(Closed) so what happened at your first Dr's appt?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Most likely bloodwork panels, and an internal ultra sound. Take him along if you feel you need support. You’ll see a little something on the screen, but it won’t be very big.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What @StuporDuck: said.  Also, a pap smear, going over your and your family’s medical history, and getting info on what you shouldn’t do, eat, etc.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Also, did your husbands go with you?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My first appointment was just a long talk about medical history and answering any questions I had. I was also sent for bloodwork to check blood type, immunization status and an HIV test. My husband didn’t come.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Paperwork and pregnancy confirmation (pee test). That was it. I never even met the doctor. I came back abotu a week later to actually see a doctor. An HOUR or paperwork and quesitons about finances, medical history, etc.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My “first appointment” was broken out in several visits. 

First, they got me in right after my BFP to confirm the pregnancy with a blood test. Back in 48 hours later for the second beta and blood work for blood type, HIV, sickel cell, and all that. DH didn’t come for those.

Next was an ultrasound at 6 weeks. DH went with me. We only saw the u/s tech and went home right after the u/s. No other tests.

My first prenatal was a week after the ultrasound. DH didn’t go. Pap smear, going over medical history, and info on what is not safe during pregnancy. I also got a goodie bag with preggo magazines, diaper samples, and hospital info.

I know that a lot of doctor’s offices do all this in one visit, though. Except for the beta, of course.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I tried to ETA this, but I missed the one hour mark by seconds.

The first time we met the doctor, I had a pap and they sent me for bloodwork for a whole bunch of things. Some stuff, like the STD panel, is required by law. I did not have an ultrasound. Many doctors do not perform them until the first trimester screen since they are not medically necessary. Some insurance companies won’t pay for them and there is some debate over whether ultrasounds affect the fetus. So, my point is that you should not get your hopes up for an ultrasound unless you’ve been told you will have one or you have absolutely no idea at all when your LMP was.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

At my first doctor’s appointment, I had a transvaginal ultrasound (we saw & heard a heartbeat, YAY!), urine sample to check for protein & sugar, weight check (BLAH), and blood work. I also met with the doctor and we discussed what to expect throughout the pregnancy and when I’d be back.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My first appointment is on Monday, and honestly, I’m pretty nervous. It will be the first time I’ve had blood drawn in over ten years and I’m dreading it – definitely bringing DH with me! I already warned him I’ll probably cry, lol. They also told me they’ll be taking a urine sample and doing a pap smear. And I really hope I’ll have an ultrasound done, I feel like I’ll be able to relax much more once I’ve heard the heartbeat and know everything is going okay so far.

I already had a phone appointment with the nurse who went over medical history and a bunch of paperwork questions with me.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Don’t want to scare you but pregnant women are pin-cushions!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@newbabybee:  I can second that!!  I have a HUGE needle-fear myself, and honestly, it’s helped me get over it so far because I’m at the point now where I’m just like, UGH, again!?  ok fine, whatever…(presents arm) lol.  

At my first appointment, my DH went with me, and they confirmed the pregnancy with a urine test, talked a lot about family history, and did both an internal and external ultrasound so we got to see the little peanut and hear a heartbeat.  🙂  I have heard though that an ultrasound at the first appointment totally isn’t normal, so I wouldn’t get your hopes up for one and just be excited if you do get one!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a confirmatory blood draw after my positive pee stick at my regular doctor, but my first prenatal appointment was with the women’s health/OB department.  I brough DH along, since I didn’t know what to expect.  We did a medical history, urine sample to check for protein & glucose, a pelvic exam (but no pap, I was already current on my annual), and they tried to find the heartbeat with the doppler.  They weren’t successful, so the grabbed a protable u/s maching just to check that there was indeed a baby in there and it was moving and viable.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t have done an u/s at this appointment.  I went to the lab for bloodwork- I had a blood count, blood type confirmation, hep/HIV/RPR tests, and some antibody titers.

They scheduled me for an official ulstrasound within the next two weeks and at that appointment we got our printed pictures and all that jazz.  MrDane went with me to that one too.

 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My first OB appointment was paper work and an ultrasound. I also had lots of blood drawn. The did a urine sample, as usual (my Gyn always has me to do one). Hubby went wit me.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Reviving this thread since my first appointment was today. It was literally just a chat with the nurse, that’s it. We went over medical history, some do’s & don’ts that I already knew, what to expect as far as appointments in the coming months and an opportunity to ask questions. Then they scheduled me to meet with the OB this Thursday, which I think will include urine and blood tests and who knows what else.

It’s interesting how different it is from one practice to another.

 

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