March 07, 2018

Motherhood is a very fulfilling journey, yet it has its own share of challenges. All journeys have to start somewhere and this guide will help you start your chapter in motherhood.

 

When Should Your First Visit Be and Why

Your first visit should be around 8 weeks after your last menstrual period. The reason for this is that at around 6-7 weeks after being pregnant, the unborn baby would start having a heartbeat; therefore a visit would be ideal to avoid any future complications. The only time your prenatal visit would be earlier is due to the following reasons:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe nausea and vomiting

 

What to Expect on your 1st Visit

Upon your visit, your doctor would most likely ask the following things:

  • Whether your menstrual cycles are regular and how long they tend to last
  • When the first day of your last period was (to determine your due date)
  • Any symptoms or problems you've noticed since your last period (related to pregnancy or not)
  • Any gynecological problems you have now or have had in the past (including sexually transmitted infections)
  • Details about any previous pregnancies (if any)
  • Health history (including family health history to see any hereditary deficiencies)

 

You would also expect the following to be conducted on you:

  • Pap smear to check for cervical cancer
  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • STD detection
  • Paperwork, usually cost estimation of pregnancy labor

 

Your first prenatal visit should reassure you of looking forward to your motherhood journey and, with the tests and assessment of your doctor, your first big step towards your journey will make you be prepared and ready to face on further challenges and blessings down the road. As with everything, make sure to regularly visit your doctor and take your needed supplements and vitamins to ensure a better delivery in the future.