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Women who have just started noticing pregnancy signs or had a positive pregnancy test do not have to call a doctor or midwife for prenatal care right away, but the first prenatal appointment generally takes place between eight and twelve weeks of pregnancy somewhere during the later stage of the first trimester. So, what are the essential things to bring to your first appointment?

Bring any information about your menstrual cycle and the date of conception that you have. You will be asked when your last menstrual period was, probably when you ovulated, and sometimes how long your luteal phase is. The LMP (Last Menstrual Period) method will be used to establish your official due date in any case, but if you ovulate especially early or late in your cycle, tell your chosen healthcare provider about this. You will be asked about your medical history as well as your partner's. Bring as much information as possible, either on paper or from your memory. You will be asked about any miscarriages, uterine surgeries, and other relevant matters, as well as your family members' medical histories. If you have any questions about your pregnancy, it may help to write them down so that you don't forget. Are you on any medications at all? Bring a list of them with you. Some medications are not suitable during pregnancy, and some are. They are all relevant to know about for your healthcare provider. Questions for your actual provider are best asked in early pregnancy. If you are not yet sure what kind of prenatal care provider you would like, a list of questions about their attitude toward pregnancy and birth is useful. Remember that your provider is providing a service to you. You can hire and fire them at all, but are much better off doing so early on, while you still have many options.

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