First Prenatal Check-Up
1 AnswerBoston Women's Health Book Collective, answeredMost health insurance plans, including Medicaid, will pay for prenatal visits, care, and medically necessary tests. If you are concerned that you cannot afford a prenatal test that you have decided is best for your pregnancy, your health care provider or a genetic counselor may be able to help you find some financial assistance to cover the cost of the test.
3 AnswersIn the third trimester prenatal visits become more frequent. In the first part of the third trimester the pregnant woman will be seeing her healthcare provider approximately every 2 weeks. After the 35th week of pregnancy the frequency of visits is increased to weekly.
Prenatal care involves both caring for yourself and seeing your obstetrician for regular visits. It begins with taking a pregnancy test when you think you may be pregnant and starting a prenatal vitamin if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. While pregnancy may seem like it involves endless tests and ultrasounds, it should also be a time that you learn to be good to your body and eat healthy. It is a time for giving up bad habits and starting good ones. If you are good to your body, your body is more likely to be good to you and your growing baby.
3 AnswersDuring the second trimester the pregnant woman needs to plan to have a prenatal visit approximately every 4 weeks or about once a month. In addition there might be extra visits for specific test, ultrasound examinations or if any complications arise.
1 AnswerBoston Women's Health Book Collective, answered
Prenatal care consists of three interrelated elements: regular visits with your midwife or doctor, the care you give yourself, and the care you receive from friends, family, or other support people.
A woman with a normally progressing pregnancy and no complications usually visits her health care provider every four to six weeks during weeks 4 to 28, every two to three weeks from weeks 28 to 36, and every one to two weeks in the last month before her due date. The style of care you receive and the quality of your interactions can affect not only your physical experience of birth but your emotional experience.
4 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredHere's what you can expect at your first prenatal visit:
- A test to confirm pregnancy (may be urine or blood)
- Determination of due date based on the first day of your last menstrual period. If you are uncertain, an early ultrasound may be done to confirm the dates of your pregnancy
- Discussion of dietary, exercise and sexual guidelines, appropriate weight gain, common symptoms of pregnancy and those that require immediate attention - both emotional and physical
- Glucose challenge test if you're at high risk for diabetes (family history, obesity) or have a prior incidence of having gestational diabetes or a very large baby
- Your provider may do an ultrasound to refine your due date and look for a fetal heartbeat
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The first visit with the healthcare provider is a long and busy one. The first prenatal visit includes a complete physical examination and a thorough medical and family history as well as a variety of blood and urine tests and standard cervical cultures.. All of this is done to assess the health of the woman and to identify any healthcare issues that may impact the pregnancy. The first prenatal visit also includes a conversation with the healthcare provider about healthy habits during pregnancy and what to expect during the next 9 months. During this conversation the woman should have the opportunity to ask questions about her self care, genetic testing, emotions and feelings about the pregnancy or other concerns she may have about being pregnant.
2 AnswersPatricia Geraghty, NP, Advanced Practice Nursing, answeredThe first prenatal visit is usually scheduled as a longer appointment in order to do a complete physical assessment and to give you the information you need to maximize the health of your pregnancy. Pregnancy health related questions include the following: What nutrition is best? Do I need prenatal vitamins? Are there any other supplements I should take? How much weight should I gain and what is the best pattern of weight gain? Are there foods considered unsafe during pregnancy? What physical activity level is best? Are there types of physical activity I should avoid? Is sex safe during pregnancy? What should I do if I develop an illness during the pregnancy? What medications are safe during pregnancy? Can I travel during the pregnancy? Questions related to the health of your developing baby include: What genetic testing or screening should I do? Will I have ultrasounds (sonograms) of the baby? Finally, there are questions related to the management of your pregnancy and delivery. How often will I have an appointment during the pregnancy? Who will I see for routine appointments? Who will deliver my baby? Where will my baby be born? What do I do if I have a question between appointments? What do I do if I have a problem between appointments? Are there classes I should take during the pregnancy?Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.