How many doctors appointments while pregnant?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am high risk, but based on the norm I see here, you have monthly appointments from the beginning of your pregnancy until about 34 weeks, then the appointments are every two weeks to every week as you get closer to term.

In my high risk pregnancies, I started out monthly (unless I encountered a problem, then there were a few additional, random appointments). At 28 weeks, I am now starting to see my OB every 2-4 weeks depending on my condition and status of baby. I also had many trips to the hospital (labour & delivery and ER) and testing (multiple ultrasounds).

Post # 3
2486 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

KatiePi:  I am low-risk and have had a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy. I decided pretty much right away I wanted to go the midwife/birth center option instead of OB/hospital. I had my first appointment at 11 weeks, and then monthly appointments until 28 weeks. After 28 weeks the appointments were every 2 weeks and now, at 36 weeks, I go every week until the baby comes. I had one ultrasound, at 20 weeks, and I will have another one at 7-10 days past my due date if the baby hasn’t come yet. I have LOVED this more mellow, hands-off approach, but I admit it was a little hard at first to wait for that first appointment to hear the heartbeat! An added bonus of the birth center route is that it is much cheaper than a hospital birth. Also, could some of your appointments be after the work day, if you get done before 5?

ETA: Ok, I counted them up and if my baby comes on the due date I’ll have had 14 appointments, plus one more that was  free consultation (that was early on, to tour the birth center, get more info, and make sure I liked it there).

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Post # 4
78 posts
Worker bee

First trimester once a month, second teimester twice a month after 36 weeks once a week, thats is a healthy pregnancy. 

Post # 5
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

KatiePi:  I was low risk, and I did all my prenatal appointments with an OB/family doctor here at a clinic. I got seen once to confirm my pregnancy, US #1 (12 weeks, but I also had one prior to that that isn’t necessary), US#2 at 20 weeks, glucose test, and then after the glucose test at 28 weeks they saw me every two weeks I want to say until I was 34 weeks. Then I was seen every week by my delivering doctor who was 75 miles away.

Post # 6
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

With the exception of appointment #1, genetic counseling and 5-month ultrasound, all of my appointments have been under 1/2 an hour. If your doctor is close to your work, you should be able to go on your lunch break, first thing in the day, etc. You won’t need to take a full day off.

Post # 7
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I ended up using so much of my PTO on dr appts, because my dr’s office was always running behind. So that’s something to think about when chosing an OB.

Post # 8
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Regular OB once a month starting at 8 weeks, then every 2 weeks starting around 27 weeks I think, then I will be weekly around 35 weeks. I’m very low risk. My appointments are roughly 15-20 minutes. There have been a few longer appointments for my anatomy scans, glucose test, etc. 

Post # 10
45 posts

Our insurance changed a few weeks into my pregnancy so when choosing a new doctor, I worked really hard to find one that had good reviews online, wasn’t too far from us, had privileges at the hospital we preferred aaaand had Saturday clinic. It was a huge thing for me and my DH to not have to skip or be late for work for appointments, and I’m so glad he was able to come with me to every single one. 🙂

I first saw the doctor super early, too soon to detect heartbeat so they had me come back a week later. Then it was 1x per month until about 26 weeks. 2x per month until 32w. Was going to go weekly but I delivered at 33w. Ultrasounds at every single appointment. In addition to those, I also went to the lab for genetic testing and stuff.

My pregnancy (my first!) was low risk, btw. 🙂

(edited coz I pressed the post button too early!)

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Post # 12
45 posts

KatiePi:  oh perfect then! If you haven’t chosen your doctor, I suggest trying to find reviews (I found mine on Yelp haha). We were on Kaiser before changing policies and aside from them giving me appointments with any random OB — I saw a diff doc every time — the wait times were horrendous. 🙁

I work at a school too… Funny story about our group — most who are TTC choose to do so in late summer/early fall. That way, baby comes towards the end of the school year or when school’s out, so it’s automatic 3-month maternity leave haha. So far it’s worked well for most. Sept/Oct/Nov is breeding season Lol!

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