The first visit
You have no doubt had a pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant! You may also have seen your GP to confirm this and to start to organise your pregnancy care.
You will usually be between 8 and 12 weeks pregnant when you first come to see Trent. The initial visit usually takes 40 minutes to complete. At this visit, Trent will ask you about your health such as any illnesses, medications, operations and other pregnancies that you may have had. Also he will ask you about your family’s medical history.
A general health checkup will be performed which may include checks to make sure your heart, lungs and blood pressure are normal and a urine test to make sure your kidneys are healthy.
An ultrasound is usually performed at the first visit to check the pregnancy, it helps if you have a full bladder for this.
It is usual to have a some blood tests at the start of the pregnancy. Your GP may have already arranged this and if so, please bring the results with you if available. The blood tests are to check for anaemia, your blood group, infections such as hepatitis, rubella, syphilis, chicken pox and HIV.
At your first visit, Trent will discuss additional genetic tests that you may wish to have to check for genetic problems that may affect your baby. Trent may recommend these tests if you are over 35 years of age, have already had a baby with a genetic problem or inherited family health problem, have a family history of a genetic problem.
You may have decided which hospital you wish to have your baby at. If not, then Trent will discuss this with you. Trent will organise the paperwork to book into a hospital at this first visit.
What to bring to your first appointment:
Yourself! and of course your partner is welcome to come
You will also need to bring: