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Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, IVF Specialist

Antenatal Care at Aurora Women’s Health

If you did not meet with your health care provider before your were pregnant, your first prenatal visit will generally be
around 8 weeks after your LMP (last menstrual period). “If this applies to you, you should schedule a prenatal visit as
soon as you Know you are pregnant.”

Even if you are not a first time mother, prenatal visits are still important since every pregnancy is different. This initial
visit will probably be one of the longest. It will be helpful if you arrive prepared with vital dates and information. This is
also a good opportunity to bring a list of questions that you and your partner have about your pregnancy, prenatal care
and birth options.

Your doctor will ask for your medical history, including:

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  • Medical and/or psychosocial problems
  • Blood pressure, height and weight
  • Breast and cervical exam
  • Date of your last menstrual period (an accurate LMP is helpful when determining gestational age and due date)
  • Birth control methods
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • Hospitalizations
  • Medications you are taking
  • Medication allergies
  • Your family’s medical history

Your healthcare provider will also perform a physical exam which will include a pap smear, cervical cultures, and
possibly an ultrasound if there is a question about how far along you are or if you are experiencing any bleeding or

Blood will be drawn and several laboratory tests will also be done, including:

  • Hemoglobin
  • Rh Factor and blood type (if Rh negative, rescreen at 26-28 weeks)
  • Rubella screen
  • Varicella or history of chicken pox, rubella, and hepatitis vaccine
  • Hepatitis B surface antigen Hepatitis C, Syphilis testing
  • HIV test
  • Urine Test

Your healthcare provider Will probably want to discuss the following:

  • Recommendations concerning dental care, cats, raw meat, fish and gardening