Detailed examination by a doctor is very
important during the first trimester of pregnancy. Here is what you can expect
during doctor visits during first trimester of pregnancy.
soon as you have confirmed that you are pregnant, the first thing you should do
is to schedule your first prenatal appointment. Pregnancy and prenatal care go
in parallel. Doctor visits during the first trimester of pregnancy are very
essential, and you should keep aside ample time for it. You and your doctor
have a lot to discuss – so never be in hurry. There are many tests and
discussions involved here, and you can also include your partner in the
Should You Have Your First Prenatal
Just as you find that you are
pregnant, it is time to decide your doctor, midwife, obstetrician, or family
physician and call to schedule an appointment with him or her. Mostly doctors
would schedule a visit around your 8th week of pregnancy as that is the time
when your baby goes through some basic significant changes unless you have some
serious medical conditions.
What Is the Purpose of Your Doctor Visits
During First Trimester?
visits during your first trimester is firstly to confirm yourpregnancy,
analyze your general health, and determine any risk factors if at all involved
that may affect your pregnancy. These visits can be longer than any future
visits during the other two trimesters. The main purposes of the prenatal visit
are the following:
Find out yours and your family’s
medical history that may affect the child.
Happens in Your Doctor Visits During First
The main operations done
at your doctor visits during your first trimester of pregnancy are as
Your practitioner would draw your
blood for identifying your blood group, Rh status, measuring your hemoglobin,
determining the complete blood count, checking anemia, and test for syphilis,
hepatitis B, immunity to rubella (German measles), immunity to chicken pox,
test for HIV, etc.
A full pelvic examination will be
A Pap smear test will also be
performed to check for abnormal cells, which could indicate cervical
Cultures would be done to look for
infections or any other serious problems.
Urine sample would be taken to
test for urinary tract infections, kidney problems, and other conditions.
A glucose challenge test to check
your risk for gestational diabetes and even skin test would be
Are the Questions Your Doctor May Ask During the
During the doctor visits in
your first trimester, your doctor or midwife will ask you various questions
Your overall health.
Whether your menstrual cycles are
regular and how long they tend to last.
Past pregnancies and use of birth
Use of any other medicines, herbs,
Your personal medical history and
your family’s medical history.
Any genetic disorder you or your
partner is facing.
Any gynecological problems you
have faced earlier.
If you have any psychiatric
What Other Things Your Doctor May
Your doctor will talk about good
eating habits, foods to avoid, weight gain, and prenatal vitamins.
Your doctor will check if you are
emotionally stable or abused as it is very important.
Your doctor will also advise some
do's and don'ts of exercise, travel, and sex during pregnancy.
Your doctor will talk to you about
the danger of smoking, alcohol, and other non-prescribed drug use.
Finally, your doctor will schedule
the next visit.
If you find any problems or any
doubts regarding your pregnancy, do not hesitate to reach out to your doctor.
If you have something to share in private, then you can ask your partner to
excuse and discuss with your doctor personally, but never leave any doubts
within yourself. This is a precious time of your life, and you have all rights
to know what is going on inside you. So spend enough time during your doctor
visits and feel free to talk out.
it important to visit a doctor during first trimester of pregnancy? What kind
of examination is carried out during first trimester of pregnancy? How many
tests and scans are done during first trimester of pregnancy? Discuss
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