That first prenatal visit can be the most exciting. A positive urine or blood test for pregnancy is one thing, but having the obstetrician talk to you about the upcoming changes and fetal growth, brings more tangibility to the fact that a baby is on the way. During the first prenatal visit, there are things that will occur and questions you need to ask.

    With so much excitement, a checklist is important to help the newly expecting woman remember all the things she can expect and should ask. The first prenatal visit will most likely be the longest with nurses taking a prenatal history and asking many questions.

    What Should Happen at the First Prenatal Visit?
             Nurses taking medical history.
             General health check-up.
             Internal pelvic exam.
             Cervical exam.
             First round of prenatal blood tests.
             First round of prenatal urine tests.
             Discussion about genetic testing.
             Initial ultrasound, if doctor has ultrasound machine in office.
             Discussion about future fetal and maternal changes.

    Questions You Should Ask Your Obstetrician During the First Prenatal Exam
             How many pounds should I gain during pregnancy?
             When should weight gain start?
             Does my health history point toward an increased risk for certain
                   conditions or complications?
             What prenatal screenings will I need?
             Is there a specific pregnancy diet I should follow?
             Is exercise allowed / suggested during pregnancy?
             Is sex acceptable throughout pregnancy?
             Can I travel by train, plane and / or car?
             What beauty treatments are acceptable during pregnancy?
             Is there a list of over the counter medications I can take?
             Are my current prescription medications safe during pregnancy?
             What prenatal vitamin is best?
             Are there any other supplements I should take while pregnant?
             What is the best way to combat morning sickness?
             What symptoms can I expect during pregnancy and how long should
                   they last?
             Do you advocate certain prenatal classes?
             Whom do I call if I have cramping, spotting or bleeding?
             If you are out of town or unavailable, who will be my primary
                   caregiver?
             Will I see the same doctor every time I have a prenatal appointment?
             When will the first ultrasound be scheduled?
             Will I hear the baby’s heart beat every visit?
             Who or where should I call if I have further questions?
             Who will deliver my baby?