First prenatal checkup: What to expect

So, you just found that you’re expecting — congratulations!  Chances are that you bought yourself one (or a few) at-home pregnancy test(s) to find out if you were pregnant. The next step is to set up an appointment with your doctor and get tested again (just to make sure) and be briefed on the next nine months ahead. Here’s what to expect at your first prenatal checkup.

The basics

At your first prenatal check-up, you should find out some basics:

  • Your due date
  • Knowing whether you have a high-risk pregnancy
  • You and your family’s overall health history

These are important facts that your doctor should know in order for her/him to give you the care that you need. At first, you will be asked of your personal information by your doctor’s assistant. She or he will also get your temperature, your height and weight. It is essential to know your weight at the start of the pregnancy because it will be tracked periodically to make sure you’re gaining the right amount of weight. Additionally, the nurse will take your blood pressure to make sure it’s not too high or low.

Personal questions

You can also expect that your doctor will ask you the date of your last menstrual period and the approximate date of your baby’s conception. You might also be posed some pretty personal questions like your sexual history or if any people you’ve been with who had of sexual disease, so be prepared for it.

Apart from that you can expect that the doctor will ask you to take some lab tests that includes urinalysis, blood typing, CBC count and etc. These are needed so that he/she can determine if you are in need of certain vitamins, especially for proper blood circulation

Since this will be your first prenatal checkup, do not hesitate to ask questions. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!