Congratulations, you’ve just found out you’re pregnant! The next step is setting up an appointment with your OB/GYN to help you prepare for your pregnancy journey. Your first prenatal appointment is an important milestone on your path to motherhood. Here, we’ll cover what you can do to prepare for that appointment, what to expect at the visit, and what your care plan will look like from there.
The timing of your prenatal visit may vary by care center, but generally it’s recommended you be seen when you’re 6-12 weeks pregnant.
Like any doctor’s visit, coming prepared can help you make the most of your time with your provider. Below is a brief list of items to bring with you:
• Your insurance card
• A list of your current medications and any allergies you have
• A list of any questions you have about your pregnancy
• A partner to come with you for support
At your first visit, there’s various tests that will be done to assess your current health and make sure you’re entering pregnancy as healthy as possible.
This is just the first of many important check-ins with your provider! After your initial prenatal appointment, you can expect a series of follow-up check-ups throughout your pregnancy to track you and your baby’s health. Most commonly, in uncomplicated pregnancies, you can expect appointments at these stages throughout your pregnancy journey:
• Every 4 weeks until 28 or 30 weeks
• Every 2 weeks between 30-36 weeks
• Weekly from 36 weeks to delivery
During the subsequent visits, you can expect more detailed ultrasounds, additional testing such as genetic testing, discussions around your preferred birth plan, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. We’re excited to be with you throughout every step of your pregnancy journey! If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, you can always contact your Axia Women’s Health provider in-between appointments.
January 3, 2023
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