Congratulations, You’re Pregnant! When Should You Start Seeing a Doctor?

Learning you’re pregnant is one of the most exciting, and sometimes overwhelming, moments of your life. Seeing the positive pregnancy test can evoke a variety of emotions and many more questions.

A good place to start on your journey to a healthy pregnancy is with a visit to experienced OB/GYN, Derakhsh Fozouni, MD, as soon as possible.

What to expect at your first prenatal visit

If you’ve been planning to have a child, you may already be visiting with a doctor for health checkups, vitamins, and guidance on a successful conception. However, if an unexpected pregnancy occurs, you may not be receiving any medical attention, and you’ll need to schedule your first prenatal visit.

During this initial consultation, Dr. Fozouni can first confirm a pregnancy, even if you’ve already taken an at-home test. He also discusses the date of your last period to get a better idea of your baby’s due date.

If you’re otherwise healthy, you can expect your first prenatal visit to involve a physical exam, a pelvic exam, and a discussion of your personal and family medical history. You also have the opportunity to discuss any symptoms you’re already having, like morning sickness.

To assess your overall health, you can expect to provide a blood sample so the medical team can check your blood count, blood sugar, and identify issues like infection or underlying disease that needs to be addressed.

Depending on your risk factors, you may also need to undergo in-office testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Making necessary changes to prepare for baby

If you’re currently taking medications, vitamins, or supplements, Dr. Fozouni can evaluate your health and may suggest changes to your usual medication schedule. He can also provide important guidance for taking vitamins, eating a healthy diet, and quitting smoking and alcohol use to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Dr. Fozouni and his staff provide resources that you’ll need throughout your pregnancy, including a schedule of monthly follow-up visits to monitor your pregnancy and the development of your baby.

Even during the initial consultation, you can discuss what to expect as you prepare for the birth of your child. Decisions you need to make include your plans for childbirth, including the possibility of a Caesarean section (C-section), the hospital where you’ll deliver, and plans for unexpected emergencies.

If you have special medical circumstances, such as existing health issues or are pregnant with multiples, Dr. Fozouni can also discuss other important factors that affect your pregnancy, such as the need for special medications or bedrest to protect your developing fetus. He offers comprehensive high-risk pregnancy services to closely monitor the health of you and your baby.

Nearing your due date

The closer to your due date you get, the more anxious you may become. Dr. Fozouni works with you every step of the way to help you feel confident and ready for the big day.

You can expect to start visiting his office weekly in the last month of your pregnancy until you finally deliver. During these appointments, you can address any concerns or questions you have about your childbirth plan.

Now that you’re pregnant, you want only the best for your baby. Enjoy your months of pregnancy knowing that skilled OB/GYN physician, Dr. Fozouni, is well-equipped to address all aspects of your experience. Call the office, or book a prenatal consultation online today.

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