• When to Start Seeing a Doctor

  • Most women don't choose an obstetrician until after they get the plus sign on their home pregnancy test. But you shouldn't wait too long after that. Seeing an OBGYN during pregnancy in Castle Rock, Colorado

    Once you have confirmed you are pregnant, you should choose an obstetrician or other maternity provider if you haven't already selected one and make your first appointment.

    Your first visit will typically be longer than most other visits as your doctor will need to get a full health history and make sure there are no health conditions or lifestyle factors that need to be managed. During your first prenatal visit, you can expect:

    • Your doctor to confirm your pregnancy and determine a due date
    • A complete physical exam and an in-depth personal and family health history
    • A pelvic exam and Pap smear
    • A blood test

    In the meantime, here are a few do's and don'ts from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists :

    • Do start taking prenatal vitamins.
    • Don't drink alcohol or smoke.
    • Do start getting extra sleep.
    • Don't start overeating. You only need 300 extra calories a day-that's equal to a cup of cereal, milk and a banana. (Do start eating breakfast!)
    • Do limit caffeine. Although caffeine has not been linked to miscarriage or preterm labor, it can disturb your sleep and increase feelings of nausea. It also can lead to dehydration.
    • Don't stop exercising.
    • Do eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which will help your baby grow and also help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids, common complaints in pregnancy.
    • Don't eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish, which may contain high levels of mercury. Don't eat unpasteurized dairy products, soft cheeses, or uncooked meat, poultry or shellfish-all of which may contain listeriosis, a bacterial infection that can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.
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