What to Expect at Your First OB Appointment

This post is written in partnership with Mankato Clinic
Dr. Michael Enrico of Mankato Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology

You did a home pregnancy test and it’s positive!

It seems like just yesterday I found out I was expecting my first child.  In reality, it’s been over 7 years since I saw those 2 pink lines for the first time.  The feelings you have when you first find out you’re going to be a mother can be overwhelming.  Excitement, anxiety, hope, and even fear.  My hands were shaking when I called to make my first OB appointment at Mankato Clinic.  I left my first appointment with my questions answered and fears eased.

Here’s what you can expect at your first Mankato Clinic OB appointment.  

Women often call the Mankato Clinic Obstetrics office as soon as they have a positive home test.  Our nurses will help assist in the appropriate timing of the first appointment. This should be scheduled within 8-12 weeks of the first day of the last menstrual period. The nurse can help answer any questions you have before you schedule your appointment. If there are immediate concerns, you may be advised to schedule an appointment with your provider earlier.

If you are not taking prenatal vitamins, the nurse will assist in sending a prescription to your pharmacy. Over-the-counter prenatal vitamins are also fine as long as they have 800 micrograms of folic acid. We may advise you to take the vitamins at night to avoid an upset stomach.

Nausea, nutrition, exercise and safe medications are the most common questions women have early in their pregnancy. Our patients may call any time before their first appointment or between appointments when there are questions or concerns. OB nurses are available from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 507-389-8522. Nurses may also point you to the Mankato Clinic website for a list of medications that can be utilized in pregnancy and tips to help manage nausea and vomiting.

You may also contact your doctor through the Mankato Clinic patient portal. If you are an existing patient, click here to sign up. New patients can sign up after their first doctor’s appointment.

The day of your first appointment is finally here! Your visit could take up to two hours. We will give you standard screening forms to complete. You will meet with a nurse who will review your health history and medications you are currently taking. The nurse will review the genetics of the mother, father, and their families. We always encourage the support person to attend the first visit because there is a lot of educational information given. There will also be lab work done this day. Your nurse will explain what will be done and why the lab work is recommended. The nurse visit takes about 30 minutes.

We also give you a book called “Your Pregnancy and Childbirth:  Month to Month” and a folder filled with helpful resources and tips to relieve common discomforts. You will also receive a list of services, such as visits and prenatal classes, included in your obstetrics care package price.

Now it’s time to meet your doctor!  Your doctor will review the health history discussed with the nurse and will perform an ultrasound scan right in the exam room at this first visit.  You may also need a pelvic exam at this time. The doctor will then calculate your due date and you will receive a picture of your baby to take home.  Any questions can be addressed at this time as well.

Before you leave the office, we will ask you to schedule your next appointment.  Mankato Clinic follows best practice standards. Prenatal visits should be scheduled every 4 weeks until you are 28 weeks pregnant, then increase to every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then you should meet with your doctor weekly until delivery.  You are encouraged to call the OB office to schedule a visit anytime you have a concern.

Mankato Clinic providers work together for one purpose — “healthy mom and healthy baby.”

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