You’ve peed on the stick…or maybe two or three. Now, you may be filled with excitement for what is to come or possibly fear of the unknown. You’ve made the call to your doctor or midwife and scheduled your first OB appointment and you have a million questions to ask your OB. Now what?
I remember how my mind was reeling at my first OB appointment when I was pregnant with my daughter. I didn’t know what questions to ask your OB or what was going to happen. I didn’t know what to expect from my healthcare provider or what was going to be expected from me.
With so many emotions and hormones it was hard to think clearly or to even know where to begin. I’ve put together a list of questions to ask your OB for you to use, so that you don’t find yourself at a loss for words during the precious time you have to learn from and connect with your doctor or midwife.
These first three are all about getting to know how your doctor or midwife think about their role in your birth as well as their philosophies on interventions during pregnancy and birth. These questions are of primary importance because, you want to make sure that you have found a practice that has similar beliefs about birth to you. How your healthcare provider answers these questions will be a good indicator of whether or not they are a good fit.
The following questions all have to do with your overall health during your pregnancy. Your doctor or midwife will be able to answer these questions with your unique needs and limitations in mind (if any).12 Questions To Ask Your OB At Your First Appointment Click To Tweet
It’s important to be informed about what is abnormal so that you can identify signs of miscarriage or unforeseen complication.
Take advantage of the time that you have with your doctor or midwife and ask them about groups, classes and activities that they are aware of in your area. They have connections and participate in a variety of birth circles and will be able to point you in the right direction. (I highly recommend taking a prenatal yoga class as well as a birth class with your partner. I found my mama time at yoga to be quite therapeutic. My birthing classes left me feeling empowered and informed to make my own decisions during my birth.)
These last few are just about logistics for when your due date draws near and your baby is on its way. You’ll want to be sure that you know the steps to take once labor begins so that you’ve got a clear plan in place.
If you use this list of questions at your first appointment, you’ll leave feeling much more at ease and ready to take the next steps on your pregnancy journey. I wish you a healthy and empowering pregnancy experience!