What are the tests your gynaecologist will conduct at your first prenatal visit, and will you really get to see your baby's heart beat for the first time? The answers to these questions, and more about your first prenatal visit are in this article...
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably just found out you’re pregnant – congratulations! One of the most important things you should be doing right now is scheduling your first prenatal visit to a gynaecologist.
Prenatal care is important to make sure that you and your baby are doing fine at every stage. But it’s not just medical care you’ll get during these visits. Your gynaecologist will also be able to educate you (and your partner) on the birthing process, and provide other valuable information, guidance, and support.
However, like your first pregnancy, your first prenatal visit is a brand new experience. So, to guide you on what you should expect at this consultation, we put together some useful information about your first prenatal visit.
When should you first go?
Singapore-based obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Anne Tan says that if you have a regular menstrual cycle and you have missed your next expected period, you should use a home pregnancy test to check if you are indeed pregnant.
If you get a positive result and you do not experience any pains or bleeding, you can make an appointment for your first prenatal visit two weeks after your missed period.
According to WebMD, the purpose of your first prenatal visit is to:
- Determine your due date
- Learn about your health history
- Explore the medical history of family members
- Determine if you have any pregnancy risk factors based on your age, health, and/or personal and family history.
What happens during a pelvic examination? Find out on the next page.