Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

It's a good idea to be well prepared for your appointment with your obstetrician. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, even if you think they're normal pregnancy symptoms.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you're taking.
  • Take a family member or friend along, if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions ahead of time will help you make the most of your time with your doctor. List your questions from most important to least important. For preeclampsia, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • Is my condition mild or severe?
  • Is it safe to continue the pregnancy?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • What restrictions do I need to follow?
  • Will it be necessary to induce early labor?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?

In addition to the questions that you've prepared, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment at any time that you don't understand something.

What to expect from your doctor

Questions your doctor may ask include:

  • Is this your first pregnancy or your first pregnancy with this baby's father?
  • Have you had any unusual symptoms lately, such as blurred vision or headaches?
  • Do you ever feel pain in your upper abdomen that seems unrelated to your baby's movements?
  • Do you normally have high blood pressure?
  • Did you experience preeclampsia with any previous pregnancies?
  • Have you had any other complications during a previous pregnancy?
  • Do you have any other health conditions that I should be aware of?
Apr. 21, 2011