It is always a good idea to contact your OBGYN in Bradenton as quickly as possible if you think that you might be pregnant. While an at-home pregnancy test may be able to confirm that you are pregnant, it won’t be able to give you advice on prenatal care or help you to determine if your symptoms are normal. At University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology our goal is to provide you with compassionate care, while helping you to feel relaxed and comfortable –which is why we have come up with this list of what to expect from your first visit to our Sarasota Obstetrics office:
- Your physician will ask you about your health history. Expect questions about the regularity of your menstrual cycles, when the first day of your last period was, any symptoms you’ve been having, gynecological issues you have had in the in the past and your previous pregnancies. Your physician will ask about your family medical history. You can also expect to be asked about any of your habits, such as smoking, drinking or using drugs.
- Your practitioner will most likely ask you about any history of birth defects in your family and go over your options for prenatal genetic testing.
- Now it is time for the physical portion of your appointment. Expect a thorough physical examination, including a Pap smear, a urine sample and possible a blood test. The blood test is used to identify your blood type, check from hepatitis B and rubella, test for an immunity to chicken pox and check for anemia.
- After your physical examination your doctor will give you advice on how to care for yourself during your pregnancy, give you information on what’s to come and answer any questions that you may have. Your emotional well-being during pregnancy is important to you and your baby’s health. If you have questions or concerns, don’t be afraid to speak up.