When Should I First See an Obstetrician?

By Complete Women's Healthcare
February 02, 2017
Category: Womens Healthcare
Tags: Obstetrician  

Are you pregnant and wondering when you should schedule your first prenatal visit? Dr. Dori Kasparek and Dr. Supriya Rao, your Johns obstetricianCreek, Suwanee and Alpharetta, GA, OB-GYNs, explains when you should make your first appointment and discuss what will happen during the visit.

When should I see a Johns Creek, Suwanee and Alpharetta OB-GYN?

Schedule your first prenatal care visit for eight weeks after your last menstrual period. It's a good idea to call several weeks in advance to schedule the appointment if you can. In some cases, your OB-GYN may want to see you earlier than eight weeks. If you have a chronic medical condition or have had problems with pregnancies in the past, be sure to mention these issues when you make your appointment.

What will happen during the appointment?

Your OB-GYN will want to know about any issues that may possibly affect your pregnancy. She'll ask about the date of your last menstrual period, your menstrual and health history and want to know about any chronic conditions or sexually transmitted diseases you may have. The first appointment will also include a discussion of any issues that could affect your pregnancy, such as a family history of a genetic disease or exposure to toxins or chemicals in the workplace.

During the visit, you'll have ample opportunities to ask questions and share concerns with your doctor. After discussing your medical history, your OB-GYN will perform an internal examination. You'll be given a pap smear as part of the examination to make sure there are no abnormal cells in your cervix.

Testing is an important part of this visit. Your OB-GYN may recommend laboratory tests for:

  • Sickle cell anemia or Tay Sach's disease, if applicable
  • Blood type
  • RH factor
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hematocrit and hemoglobin
  • Antibody levels for chicken pox and rubella
  • Cystic fibrosis

The due date

Although you may have already figured out the expected arrival date of your baby, your OB-GYN will establish your due date during your appointment. If you're not sure when you may have conceived, she may recommend an ultrasound to determine your due date.

Regular prenatal visits are crucial during your entire pregnancy. Call Dr. Kasparek and Dr. Rao, your Johns Creek, Suwanee and Alpharetta, GA, OB-GYNs, at (770) 622-9810 to schedule your appointment.

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