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When You Visit Your Doctor Pregnancy: 1st Trimester
Pregnancy: 1st Trimester
Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:
Your age and how it will affect your pregnancy.
Have you been pregnant before? If so, what was the outcome of
each pregnancy. Did you have a full-term pregnancy (your baby was
born close to your due date)? Did you give birth via a vaginal
delivery or a cesarean section ("C-section") surgery?
If you had a C-section, what type of C-section was it? Did any
of your pregnancies end in miscarriage, voluntary abortion, or
an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy?
Does this pregnancy come at a good time for you?
When was the first day of your last menstrual period?
What is the usual length of your menstrual cycle?
Do you have any medical problems such as diabetes, high blood
pressure, thyroid problems, asthma, tuberculosis, epilepsy, or
Have you ever had any sexually transmitted infections such as
gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, or human papilloma virus (HPV)?
Do any medical problems tend to run in your family such as sickle
cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, or hemophilia?
Are you taking any medications (including over-the-counter medications)?
If so, what are they?
Do you smoke? If so, how many packs per day?
In an average week, how many alcoholic beverages do you consume?
Do you use any recreational drugs?
Did you have any problems getting pregnant?
Do you eat a well-balanced diet? Are you taking any vitamins,
including folic acid (folate)?
Do you exercise regularly?
What is your home situation like? Who do you live with? Is your
partner supportive of this pregnancy? If not, has your partner
hit or threatened you?
Are you having any problems with morning sickness (that is, nausea
Are you having any bleeding from your vagina?
Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:
Temperature, blood pressure, pulse, weight
Pelvic exam with Pap smear and cervical cultures
Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:
Confirm pregnancy with blood or urine test (see Beta HCG test
Complete blood count and blood type (see p. 154)
Blood tests for syphilis, rubella antibodies, hepatitis B, HIV