When it is decided to become a mother, the first thing to do is to contact the doctor who is asked to follow the pregnancy and go to the examination. In this examination, while the health status of the expectant mother is checked, the expectant mother also gets to know the doctor who will follow her and her baby during her pregnancy. Thus, the feeling of trust, which is most important to pregnant women, is provided. The first stage of the examination is the interview. In this meeting, your doctor will first try to get to know you. Some information that may seem unimportant to you, such as your age, occupation, number of marriages, may provide important clues to your doctor. Of these, your profession is particularly important. Occupation-related factors can be harmful during pregnancy as well as general health status.
Your doctor then questions whether you have chronic systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease. The presence of these diseases is important in terms of not only harming you during pregnancy, but also hindering the healthy development of your baby. After reviewing the systemic diseases, it comes to the more specific gynecological diseases. Clues are sought for the presence of conditions that may prevent pregnancy, such as fibroids, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis, or if such conditions have been detected before, information about the treatments applied and their results are obtained. The gynecological history is extremely important as some gynecological diseases, congenital anomalies of the uterus and infections may cause difficulty in conceiving or miscarriage when pregnant.
Information about previous pregnancies, called obstetric history, and their outcomes can also provide important clues. If you have given birth before, the birth weeks of the babies, their birth weight, the mode of delivery, the characteristics experienced during labor and birth are evaluated. If you have had a previous miscarriage, disability or stillbirth, your doctor will want to investigate the cause and treat if necessary before allowing you to become pregnant again.
In this first interview, the family histories of both the mother and father-to-be are questioned, and it is investigated whether there is any anomaly or disease that shows genetic transmission in their lineage. In the presence of such a problem, your doctor may request genetic counseling before pregnancy. Another purpose of the interview is to reveal the life and eating habits of the prospective parents.
Regular or irregularly used drugs should be discussed with the physician, and their effects on pregnancy and the baby should be questioned. On the other hand, the presence of allergies and the substances to which you are allergic are also important.