Congrats! You are embarking on one of the most exciting journeys to becoming a parent. Whether this pregnancy is your first or fourth here in Marshalltown there are five questions you should ask at your first prenatal appointment.

Where will I deliver? 

While you can come to PHC Marshalltown Specialty Health for all of your prenatal visits, you will need to select a hospital in Des Moines, Ames, Newton, or Iowa City to deliver your baby. Have a conversation with your prenatal care provider and start making your birth plan during your first visit.

 

How often should I come in for appointments?

During the first 28 weeks, you will need one prenatal visit per month, from weeks 28-36 you will see your provider every other week prenatal, and then for the last week of your pregnancy, you will have weekly prenatal appointments.

Choosing a provider that you will be able to consistently make it to your appointments is important not only for your health but also for the health of your baby.

If you live in or around Marshalltown, ask yourself do you have the time and resources to make frequent trips to Des Moines, Ames or Iowa City for prenatal appointments?

 

Are the medications I am currently taking safe for my baby?

Not all medications are safe to consume while pregnant and can cause birth defects. Bring a list of your current medications to your first appointment, and your prenatal care provider will go over what is safe to continue taking and what alternatives are available.

 

What if I have questions or a medical emergency related to my prenatal care? 

If you have an emergency, please call 911. Call PHC Marshalltown Specialty Health during normal business hours (641) 752-4376 if you have a non-emergent question for your provider. An on-call service is available after hours.

 

What prenatal vitamins and supplements should I be taking?

 

This answer is different for everyone. Ask your prenatal care provider during your first visit about what vitamins and supplements you should be taking based on your age, risk factors and current health conditions.