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What to Expect When You’re Expecting: 7 FAQs

#1 What is my due date?

Use this tool to calculate your due date. However, please note that if you have irregular cycles this date may not be accurate. If you are unsure of your last menstrual period, inform your provider. Most likely, a first trimester ultrasound will be ordered at approximately 8 weeks, to confirm your due date.

#2 When do I need to schedule my first appointment 
with my provider?

Notify your provider once you confirm that you are pregnant. The staff there will inform you of when you need to be seen – generally no later than 12 weeks.

#3 Are there special vitamins or supplements that I
 should be taking?

Yes! Any over-the-counter prenatal vitamin with DHA – plus an extra tablet of over-the-counter folic acid.

#4 Is there anything I
 should be avoiding?

Yes! Avoid alcohol, and maintain a healthy diet filled with protein, fruits and vegetables. Try to drink at least 2-3 liters of water daily.

#5 Is there anything I can 
take for nausea?

Nausea is normal, however excessive vomiting is not. If you are vomiting 3 or more times a day, please call your provider. For generalized nausea, you can eat small, frequent meals. Try to avoid carbonated beverages, and spicy and fattening foods, as they tend to make nausea worse. Products with ginger tend to help alleviate nausea.

#6 I’ve noticed some vaginal bleeding, is this normal?

Vaginal bleeding can be normal. It is very common to notice spotting that can be colored red, pink or brown; this is often noticed with wiping or a stain in the underwear. If the bleeding is enough to utilize a maxipad or is associated with painful menstrual cramps, please call your provider.

#7 What can I expect at my first prenatal visit with my provider?

Please plan on being at the office for about 2 hours. You will need to fill out paper work detailing your past medical history. The provider will obtain an in-depth history, perform a full physical exam, obtain any necessary cultures, and blood work. We would encourage you to eat a full meal that day, prior to your appointment.



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