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What to Expect at Your First OB Appointment

The journey to motherhood is profound and exciting, and your first OB appointment marks a significant milestone. This initial visit is more than a formality; it's the foundation for a healthy and well-informed pregnancy. This blog will discuss what you should expect during your first OB appointment and provide valuable insights to maximize this experience. 

Your First OB Appointment: Key Takeaways

Your First OB Appointment: Key Takeaways

Your first OB appointment will be the most involved. During this visit, a complete history and physical exam will be conducted. Your physician will evaluate all risk factors that could impact your pregnancy and discuss screening for chromosomal abnormalities and neural tube defects. You will also be provided with tips on how to cope with pregnancy symptoms – such as morning sickness and other discomforts – and advice related to your diet, medication, and overall health during your pregnancy. During this prenatal appointment, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions related to your pregnancy. We aim to help you take better care of yourself for a healthy pregnancy. 


What to Expect for Your First OB Appointment

What to Expect for Your First OB AppointmentYour first OB appointment will likely be the most comprehensive during your pregnancy. Here's a breakdown of what to anticipate:

Full Physical Examination: Your physician or midwife will conduct a thorough physical examination, including breast and pelvic exams. These assessments are essential to ensure your overall health and monitor any changes specific to your pregnancy.

Blood and Urine Tests: Routine blood and urine tests will be performed to assess your health and identify potential concerns early in your pregnancy.

Discussion of the First Trimester: You'll spend time discussing what to expect during your first trimester and the rest of your pregnancy. Your OB will help you understand the prenatal visits and tests you'll undergo throughout the pregnancy.

Questions and Concerns: This appointment is an excellent opportunity to ask questions. Take this time to address any concerns or uncertainties about your pregnancy.

Listening for the Baby's Heartbeat: While it's not always possible to hear the baby's heartbeat at the first prenatal appointment, your physician or midwife will attempt to listen for it. The heartbeat often becomes audible or visible on ultrasound around six to seven weeks.

Personal History: Be prepared to discuss various aspects of your medical history – including your overall health, past pregnancies, medications or supplements, exercise habits, and lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, etc.).

Genetic and Family History: You'll also need to provide information about genetic disorders or health issues in your or your partner's family. This helps your healthcare provider assess potential risks.

Diet and Lifestyle: Your healthcare provider will offer advice on maintaining a healthy diet, staying active, getting enough sleep, and making necessary lifestyle changes during your pregnancy.

Managing Morning Sickness: If you're experiencing morning sickness or other discomforts, your provider will discuss strategies to alleviate these symptoms.

Handling Vaginal Bleeding: In case of vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy, you'll receive guidance on what to do and when to seek medical attention.

Prenatal Vitamins: If you aren't already taking them, you'll be given prenatal vitamins with iron to support your health and your baby's development. 

Do You Learn Your Due Date at Your First Appointment?

Do You Learn Your Due Date at Your First Appointment?Yes, determining your due date will occur during your first OB appointment. While this due date is not guaranteed, establishing it is crucial for determining when you will be 40 weeks pregnant and monitoring your pregnancy's progress. Most women don't give birth on their due dates, but knowing this date helps your healthcare provider track your baby's growth and manage necessary tests and procedures throughout your pregnancy.


When to Schedule Your First OB AppointmentWhen to Schedule Your First OB Appointment

As soon as you have a positive result on a home pregnancy test, it's crucial to contact your practitioner to schedule your first prenatal appointment. Prenatal care is a cornerstone of a healthy pregnancy, and early care is critical. The first prenatal appointment usually occurs between weeks six and eight of pregnancy. It is essential to not delay scheduling that appointment.

Even if you haven't chosen a specific healthcare provider for your pregnancy, schedule an appointment with someone to initiate your prenatal care. Your body is already changing, and starting this journey on the right foot is vital.

Preparing for Your First OB Appointment

To make the most of your first OB appointment, here are some preparatory steps:

Compile Key Health Facts: Gather essential information about your medical history – including immunizations, previous illnesses, surgeries, allergies, mental health history, gynecological history, obstetrical history, and recent disease exposures.

Medicine Cabinet Inventory: Make a list of all the medications and supplements you're taking – including their names and dosages.

List of Questions: Write down any questions or concerns you have about your pregnancy or health. Bring this list to ensure you cover all your queries during the appointment.

Self-Care: Stay hydrated, maintain a balanced diet, and get enough rest to support your well-being during pregnancy. 

Your First NWHC OB Appointment

Your First NWHC OB AppointmentAt Northland Women's Health Care, our all-female staff is comprised of dedicated individuals who are committed to providing you with an obstetric care experience that puts your health and your baby's health first. We unite compassion with meticulous health care for mothers-to-be.

As mentioned above, we evaluate all risk factors that may impact the pregnancy during your first OB appointment. We counsel patients, aid them with coping with symptoms and the changes that come with pregnancy, and provide detailed advice about life with a pregnancy. If you have questions or concerns before, during, or after your delivery, the physicians of Northland Women's Health Care will be here to help you. We understand the delicate nature of pregnancy and strive to guide our patients through a safe and healthy journey to motherhood. 

Follow-Up Prenatal Visits

After your first OB appointment, you'll have several follow-up visits throughout your pregnancy. These visits help monitor your health and your baby's development. Here is a general outline of what to expect:

First 28 Weeks: Appointments occur every four weeks, with an ultrasound around the 20-week mark. During these visits, your physician will weigh you, check your blood pressure, listen for fetal heart sounds, and test your urine for sugar or protein.

28-35 Weeks: Appointments become more frequent every two to three weeks as your pregnancy progresses.

After 35 Weeks: As you approach your due date, you'll have weekly appointments to monitor your pregnancy's final stages closely.

These appointments ensure you and your baby receive the best care possible. They also provide a platform for addressing any concerns or questions. 


Northland Women’s Health Care

In conclusion, your first OB appointment sets the stage for a healthy and well-informed pregnancy. It's a time to discuss your health and your baby's development, and to build a strong partnership with your healthcare provider. With the proper preparation and a commitment to self-care, you can embark on your journey to motherhood with confidence and optimism.


Northland Women's Health Care, P.C.
8600 NE 82nd St. •  Kansas City, MO 64158  •  Phone: 816-741-9122  •  Fax: 816-741-9665