What to expect at first prenatal visit?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - His grandmother's backyard

@xdaydreams05x:  At our first appointment we got a physical exam (like a mini-annual exam) and did an in-office pregnancy test.  We went over our options for genetic testing and got paperwork to schedule our first ultrasound (to check for dates and viability) and my first panel of bloodwork.  Unfortunately for me, my office doesn’t do ultrasounds in-house. 

I think at this point it’s still so early that there’s really not much they can do, unless you’re considered high risk and they need to check for certain things.

Post # 4
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My first prenatal appt wasn’t until I was like 11 weeks or something… but they do a physical basically, and a bunch of lab work.  We did try to listen to the heart beat but they couldn’t find it so they did a quick u/s to make sure there was indeed a baby in there.

They go over the “dos and don’ts” and make sure you’re on prenatals, and should go over your questions with you.

Also, if they do an ultrasound and you’re still quite early, it might not be an ‘over the belly’ u/s… it might be an ‘up the hoo-hah’ u/s (just a heads up in case you didn’t know that)

Cognrats 🙂  

Post # 5
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@xdaydreams05x:  i went at 8 weeks, i had blood work and urine sample which is pretty standard (or if they dont do it inhouse, they tell you to order it). weight, blood pressure, and telling you to take prenatals/folic acid. and they answer any questions you have

They gave me an U/S but here in mexico we have one every single appt. in UK you only get 2 i think at 12 and 20 weeks, and in US it depends on your insurance but they might not do one so early unless youre high risk – at 6 weeks its pretty hard to see anything, so even if they do an early one they might want you to wait a bit

Post # 6
4511 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I get the impression its completely different for different doctors. I was quite disappointed when my first, at nine weeks, consisted of the doctor checking “up there” (I’m still not quite sure what for) and then a ton of blood tests and being weighed and giving urine. That was IT. we were so disappointed my husband had wasted half a day and taken off work!

Post # 7
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had a mini exam, lots of paperwork and an ultrasound to make sure the baby was in the right spot, and the sac, etc were all good. They also measured the baby and told me my approximate due date based on the baby’s size and last period.

Post # 8
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine wouldn’t schedule me until 8 weeks. I had a vaginal US. Then I was subject to a barrage of questions from my OB about my diet and both DH and my family history. (It was very helpful to have him there.) Then I had a ton of bloodwork because I also opted for the genetic screening. I had 9 vials drawn between the general blood panel to the genetic screening. I also had to give a urine sample, which they have done at every appointment since then. (I’m currently at 32 weeks.


Post # 9
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@xdaydreams05x:  my first prenatal appointment (I think at 5 1/2 weeksish), which I made after I had blood taken to confirm pregnancy, she did a physical exam (checked my cervix) and just asked questions about my family history and symptoms. Some women have to give blood work and urine. I did not have to do either. Going forward, every appointment I have I will be expected to give urine unless it is an ultrasound (I have to have a full bladder unless she tells me otherwise).

Anyway, go in with a full bladder. You may be able to get an ultrasound, but sometimes they do not schedule one until 12 weeks because insurance will not cover it except for the 12 week appointment, which was my case. I work a clinic so I got mine free, which was nice.

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