When should I have my first prenatal visit?
As soon as you get a positive home pregnancy test, call to schedule an appointment with your obstetrician, family physician, or midwife.
If you haven’t yet chosen a doctor or midwife to care for you during your pregnancy, it’s still important to see a pregnancy caregiver now and get started on your prenatal care. You can always switch to another caregiver when you find the one you want to stick with.
Many healthcare providers will schedule your first visit for when you’re about 8 weeks pregnant. Some will see you sooner, particularly if you have a medical condition, have had problems with a pregnancy in the past, or are having symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, or severe nausea and vomiting.
If you’re taking any medications or think you may have been exposed to a hazardous substance, ask to speak to your provider about it as soon as possible.
Your first visit will probably be the longest unless you encounter problems along the way. At this and all future prenatal checkups, don’t be afraid to raise any issues you’ve been wondering about. If questions come up between appointments, it may help to keep a running list.
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