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Get the Most Out of Your Prenatal Visits

Good communication with your doctor during an office visit can have a big impact on your health and the baby's health.

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Getting regular medical care when you’re pregnant is extremely important. And open, honest communication with your provider will help ensure you get the best care possible. It’s important that you feel free to ask questions to make sure you understand all aspects of your pregnancy. Never hesitate to keep asking questions until you get the answers you need.

Writing down your questions before your appointment will ensure you don’t forget to ask about anything you’re worried or curious about. You may also want to write down what the provider says during your appointment. That way you won’t forget important information or instructions. Or, if possible, bring the baby’s father or another trusted person with you to the appointment to be your note-taker or second pair of ears.

Here are questions you may want to ask:

  • Will I see you at every visit?
  • What screenings and tests will I have, and why?
  • Which hospitals are you affiliated with?
  • What should I be eating? Should I be taking a prenatal vitamin?
  • Can I exercise?
  • What should I do if there’s an emergency?
  • What about birthing classes?
  • How do you feel about anesthesia during labor and delivery?
  • Will I need an episiotomy?
  • Will you deliver my baby, or might it be one of your colleagues?

Your provider will want to see you regularly throughout your pregnancy. Follow the schedule and go to every appointment. It’s the best way to make sure you and your baby stay healthy.

By Laura Grathwol, Contributing Writer

Sources Taking care of you and your baby while pregnant. Accessed 6/11/18.
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Your pregnancy and childbirth. Sixth Edition. ©2015 by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Page 57. Accessed 6/8/18. Tips for talking to your doctor. Accessed 6/8/18.

Last Updated: June 19, 2018