Can I Request An Appointment?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@megz06:  It depends on the doctor.  My PCP only does the blood test to confirm the pregnancy and refers out to an OB/GYN at 12 weeks.  My OB/GYN schedules your first appointment at 7-8 weeks and usually does an US for the heartbeat at that appointment.  You can always ask for apppointment but if it isn’t the doctor’s practice to do an US that early unless there are issues, they probably won’t schedule it.  But it doesn’t hurt to ask so I say to ask!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It depends on your OB/doctor and, occasionally, your insurance. I’ve learned from all these forums that the number of appointments and US vary significantly and there are women who can’t get in until 12 weeks and some that get in at 8 weeks. FWIW, my OB scheduled me for an 8 week and a vaginal US. If your doctor still refuses to let you come in until 12 weeks, I suppose you can try shopping around for an OB that will let you come in earlier (again, assuming insurance will cover you for an 8 wk).

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My OB office had me come in immediately for blood work (not to see the MD) and spend 2-5 minutes with the RN to ask questions and make sure I was on a prenatal, it was pretty informal, though they impressed that I should call with questions instead of googling. Once the bloodwork proved I was pregnant, the HCG was doubling and my progesterone looked good, I had to wait until 7-8 weeks. The MD pointed out that sometimes that is even too early to see anything.

The office billed the 7-8 week visit under “missed menstrual period” to my insurance, so I was able to get a vaginal u/s at that visit and still get an appointment and u/s at the 10 week (I had a cyst so I went back early). I think the MDs who have the time, will absolutely see you early; however, there is a crisis in the medical community that many doctor’s are leaving or staying away from OB because of the high malpractice insurance rates, so the ones that are still in practice are overwhelmed.

I say it doesn’t hurt to ask, but don’t be surprised if the answer is ‘no’. Keep in mind, from a MD perspective, there isn’t much they can do to stop a miscarriage when it is this early (that is verbatum what my MD told me, and to calm the he77 down and stop googling!).

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Definitely ask.  As PP said, some doctors are different. In Canada they send you between 6-8 weeks for an early dating ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy. If it’s over 6 weeks they can detect the heartbeat.

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me any time 🙂

Post # 7
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1996 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Congrats! So sorry to hear about your moms losses. You can definitely ask to go in sooner every doctor is different. If you’re healthy & there’s no genetic issues they’ll probably make you wait a bit. My ob won’t do an ultrasound earlier then 8wks & that’s at the request of the patient (if theres issues or previous miscarriages). If eveything is normal they’ll wait until 10-12weeks. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@megz06:  I had a 7-week appointment to talk about genetics/lifestyle choices (not smoking, not drinking,etc) They did ultrasounds for women who had spotting or bleeding then, but I didn’t get one.

I just heard the heartbeat for the first time today at 12+1, and I won’t have my first ultrasound until 13+5!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Congrats!!! Are you hoping for twins?

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