What should I expect from my first prenatal checkup?
At this first visit, a detailed consultation with your doctor would take place. The aim is to understand details of your health, any problems that may be running in the family and any other issues which may put you or your baby at risk. This visit also gives you information regarding the ‘do’s and don’ts’ during your pregnancy so as to protect your health and the baby’s health.
Be prepared for plenty of questions as this helps the doctor to get a clear idea of your health and your family’s health. If you have had any previous pregnancies, then detailed information of each pregnancy is sought by the doctor.
Your examination at this visit would include general checkup including blood pressure, height and weight.
Now is the time to clear your doubts about your pregnancy and what to expect in the next nine months. There will be a lot of information to take in at this first visit.
Discussions and advice:
- healthy eating
- travelling and driving
- your job
- your lifestyle
- investigations that are recommended in pregnancy
If warranted, a test to confirm your pregnancy would be done.
Other than this, various tests would be recommended to ensure that you are in the pink of health. Early identification of any abnormalities and their treatment would reduce complications for you and the baby.
Tests would include
- Hemoglobin level
- Blood group
- Blood sugar levels
- Thyroid function
- Testing for Rubella immunity
- Tests for various infections like Syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B
- Complete Urine Examination
- Ultrasound scan to confirm pregnancy location and your due date
You would be given a prescription for folic acid which is essential for preventing neural tube defects in the baby. Other vitamin supplements or a prenatal may be prescribed if needed.