Questions to ask during your first pregnancy OB visit
Pooja Shah, MD, specializes in gynecology and obstetrics and is part of Banner Medical Group. Her practice is located across from Banner Baywood Medical Center at 6553 E. Baywood Ave. If you would like to schedule an appointment with her, please call (480) 543-6754.
Question: I just found out I’m pregnant and I’m going to see an OB/GYN for the first time. What kinds of questions should I ask my physician?
Answer: Pregnancy is a very exciting time in your life, but can also be stressful for you and your family. Your OB/GYN physician should help with your medical care as well as answer any questions that you may have regarding your pregnancy.
The first visit with your OB/GYN is used as a time to get to know you, review your medical background, and complete your initial examination. Be prepared on your part by knowing the first date of your last menstrual period, prior pregnancy history, all of your medical and surgical history, and any family history regarding hereditary disorders. Depending on all this background, your OB/GYN provider should be able to discuss any potential risk factors that may affect your pregnancy and the rest of your care.
How often do I have to see my doctor?
Your OB/GYN provider will review your routine prenatal course with you including how often office visits will be, when you have to do blood work and other testing, and when you should have any ultrasound imaging of your pregnancy completed.
Do I have to change my diet, my exercise, and my medications?
There are dietary restrictions in pregnancy that your OB/GYN provider can review with you. Any restrictions for exercise and intercourse will depend on your personal history. Also there are many medications that should be avoided in pregnancy (both prescription and over-the-counter), but there are other safer alternatives to use. Review these specifics with your OB/GYN.
Not only is this a time for your provider to know about you, but you should feel free to ask questions about your OB/GYN and their office as well.
- How many providers will be seeing me during the pregnancy?
- What kind of providers do you have (doctors, midwives, nurse practitioners, etc)?
- What hospital do I go to when I deliver?
- Where do I call if I have questions after-hours?
- Who will be the provider delivering my baby?
- If I would like specific things during the pregnancy or delivery, can you accommodate my requests?
Good luck with your pregnancy! Make sure you feel comfortable discussing concerns with your OB/GYN provider, and have a safe and smooth journey.