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It’s recommended to call a doctor as soon as you receive a positive result on your pregnancy test. Some clinics may be able to fit you in immediately to confirm your pregnancy or put you on a waiting list. The first prenatal appointment itself usually takes place between 6 weeks and 10 weeks of pregnancy. You will need to see your family doctor or specialist to arrange a referral letter prior to your first appointment.
While waiting for your first appointment, it’s important to start practising basic habits such as eating a healthier diet or avoiding alcoholic beverages to support your pregnancy.
Your doctor will ask about you and your partner’s medical history, or any hereditary conditions in your family. It’s also helpful to share a list of medications or vitamins that you’re currently taking. Consider reviewing the following information before you make your first visit to the doctor.
Being pregnant is an exciting experience, but it can also be an overwhelming journey for the expectant mother. There is an endless list of pregnancy tips, tricks, and myths circulating out there - how do you choose the best advice to follow? Your questions may cover different areas of pregnancy and vary from the basics to the most complex. Nevertheless, your first appointment is the best time to address your pregnancy concerns and learn the best care approach for you and your baby.
Make sure that you take care of your health by staying hydrated and well-rested. You may want to start a more balanced diet to nourish yourself with enough vitamins and minerals. If you haven’t already, you should also review over-the-counter prenatal vitamins and find a pregnancy supplement that is safe and effective for you.
Your doctor will conduct a urine and blood test to check your pregnancy hormone levels.
You will undergo several health screenings that include:
You may have to undergo a series of other tests which include:
Your doctor or midwife will estimate your due date based on the date of your last menstrual period, your hCG levels, IVF dates, or an ultrasound.
Your doctor or midwife will provide you with information about different antenatal care options and discuss the best model of care management for your future antenatal appointments and the birth.
Getting the right pre-pregnancy care is important to prevent any complications and ensure a healthy pregnancy for both the mother and her baby. As a certified obstetrician in Melbourne, Dr. Stephen Cole is committed to providing you with the best prenatal and postnatal care. With a specialisation in low risk to high risk pregnancy care, rest assured that you can experience the best care management and have a safe pregnancy.
Contact us with any questions or enquiries that you may have about pregnancy care. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form and our team will get back to you as soon as possible.