Once you think you may be pregnant, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. Typically they will want to see you once you’re between 8 and 12 weeks pregnant. If you have a problem such as abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding or severe nausea and vomiting they may wish to see you sooner. During the first visit, there will several things you will do to begin a pattern of good prenatal care.
The first thing your doctor will likely do is to take a health history. You will discuss what day your last period started on so that your due date can be determined. The length and regularity of your menstrual cycles will be discussed. You will need to talk about any gynecological or other health problems you have had in the past, as well as previous pregnancies. Mental health issues, drug allergies, prior surgeries, exposure to hazardous substances and personal issues such as drinking and domestic violence will be discussed as well.
You will likely have a complete physical and a pelvic exam. You may have a Pap smear unless you’ve had one very recently. You will have blood tests to determine blood type, Rh factor and iron levels. You will be tested for STDs, hepatitis and probably rubella. You will likely have a urine test to check for diabetes, urinary tract infection and other problems.
Finally, you will probably discuss procedures for the rest of your pregnancy. This will include scheduling future visits, advice about diet, and discuss any additional screenings you may wish to consider.