It’s normal to worry about your first visit to a doctor during pregnancy, but there’s no need for panic. Your first appointment usually occurs 8 weeks after your last menstrual period and it is usually the longest appointment.
After collecting your medical history and confirming your pregnancy, your doctor will carefully tell you about the future course of your pregnancy and give recommendations for care, diet and physical activity. They will also introduce you to different options for birth.
Your doctor may conduct a full physical examination, including a pap test and possibly an ultrasound scan. They will also measure your blood pressure, and BMI (derived from height and weight) to determine the recommended weight gain needed for a healthy pregnancy. Blood will also be taken and several laboratory tests will evaluate your current condition and the presence of any diseases or infections.
Remember that the first appointment is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about the next 8 months of your life. The new life inside of you is just beginning, so there’s a lot to be excited about by the time you reach that first doctor’s appointment!