First Dr. Appointment Set up.

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

For my first appointment I was about 6 weeks myself. It was mainly just a consultation about my health, how I knew I was pregnant, and him walking me through the appointment structure as a whole for my pregnancy (when I had to come in, what we’d do on each appt ETC). He also gave me information about things I need to do, things I need to avoid, and things I need to watch out for. I came back four days later for a fasting blood test and urine test. My doctor personally didn’t believe in doing ultrasounds or heartbeat stuff until 11-12 weeks because he felt there wasn’t much to see/hear….but I am told my doctor is alone on that one, as most women had their first ultrasound sooner than me.

Post # 3
8099 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

cristinamarie92 :  I did IVF so it might be different than a natural pregnancy but at my 6 week appointment I got an ultrasound (transvaginal). We saw the heartbeat (it’s a pulsating light on the screen) but didn’t hear it until week 10. For the transvaginal ultrasound a full bladder isn’t necessary and in fact they always told me to empty out before I got them. 

Post # 4
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My first appointment, I was close to 9 weeks and saw a NP also. We went over basic health questionaire/background, things to avoid, personal life (they try to get a sense of your emotional well-being, at least my doctor’s office did), I had a pap done/quick pelvic exam to check on the growth of the uterus. We were also able to hear the heartbeat (BUT my NP was very surprised since she mentioned that she’s never been able to hear the HB before 9 weeks) – she said she usually doesn’t try because it stresses out the mother/father when you can’t hear anything but because I was tiny and my uterus seemed to have grown at a good rate, she’d try. I also had blood and urine work done at this appointment, it was non-fasting. And this is when she also ordered an ultrasound for the following week – since I’d had a prior miscarriage, otherwise, the dating ultrasound is usually done at 12 weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, I would call the doctor’s office back and just ask what will be done or if you need to prep, etc.

Post # 6
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Ed Oliver Golf Club, Wilmington, DE

My first appointment wasn’t until 10 weeks; my ob really prefers people to be at 10-12 weeks before first appointment. 

I filled out paperwork, we talked about the pregnancy and my health. She explained the appointment schedules and what to expect moving forward. We did urine and blood testing, and a pap smear. She then asked if we wanted a sneak peak and she did a quick ultrasound where we saw the little one. I had a list of questions she answered and then all the things I was told to avoid. 

Good luck!! 


Post # 7
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i saw hb at 5.5weeks. but i was IVF and it was done in the RE’s office.  i didn’t “graduate” to ob until I was 10 weeks.

i remember they had trouble at ob’s office many times finding hb in the beginning.  their equipment just wasn’t as good as at RE.  i would think at ob’s office you’d have to wait a little longer to see/hear hb.

Post # 10
2040 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I doubt they would do an ultrasound at this appointment. If you are unsure of your dates they may send you for one. They also likely wouldn’t do transvaginal unless there was a reason a normal U/S wouldn’t work or if baby is too small to get an accurate read on its size. At my six week appointment they did a urine test to reconfirm the pregnancy, chatted with me about my health and habits, discussed using a midwife or an OB, and gave me some leaflets and brochures on classes and their online pregnancy resource. At my first appointment with the midwife at 9 weeks, they were unable to find the heartbeat with the Doppler, but we were able to see it a few days later at my second dating U/S.

Post # 11
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m sure this varies, but at my Dr’s office, the ultrasound was a separate appointment, so I clearly knew if I was having one or not. I’d be scheduled for an ultrasound at 10:00am and a Dr’s appointment at 10:40am, for example. I agree with some of the PP that if you do have an ultrasound, it will be transvaginal and you wouldn’t need a full bladder.


Post # 12
2443 posts
Buzzing bee

My first appointment was an intake appointment with a nurse. Other than doing a pregnancy test, it was an overview of my history and dos and don’ts while pregnant. I got a lot of literature. 

I saw the OB two weeks later, which included more history and a pelvic exam. I didn’t have an ultrasound until I was 11 weeks. 

Post # 13
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have never known anyone who got an U/S that early unless there was cause for concern or a dating issue. I got my first U/S at 11.5 weeks and it was not transvaginal.

I had my first OB appt at 9 weeks. They took a urine sample and weighed me. We went over expectations and concerns. It was pretty easy and brief.

Post # 15
3396 posts
Sugar bee

I had my confirmation appointment at 7 weeks 3 days. It was my first appointment. They did not tell me to have a full bladder for an ultrasound, but did tell me I would need to take a urine test. I did that immediately, then saw the doctor, who did a transvaginal ultrasound. We saw the yolk salk and heartbeat. She also measured the baby and said it was tracking according to my last period. The appointment did not take long. I have no idea if it is normal to do a transvaginal ultrasound that early. It was my first time ever seeing that doctor. I am 39, though, so maybe that matters.

Also, they did not do bloodwork. I am going to have my blood drawn after 9 weeks due to certain tests. I also have another appointment at 12 weeks for more stuff like a full physical, etc. You can call your doctor’s office to find out what they plan to do. I brought my husband along because they told me I’d be doing an ultrasound that would show the heart beat. I am in the U.S., by the way.

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