What To Expect At Your First Prenatal Visit!
You Found Out You're Pregnant What's The Next Step?
So you were at home and pee'd on the stick and you got the positive sign or you used a digital test that said pregnant. Your mind may be going a million miles a second at this time but when your mind starts to calm down you start thinking about what the next step will be.
If you are in a secure relationship I recommend one of the first things to do will be to tell your significant other about the news. Although it may come as a shock to your significant other they have the right to know just as much as you do. This may not be the easiest thing to do and your partner may be in shock from the news and react in ways that you can not foresee. It is the best to tell them because as you continue the pregnancy you will need the emotional support from them.
In case any of you are wondering, I myself, am 16 weeks pregnant almost 17 weeks so everything I am disclosing is from experience and research that has been done on the subject. When I told my partner the news he was in shock and in disbelief. We we're not trying to get pregnant and; yes, we we're taking measures to prevent pregnancy. Although he was in shock he processed it well. I, of course, got the many "are you sure" questions from him. Once the news had settled in it was time to figure out the next steps in this journey.
The next step that I recommend for you is to get yourself on a prenatal vitamin as soon as possible. Prenatal vitamins are important for many different reasons. They help cover the gaps that may be occurring in your diet. Also, when you are searching for a good prenatal vitamin make sure that the vitamins contain DHA and Folic Acid. DHA is a fatty acid that helps ensure proper development of the babies brain and will help learning habits in the future. Folic Acid is also very important because it helps prevent neural tube birth defects which affect the brain and spinal cord of the baby.
I would recommend that you look into taking One A Day Women's Prenatal double pack. This pack contains two separate vitamins that you will have to take daily. However, these vitamins contain all the dosages of vital vitamins you need including DHA and Folic Acid.
After you have gotten yourself on a good prenatal vitamin, it is time to start looking into your health insurance and what they cover. There are many different tests that will have to be ran at your doctors and it is a smart idea to look into how much of the hospital bill your insurance will cover. If you do not have health insurance you will definitely have to find insurance AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Most states have a health program from pregnant women. Due to me being a resident in California I only know the main information about this states program. In California and you need health insurance they offer Medi-Cal for you. Here is a link to a page that will go into more detail about this option http://www.aim.ca.gov/My_AIM/Medi-Cal_Coverage.aspx .
When I found out that I was pregnant I had just started a new job. The previous job I was working for moved out of state and I was unable to work for them any longer. Unfortunately, this meant that the health insurance I had through that job was no longer valid. Due to this, and the fact that my partner was not comfortable with me getting on Medi-Cal for the pregnancy, we had to look into private insurances to cover me. I was able to find a good option through Blue Shield which covers about 90% of my pregnancy expenses which leaves me and my partner responsible for only 10% of the fees.
Once you have finally figured out your insurance situation that means it is time to start looking into an OB or Midwife to cover your prenatal needs. Most insurances have a search that one can use to find a Doctor. I was able to multiple doctors names through searching and I took the time to read reviews on each of them to best decide which doctor I would most be comfortable with. One thing to keep in mind when searching for a doctor is if they deliver at the hospital you plan on delivering. If you choose a doctor that is not affiliated with the hospital you want to deliver at your doctor will not be able to deliver your baby. This leads to a chance of the doctor not covering your prenatal care.
Finally, once you have found a doctor this means it is time to make your first Prenatal Appointment! You may be excited to get this appointment in the basket as soon as you can; however, many doctors will not see a patient until they are at least 8-10 weeks (some may even be as late as 12 weeks). This is because the risk of miscarriage that can occur in the early stages of pregnancies.
Now that you have your appointment set, it is time to gather your information for your visit!
Prenatal Vitamins Are Very Important!
Take Your Vitamins!
As stated earlier it is important to take your prenatal vitamins to ensure the health of your baby while you are pregnant. The image of the vitamins I take is located to the right. However, you may find other vitamins that are more suited for you. Below is a list of what your prenatal vitamins should contain:
- 400 micrograms of Folic Acid
- 400 IU of Vitamin D
- 200-300 milligrams of Calcium
- 70 milligrams of Vitamin C
- 3 milligrams of Thiamine
- 2 milligrams of Riboflavin
- 20 milligrams of Niacin
- 6 micrograms of Vitamin B12
- 10 milligrams of Vitamin E
- 15 milligrams of Zinc
- 17 milligrams of Iron
- 200 milligrams of DHA
What Prenatal Vitamins Are You Taking?
Time For Your First Prenatal Visit!
It's Finally Time To See The Doctor What Should You Expect?!
So the time has finally come to see the doctor. I recommend getting to your first prenatal appointment as least 30 minutes before the actual appointment because you will have a handful of papers to fill out. The papers you will have to fill out include a medical history and previous family medical issues. All this information will be used to help see your risk of a complicated pregnancy or pregnancy issues.
Many people wonder if they should bring their partner to this appointment, I did, and I do not regret bringing him one bit. It was nice for him to be there to hear all the information I was receiving and process everything in real time like I was. If you and your partner are close and supportive of this pregnancy then the extra support is nice to have with you at this appointment.
Once you feel out all your papers it is time to wait to see your doctors nurse. Your doctor's nurse will take your weight, temperature and blood pressure. She will also go over all the information you filled out moments earlier. It is important to disclose all the information they are asking about. This is important because it is important for your babies health.
Once the nurse is done with you, you will then see your doctor. The doctor will also go over your health records with you. She will also inform you about genetic testing and prenatal testing that exists. My partner and I opted out of these tests because I have a very low risk pregnancy. This means that there is a very low chance that there will be an issue with the baby. If you have not had a pap smear recently then your doctor will also give you a pap smear at this appointment. A pap smear is important because they test for irregular cervical cells and STDs.
Once your doctor is done, he or she MIGHT send you for an ultrasound. My doctor sent me for an ultrasound because we were not sure about the dates surrounding the pregnancy. Like previously stated we were not trying to get pregnant so we were unsure of dates like last menstrual period. During the ultrasound they are able to see the baby in your tummy. They measure the baby from crown to rump to determine how far along you are. Seeing the ultrasound at this time was nice. We were able to see the baby moving around and flipping around.
After all these things are done your doctor will either send you for blood work then or send an order for blood work to a lab in which you can do them later.
This will be the end of your first prenatal visit and it just means it's time to make the next appointment!
What To Expect!
The above video is a general description of what you should be able to expect from your first prenatal visit! There is no reason to be nervous. Just remember all these tests and such and such are important to ensure your health and your babies!
Make sure to check back at a later time for an in depth article about the blood tests they will be doing within your first trimester!
Congratulations On Your Little Miracle!
In case no one has told you yet congratulations! Pregnancy is not easiest but with the will power and determination you can prepare yourself for what's to come! There will be many bumps in the road along the way and I will be hear to walk you through all the scary steps! Make sure to check back frequently for more information on pregnancy!