Post # 1
going to the doctor (gp, not ob) this week to I guess confirm my pregnancy and do whatever else goes on during that first appointment. Just curious what to expect, I assume they will do a blood test?. Do they estimate how far along I am from that, or LMP… Or some other method? What were your experiences? Im only 7 weeks but since I have long cycles LMP would suggest I’m closer to 10. Really eager to get a first ultrasound scheduled to see if everything is normal so far.
Post # 2
my doctors appointments went like this
1. Pee on a stick
2. Blood test
3. Referral to obgyn
Post # 3
Usually they just do bloodwork and talk about medical history and maybe do a pap if you are due for one. They date pregnancies by LMP but if you have long or irregular cycles you should tell them (if they don’t ask) because they might want to schedule an ultrasound os they can get an accurate date. You can’t really estimate a due date accurately from bloodwork. Were you charting/temping? Do you know when you ovulated? If you know that you aren’t as far along as your LMP would indicate then I would just add 2 weeks to your O date and that gives you your “new” LMP date. Then you don’t really need an ultrasound if you know for sure when you ovulated, otherwise you would want one.
The most accurate way to get your due date is to go from your O date back two weeks and that gives you your “LMP” date and you can use that to see your due date. Doctor’s are assuming you O on day 14 when they give due dates by LMP since most women do not know when they ovulate.
Post # 4
The first poster nailed it on the head of what to expect. But I agree with kes18, if you know you have long or irregular cycles, you definitely need to tell them because that could make a huge difference in what your EDD may be and could be reason to get into an OB’s office sooner just to see where your baby is measuring.
Post # 5
My first appointment with the GP was similar to MrsAloi‘s post. I went in, peed on a stick, gave some blood, and then was sent on my way. I already had an OBGYN referral, so they just had to send something into my insurance to inform them that pregnancy was confirmed so when I made my appointment at the OBGYN, it was all covered.
Super simple. She didn’t even do an estimated due date or anything – that was all done at my first OBGYN appt.
Post # 6
My GP only confirmed the pregnancy via urine test (blood tests are not more accurate, they are generally used to monitor hcg levels) and he gave me a script for my prenatals.
My OB was the one who ran all the bloodwork.
Post # 7
reasonablegirl: Congrats! I also met with my GP before going to an OB. However, my GP used to be an OB (just focuses on family medicine now), so I knew she’d have a ton of info for me. We just went over any questions I had (medications to use, exercising, etc), and she referred me to a few doctors at one of the hospitals in town, as she used to be associated with them when she was an OB.
She never did a test, but since she knew I was very meticulous with tracking, I don’t think she felt it was needed.
I just had my first OB appointment last Friday and that is where the bloodwork was done.