3 Common Questions Women Have During The First Trimester

(Originally Posted on Apr 27, 2016)

Reading a plus sign on a pregnancy test is a moment that you’ll never forget, and suddenly, you find yourself surrounded by excitement and a whirlwind of questions. And while it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information that’s available, it’s okay to slow down and focus on one thing at a time. Here we explore a few of those first questions that pop into your head so that you can enjoy those first few moments of pregnancy and not stress about what to do next.

When should I make my first appointment with the gynecologist?

While you might want to run to your gynecologist’s office the second you find out you’re pregnant, most women will have their first appointment around seven to twelve weeks of their pregnancy. However, if you have any previous health issues such as diabetes, then you are more likely to see the doctor sooner and have more frequent visits during the pregnancy. This visit is a good time to ask any pressing questions you have about pregnancy and find out risk factors and how to avoid them.

Should I change my diet and exercise routine?

There will be a few apparent lifestyle changes that need to be made immediately such as quitting smoking and drinking alcohol, but then there are going to be a few foods and habits that you want to get into a little more detail about with your gynecologist. Avoiding fish and foods with high mercury levels, as well as unpasteurized dairy, is a good place to start. Also, be sure you aren’t consuming raw meat, and always wash your produce. It’s easy to get bombarded with information from different sources, so gather your specific questions and talk to your OBGYN about them just to be clear.

When it comes to exercise, each person is going to be different depending on the activities they take part in, how in shape they are, and how long they have been doing the activities. Your doctor can assess your particular needs and guide you in the right direction. Exercise can be very beneficial for having a healthy pregnancy and birth, but it’s essential that you do it with the guidance of a gynecologist.

Can I keep taking medications that I am currently prescribed?

Your doctor will make all of the decisions about your medications and which ones are safe, and what needs to be switched or stopped altogether. Be open with your doctor about what you take and why you’ve been prescribed it, and they’ll find an alternative for you and coordinate your medicine, so you and your plus one stay healthy and happy.

If you have any questions about your first trimester, don’t hesitate to make an appointment to talk to the doctors at Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology. We value your health and want to make the most of it, so you’re comfortable and confident. Call today at 561-434-0111 or visit our locations at Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, or West Palm Beach.

Dr. Lori Sevald

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