Is this normal for first DR. Appt?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hmm… I mean, the urine sample basically is for the urine pregnancy test so unless you feel like you need confirmation that you’re pg, it’s kind of uneccessary to do in a totally separate appointment. My first appt was at 8.5 weeks, we had an US, urine test, physical, blood test, all that same day. 

I think unless you feel like you need to go in for early confirmation, I’d just wait for week 8 and do it all at once. 

Post # 4
1343 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@graygodess20:  That would definitely annoy me… I mean, why not kill two bird with one stone and just do the blood work all at once. But I’m not a health care professional and I don’t really know how it works. I do know that I did a urine samle before my blood test though (I haven’t even had a blood test). We’re doing all of that and the first U/S at the 8 week appointment. 

Post # 5
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@graygodess20:  That sounds stupid and like they’re just trying to get more $ by charging you for 2 visits instead of one. There’s really no reason to do a urine or blood test if you have a postiive HPT and haven’t experienced any symptoms of a MC.


I would opt out of that and just go in for the 8 week u/s, though they may not let you if that’s their office protocol. I’d look for another dr. if that was the case.


My first appointment was scheduled at 8 weeks (from LMP but I was really closer to 6.5 weeks along because I have longer cycles).  The only thing they did to confirm the pregnancy was an u/s where we saw baby and heartbeat.  Then, I had a full exam (with pap).  I gave a urine sample and had blood work done but neither had anything to do with confirming if I was pregnant or not.


Post # 6
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My doctor didn’t have me do a urine test, she said that since I did 2 at home the day before there wasn’t any point. Seems silly to not do the blood test right away. I would push back, it seems like a waste of your time and money – their pee tests are the same as what you can buy at rite aid.

Post # 7
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My doctor’s office doesn’t do blood work in office so they wrote me a prescription to have it done at a nearby office.  So if your first appt is to do the urine sample and get an order for bloodwork you would have to get done elsewhere, this seems perfectly normal to me.  My doctor didn’t do a urine test to confirm the pregnancy though, they just took my word for it.  However, I now give a urine sample at every appt to check for UTIs and other issues than can arise so if they want to test for that seems ok to me as well.  Also, my doctor doesn’t usually order bloodwork for a pregnancy, but he did the second time with me because my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. 

Post # 8
1022 posts
Bumble bee

That is kind of how my first appointment work. Mind you I went in as a walk-in (my dr takes walk-ins). I told them about the 3 positive HPTs, they made me pee again, confirmed that I was KU. Then wrote up the requisition for blood work. The clinic I go to doesn’t have an on-site lab.

My second appointment was equally disapointing. I had an enternal exam/pap. My weight and blood pressure were taken that was all. Nothing got interesting until I started going to the OBGYN, and the only interesting thing abou that is that I get to hear the heatbeat.

Post # 9
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I agree– that sounds silly. My first appointment was supposed to be at 8 weeks, and they would have confirmed by ultrasound and used that time to measure how far along I was. I had some complications, so they saw me earlier for ultrasounds at 6 and 8 weeks. At 8 weeks we heard the heartbeat, too. 

I might just call back and ask if you can wait until 8 weeks and have everything done at once. 

Post # 10
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well normally first appointments are just bloodwork and a urine sample and then maybe a check uterus check or pap.  So that part isn’t unusual.  But I didn’t have a separate urine sample to confirm pregnancy, they did my bloodwork at the same time.  But maybe that’s just their policy.  The bloodwork wasn’t just to confirm pregnancy but was other things like blood type, HIV test, syphilis test, and a bunch of other things.

I would just ask if you could combine the appointments into one though.  I don’t see why couldn’t wait one extra week to do the bloodwork.

My Dr. doesn’t do routine ultrasounds for a normal pregnancy, you only get one at 20 weeks.

Post # 12
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I got a simple urine test at a local clinic to have my pregnancy confirmed. After it was confirmed, I called my doctor and they said they don’t see anyone until they are around 12 weeks. So until I was 12 weeks, I hadn’t had a single test done other than a urine pregnancy test.

Post # 13
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t have my first appointment til week 10 and I think they’ll do bloodwork then. That sounds like alot of extra appointments!

Post # 14
4468 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@graygodess20:  That is frustrating! I actually got my urine sample done at the first doctor’s appt, then was sent for bloodwork at a separate clinic, then an ultrasound at a different clinic. At my doctor’s office, all that is ever done is my urine sample, blood pressure and weight. It would be so great if it was more of a one-stop-shop sort of deal!

Post # 15
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hmmm definitely the urine test seems totally unnecessary. If you’ve already got a positive at home with a urine test then there is no point in paying the lab to do the same thing. I had one blood test done to confirm the pregnancy, then another in 48 hours to make sure the HCG level was doubling as it should be. After that one I was still early in pregnancy so they told me to hold off until week 6 and take another blood test to ensure the HCG levels were still rising. I’m currently waiting on that result to come in, but after that it should be the ultrasound at 8 weeks I think. In my previous pregnancy I had an ultrasound at 6.5 weeks and saw the heartbeat but ended up having a missed miscarriage and not knowing until my 10th week appointment, so I would kind of rather wait until the 8 weeks to do the ultrasound this time around. 

Post # 16
2491 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@graygodess20:  Seems unnecessary to me! I’m just going in at 8 weeks for, I assume, an ultrasound. Maybe they’ll do blood work then, too, I don’t know. I’m only 5 weeks and hoping the next few weeks go quickly.

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