What to Expect – Your First OB Visit

Whether you are newly pregnant or just thinking about having a baby, the best way to prepare for a healthy pregnancy is to receive timely prenatal care.   Dr. Anderson, Dr. Siebersma and Chase Ommen offer a full range of prenatal medical and support services in the privacy and comfort of our obstetricians’ offices in Lander & Riverton.

Routine prenatal care is an important part of ensuring a healthy pregnancy and the safe delivery of your baby. Pregnancy is a dynamic time and routine prenatal care allows health providers to monitor fetal development and maternal well-being. Usually, routine prenatal care is just that – routine – but if a medical issue arises at any time throughout the pregnancy, regular doctor appointments enable care providers to identify issues early and administer immediate, individualized care.

The first prenatal care appointment is exciting and busy. Your medical provider will take a detailed medical history including a discussion of any preexisting conditions, medication use, and whether or not changes to your current health regimen need to be made. You will also receive a physical and a pelvic exam and your projected due date will be determined, usually by counting out 40 weeks from your last period. In some cases, an early ultrasound may be needed, though this is not typically provided at the first doctor’s visit.

At your initial pregnancy care appointment, your medical provider will order a series of labs including blood work and urine tests. These are important – but general – tests and not a cause for concern; however, your doctor will discuss options if you want to undergo additional testing for abnormalities. You should always feel comfortable discussing your personal values and desires with your healthcare provider and sharing the kind of pregnancy experience you hope to have.

Your first OB appointment is a great opportunity to find out how to have a healthy pregnancy and discuss specific guidelines for work, exercise, diet, prenatal vitamins, and travel. Come prepared with any questions or concerns you have, and feel free to bring your partner along so they can participate actively throughout the pregnancy, too.

Our dedicated obstetrics team works hard to ensure that our patients have the healthiest and most positive pregnancy and birth experience possible.

Call Lander Medical Clinic or Western Family Care at (307) 332-2941 to schedule an appointment.

We’re proud to provide excellent care, close to home.

Resources:

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Good-Health-Before-Pregnancy-Preconception-Care

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/A-Partners-Guide-to-Pregnancy

https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Morning-Sickness-Nausea-and-Vomiting-of-Pregnancy