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First Trimester

Q&A: What To Ask My OB At My First Appointment?

What should I ask the doctor at my first checkup? I don't want to forget anything important.

Get in the habit of keeping a pen and paper handy and writing down your questions as they come up. (You'll be surprised how many questions you think of between visits... and even more surprised at the havoc pregnancy wreaks on your memory.) These questions should get you started for the first visit.

  • How much weight should I gain, and at what rate?

  • Do I have an increased risk of any specific complications or conditions?

  • What screenings do I need?

  • What kind of diet should I follow? What should I eat and drink a lot of, and what should I avoid?

  • Should I be doing any particular kind of exercise? What kind and amount is safe?

  • Are there any restrictions on sex throughout my pregnancy? What about flying?

  • Can I… Dye my hair? Use sunless tanner? Get a massage? Paint my nails? Go to the spa? Are there any other activities I should avoid

  • What over-the-counter medications are safe, and in what amount? Are there any I should avoid?

  • Are the prescription medications I’m currently taking safe? If not, what can I take or do instead?

  • Which prenatal vitamin do you recommend?

  • Which prenatal classes do you recommend?

  • What position should I sleep in?

  • What symptoms should I expect, and how can I manage them? What’s normal, and what should I call you about?

  • What should I do if I… Don’t feel well? Cramp? Spot? Have a fever? When should I call you?

  • When labor begins, at what point should I call you?

  • What is your position on… Inductions? Scheduled c-sections? Epidurals and other pain medications? Episotomies? Vacuum and forceps usage? IVs and EFMs? What are my options?

  • When is a good time to call you with questions? Who should I call if you aren’t available?

By Paula Kashtan