Questions to Ask Your OBGYN Near the Beginning of Pregnancy

When you realize that you are pregnant, one of the first things you'll need to do is contact an OBGYN and make an appointment. This is an important opportunity for your doctor to look you over, confirm the pregnancy, and make sure your baby is healthy so far. However, it's also a good opportunity for you to ask some questions. Read on to look at more info about the types of questions you should ask.

1. What prescription medications are safe for you to keep taking?

If you are taking any prescription medications, ask your OBGYN if it's safe for you to continue taking them. Do not just read the labels and go by that. Some medications are generally safe for pregnant women but that your OBGYN may want you to discontinue because of a specific health problem you have. And some medications may not be generally recommended for pregnant women, but that you will still need to take for one reason or another.

The best way to make sure what you're taking is safe for you and your baby is to ask your doctor—the expert. You should ask about any supplements you're taking, too, since even some over-the-counter supplements may not be safe to take during pregnancy.

2. How much weight should you aim to gain during pregnancy?

How much weight you should gain will depend on your own current weight. If you are overweight, for instance, your doctor will want to see you gain less weight than if you were underweight going into pregnancy. It's good to know what your weight gain goals should be from the beginning so you can plan accordingly.

3. Are the exercises and activities you currently do safe to continue?

Some activities are safe to continue during pregnancy, and others are best scaled back or avoided. The best way to know whether you should proceed with a certain activity is to ask your OBGYN. Don't rely on books or a friend's opinion. Whether or not it's a good idea for you to continue with a certain activity will depend, in part, on your own health and history. For example, if you have a history of back pain, your OBGYN may recommend you stop riding horses during pregnancy, whereas they may tell another patient it's okay for them to continue.

Start by asking the above questions, and don't hesitate to answer any others that come to mind, either. This appointment is for you, and by asking the right questions, you can get the most out of it.