What Happens At Your First OB Appointment? Experts Share What To Expect

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By Caroline Shannon-Karasik | Originally Published March 3, 2018 on Romper | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

For most women, a positive pregnancy test brings with it excitement, anticipation, and questions — like all the questions. Whether you are curious about your changing body or a tad worried about exactly how your little human being is going to make their way out, it’s perfectly normal for soon-to-be moms to lie awake at night with questions swirling in their heads. It’s easy, of course, to rely on Google in these situations, but the information you’ll discover will sometimes lead to more worry than relief. So, when it comes to questions like what happens at your first OB appointment, it’s better to ask the experts, right?

“In our office, we like to have the patient come in for the first OB visit between seven and eight weeks,” Dr. G. Thomas Ruiz, an OB-GYN at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, tells Romper in an email interview. “We get a comprehensive history.”

Ruiz says his office will also order an OB panel — a group of blood tests that helps check a pregnant woman’s health. “The results of these tests can help uncover certain problems during the pregnancy,” according to WebMD, using blood type, antibody screening, blood count (CBC), and other measures to provide accurate results.

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