(Closed) First Dr. Apt Tomorrow!!! (10 weeks) suggestions for Q’s to ask?!

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
631 posts
Busy bee

So exciting!  Congrats!  For me, I wanted to know if my doctor was ok with having a midwife at the hospital for my birth, I also had some previous gynecological issues I wanted to flag.  Any questions about traveling, your eating habits, anything!  Have fun!

Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I wanted to discuss different prenatal screening options and get an idea of what the schedule of visits would be like throughout the pregnancy. I also wanted clarification on who I’d be seeing throughout the pregnancy and who would actually be delivering my kid (it’s a office of 3 MDs, a nurse-midwife, and a PA, and they like you to rotate among them for your prenatal visits, but only the MDs deliver babies, and they rotate being on call).

I also had questions about exercise, since doctors seem to have varying thoughts on how much to scale back on weights or high-intensity workouts.

I agree with chicagowife that all the do’s and don’t’s of medications, food, activities, etc. are helpful- my doctor gave me lists of things to avoid.

I also asked for suggestions for reading material on pregnancy and childbirth.

I didn’t actually ask much about my OB office’s philosophy on some labor and delivery topics (like C-sections, episiotomies, pain management) but I probably will at my next visit.

It’s great that you’re writing things out in advance- I didn’t, and there was so much going on that I totally forgot to ask some of my questions and had to call back later.

Post # 5
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had a very long list of questions before my first doctor’s appointment. Many were questions that pertained to the hospital, so I broke them into sections: things I need to know now, things that can wait, and questions for the hospital.

The things I wanted to ask right away were mainly regarding exercise, screening options, and the appointment schedule during pregnancy.

Post # 6
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Yay!  Congrats on your pregnancy, first of all!

Secondly, I’d highly recommend writing down any family medical history (including any issues your mom/grandmother had in their pregnancies.)  Things like pre-eclampsia can run in the family, so it’s important to make the doctor aware of that.

At my first appointment, my doctor went through a lot of basic things and also suggested a guide like What to Expect While Expecting.  I have found lots of answers to my questions in books like that.

In any case, best of luck to you!

Post # 7
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Lozza basically has my list.  I was very concerned about my exercise options and about screening.  I also had questions about a medication that I take.

I had heard so much about what you can and cannot eat, so I made the nurse go through all of that with me.  They probably thought I was a total freak with all my questions!

Post # 8
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went into my first appointment with questions about travel and what to eat, but before I even had to ask, my doctor covered that and a lot of other things like @Lozza mentioned she had questions about.  I took my first appointment to just digest it all and at one of my next ones I’m sure I’ll have other questions. 


Post # 9
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Congratulations! And good for you for thinking ahead! πŸ™‚ I wish that I had asked more about what would happen at each appointment and the screening that I would undergo. They told me to go for a 12 week ultrasound (which I was so excited about!) and I didn’t fully understand what the nuchal test was until we got results regarding the down syndrome risk – it probably would have been a less scary time had I known more about the test results and what they mean. Just ask about what testing/screening they do, so you can read up on it before you go and ask your questions at the test.

Otherwise, everyone else mostly covered it – what you can eat, how much you can exercise, any travel restirctions, etc. Mostly day to day things. Also, ask about what childbirth classes the hospital may offer – it’s nice to be able to plan ahead about what you might want to take!

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