First Prenatal Visit At 6 Weeks: Know What to Expect!

If you are becoming a mom for the first-time, your first prenatal visit will be filled with so many emotions!

It’s the moment everything becomes real!

First, you wondered if you were pregnant, then you took a pregnancy test, and now your pregnancy test came out positive! 

There’s a lot running through your mind, so many questions!

You scheduled your first prenatal appointment and now you are wondering if it’s too early to go to a first prenatal visit at 6 weeks?!

I’ve you covered!

Let’s get into it.

First prenatal visit at 6 weeks

As a disclaimer, I am not a doctor or a trained professional in this field. I am simply a first-time mom that had so many questions during my pregnancy. Therefore, I would like to share everything I have learned with other first-time moms so that they know what to expect every step of the way. 

How to Prepare for First Prenatal Visit?

When I first went to my prenatal appointment, I was six weeks pregnant. I had that appointment booked two months in advance for an annual pap smear with a new doctor because of her excellent reviews.

So I didn’t know what to expect!

But now that I do here’s what you should know:

1. If you have any medications you regularly take, take them with you or write down the names because your doctor will ask you for them. 

2. You will also need to know any health conditions in your and your partner’s family, like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, autism, and many others.

3. Wear something easy to get out of because you may be getting a transvaginal ultrasound!

4. Bring your ID and Insurance card.

5. If you have any questions, write them down and bring them!

Here are some good questions to ask at your first prenatal visit.

First Prenatal Visit at 6 weeks

If this is your first time at that doctor’s office, arrive at your appointment at least 15-20 minutes early because you’ll have some paperwork to fill out (Fun ,Fun).

First, They Will Ask For Urine Sample

You will have to leave a urine sample at the beginning of every appointment for your entire pregnancy

The reason for this is to test for:

  • Bladder infections
  • Kidney Infections
  • Diabetes
  • Dehydration
  • Sugar and protein levels (to detect possible Preeclampsia or Gestational Diabetes. The protein levels can change throughout pregnancy; therefore, they track it at every visit. So try not to miss any prenatal appointments.)

Second, You Will Be Taken To A Private Exam Room

The physician assistant or your doctor will first check your blood pressure and weight.

They will then go over:

  • Your medical History
  • First day of your last period
  • Any miscarriages or abortions in the past? If yes, how many and when?
  • How many pregnancies have you had?
  • What medications are you taking?
  • Is the baby’s father in the picture?
  • Does the baby’s father have any medical conditions?
  • Any recent cramping, bleeding, vomiting, or dizziness?

They will ask you these questions to ensure you get the best medical care for yourself and your baby. The information is then given to your doctor to go over with you later in the visit.

Third, Transvaginal Ultrasound

The physician’s assistant told me that I would be going into the next room to have a transvaginal ultrasound done.

This is when they insert a wand into your vagina to see the embryo (baby). 

They do a transvaginal ultrasound because the embryo is too small to be seen through a traditional abdominal ultrasound. 

I was warned that it was still too early in the pregnancy to see anything on the ultrasound at six weeks. Usually, they wait until the mom is 7 to 8 weeks pregnant. 

The physician assistant gave me one of those hospital gowns and asked me to get undressed from the waist down. She told me the sonographer would come to get me to do the ultrasound.

The sonographer knocked on my door and asked me to go with her.

I was so nervous! I was worried it would hurt.

The sonographer asked me to lay back and informed me she would insert the wand into my vagina to better view the embryo and that I would feel some pressure. 

She repeatedly told me to relax my legs!

I couldn’t help it. I was nervous!

The wand was a little uncomfortable too, especially with her moving it around in many directions.

Forth, Transvaginal Ultrasound Results

My OB doctor came in and introduced herself to me.

She then continued to share that they couldn’t see the embryo yet, most likely because it was too early into the pregnancy. 

My doctor also warned me not to be discouraged if for any reason, the pregnancy does not progress or if I had a miscarriage because it happens in first-time moms and pregnancy in general.

I won’t lie; this information scared me!

I told myself not to get attached to this pregnancy. But of course, a small part of me was already making plans with this baby growing inside me.

The doctor told me to come back at around 7 to 8 weeks for another ultrasound.

Last Thoughts After First Prenatal Visit at 6 weeks!

I didn’t talk to anyone about my pregnancy during this time because, in my (negative) mind, I thought I would be that woman that would miscarry. 

I know this is very negative of me, but I was already so scared of being pregnant. I thought my life was over, and since I got pregnant on the first try, I was also thinking this was way too good to be true!

What I should have been thinking was, “my body is so amazing that it created life! what a blessing!”

Instead, I was having a pity party!

Charlie told me that everything would be ok. Whatever is for me will be for me. All we could do was take it one day at a time and stay positive!

This is why I  love him!

If this sounds like you, then shift your mind to positive thoughts. 

Don’t let the fear get in the way of you enjoying this blessing growing inside of you.

You have nine months to take it all in!

See you in the next post: 8 Weeks Prenatal Visit!

FAQ

Can I eat before my first prenatal visit?

Yes! You should eat as you normally would especially since they may be drawing blood at your prenatal appointment.

Should my husband come to my first prenatal visit?

Yes, Of course! It’s a big moment for the both of you! 

But with all the COVID things that have been going on just double check with your health care provider to make sure it’s ok with them.

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