Post # 16
To echo PP – most will not schedule to see you until you are further along. A positive test is all you need. Blood test confirmations aren’t really done any place near me.
As long as you don’t start to bleed or have mind blowing pain you’re fine. As harsh as this sounds, if you were to miscarriage this early there isn’t anything they would be able to do to help you.
Most OB’s in my area will schedule patients anywhere between 7-12 weeks for the intial visit. I went at 7w – before that time there isn’t anything to see. I found at 4w so had to wait 3w to be seen.
Post # 17
My first appointment with my ob was at 9 weeks, and I was considered “high risk” solely because I have a thyroid condition. All they did was do a thyroid blood test to alter my medication at 5 weeks; no pregnancy confirmation. The practice has 2 doctors and a nurse and I saw my in every appointment except one where she was at the hospital delivering a baby. But she ended up being on vacation the week of my due date, and the other doctor delivered Dear Daughter, and honestly, I barely even noticed the doctor. She was there for 15 minutes while I pushed and then stitched me up, but I was so focused on Dear Daughter that it could’ve been anyone down there and I would never have known the difference.
Post # 18
I had to confirm pregnancy with my regular insurance (tricare), so I had to wait for that. I found out I was pregnant and two, almost three weeks later I confirmed pregnancy with my insurance (Basically I had to give them a positive pregnancy test at the on base clinic) and they took another week or two to refer me.
I found out I was pregnant fairly late on, everything worked out well. Take pre-natals now, start with ones with iron (non-gummies) and see how well you tolerate them. If they make you sick, switch to gummies since they won’t have iron. Eat well, drink lots of water, and you’ll be fine til your appointment. My OB doesn’t even see women until they’re 10 weeks along anyway, because there’s really nothing they can do medically, and there isnt’ much to see with an ultrasound.
Edit: My OB does not do blood confirmation pregnancy tests. She says blood tests are to monitor the pregnancy hormone level (to make sure it’s doubling), because they are not more accurate than urine tests.
Post # 19
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I got my BFP when I was around 5 weeks and my OB made me wait until 10 weeks (actually 10 weeks, 4 days) to be seen. I asked why and they said that short of giving me my prenatals (which they called in to my pharmacy), there is really nothing much they could do at this point. I asked if I needed to come in to confirm pregnancy and they said nope that the home test was enough to confirm. I hated having to wait that long! I just had my appointment on Thursday and everything went well, and I got to have a sneak peak at the little one! I know it seems insane to have to wait so long, but I understand it better now. Good Luck!
Post # 20
You don’t need an appointment to confirm a pregnancy. The urine sticks are extremely accurate.
My OB does not schedule you until 7-8 weeks along. Take a prenatal and just schedule a regular appointment. You have pleeeeenty of time.
Post # 21
I disagree with posters who say there is not much to do until the end of third trimester – not always the case. Heartbeat can be heard as early as 6 weeks (and a lot of people want to hear the heartbeat eartly), and A LOT of non-invasive prenatal testing for abnormalities has to be done early – for example, NT scan has to be done between 10-12 weeks (afterwards is too late), CVS is done between 9-11 weeks, and blood work to test for chromosamal abnormalities (harmony test, panorama, free DNA) can be done as early as 9 weeks. So there is a whole lot of testing that can be done in the first trimester.
Post # 22
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My OBGYN doesn’t see you for your first appointment until between 8 and 10 weeks. I’d start researching, find a doctor you like and make an appointment.
Post # 23
Find a new OB/GYN. I have never had getting appointments within a couple weeks for either pregnancy. I am at a practice with 5 different OBs. As far as I know, they might only be able to schedule paps/well woman exams a few months out but they block out X hrs for OB appointments. My OB will see you between 6-8weeks. I didn’t have a problem getting an appointment during that timeframe. You want someone else anyway, find a better office.
And no, a pregnancy is not an emergency. A urine test is sufficient to confirm the pregnancy, however I do think you want to get in before or at 10 weeks (in case you want to schedule testing that needs to be done by ~12 weeks).
They do bloodwork at the first appointment and medical history but the bloodwork is HIV, chlamydia, syphillis, blood type, rubella immunity, etc. So really, no rush unless you suspect Save-The-Date Cards. They’re not going to be checking your hcg levels multiple times. And there is usually no need for an early ultrasound unless you have irregular or long cycles or are bleeding.
Post # 24
I live in a small town, so it’s a little bit easier to get appointments. I got a BFP on a Saturday and went in Tuesday morning for a confirmation appt (basically, I just peed on the stick again for the doctor).
Then they didn’t schedule me in for another appt until 12 weeks.
Post # 25
solnishko1186 : Actually, the NT scan can be done from 11w-14w and my OB won’t even schedule it until 12w in case baby is measuring a couple days behind. Likewise, the cell free DNA testing isn’t reccomended until 10 weeks, and my office won’t let me do it before 10.5 weeks for the same reason. So nothing is needed to be done until 10 weeks at the very earliest.
Post # 26
Thanks everyone for your vey helpful advice as I said I’m new at this and everything is helpful/appreciated. I ended up cancelling the appt with the male ob-gyn I didn’t feel comfortable with. They are mailing me a prescription to measure hcg hormone in my blood. I had my husband get recommendations from people he knows in the medical field and we did our research. I made my first pre-natal visit appt for when i’ll be 6 weeks 5 days. The practice does their first visit at 6 weeks. The Dr isn’t available when I’m 6 weeks so I made a 2nd appt to meet with her 2 weeks afterwards when I’m 8 weeks. Also after I cancelled my appt with the ob-gyn at the practice I’ve been going to for years, I found out they only see patients up until 12 weeks and then after that, refer you to another ob-gyn until you’re full-term and deliver..so thankfully my original ob-gyn who wasn’t avail. Til October didn’t have any sooner appt because I assumed they take full-term patients and after all that I would’ve been transferred to a new doctor. The doctor I have appt with has very good reviews from his work colleagues all of which had normal deliveries and 3 with complications and they were vry happy how she handled the complications. His other co-worker had an “awesome” ob-gyn up until her delivery, she then had complications/infection from her c-section and his co-worker said her ob-gyn referred her to a specialist because “she doesnt handle complications” so god forbid anything happens that’s good to know who I’m going to see is capable. I find it surprising how his coworkers doctor only wants to handle “normal/healthy” cases and she pushes you to someone else if something goes wrong.
Post # 27
giaf1 : If you have any issues in your pregnancy you will want to see a specialist. Even if your regular OB is willing to still see you, there is no way they will know as much about your situation as a specialist who has been specifically trained for complications in pregnancy. I wouldn’t want to see someone who may know a little about my issue when it comes to something like pregnancy.
I think at this point in your pregnancy you need to take a deep breath. You can’t control what’s going to happen outside of eating healthy and taking your prenatals. No need to stress over every little twinge, cramp, change in temperature, etc.
Post # 28
My OBGYN doesnt even do an intake apt until 10 weeks. So my intake is at 10 weeks and my apt with the OB provider is at 13 weeks. I would say that if you arent having any complications wait for the provider you are comfortable with. =)