No appt until almost 10w?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

My first appointment will be just after I am 10 weeks… on Monday!  I was very surprised as well and I wasn’t even given information to take a prenatal or anything.  It’s my first pregnancy as well.  

I have actually been in to see the doctor twice due to constant nausea and migraine headaches but they have only helped me with options to treat the symptoms and have not checked on the pregnancy at all… not even a urine test yet.

Long story short, I was sad about the long wait but the time has gone fairly quickly.  I hope it goes quickly for you, too!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mariwithani:  I asked the first doctor when I should come in for my first appointment and he said 10 weeks. I am like wtf am I supposed to do for 10 weeks?!! Said the same thing; take a vitamin.

Because I work at the clinic, I ended up sending a different doctor an e-mail (the one who would oversee my pregnancy until labor and delivery) and voiced my concerns and she was willing to see me for a quick appointment to discuss my symptoms, conerns, past medical history, etc.

I think they say 10 weeks becuase sometimes insurance doesn’t cover other appointments. For instance, I am lucky my doctor said she will do a free ultrasound for me becuase if they billed insurance for it then I may not be entitled to one at my 20 week appt.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Yes, it’s the hormones talking. I had some blood tests with my doctor to confirm viability between 5-6 weeks since I had previously miscarried but my first prenatal appointment with my midwife was at 12 weeks. Before then, my Dr didn’t follow my pregnancy. To be frank, there’s not a lot for them to do for you so early on anyway.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mariwithani:  Absolutely. That is why I panic and aksed my doctor if I could at LEAST have a prenatal appointment, which I would ask about. I got a book on what to do each trimester, what not to eat, and she also did a quick exam on my cervix, which was probably a blessing becuase I am measuring very big for my early pregnancy. In that case, she ended up scheduling me next week Friday for another appointment to see where I was because I could be having twins.

I don’t see the harm in calling the OB and asking and see where your insurance stands on this.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

@mariwithani:  Thank you!  Yes, I have felt nervous and actually bought 3 books that I read frequently.  I also look things up often online to make sure that I am not eating things that I shouldn’t and to see if the things I’m experiencing are “normal”.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

In Canada, if you are having a regular pregnancy our OBs wont see you until 32 weeks. Your GP will follow you until then and typically they don’t need to see you until after your 12 week ultrasound.

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - His grandmother's backyard

@mariwithani:  I am 5w1d today too!  My first appointment is scheduled for 8/21, but they did offer me later appointments and I’ve heard a lot of ladies on here who didn’t get appointments until 10-ish weeks, so sounds about normal to me.

I totally freaked out at first too! Like don’t you need to see me NOW?  Cause I’d like to see you NOW!  A week later that feeling is going away.  I just do A LOT of reading and research and talking to the bees to keep me sane.  🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a Canadian bee like several PPs, but my first apt wat at 10 weeks, and that was as early as my GP would book. I think outside of the USA that’s pretty normal. We also only get 1-2 ultrasounds here unless it’s medically necessary. I’m always a little baffled at other bees having one at every single appointment.

I’m surprised your doctor’s receptionist didn’t know that you can buy prenatals over the counter though. But I’m sure that’s just her. Your doctor would know better.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

10 wks is standard unless you have issues they are already aware of and need to monitor. With the rate of miscarriages (that they can’t prevent with additional monitoring) being so high at that stage, there isn’t anything for them to do sooner.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh, and prenatals are totally available over the counter. There’s a whole section of them at my drug store. Super weird that they told you otherwise.

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