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Baby Basics

Congratulations you are pregnant! If you think that you are pregnant and you’ve even taken a home pregnancy test, it is important to schedule an appointment with an obstetrician/gynecologist or a midwife. This will ensure that you and your baby get off to a good start.

Your First Prenatal Visit

At your first visit they will confirm that you are pregnant, determine your due date, review your health history and discuss any risk factors that might affect your pregnancy. You will be asked about previous pregnancies and surgeries, medical conditions and exposure to any contagious diseases. Also, notify your healthcare provider about any medications (prescription or over-the-counter) you have taken or are currently taking. Do not hesitate to ask your provider any question you may have.

Here are some questions you may want to ask. Print or write them down, add to them, and take them to your appointment.

  • What is my due date?
  • Do I need prenatal vitamins?
  • Are the symptoms I'm experiencing normal?
  • Is it normal not to experience certain symptoms?
  • Is there anything I can take for morning sickness?
  • What are the specific recommendations regarding weight gain, exercise and nutrition?
  • What activities, foods, substances (for example, medicine, caffeine and alternative sweeteners like Equal) should I avoid?
  • Can I have sex while I am pregnant?
  • For what symptoms should I call you?
  • What is the definition of a high-risk pregnancy? Am I considered to be high risk?

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