When you first find out you are expecting there is usually a rush of emotions that hit you, happiness and excitement are usually the first as you start planning the next 18 years in your head and then fear and nerves set in. Most expecting parents want to know every little detail about the upcoming 9 months and usually have a laundry list of questions to ask their doctor upon their first visit. This is completely normal, jot everything down! Here are some guidelines on what to ask your doctor when you are expecting!
First things first, you might ask yourself, when do I book my first appointment? As soon as you suspect you are pregnant and/or have confirmed with an at home pregnancy test call your obstetrician, family physician, or midwife to schedule your appointment.
Tip: If you are ultimately trying to conceive it is smart to have an OB/GYN or midwife chosen so once you suspect you are pregnant you are ready to make your first appointment! They can also give tips and recommend prenatal vitamins that might be helpful in trying to conceive.
Your first visit to the doctors might be the longest, but this is the time to ask all the questions you need to and take in all that you need to know. Remember the doctor or midwife is there to counsel the expecting parents and fill you in on what’s ahead!
Tip: The doctor will ask you questions on your gynecological history, other aspects of your medical history and habits that may impact your pregnancy. Take note of any family medical history as well as your own before entering the doctor’s office. This will help prevent you from forgetting or leaving anything out!
It’s ok on your first visit to consult with your doctor on any genetic and/or birth defect concerns you may have. Your doctor will give you advice on certain screenings and tests that can be done. During the first visit your doctor will also do some basic tests as well as order a blood test.
Whenever talking with expecting mothers, their ultimate concern is what if my eating habits or my dietary preferences aren’t best for the baby? Talk to your doctor about getting all the nutrients you need through food, prenatal vitamins as well as exercising to ensure your little bundle of joy stays healthy and growing at its maximum potential. Additionally, there are certain stages and months of pregnancy that might require increasing your vitamins and nutrients to help support growth.
Tip: During pregnancy there are certain things you need to cut out as well. Make sure to get a list of foods to avoid as well as other substances that should be cut out during the 9 months of pregnancy.
Many women have questions regarding weight gain, how much is too much and what isn’t enough? Remember everyone and every pregnancy is different, so consult with your doctor on what is “normal” for you and your body type. Along with weight gain, there are other changes that happen to your body during pregnancy. Some women experience changes in their skin or hair, your doctor can offer solutions or recommend the best prenatal vitamin to ensure everything runs on track!
Tip: If you have an issue swallowing pills or just can’t stomach them during the morning sickness months, your doctor can give suggestions on gummie vitamins that offer the similar benefits as well as alternative prenatal vitamins, like Premama, that come in a powder form!
All in all don’t be afraid to consult with your doctor on any concerns you may have. They are there to give advice, answer any questions, and make sure you are well prepared for a healthy pregnancy and delivery!