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What Questions Should I Ask During My First OB Appointment?

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life! But behind all that excitement, you probably have a million questions – especially if this is your first pregnancy. One of the first milestones in your pregnancy journey is going to your first OB appointment. This appointment is an opportunity to get answers for some of questions you have from a doctor you trust.

Before the day of your OB appointment, it helps to have your questions prepared in advance. But which ones are the most important to ask at this first appointment? We're here to provide some helpful suggestions to get you started for your first doctor's visit of your pregnancy.

7 Questions to Ask During Your First OB Appointment

1. How Often Will I Need to See You?

It’s important to know what to expect from your doctor over the next nine months or so. Talk to your OB about the appointment cadence that they recommend for you and your baby. Usually, the frequency of your appointments will increase as you get closer to your due date.

Many OB doctors will walk you through the different appointment milestones of your pregnancy. From the first ultrasound to what position your baby will be in for labor, you'll get a good idea of what to expect over the coming months.

2. How Much Weight Should I Gain?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions for expectant mothers. Every pregnancy is different and the amount of weight you gain also depends on how much you weighed before being pregnant. Based on your specific medical history, your OB will be able to give an accurate range to expect. Generally, women gain an average of 25 to 35 pounds during their pregnancy.

3. Do I Have an Increased Risk of Any Complications or Conditions?

The answer to this question is unique for every woman during pregnancy. You'll want to be sure that your OB knows your personal and family medical history. That way, they have a clear picture of any hereditary or personal conditions that could impact your pregnancy. You'll also want to make sure that you tell your doctor about any current medical conditions you’re managing. For example, if you're going through depression or have low blood pressure, tell your OB in this first appointment.

4. What Kind of Exercise Should I Be Getting During Pregnancy?

Being physically active during your pregnancy is important for your health. In fact, women who exercise during pregnancy are more likely to recover faster after giving birth. Of course, you’ll want to stay safe and comfortable when you exercise over these next nine months. During your first appointment, your doctor will likely ask you about your current fitness habits. They will be able to provide you with guidance on which activities you can continue and which ones you should stay away from. Your exercise regimen should be a topic you continue to discuss with your doctor as your pregnancy progresses.

5. What Prenatal Testing Should I Expect?

You can expect a variety of required prenatal screenings throughout your pregnancy. For example, you'll get blood tests done in your first and second trimesters. You'll also have the choice to do genetic testing. Talk to your OB about genetic testing during your first appointment. They can explain the risks associated with it and what certain results mean for your baby.

6. What Lifestyle Changes Should I Make?

Pregnancy will require some changes to your lifetyle. Your OB will likely emphasize the importance of sleep and diet. Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your body, so making sure you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep each night is essential.

Your doctor will also walk you through any recommended changes in your diet. You'll have to avoid alcohol and limit the amount of caffeine you have each week. Aside from those two adjustments, your OB will provide you with a list of diet guidelines to follow.

7. What's the Best Way to Contact You if I Have More Questions?

It's happened to everyone - as soon as you walk out of the doctor's office, you think of a question you should have asked. When you see your OB for the first time, ask them about the best way to contact them. This way, peace of mind will be close by if a question about your pregnancy that is causing concern.

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