What to Expect During Your First Prenatal Visit

Pregnancy, planned or not, can be a very tumultuous and often unnerving experience. You are carrying a tiny human, after all! Obstetrics care, which consists of your prenatal visits, among other things, is essential to both your health and your baby’s. If you’re a little unsure of what to expect at your first prenatal appointment, explore these insights from the obstetrics experts at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates in Plano, Texas.

What is prenatal care? 

Prenatal care includes all health care related to your pregnancy, up until you give birth. What happens at your prenatal care visits depends upon how far along you are in your pregnancy: first trimester visits look different than second trimester visits, which look different than third trimester visits. 

Regardless of where you’re at in your pregnancy, you can expect comprehensive, caring guidance from your provider at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates — our team is here to answer all of your questions about pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. 

Why do pregnant women need prenatal care? 

Prenatal care is essential to the health of mom and baby. Women choose to receive prenatal care because it’s the only way to check up on your growing little one. Prenatal care includes services like ultrasounds, urine samples, health questionnaires, breast exams, cervical exams, bloodwork, and other procedures that help your doctor understand the health of you and your baby — and make any necessary adjustments to your prenatal care. 

What to expect at your first prenatal appointment

Your first prenatal care visit is one of your longest (there’s a lot to go over!), so be sure to allow plenty of time. During this visit, you and your doctor cover: 

During this visit, your doctor calculates your due date based on your last menstrual cycle. Your due date is not necessarily the date you’ll actually give birth, rather a determination of the date at which you’ll be 40 weeks pregnant.

You can also expect to:

To schedule your first prenatal visit, call North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at our Plano, Texas, office at 469-240-1866. You can also send a message to the team here on our website.

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