Your pregnancy and prenatal care
Your first visit
The first required visit ideally takes place about eight weeks into the pregnancy, but should take place no later than the end of the first trimester. This is the most comprehensive appointment: your doctor (or midwife) wants to know as much about you as possible so s/he can provide appropriate prenatal care.
S/he will ask you about your medical and family history (and the father’s), your alcohol and tobacco consumption, and your living and working conditions. The doctor will then conduct a breast and pelvic exam and prescribe comprehensive blood work to evaluate your state of health, determine your blood group and screen for various viruses (toxoplasmosis, measles, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, HIV).Finally, the doctor will give you your “notification of pregnancy” and a prescription for your first ultrasound.