When you first learn that you are pregnant you will want to make a prenatal appointment with your caregiver.
If you don’t have a caregiver yet you will need to find one. This can be difficult and you will want to do this as soon as possible. This means that it is time to do some research. Ask around in your circle of friends and research who might be a good fit.
In the event that you can’t get an idea from your relative or friends you can ask your other healthcare providers if they have any recommendations.
Check against your health insurance to learn if the possible doctors are covered under your plan.
Typically a caregiver will not see you until after the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. This gives you the chance you need to find a suitable one. But be warned, don’t wait until the last minute. You will be surprised how difficult it can be to get an appointment. So get busy before all of the slots are filled up and you are left to look for another option.
When you meet with the caregiver you will need to know when your last period was. Note this down as soon as you learn you were pregnant.
This date will be used to determine your due date.
Be prepared for additional questions. You can expect questions like you and your partners medical history. The medical history of both of your families. Are there and chronic conditions of genetic abnormalities, etc.. The first meeting isn’t just about answering questions it is also about asking them. Make sure that you note down any questions you have as they arise so that you can ask them when you get to see the doctor.
Before you go to the appointment note down all of the medication you are currently taking.
Your caregiver will need to know everything that you have been prescribed. But include drugs or vitamins and health supplements that you may be takings.
Many over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies are not safe during pregnancy. The more information you can provide, the more complete the picture you can paint, will give your doctor the opportunity to consult you on your medications.
For example if you take medication for a chronic condition contact your caregiver immediately so that they can work with you. A sudden, unmonitored stop can be dangerous.
We’ve gone over the importance of finding a caregiver to help you through the prenatal care. We’ve looked at different questions you may be asked. And we have seen why it is important to be able to offer your caregiver as much information as possible.
By starting early and providing them with a good base to work on you are taking steps for both you and your unborn child.