Once that pregnancy test colors the precious "positive" line, emotions begin to charge and a sea of pregnancy questions flood your mind. If this is your first pregnancy the unknown can be particularly overwhelming. Where do you go for help? There are scores of pregnancy books on the market, but it's best to ask your doctor or medical care provider any medical questions you may have. It's also imperative to employ a good physician or midwife that you feel comfortable enough with to ask any question.|
If you don't already have an established health care provider it is time to start pronto. Take the time to interview the care provider and make sure you are satisfied with his or her qualifications. It's your responsibility to make sure you ask questions for things you want to know.
With rising cost of malpractice insurance, many doctors, especially OB/GYNs are taking on more patients to help cover their incredibly high insurance costs. This often translates into busy doctors, longer stays in the waiting room, and shorter patient visits. Make sure you have a doctor or midwife who values your concerns and questions. He or she should give you adequate time in answering questions with direct, complete and well-thought out answers that are explained in a way that you understand.
That said, it is best to come prepared with questions in hand rather than trying to remember them off the top of your head during a visit. Keep a running list that you take to every doctor's appointment and add questions to the list as they come to mind before the visits. Remember to write down the answers in the examination room and keep these notes. It is easy to forget once you walk out.
It is also recommended that you contact your doctor or midwife's office and ask if they have a list of most frequently asked pregnancy questions and answers. Below are some additional questions you may want to ask in the beginning or at different times during your pregnancy.
Questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider
This is one of the most exciting times in your life, and the way you treat your body can have a major affect on your baby. If you have any doubts or questions, don't be afraid to ask!
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