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"How early into one's pregnancy should on seek a pre-natal consultation?"
I believe I am two weeks pregnant and could use some help. What should I do.
It is never too early to establish a connection with an OB/GYN. You should make an appointment with yours (or your primary care doctor) as soon as possible. Although your first ultrasound will not likely be until 8 weeks at the earliest, there are important questions that your OB/GYN or family doctor can answer for you. First, they can confirm the pregnancy with an office urine test. Second, they can review your medical history as well as any medications you are taking to make sure they are safe to take during pregnancy. Finally, they can give you advice on what to expect and guidance on healthy diet, exercise and vitamin supplementation plans during your pregnancy. Although only your OB/GYN or family doctor can definitively diagnose and advise you on your pregnancy, there are a few things you should do right away if you are planning on getting pregnant or believe you are pregnant. First, stop drinking alcohol, smoking, or using any drugs right away. Contact a doctor right away if you are taking medications, to review them with your doctor and make sure they are safe. Finally, start taking a prenatal vitamin with folate, which will reduce the risk of neural tube (spine and brain) defects.
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