Appointments with your health care provider

You've taken a home pregnancy test, and it says you're pregnant. Now's the time to set up your first appointment with the person you've chosen as your obstetrical health care provider. Whether you've chosen a family physician, obstetrician-gynecologist or nurse-midwife, that person will treat, educate and reassure you throughout your pregnancy. Developing a strong relationship with your health care provider starts now, at the very beginning of your pregnancy. Health care providers enjoy the celebration inherent in pregnancy and birth and want to enhance your celebration of it, too.

Your first visit to your health care provider after you've learned you're pregnant will focus mainly on assessing your overall health, identifying any risk factors for your pregnancy and determining your baby's gestational age.

For more information on choosing the health care provider who's right for you, see "Decision Guide: Choosing your health care provider for pregnancy" on page 277.

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