- Department of Women's Health
- Obstetrics, Gynecology & Midwifery Services
OB New Physical Appointment
What is an the new OB Physical Appoointment?
- Usually done between 8 - 12 weeks of pregnancy.
- Typically conducted by a Nurse Practitioner and/or Certified Nurse Midwife
Before your new OB physical Appointment
Before your appointment make a list of:
- Go to the lab a day prior to your appointment to have your bloodword drawn. If you appointment is on a Monday, go to the lab the Friday before.
- Curernt and previous medical problems.
- Previous hospitalizations. Bring record available for review if possible.
- Any minor or major surgeries and complications associated with it.
- Any current and / or previous female problems (i.e. abnormal Pap smear, Sexually Transmitted infections, pelvic pain, etc.).
- Any medication that you are taking - those prescribe to you by a healthcare provider or those bought over-the-counter.
- All pregnancies (terminations, miscarriages, vaginal births, c-sections, stillbirth).
For those pregnancy(s) with complications, we need you to:
- Bring records for review.
- Find out the exact name of the hospital so medical correspondence can help you request these records.
- Write down questions and concerns you have regarding any issues.
Day of your new OB Physical Appointment
- Plan to arrive at the OB/Gyn Clinic at least 60 minutes prior to your appointment time.
- You will be given questionnaires and forms to fill out.
- Accurately fill out these questionnaires before you speak with your nursing staff.
- Bring the health history list you’ve prepared
Issues Discussed During new OB Physical
Education is provided regarding:
- The pregnancy course
- Labs, both highly recommended and optional ones
- General health
- Schedule of appointments during the pregnancy.
- Go over the Pregnancy and Childbirth book.
- Introduce the concept of Centering in Pregnancy.
- Go over all your health / pregnancy histories.
- Discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your current pregnancy.
- Referral to specialty services as medically indicated.
- Routine blood tests results are reviewed during this appointment. Other blood tests will be ordered based on your medical / pregnancy history.
This is usually scheduled between 10–12 weeks of pregnancy.
During this visit:
- Go over your health / pregnancy history again.
- Go over your blood test results.
- Physical examination.
- Pelvic exam
- Pap smear
- Screening for sexually transmitted infection of the cervix and vagina.
- Listen to the baby’s heart beat.
- An us is done to confirm dating of pregnancy unless one has previously been done.
- Go over plan for the pregnancy based on your history, the lab tests, and physical examination result.
- Schedule for follow up appointment.