What to Expect When You’re Expecting
When you are expecting a baby, doctor’s visits increase as you progress toward your due date. But don’t forget about the appointment you will make after you deliver your baby: To his or her first pediatrician appointment. This will typically occur after your baby has spent his or her first two weeks in the world.
At our Woodbridge pediatrician office, we created a quick guide to what to expect when you’re expecting -- pediatrician edition. Here are some considerations to make as you progress through your pregnancy.
Making Your Choice
Choosing a pediatrician between the fifth and sixth months of your pregnancy can be a good time to find the right doctor for your baby. As you reach your last trimester, you are often focused on your labor itself. As a result, you may want to have your pediatrician selected earlier. Plus, if your baby were to arrive early, you will already have your baby’s doctor designated.
Finding Dr. Right
Some of our Woodbridge pediatrician patients have selected us from the beginning—maybe a good friend’s baby is in our care or they have received prior recommendations. If you are unsure where to look, however, a good place to start is close friends or family. While they may recommend a certain pediatrician, you can ask further: What about a pediatrician’s style of caring do they like? In their experience, how easy has it been to get appointments? Because pediatricians can be as individual as your friends’ personalities, it is important to gain a better understanding of what it would be like to bring your new bundle of joy to your doctor’s office.
Most pediatrician offices will offer a “get-acquainted” visit where you can come and tour the pediatrician’s office and meet with the care providers. This helps you and a partner or loved one gain a better understanding of the office. If you feel comfortable there, the office could be the right one for you.
Check Your Insurance Plans
While personality and physician style are highly important in finding a pediatrician, so is ensuring your pediatrician visits are covered by your insurance. If you have a pediatrician you would love to bring your baby to that does not currently accept your insurance plan, you can always ask if he or she would be willing to add your insurance plan.
The right pediatrician can help shape your baby’s health -- and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our Woodbridge, VA pediatrician’s office is happy to answer your questions about expecting and beyond. Call (703) 580-6400, and we will be happy to assist you.