Baby Week: Picking the Right OBGYN for You

(NECN) – Getting the positive pregnancy test is just the beginning. The first trimester is filled with all kinds of questions.

Doctor Lisa Jane Jacobsen is an OBGYN at Tufts Medical Center.

What questions should you ask when picking out an OBGYN?

Doctor Jacobsen says it’s a very personal decision, but a very practical aspect, she says, it’s important to find someone close to your home or close to your work because you’ll be going to a lot of appointments and you want it to be convenient.

She says you may also want to consider the hospital you want to deliver at.

Doctor Jacobsen makes sure it’s someone you trust, someone who will listen to you, someone who answers your questions and someone who has the time to help ease some of your anxiety.

What’s the difference between group practice versus individual practice?

She says many people team up, even if they’re in solo practice, so that you have full coverage seven days a week, 24 hours a day, that way someone can take care of you no matter what time you have a problem or go into labor.

What are some of the hallmarks of the first trimester?

Doctor Jacobsen says feeling queasy, feeling tender or swollen breasts and having to use the bathroom a lot.

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