This meeting will cover a whole gamut of things — what you do; what you eat; what medicines you take, if at all; what critical tests you need to undergo for your health and your baby’s health. This is, possibly, the most important meeting of your life for the next nine months, perhaps, your entire life.
The doctor will, naturally, do a basic examination of checking your blood pressure, your height, your weight and collect details of your blood group, if you have food or drug allergies etc.
After this, be prepared to settle down for a detailed chat with the doctor on drawing out a timetable for your visits. This timetable will also be a schedule that you must follow for the next months.
This schedule will include the tests you will undergo, the medicines you will take if you have fever or vomiting or any other health problem. This is because it is not the health of you alone that is being monitored but that of another human being growing inside you.
Therefore, you will need to inform the doctor if you suffer from any ailment like diabetes etc; if you have had any gynecological problems, any previous pregnancies or abortions or any other surgeries. Whether you smoke, drink or indulge in any other substance abuse.
It is also important for you to inform the doctor of any chromosomal or genetic defects in the family, on both sides. It may help the doctor determining other tests that may be required later in the pregnancy.
The doctor, in turn, will tell you to undergo urine, blood and other tests. The purpose is to check for urinary tract infections, hepatitis B, immunity against chicken pox, sexually transmitted diseases etc.
The doctor will also tell you what medicines you can take or must not take in the event of a cold, cough, flu etc. Of course, what you should do when you have nausea or vomiting.
Therefore, when you go for this appointment, do remember to take down all the questions or doubts that have been bothering you ever since you realised that you were pregnant.
But, don’t forget to give the correct date of the first day of your last period. That will help the doctor give you the arrival date of your bundle of joy.