What to Expect at Your First Prenatal Care Appointment

Congrats! You’ve scheduled your first prenatal care appointment. Regularly scheduled prenatal care appointments throughout your pregnancy are important in ensuring your health and the health of your baby. At Dr. Dennis Roberts’ private practice, we want you feel comfortable at this first appointment, so we put together some information about what to expect and how to prepare for this crucial prenatal checkup.

Now that you have the appointment, you can take steps to ensure that you leave your first visit feeling happy, informed, and confident. Your first appointment serves two purposes. It:

To do this, we ask you questions about your health history and the medical history of your family members. Then we use this information to determine if you have any pregnancy risk factors. You should also notify us of any prescription or over-the-counter medications you have taken or are currently taking.

Although we ask you questions, do not hesitate to ask your own questions. Dr. Roberts and the rest of our medical staff provide a full spectrum of prenatal and obstetric care for you and your growing baby. You can find some common prenatal care/pregnancy questions on our pregnancy specialist’s page.

What happens at my first appointment?

Today is the day. You’ve prepared for your appointment by making a list of your questions and concerns, and now you’re ready to see Dr. Roberts. Here’s what to expect during your visit. Dr. Roberts performs a series of exams and tests to assess your general health, including:

Though it may seem like a lot of poking and prodding, Dr. Roberts is giving you the best in proactive care by administering each of these tests and exams. But remember, if you have any questions or concerns about these procedures, ask us. We’re here to help.

What will future appointments be like?  

After you’ve undergone your first prenatal care appointment (and likely the lengthiest one), Dr. Roberts usually only needs to meet with you once each month. But as you get closer to your due date, we increase your appointment frequency. Between 28 and 36 weeks pregnant, Dr. Roberts meets with his prenatal patients twice per month. And at 37 weeks, weekly appointments help you and Dr. Roberts keep a close watch as you near your due date.

If you are pregnant or think you could be pregnant, Dr. Dennis Roberts provides a full spectrum of prenatal and obstetric care for you and your growing baby. To partner with an expert doctor with more than three decades of experience in pregnancy and childbirth, call the office to book an appointment, or use the easy online scheduler.

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