What You Can Expect: Your doctor will give you a full physical exam, including checking your weight and blood pressure. You will also have a breast and pelvic exam. Your doctor will do a Pap test (unless you’ve had one recently) to check for cervical cancer and any sexually transmitted infections.
Do you have an ultrasound at your first prenatal visit?
Most practitioners do a prenatal ultrasound during the first visit, which is the most accurate way of dating a pregnancy. However, some docs wait until a bit later, when there’s more to see.
When should you start seeing a gynecologist when pregnant?
Choose a caregiver and make your first appointment
Your first appointment is usually scheduled for around the eight week mark. “The heartbeat is usually visible from six weeks, or two weeks after the missed period, and many doctors will schedule the first appointment after this,” says Dr Zinn.
What does a gynecologist do during pregnancy?
With an OB-GYN, you can expect monthly, biweekly and then weekly prenatal visits to track your baby’s growth as delivery day approaches. Your OB-GYN may partner with a nurse practitioner, and your care team will monitor your baby’s heartbeat and growth as well as answer any questions you might have.
Can you be showing at 8 weeks pregnant?
Can you start to show at 8 weeks? Yes, you can start to show at 8 weeks, but there is a range from a slight bump to not showing at all. Pregnancies with multiples are more likely to show at this stage compared to a single pregnancy.
When is your first ultrasound done?
Your first ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, may take place when you’re around 6 to 8 weeks pregnant. However, some doctors only conduct this exam if you have certain high-risk pregnancy conditions. These include bleeding, abdominal pain, and history of birth defects or miscarriage.
What should I wear to a gynecologist appointment?
On the day of your scheduled exam you do not need to do anything special. Shower normally with soap and water, but avoid using powders or creams, since they can affect test results. Wear comfortable, uncomplicated clothes in order to feel calm when it comes time to undress.
Why do doctors push on your stomach when pregnant?
Pressing on your stomach is a way to find out if the size of your internal organs is normal, to check if anything hurts, and to feel if anything unusual is going on. Looking, listening, and feeling are all part of a physical exam.
When do you start showing?
You’ll likely notice the first signs of a bump early in the second trimester, between weeks 12 and 16. You might start showing closer to 12 weeks if you are a person of lower weight with a smaller midsection, and closer to 16 weeks if you’re a person with more weight.
Do you shave before going to the gynecologist?
It’s not necessary to shave or wax around the vagina before your first visit to a gynecologist. You will want to be clean though, so be sure to shower that day, using a gentle soap to maintain proper vaginal hygiene.
What kind of test does a gynecologist do?
Common examinations performed by gynecologists include annual wellness exams, Pap smears and ultrasounds. The benefit of regular gynecology examinations is the specialist’s ability to identify gynecologic health problems and treat them.
Do you need an ob/gyn during pregnancy?
You may need to see an obstetrician if there are any complications that arise during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Midwifery and obstetrics can very often be complementary. Midwives don’t perform cesarean deliveries (commonly referred to as C-sections), so that procedure will be referred back to the obstetrician.
How do you self check your stomach for pregnancy?
Walk your fingers up the side of her abdomen (Figure 10.1) until you feel the top of her abdomen under the skin. It will feel like a hard ball. You can feel the top by curving your fingers gently into the abdomen. Figure 10.1 With the woman lying on her back, begin by finding the top of the uterus with your fingers.
Can I lay on my stomach at 8 weeks pregnant?
It’s fine to sleep on your stomach during pregnancy. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to sleep comfortably in this position once your belly and breasts grow, however. If you’re used to sleeping on your stomach and want to continue, try using a donut-shaped pillow to support your growing belly.
Does a pregnant belly feel like fat?
Before women start obviously showing (at around 20 weeks for a first pregnancy), they may feel bloated and fat, or find their clothes don’t fit. Before pregnancy, the uterus is about the size of a pear and sits low in the pelvis, Hoffman said.