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Your first prenatal visit is likely to be more extensive than later prenatal checks. Your health professional will take your medical history and do a complete physical examination.
Your medical history helps your health professional plan the best possible care for your pregnancy and childbirth. It includes:
Your complete physical examination will include:
A urine test can check for:
Blood testing may include:
You may also be screened for:
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Adaptation Date: 5/8/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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