What should you expect during your first clinic?
So u recently took a test and found out that you are pregnant. For a first time mom, you may be wondering what goes on and what to do once you have to go to your first clinic. Prenatal care and pregnancy go hand in hand. During the first trimester you will go through blood tests, lifestyle conversations and physical exams.
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, set an appointment with your doctor. Both you and the doctor will have a lot to talk about. The doctor may also request for both you and your partner to be present during your first appointment.
The doctor will request for your medical history. He or she will want to know about your gynecological history and menstrual cycle. You will also need to explain if you’ve had miscarriages or abortions. Your family’s medical history and that of your partner will also be important. You will also be advised on medications, food and drinks to avoid during pregnancy. Be sure to mention all the symptoms you have been going through and if you’ve experienced any bleeding. You can also share your fears and ask any questions that you may have.
The doctor will estimate your due date. A proper due date is important so that the doctor can properly watch the growth of your child. It also helps in scheduling dates for tests.
Physical exams will also be conducted. The doctor will check your height, weight; calculate your BMI and your blood pressure. These will help him or her know the recommended weight that you should gain. Your cervix and vagina will be examined change in the shape and size of your cervix will help determine the stage of the pregnancy. You may also need to be screened for cervical cancer depending on when your last screening was.
Lab tests will also be conducted. A test to check your blood type and Rhesus (RH) Factor will be done. If your partner is Rh positive and you are Rh negative, your pregnancy will need special care. Your hemoglobin will also be measured. Hemoglobin is a protein rich in iron and is found in the red blood cells. It helps in transportation of carbon dioxide from every part of your body to the lungs where it can be exhaled and also transportation of oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body.
Other blood tests to check exposure infections or diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and hepatitis B might also be conducted. Before the end of your first trimester, the doctor will check for fetal abnormalities by conducting more blood tests and an ultrasound.
After all these are done, the doctor will tell you what to expect during pregnancy, which discomforts are normal and what to include in your diet during pregnancy. These are some few things you should expect during your first clinic so you won’t be nervous.