Congratulations on your pregnancy! Don’t wait to begin prenatal care. As soon as you find out you're pregnant, contact us at the Center for Women's Health to schedule your first prenatal visit.
Prenatal care is vital for your health and the health of your baby throughout your pregnancy. Our caring and experienced medical team at the Center for Women's Health, led by board-certified OB/GYN Sharon Breit, MD, explains the importance of prenatal care and how to prepare for the first visit of your pregnancy.
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is the care you receive throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal care visits are an excellent time to get your questions answered and for the medical team to perform tests and screenings to ensure you and your baby are healthy.
These screenings, such as ultrasounds and urine tests, help us ensure that your baby is healthy and developing at a regular rate.
We may schedule other tests, such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis, depending on your age, risks, and family health history, to check for congenital disabilities and chromosomal abnormalities.
What should I expect on my first prenatal care visit?
Your first prenatal care visit will most likely be the longest prenatal visit of your pregnancy. It's the time we get to know your personal and family health history. It's also a time for us to get a baseline check on your weight and other health markers.
At this first visit, we also share important health, nutrition, and lifestyle information to help you have a healthy and joyful pregnancy. And lastly, it's a great time to have all your questions answered.
During this visit, you can expect:
- A physical exam
- Weight and height check
- Blood pressure check
- Breast and pelvic exam
- Urine test
- Pap smear
You may also have blood tests to check for:
- Certain sexually transmitted diseases
- Blood type
- Cystic fibrosis
- Certain inherited diseases
We discuss the tests' benefits and needs based on your personal and family history. We may also recommend that you speak to a genetic counselor.
How can I best prepare for my first prenatal care visit?
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, you likely have many questions. Write them down as your visit approaches so you don't forget any of them. Also, talk to your parents and your partner's parents to learn about their family's health histories, including any chronic health problems.
Other information you should come prepared to offer includes any medications you're taking and your health history, including any surgeries or diseases. Lastly, feel free to discuss your mental health, how you're feeling about the pregnancy, and any fears or concerns.
Are you pregnant? Call us to schedule your first prenatal health visit at our Wichita, Kansas, office. You can also request one online through this website. Telehealth appointments are also available. Please call our clinic to determine if your visit is eligible for a telemedicine appointment.