Post # 1
Being a newly pregnant Bee, I have a ton of questions that I am trying not to burden myself with just yet. However, can I request an appointment at 6-8 weeks just to ensure there is a heart beat? How likely is it that they will let me?
I was quite shocked yesterday when I wasn’t asked to come back until I am 12 weeks. Although I have had normal, slightly heavy periods with moderate to little cramping (neither of that occured when I was on BC or after finishing BC), my mom had endometriosis, and ever since she told me that, I have been scared to death of miscarriage. The doctor yesterday told me that it isn’t genetic or anything, so just because my mom had it does not mean I will, and if I have had no complication with my period and the obgyn didn’t find anything upsetting in my exams AND as long as I don’t have any bleeding/cramping in the next 9 weeks, I should be ok.
However, my mom was 25 when she first got pregnant too. She misscarried 4 babies in the course of 4 years until she successfully had me (I was a twin, but she lost the other one).
Do I have enough grounds to request an appointment, or do I just need to chillax and let nature do its work?
Post # 3
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@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
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
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
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
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
@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 # 9
I messaged the doctor (since I work right in the clinic with her), and she wants to speak with me on Thursday, so hopefully I can ask her and get some more information. I will need to go see her anyway in mid-September because some of us are flying to Alabama, and I don’t know if Dramamine is safe, and if it isn’t I will need something or I will drive everyone on the flight absolutely crazy.
I am 4 wks +1d today, and still no throwing up. I have been having some nausea, and I am very, very tired, but otherwise doing ok 🙂
Post # 10
Just because I can’t comtain my excitement I had my appointment today (in which she siad my cervix is really big and was trying to prepare me that we very well may see twins on the radar when we check hehe)
I do get to schedule another appointment for August 23 to checvk my cervix again, and then (for free) I get to have an ultrasound done the 26th or 30th depending on where I am at. Perks of working at a clinic I guess 🙂 She said they may or may not see anything but they should at least register a heart beat.
Post # 11
Congrats!!! Are you hoping for twins?
Post # 12
@KH: Yes and no. Not holding my breath, but knowing it is definitely a huge possibility. I wouldn’t be let down either way. I know twins would be a huge responsibility,but at the same time I think it would be fun. We also only plan on having 2 children so I’d get it all done in one shot 🙂