Pregnancy question guide

Pregnant woman

We know that you will have many questions along your pregnancy journey, and we will do our best to get you all the answers you need.

Whether it's your first or fourth pregnancy, each one can bring unique experiences, and it's completely normal to be unsure about what questions to ask during conversations with your doctor.

Great conversations start with asking the right questions, and that’s how we can better understand how you’re feeling and if any adjustments need to be made to your pregnancy plan.

Pregnant woman

Let’s get the conversation started

When it comes to pregnancy, it can be hard to know everything to ask your doctor and care team. We’ve put together some suggestions to help get you started:

Planning your pregnancy:
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  • When should I stop birth control?
  • Do I need any vaccinations?
  • Do I need genetic testing?
  • Based on my personal medical history and family history, am I more likely to have any specific complications or conditions?
  • What should I do after a positive pregnancy test?
  • Should I take vitamins or supplements?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes I should make?
  • How will pregnancy impact my work and personal life?
During your pregnancy
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  • How and when do I tell my family I’m pregnant?
  • Can I continue taking my current medications?
  • Which prenatal vitamins and supplements do you recommend?
  • Which prenatal screenings do I need?
  • Is it safe to exercise?
  • Which symptoms are normal, and which aren’t? When should I call you?
  • What are some important factors to keep in mind when looking for a pediatrician?
  • Is any kind of bleeding normal?
  • What medication can I take to manage morning sickness or aches and pains?
Preparing for delivery
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  • How can I tell the difference between actual labor and Braxton Hicks contractions?
  • Can you walk me through what my delivery and labor experience may look like?
  • Is it safe to deliver after my due date? How long after my due date can I go?
  • Is a C-section or vaginal birth better or safer?
  • Can I get an epidural? At which point during labor can I get one and at which point is it too late? Is it painful to administer?
  • Who can be in the room with me during delivery?
  • How long will we be in the hospital?
  • How can I ensure that my birth plan is being followed?
After delivery
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  • How long after delivery can I get back to my usual daily activities?
  • What kind of changes should I expect in my body?
  • Are there possible complications I should be aware of once I go home?
  • Can we discuss feeding options, such as breastfeeding and formula?
  • How often should I follow up with my health care provider after giving birth?
  • What should I do if I’m not feeling the emotions I expected to feel after having my baby?
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  • What is the cost of care, and what are my payment options?
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