Post # 1
Hi All 🙂
Tomorrow is FINALLY finally FINALLY my first Dr. Apt 🙂 My husband is out of town 🙁 but my mother is driving 3 hours tomorrow morning to be here!
I have a few things written down but I’d like to hear some suggestions from the hive about questions to ask and things to talk about.
With that, the floor is yours! Please, I’d like to hear anything from the important to the silly 🙂
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
Congratulations! And good for you for thinking ahead! 🙂 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!