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    Pregnancy: First Prenatal Visit - Topic Overview

    Your first prenatal visit is likely to be more extensive than later prenatal checks. Your doctor will take your medical history and do a complete physical exam.

    Medical history

    Your medical history helps your doctor plan the best possible care for your pregnancy and childbirth. It includes:

    • Your menstrual history, including your age when menstruation started, whether your cycles are regular, and the date of your last menstrual period.
    • Your reproductive history. This includes:
      • Any previous pregnancies, abortions, miscarriages, or stillbirths.
      • Problems with previous pregnancies.
      • Any problems with reproductive organs.
    • Family health conditions, such as heart disease or genetic defects.
    • Your general health, including vaccinations, surgeries, and serious illnesses you have had.
    • Tobacco or other substance use.

    Physical exam

    Your complete physical exam will include:

    Urine tests

    A urine test can check for:

    Blood tests

    Blood testing may include:

    You may also be screened for:

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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