Post # 1
Can you tell I’m newly pregnant? All these questions! 🙂
For my first doctors appointment, I will be 6 weeks 2 days. I asked the registration worker how long this appointment would take, she said roughly a half hour. I scheduled it not even thinking of my husband’s schedule. He’s not available at the time I picked. I’m wondering if it’s something I should reschedule when he’s available? What takes place at the first appointment? I’d hate for him to miss something “good” specifically an ultrasound or a heartbeat.
Since the woman mentioned it was only a half hour I just assumed I’d pee in a cup and maybe have a pelvic exam. Is there anything else that takes place? Maybe I’m totally wrong!
Post # 2
My first doctors appointment was at 7 weeks 1 day and took about an hour and a half. I filled out tons of paperwork (even though i’ve been going to that doctor for years), then we had an ultrasound and got to see the heartbeat. 6 weeks might be too early to see the heartbeat. Then we had a half hour with the doctor where she explained everything, do’s and don’ts and did a full exam. Then I got 8 vials of blood taken from me, and peed in a cup.
If you’re worried abour your DH missing anything, give the office a call and ask if they’ll be doing an ultrasound!
Post # 3
I would think they would tell you if you’d be getting an ultrasound. And it’s probably way too early to use a doppler to hear the heartbeat.
Post # 4
My OB’s office always schedules ultrasounds separately with their ultrasound tech so you have to schedule an appointment so you would know ahead of time when all of your ultrasounds are. Not every OB gives an early ultrasound, though some do. The only “standard” ultrasound is a 20 week anatomy scan. You can call and ask what their procedures are. Way too early to use a doppler to hear a heartbeat, you need to be at least 10 weeks if not 12.
Normally the first appointment is just medical history, questions, and maybe a pap or physical if you are due for one. Also, they will take some bloodwork (blood type, HIV, syphillis, immunities, etc). If you don’t know your husband’s family’s medical history it might be beneficial for him to come to the first one. Overall, most appointments are boring and very quick (15min- weight, pee, blood pressue, any questions? done) so I don’t have my husband come to any except an ultrasound.
Post # 5
My first appointment was scheduled a 10 weeks, but I pushed it back to 12 because I wasn’t having any issues and felt like I am educated on the do and don’t.
There really isn’t much they can do for you at six weeks. Personally, I am going with a midwife because I don’t want any unnecessary crap. I consider early appointments that revolve around paperwork and having you air your concerns a waste of money. But that’s just what seems to be standard with maternity care here in the US.
With that said, I want my husband to be with me for everything.
Post # 6
6 weeks is pretty early to get an ultrasound or do doppler for the heartbeat. Based on the the length of appointment, it doesn’t sound like they will be doing either one of those, but if you’re unsure, you can always call. What will happen for sure is they will make you leave a urine sample, you’re going to have to go over your medical history and chat with the doctor about any hereditary medical conditions that would lead them to believe you need additional care or testing.
For the record, my husband has only come to 1 doctor’s appointment with me. The first time we did an ultrasound and all the others I’ve gone solo. The only other one that’s really exciting that you’d want him there for is the anatomy scan and that won’t happen until about 20 weeks.
Post # 7
My DH has come to both of my ultrasounds so far, but didn’t come to the “intake” appointment (my first appointment) with me. It was just paperwork and peeing in a cup, then I had to go give blood for lab work. That was it. From the length of this appointment, that sounds like this is what your first appointment will be as well. They typically don’t do ultrasounds until between 8 and 10 weeks, and it’ll be too early to see/hear a heartbeat so I really, really doubt they would give you an ultrasound at this appointment.
Post # 8
Congrats! I think they only do early ultrasounds if you’re high risk. With that being said, I took DH to my first appointment at 5 weeks 6 days. We had an ultrasound and heard and saw the heartbeats but I’m also under the care of a RE so I don’t think that’s standard (especially based on PP). You should probably wait until you’re guaranteed an ultrasound to bring DH. Good luck!
Post # 9
It completely depends on the Doctor. You should call. I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks to see the heartbeat. I am not high risk. Ive had ultrasounds at 6, 9, 12, 16 and 21 weeks and DH has been at all except the 16 week one, which I didn’t ask about and didn’t know in advance they’d do an ultrasound. So I would definitely ask because every office does things differently.
Post # 10
It depends on the doctor, my first OB appt I was 6w2d, and they did a vaginal ultrasound and we heard the heartbeat, and saw the gestional sack. They also did a urine test (which I do at every appt), and I had a pap smear. I would just ask if they are doing an ultrasound- you won’t hear anything on a doppler that early- the only way would be with a vaginal ultrasound.
Post # 11
My first appointment was at 7 weeks, they gave me a bunch of paperwork, did a urine test, took a ton of blood samples… I asked about an ultrasound, but the tech was already gone for the day and my dr. basically said that they prefer to wait until 10 weeks because that’s when they can get the best dating. I also learned that I will schedule the ultrasounds specifically, so I guess I wouldn’t assume that you’ll have one, but if you want one you should ask for one- who knows, it might be something they can accommodate! (my doctor could tell that I really wanted one so he’s cool with doing it next week rather than waiting until 10 weeks) The most exciting part of the appointment was when I threw up during the blood draw and then fainted… apparently we’re going to do the rest of them lying down. 🙂