Re: what should i expect on my first prenatal visit?
I'm waiting for my first visit this time around, too. But the last time I was pregnant the visit was quite detailed and I had to spend alot of time there.
First, I had to do ALOT of paperwork, mainly about personal and family medical history. There were also some required screening paperwork for the state health department about government subsidized programs (whether I should be referred or not).
Second, I had to pee in a cup. This was the first of about 50 times (it seemed!) that I would do this over the course of the next 8 months. A pregnancy test, protein test, and a basic sugar test were done.
Third, height and weight as well blood pressure were tested.
Then it was on to the exam room to wait for the doctor.
He did a quick ultrasound (transvaginally since it's easier to see the baby at this point when it's so small and deep inside your pelvis) to confirm viability and due date. (Due date is most exact the earlier the u/s is in pregnancy). I was given pictures of the u/s.
My doc did not do a pap test because it had been only 6 months since my last one and my insurance would only pay for it once a year (we did it again at my 6 week checkup after the baby was born).
He palpated my abdomen and vaginally felt my cervix (to check for uterus size and position).
We talked about basic pregnancy philosophy and he answered questions I had. I had already done a preconception visit with this doctor, so we had discussed most of this already.
Because I was going to be 35 when I delivered, we scheduled the Level II u/s and amniocentisis for 16 weeks (since it had to be done out of town).
I was given a bag containing a bunch of prenatal vitamin samples (though I was advised to buy the cheapest ones I could find at the drugstore) and pamphlets.