After finding out that you are pregnant for the first time, you may be excited, but your mind may be in a whirlwind about everything that needs to be done to plan for the birth of your new baby. As part of your plans, one of the first things that you need to do is to make an appointment with an obstetrician for your first prenatal visit.

Because you want to get the most out of this visit, you may wonder if there is any information that you need to give the doctor to help direct the care of your unborn child and yourself. Below are a couple of things that you can do before the visit to help do this.

1.  Write down Your Family's Medical History, Paying Particular Attention to Female Members

One thing that you can do before your prenatal appointment is to write down as much as possible about your medical history as well as your family's. While you should write down any conditions any family member has, you should pay particular attention to the female members of your family, especially those whose conditions involved childbirth.

While you may not suffer from these conditions during your pregnancy, they allow the obstetrician to pay close attention to your health to help avoid any problems. If your mother, for example, had high blood pressure or gestational diabetes while she was pregnant with you, you should let the doctor know.

2.  Jot down Any Questions You May Have Before You Arrive at Your Appointment

Especially if this is your first pregnancy, you probably have a ton of questions for the doctor. However, once you are face-to-face with the doctor, you may worry that you will forget to ask.

In the time before the appointment, carry a notebook with you so that you can write down any questions or concerns that may come to mind. Topics could include what you are allowed to eat, what activities you are allowed to participate in, and which activities you should refrain from.

By writing down as much as possible about your family members' medical history as well as making a list of questions you may have about your pregnancy, your doctor can alleviate any fears or concerns you may have about the next nine months as well as be able to have a comprehensive view of your unique situation so that they can give you and your unborn baby the care you deserve. For more information about what you should do before your first prenatal appointment, contact an OB's office to seek their guidance.