do a Pap smear and a physical examination. Be sure to take a shower before you go to your doctor’s appointment.
Bring your insurance information. Be sure you have your insurance card with you. The doctor’s office will need the insurance information, which can be found on the card, so they will know how to bill the insurance company for your prenatal and postnatal care.
Bring your spouse or other support. You may feel more comfortable if your spouse or other support, such as a parent, friend, or companion, is in attendance at your first doctor’s appointment. Don’t be afraid to ask your support person to leave the room when the doctor conducts the physical exam.