Pregnancy is a very exiting time for a woman, and you’re likely to have many questions about what to expect, especially if this is your first pregnancy.
In addition to learning all about the health and development of your baby, many women are also wondering what to expect during their OB visits, so we put together a little outline on what you can expect during your first trimester visits.
Your First OB Appointment
The fist OB appointment will likely be one of the longest visits during your pregnancy. Some of the things that will be covered during your first visit are:
- A Physical Exam. This will include a breast exam, abdominal and pelvic exam and if age appropriate, a pap smear.
- Blood Work and Labs. It is routine to check for anemia, your blood type, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Syphilis, a urine culture and vaginal cultures for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.
- Education about diet, nutrition, exercise and optional birth defect testing.
- Prescriptions for prenatal vitamins or other medications if necessary.
Also, though not routinely ordered, an ultrasound may be ordered to help establish a due date and confirm the well being of the pregnancy.
OB Appointment: 12+ Weeks
A Doppler device may be used to hear the baby’s heart beat; this will be used at every visit from now on.
OB Appointment: 11-14 Weeks
An optional ultrasound may be ordered by your doctor to screen for Down Syndrome, Trisomy 13/18 and for neural tube defects (spina bifida).
One of the most important parts of your OB appointments is taking time to answer all of your questions.
Please feel free to jot down any questions or concerns you may have and bring them with you to your next appointment.