What prenatal care do I need in the 1st trimester of pregnancy?

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Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

Once the pregnancy is confirmed, the initial prenatal visit involves a comprehensive health and family history, a complete physical examination, standard lab work and cultures. A pap smear may be done, depending on when the last one was done. If there is a question about the gestation of the pregnancy, an ultrasound may be done. The first visit also includes a discussion to set up any consultations that are needed, if risk factors are present. After the first visit, subsequent visits are scheduled for approximately every 4 weeks.

Many women do not know that they are pregnant until they miss their period. However, in rare cases, it is possible to have a positive pregnancy test within a week after conception. Many times, your doctor will ask you to wait until you are eight weeks along before scheduling an appointment. Prenatal care should focus on eating well, getting enough exercise, taking prenatal vitamins, and avoiding harmful substances like alcohol and drugs. Make sure you're getting enough iron, calcium, and protein through the foods you eat, even if you're taking a vitamin supplement.

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