Post # 1
I just found out I am expecting (due March 2014) and my first doctors appointment is at 6 weeks on July 16. I am totally clueless as to what kinds of questions to ask…I have some related to what I can/can’t eat, exercise, beauty products, but I have no ideas what questions to ask in relation to me and the baby’s care, delivery, hospitals, etc. Can anyone point me towards a good resource or share questions they asked/wish they had asked at their first prenatal appointment? Thanks!
Post # 3
You should have an idea of what kind of birth you’d like & what kind of care you’d like from your provider before you go in. I always recommend looking into prenatal care tests & birth interventions so that you know the risks & benefits associated with each & know where you stand. There are lots of studies that are pretty readily available online through the NIH & such that you can look into.
Here are a couple of interview question lists that are good too!
I know for us, a midwifery model of care is the only place I will find the care I need & feel I deserve so we go with midwives over obgyns since I am low risk & don’t need specialty care.
Post # 4
@runsyellowlites: Thank you! These are both really helpful! This is all so new to me, I feel totally clueless!
Post # 5
I go to an OB/Gyn that I love and have been going to for over 7 years, so most of the ‘interview’ style questions don’t pertain to me because I know the answers. I”m also pretty comfortable with what food, beverages, hygeine products to avoid. The questions I’m focusing on are:
When do I call with questions/what is an emergency to you?
How often will I see you? What can I expect at appointments in each trimester?
What kind of testing do you recommend for me? when? do you have info on those test for me to review?
How much weight should I gain?
What kind of exercise is OK?
What prenatal vitamin do you recommend?
How do you define spotting (personal question, I think spotting is anything darker than yellow, but I don’t want to freak myself out and am hoping he says anything pink or red)
You may also want to ask where to go for reliable information. My MD has a “no internet” policy and encourages me to call them with every little insignificant question, but I have been getting a lot of information from the Mayo Pregnancy book that I feel is reliable and current so I’m not calling daily.
Good luck and CONGRATS!!!
Post # 6
@KH: Thanks so much for the advice and congrats! These questions are helpful too as I have also been with my OB-GYN for a while. I appreciate it!