You're pregnant! It's such an exciting time in your life, but it can be incredibly nerve-wracking too — especially if this is your first baby. A visit to the gynaecologist for the first time can provide the assurance you need, but you must make the most of your visit by providing the doctor with the most accurate information about your lifestyle. Here are some things you should let your gynaecologist know about during your first visit.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions And Medications
One of the first things to discuss with your gynaecologist is any pre-existing health conditions and medications. Pregnancy can put stress on your body and aggravate some conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and seizures. If you are taking any medication for your health conditions, you need to let your obstetrician know so that any adjustments can be made to the doses. In some cases, you may have to stop taking certain medications entirely to keep your baby safe during pregnancy. All medications will be assessed so you know what is safe to take and what isn't from the start.
It's important to let you gynaecologist know of any allergies you have as this may affect some decisions. For example, if you have had allergic reactions to certain medications, foods, antibiotics or even anaesthesia in the past, this may have implications on your pregnancy. Letting your gynaecologist know of these from the start can help to prevent any complications as alternative options can be found. Your doctor may also recommend some prenatal vitamins to help you through your pregnancy as safely as possible. Make sure you follow any advice you are given.
Current Exercise Regime
If you live an active lifestyle and exercise regularly, it's important to let your gynaecologist know exactly what you do. For example, does your routine consist of a heavy cardio workout or do you lift weights and do strength training? Your doctor may advise you to follow certain routines but may ask you to stop others depending on the effects they may have on your pregnancy. Regular exercise helps you stay strong and healthy when followed in moderation. Try not to overdo it because you don't want to put unnecessary strain on your pregnancy. Be as truthful as possible to help your doctor offer accurate advice for your situation.
Getting through your pregnancy takes a lot of courage. Start off on the right foot by letting your doctor know as much as possible about you for a healthy pregnancy down the track. Speak with a gynaecologist to learn more about women's health.