When you think that you’re pregnant, call Women First to schedule your first prenatal appointment. Your first office visit is around 8 weeks, and you should plan on spending one to two hours in our office. Women First will confirm your pregnancy and establish your due date. You can calculate an approximate due date yourself at www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-due-date-calculator. Your due date will be confirmed with an ultrasound, which will likely be performed vaginally due to the early stage of gestation.
During this first obstetric visit, we focus on understanding any personal issues that may impact your pregnancy. One of our Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants will review your medical and obstetric history with you, plus give you educational materials and community resources to learn about prenatal care. Please bring any medications that you have taken since conception.
If you have not already begun taking prenatal vitamins, you should begin taking them as soon as possible. (Please note that gummy vitamins do not contain iron and are not a substitute for prenatal vitamins.)
We’ll schedule your next appointment with your physician and take you to our in-office lab for initial blood work.
Prenatal Blood Work
- CBC: (complete blood count)—checks for iron stores (anemia), platelets and infections
- Blood type: blood type and Rh type
- Antibody screen: detects unusual antibodies that may have risen during a prior pregnancy or blood transfusion
- Rubella titer: tests to determine if you are protected from rubella (German measles)
- Syphilis screening: test for exposure to syphilis
- Hepatitis screening: checks for recent or old Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections
- HIV: detects the antibody to HIV, which is the virus that causes AIDS
- Urine culture: screens for infection in your urine