The first pregnancy medical consultation is - most likely - scheduled after you have a home pregnancy test or after you have received confirmation that you will have a baby. During this consultation, your doctor will investigate your medical history, give you blood and urine tests, a complete gynecological and pelvic exam, and most likely you will have your first pregnancy ultrasound.
The first medical consultation during pregnancy usually takes place between 6 and 10 weeks. It is possible to have many emotions and be even slightly restless, but at the same time eager to find out as much about your task.
What should you do?
You can go to the family doctor, and he will send you to a gynecologist who will do your first investigations and possibly monitor your pregnancy. Before stepping into the practice, make sure that you are up to date with all the necessary insurance, documents and certificates for the doctor.
If you do not want to go to your family doctor, choose a private clinic to go for your first medical checkup. There you could find out more information and you can even choose the doctor to give birth or to monitor your pregnancy.
Keep up to date with information about your medical history!
Co-locate everywhere by your medical records, by the results of the last analyzes done and by other information regarding your past or current medical condition.
The first consultation will take place on the basis of a set of questions and answers. Your doctor will ask you a lot of questions about your medical history. It is important not to omit anything, in order not to endanger the pregnancy.
It will ask you, among other things and about previous pregnancies, contraceptive methods used over time, serious illnesses suffered by your 1st degree relatives.
And your lifestyle will be taken into consideration by a doctor: he will ask you about smoking and addictions like smoking, alcohol, but also about your eating habits and the level of physical activity.
Blood and urine tests
The first tests your doctor will recommend are blood. It is possible to collect your blood right then, in the office, or send you to a lab to get your harvest.
Through this analysis the doctor will find out several things that are essential for the pregnancy and the tests and analyzes that you have to do later:
• blood type;
• sexually transmitted diseases;
• antibodies (eg those for rubella);
• AIDS (HIV) - is optional, you will be asked if you want to do this type of test.
Your doctor will also ask for a urine sample. The doctor will detect the level of protein and glucose by analyzing the sample in the laboratory.
The doctor will then proceed to a gynecological consultation, including the pelvic area. It will also give you a Pap smear (if you haven't done it recently). It will follow signs of bacterial vaginosis or other sexually transmitted diseases following physical examination.
First ultrasound in pregnancy
Lately, doctors are requesting an ultrasound scan more and more early in pregnancy. Ultrasound is an essential test during this period, which provides valuable information to the doctor about the condition of the fetus and mother. In addition, ultrasound is one of the tests that confirms the presence of pregnancy.
There is no specific week from the first trimester of the pregnancy in which the ultrasound should be done, but it is recommended to do it as soon as possible after you find out you are pregnant. It is possible that the doctor will submit to this right from the first consultation.
The purpose of ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy is to:
• confirm the pregnancy;
• confirm the cardiac activity of the fetus;
• detect a possible molar or ectopic pregnancy;
• detects gestational anomalies;
• estimates gestational age;
• determine the probable date of birth (DPN);
• there is a multiple task, etc.
Ultrasound is not an invasive or painful procedure. Your doctor will ask you to consume a lot of fluids beforehand. Then he will put a special gel on his tummy and walk an exploratory probe on the abdominal surface.
The first ultrasound in pregnancy is an extremely emotional experience for you. Within it you have the opportunity to see the first movements of the fetus and to hear for the first time the heartbeat. These things can give you an extremely strong, bent and overwhelming feeling. If the symptoms so far have not made you shed the first tear, most likely now you will.
Tags First pregnancy ultrasound Tests pregnancy Pregnancy medical analyzes Pregnancy Pregnancy ultrasound