You’re having a baby! Booking your first prenatal appointment is exciting and an important opportunity to make sure you feel comfortable with your doctor or midwife. Don’t be surprised when you call the doctor’s office as soon as you know you’re pregnant and find out they don’t want to see you for several more weeks. The first visit is usually around eight weeks past your last period.
You’ll likely feel a bit overwhelmed by information during that first prenatal appointment – there’s quite a bit to cover! But there might be topics that the care provider doesn’t bring up. That’s why it’s smart to have some questions ready. Here, we’ve put together a list to help get you started.
Bookmark this page on your smartphone so you have the following questions handy!
- When is it “safe” to share the news of my pregnancy?
- Should I be concerned with any of my day-to-day activities at work or at home?
- What pregnancy/parenting books do you recommend we read?
- What should I avoid eating and drinking while pregnant?
- What’s the normal amount of weight to gain during pregnancy?
- What medications and vitamins should I take or avoid?
- What prenatal screening tests do you suggest given my age and medical history?
- When can we find out the gender of the baby?
- If I have morning sickness, what remedies help?
- What are the options for cord blood banking?
Your doctor gets all kinds of questions, so don’t be shy about asking what’s on your mind. If you’re not satisfied with the answers