What can I expect during my first prenatal appointment?

Dr. Charles Hageman talks about what you can expect during your first prenatal appointment. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What can I expect during my first prenatal appointment?

When a lady seeks out prenatal care, she trusts us to provide the best pre-natal care that we can provide. That involves listening to her story, gathering a history, doing a physical exam and to a certain degree ordering particular tests. The tests are reflection of her health and the baby’s health. From the first appointment we want to know some real basic information: are you pregnant; how many babies are there and where is the baby located. That’s where the ultrasound can help. We like to smile and say you have one baby, it’s in the uterus and there’s the heartbeat. That’s great information. That starts the prenatal care out on the right note.


Your first prenatal visit with your doctor will occur when you’re between six and eight weeks pregnant, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon. Your doctor will likely draw blood, do a Pap smear and perform a full pelvic exam, according to the AAFP.

A number of other subjects will be discussed during your first visit, according to the National Institutes of Health [Add off-site icon with alt tag: You are leaving the Premier Health website, link to http://www.nih.gov/ in a new window]. According to the NIH, many physicians will discuss the following during the initial prenatal visit:

  • Medical history and overall health
  • Medicines you take
  • Past pregnancies
  • Your exercise regime
  • Your diet
  • Genetic disorders or health problems that run in your family
  • Whether you drink or smoke
  • Common symptoms during pregnancy

For more information about your first prenatal appointment, talk to your doctor.

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