Essential questions to ask at your 20-week appointment.

No matter how much you prepare for your 20-week appointment, you will probably forget the questions you wanted to ask. These are some of the most important ones to keep on your mind.

By Angela Chavez

Pregnancy

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Physician talking with pregnant patient at 20-week appointment.

The 20-week appointment is one of the most critical and exciting appointments on your pregnancy schedule. You’ll undoubtedly be thinking of all of the answers you need long before this appointment, and there will be a lot of them! But a funny thing happens when most pregnant women walk into the doctor’s office – they forget everything they wanted to know!

There are so many things to learn about pregnancy in a short time. It’s a great idea to make a list of questions for your doctor so that you don’t forget or become too nervous to ask. With a list in hand or a note on your phone, you can be clear and concise at your appointment. Your OB-GYN will be able to answer your questions more accurately and cohesively. Here are some essential questions to consider asking during your 20-week check-up.

How can I exercise safely?

Just like everyone else, pregnant women should stay active to remain healthy. It is an excellent idea to ask your doctor for safe exercises that you can perform at home. Most likely, they will recommend that you avoid strenuous or extreme activities like boxing or scuba diving.

They may point you towards safer alternatives such as pilates, yoga, swimming, and light cardio.

Can I Still Travel?

If you and your family plan to travel somewhere far, it is a good idea to consult your doctor about the trip. The second trimester is typically the safest time to travel. However, there are exceptional cases where travel may not be the best option. Talk to your doctor about where you’re planning on traveling and how long you’ll be there.

How Much Coffee Can I Drink?

It is generally safe to drink one or two cups of coffee per day throughout your pregnancy, depending on your condition. However, the overall intake of a pregnant woman should only be up to 200 mg per day.

Talk with your doctor about your caffeine intake and ask about other foods that may be caffeinated, like chocolate and soda. They may be able to suggest caffeine-free alternatives.

Is it okay to have sex?

The most commonly Googled pregnancy-related question is whether or not it is safe to have sex while pregnant. Answers on the internet vary, which can be confusing and misleading. The safest option is to consult your doctor or OB-GYN to get a definite answer and advice for your specific situation. Generally, it is safe to have sex during the first two trimesters. However, this is still a case-by-case situation, and it is wise to consult a medical professional.

What Are My Food Restrictions?

There are many old wives’ tales, myths, and rumors surrounding what pregnant women can and cannot eat. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation online, so the most trustworthy source of information is your personal OB-GYN. They know your situation, allergies, and food intolerances and can give you personalized dietary advice.

Should I Feel Movement All of the Time?

Babies, just like people, rest and relax at different times throughout the day and night. If you’re worried about how often you feel your baby kick or move, consult your OB-GYN. Many pregnant mothers count their baby’s kicks and movements for peace of mind. However, some babies are less active than others, so consulting your doctor will give you peace of mind about your baby’s health and activity.

When Is My Projected Delivery Date?

Knowing your projected delivery date will help you prepare better for birth. You may already know it, but ask your OB-GYN for a projected due date if you don’t. Knowing when your baby will most likely arrive will help you plan and map out a timeline of things to do before going into labor.

It is also helpful to ask your doctor about delivery preparation and birthing classes. You can also ask them about post-birth needs.

You got this, mama!

Now that you have a better idea of commonly asked questions for the second trimester, you’ll be better prepared for your appointment. So add more to your own list, and don’t be afraid to open up to your OB-GYN. Even though some questions may feel naive or awkward, it’s better to ask for the sake of your and your baby’s health.

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