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"What is a pregnancy consultation?"
Are these like checkups? Will this happen every trimester?
A pregnancy consultation is the term used to describe your first visit with the OBGYN after you get pregnant. At this visit, your doctor will order some blood tests, take a complete medical history (basically ask you a hundred questions), perform a thorough physical exam, and possibly an ultrasound. The purpose of the ultrasound is to confirm the baby's heart rate and to measure the baby. The baby's measurement will establish your estimated date of delivery. Finally, you will get a prescription for prenatal vitamins you should start taking right away. In the first two trimesters, there are typically only 2 or 3 scheduled visits. Of course there are many women that schedule additional visits when they have a concern. The frequency of the visits tends to increase the closer you get to the delivery date. In the last month of your pregnancy, you will be asked to see the doctor once per week. There is some variation between OBGYNs with regards to when you should be seen and how often. If you are recently pregnant, you should schedule an appointment with your OBGYN. The two of you can discuss these pertinent issues of pregnancy, and how often you should be returning for follow up appointments.
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