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Questions To Ask At Your First OB Appointment

Heading for your first checkup since finding out you're pregnant? Bring along these helpful questions to make sure you find out what you need to know.

Now that you're pregnant you probably have a million questions. You'll have an opportunity to get a lot of them answered at your first OB appointment which will likely be one of your longest. Call your doctor when you get that pink plus sign to let her know and she'll let you know when to come in, but keep in mind that first checkup may not be scheduled until you're eight or nine weeks along and that's totally normal. Before the big day arrives 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 how much pregnancy will wreak havoc 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?

  • Are there any restrictions I need to know about traveling while pregnant?

  • Can I… Dye my hair? Use sunless tanner? Get a massage? Paint my nails? Go to the spa? Are there any changes to my beauty routine I need to make?

  • 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? Have cramping? Spotting? Run a fever?

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

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

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

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