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Pregnancy symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Pregnancy symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When did your symptoms of pregnancy start?
  2. What symptoms of pregnancy do you have?

    Why: e.g. missed periods, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, urinary frequency, breast enlargement, breast tenderness, nipple enlargement, darkening of the nipples, insomnia, leg cramps, fainting, shortness of breath, heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, ankle swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, vaginal Candida infection, skin pigmentation.

  3. When was your last menstrual period and was it normal?

    Why: to help determine the gestation of the pregnancy (how far along the pregnancy is) i.e. due date is one year and 7 days after the last menstrual period minus three months.

  4. Prior to pregnancy was your menstrual cycle regular?

    Why: to help determine the gestation of the pregnancy (how far along the pregnancy is).

  5. Were you on the oral contraceptive pill when you fell pregnant?

    Why: makes the due date unreliable.

  6. How many times in the past, including this pregnancy have you been pregnant?
  7. What was the outcome of each of these pregnancies (i.e. vaginal birth, caesarian section, forceps delivery, vacuum delivery, stillbirths, miscarriage, termination of pregnancy)?
  8. For each of the babies delivered what are the details of pregnancy (i.e. complications during pregnancy, gestation at delivery, mode of delivery, weight at birth and complications after delivery)?
  9. Past history of problems with conceiving?
  10. Past history of sexually transmitted diseases?

    Why: e.g. herpes simplex virus.

  11. Date and result of the last pap smear?
  12. Past history of abnormal pap smears, and if so what was the treatment for it?

    Why: e.g. cone biopsy for abnormal pap smears may increase the risk of cervical incompetence and thus miscarriage.

  13. Past medical history? -medical conditions that alter management and outcome in pregnancy includediabetes mellitus, rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, heart disease, anemia, kidney disease and rubella infection; medical conditions that increase the risk of miscarriage include diabetes, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids, Ashermann's syndrome, cervical incompetence, uterine structural abnormalities, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome, hypertension and kidney disease
  14. Medications?

    Why: many medications may cause fetal death or fetal malformations e.g. diethylstilbestrol, roaccutane, doxycycline, tetracycline, lithium, warfarin, phenytoin.

  15. Alcohol intake?

    Why: to establish the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome.

  16. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: increases the risk of small size of baby, premature labour, miscarriage, stillbirth, cleft palate, sudden infant death syndrome.

  17. Illicit drug use?

    Why: e.g. cocaine use increases the risk of bleeding in pregnancy and intrauterine fetal death; amphetamine use increases the risk of congenital heart disease.

  18. Family history?

    Why: e.g. multiple pregnancies, miscarriage, congenital abnormalities, high blood pressure, diabetes, psychiatric illness, medical conditions.

  19. Vaginal bleeding?

    Why: Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy may indicate ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage.

  20. Abdominal pain, if so how would you describe the pain and point to where the pain is maximal?

    Why: e.g. uterine pain from a miscarriage tends to be colicky (cramp-like) and felt in the sacrum and groin; ovarian pain and pain from an ectopic pregnancy tends to be felt on one side in the lower pelvis and may radiate down the front of the thigh to the knee; abdominal pain in pregnancy may be a normal symptom.

  21. Symptoms of miscarriage?

    Why: e.g. a period of amenorrhea (missed menstrual periods) followed by vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain (cramping), passing products of conception via the vagina and sometimes loss of pregnancy symptoms.

  22. Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy?

    Why: e.g. history of missed periods, lower abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding which may be slight and brown in color, pregnancy symptoms, dizziness, may faint - must consider the possibility of ectopic pregnancy early in the management of bleeding in early pregnancy as ectopic pregnancy may be life threatening.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pregnancy symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Pregnancy symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Pregnancy symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Pregnancy symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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