(Closed) Got a positive pregnancy test. Now what?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@CuriousOne:  aww i understand your worried theres no need to calm down ; ) first you need to pick a OBGYN and if at any point you change your mind its very easy to change doctors.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@CuriousOne:  Early in your pregnancy, it’s still important to be seen by a doctor.  They will want to do some blood work and medical history to make sure everything is ok with YOU.  They may also want to do a dating ultrasound around 8 weeks.  

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

One option is to go to your normal general practice doctor, first. He or she will be able to confirm the pregnancy, estimate a due date, talk with you about prenatal vitamins and give you some OB suggestions. Plus that way you’re not committing to an OB before you’re ready! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@CuriousOne:  Yay! Congrats! I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks, and called my regular doctor, who also does my well-woman visits, so i didn’t have a regular OB GYN. It was good that I went to her right away because I had low progesterone levels and needed shots of extra progesteron through the first trimester. I started looking to an OB straight away, but honestly, it was kind of stressful. I live in NYC and wanted to go to the hospital nearest to my apartment, which is really good, but I called a couple practices and they were all booked already – I have no clue how, I had missed my period by 2 days and they were already booked! After getting the run around from like 10 doctors, I actually cried a little. So I kept googling and reading reviews and found an OB with a solo practice who devliers at another really good hospital near me. I think my first appointment with her was at 7/8 weeks and I did my dating ultrasound around then. I know my OB doesn’t usually take new people past the first trimester, so you will probably want to start making decisions soon, but I’ve also heard of people switching doctors late in pregnancy. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Congrats! Here’s what I did: I’m in an area I just moved to over the summer, so I did a lot of research on the different doctors, hospitals, and the birthing center here. There were not really any midwives that I could find other than in that one birthing center. I really liked that one of the hospitals here has award-winning OBs and really nice pics of their birthing rooms, and I read lots of good reviews about it. Luckily for me, the OBs at that hospital work out of a couple different offices to see you throughout your pregnancy, so I just called and got an appointment, after making sure they took my insurance. It usually depends on what doctor is on duty at the hospital as to who will deliver your baby, which is why I chose a hospital with highly-rated doctors. It depends on where you are giving birth, though, it may be different at a birthing center. At least at my hospital, there is no guarantee that my specific OB will be the one to deliver my baby, but at least I will have met the others beforehand.

Because the office is popular, they required me to get a positive urine or blood test done at either my PCP (don’t have one) or another facility and have the results sent just to have medical confirmation of my pregnancy. At the first appointment/orientation(which I had at 4 weeks), they  gave me LOADS of info and pamphlets about what to expect from them/the pregnancy, etc and did a pelvic and breast exam and a pap smear, then sent me off to get a ton of bloodwork, and gave me a prescription for an ultrasound to date the age of the baby (which I had done at 6weeks 5 days) I’d definitely call asap to see what they want you to do! 🙂 It is good for your peace of mind, too.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

just go and have a check up with the family doctor first, to make sure that eveything is alright, t hen only you choose which doctor/hospital you want to go to. i think that is the first step

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Congratulations!!  I am going to echo what everyone else has said.  It is very easy to change doctors!  I had to with my DS when I moved halfway across the state.  Also if there is a certain  hospital you would prefer to deliver at, see who is listed and call.  I am currently 6 weeks along and my first appointment was at 4 weeks.  He did an exam and bloodwork, told me my due date, etc.  Nothing much more they can do.  I go again at 7 weeks for u/s then 10 weeks for heartbeat then once a month until we are getting close.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Congrats! Call the dr. They won’t see you until after your first missed period. Probably when you are at least 6-8 weeks along 🙂

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