HOME VISITING: What to expect at your first prenatal check up

If you’re an expecting mom there’s so much to think about and plan for. Somewhere at the top of your list should be scheduling a prenatal visit with your healthcare provider. These appointments are important to make and attend during your pregnancy. They help keep track of you and your baby’s health! The first visit happens after your eighth week of pregnancy.  Plan for this first visit to be a long one. You and your provider will have a lot to talk about.

Make the most of this first visit with your healthcare provider. Now is a great time to ask any questions you might have about your pregnancy. During your first visit your provider will ask a lot of questions and run some basic tests. You’ll get a full physical examination and will have things like your blood pressure, weight and height checked. You’ll be asked about your general physical and mental health and if you’ve been pregnant before. Your healthcare provider will also ask you if you smoke or drink. At this visit you’ll find out your due date and might even get to see your baby via an ultrasound!

Visits with your healthcare provider will continue during your pregnancy. Your provider will set up a schedule for visits that range from monthly to weekly. Follow up visits will cover other important things to remember during your pregnancy. You’ll find out the importance of taking care of your teeth. You’ll learn about travel limitations. You’ll work with your provider to set up a birth plan. And, you can discuss registering for a Home Visiting program!

A Home Visitor is a great resource to have when you’re expecting a baby. All the information you receive during your prenatal visits can be overwhelming so Home Visitors are here to help out! They can help you maintain a healthy diet, offer tips on breastfeeding, help you prep your house or apartment for the new baby and even schedule your next visit with your healthcare provider. Home Visiting can benefit all families, especially those who need extra support and connections to support services. Dial 2-1-1 Help Me Grow or click here to find out how you can get connected with a Home Visitor today!