When You Visit Your Doctor - Pregnancy: 1st Trimester
January 30, 2017
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 heart disease?
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 and vomiting)?
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
Complete blood count and blood type
Blood tests for syphilis, rubella antibodies, hepatitis B, HIV
Portable Doppler instrument or stethoscope to measure fetal heart sounds
"Triple screen" (also known as "AFP-3" or "Enhanced AFP"
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