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What To Expect At Your First Prenatal OB Appointment

by Camila Davidson

Your first obstetric appointment is an important milestone in your pregnancy. By this point, you are generally quite confident you are pregnant. However, you may not know much about pregnancy or what is to come. Knowing what to expect at this first ob appointment will help you feel more comfortable. Here's a look at what will happen.

Pregnancy Test

You've probably taken a home pregnancy test or two, and that's why you're at this appointment in the first place. However, your OB still needs to confirm your pregnancy with a blood test. They'll just draw a little blood from a vein in your arm to do this. The results will come back in a couple of days. Your OB may also administer an in-office urine test, which will give you nearly instant results. 

Blood Sugar and Protein Test

The same urine sample used to confirm your pregnancy will likely also be checked for sugar and protein levels. This will help rule out conditions like gestational diabetes, which may require care and oversight throughout your pregnancy. The earlier these conditions are detected, the better, so it's important for your OB to do this check even if you have not had any symptoms yet.

Pelvic Exam

You will be given a pelvic exam to check the shape of your uterus and the size and shape of your ovaries. This will allow your OB to detect conditions such as a retroverted uterus, which might make delivery harder. They will also look for any signs of STDs or other ailments that may need treatment before you deliver.

Dietary Counseling

What you eat during pregnancy has a huge impact on your own health and the health of the fetus. Therefore, it's important to learn a bit about nutrition during pregnancy. Your doctor will spend a few minutes talking about how to ensure your nutritional needs are met, foods you should avoid, and so forth.

Family History

Your doctor will also spend time talking with you about your family history of various genetic disorders. This may prompt them to recommend tests for certain conditions. If you have a family history of birth-related difficulties, definitely share that with the OB. They will know what problems to watch out for as your labor approaches.

Your first prenatal appointment will involve all of the elements above. If you have any lingering questions or concerns as to what to expect, reach out to your doctor.