Post # 1
Hi Everyone, new to these boards but have been lurking for awhile now! Anyways, a few days ago I got my BFP! I know that I need to have a blood test to confirm this, just wondering if I should get that done now or are you to wait a little bit? The reason I’m asking is I have booked and appointment with my family doctor but cannot get in to see him for a couple of weeks. Not sure if I should try another doctor to get this bloodwork done sooner or if that is acceptable?
For reference, LMP was October 15th, so if I’ve calculated correctly I believe I am 4 weeks?
Thanks in advance everyone!
Post # 3
I never got any bloodwork done to confirm. I asked my doctor, and they said the HPT tests are accurate, so unless there was problems, no need to get bloodwork or be seen until 8 weeks. Some doctors are different, but I was happy with that answer. Not that I didn’t take a few more tests, though…
Post # 4
@tlynn: If you are worried about it, I think you could just ask your doctor to send you for bloodwork. All they have to do is draw up the lab slip and call you with results.
Post # 5
@tlynn: Going to add, I don’t think you necessarily need to get it done unless you are worried about something. This pregnancy I had mine done right away, and then a week later to make sure my numbers were increasing appropriately, but that is a matter of personal preference.
Post # 6
I never had bloodwork. 8 + HPTs were enough evidence for me.
I called my Dr around 5wk and they scheduled me to come in at 8wk for our first appointment and u/s. I had blood drawn then for a complete workup, but never a blood pregnancy test.
I agree with @hotpinkbride: that unless you have reason to suspect something is wrong, a blood test isn’t absolutely necessary.
Congrats & good luck!
Post # 7
I never had bloodwork done!
They confirmed with a urine test at my first OB appointment! (I think I was 7 weeks), then did a MASSIVE blood panel for genetic risk factors and to find out my blood type.
Post # 8
I got my bloodwork done for the first time at 6 weeks because I had some spotting so I went into outpatients. I had my first appointment 5 days later, and got more bloodwork done then. I wouldn’t have had my first BW done until my appointment had I not been worried. So yea, like others have said.. unless you have symptoms that things arent going the way they should.. waiting is fine !
Post # 9
@tlynn: I never had bloodwork. I called the doc when I got my BFP and they scheduled me to come in at 8 weeks for a dating u/s and general exam.
Post # 10
@tlynn: Like pp, I never got bloodwork done. I did take one pregnancy test a week until thefirst scan at 7.5 weeks!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the clarification! I was under the impression it was standard to get a blood test to confirm right away haha. No reason to suspect anything is wrong at this point! Anyways, I’ll keep the appointment just in case but won’t be rushing in anytime soon for bloodwork.
Post # 12
I think every place is different. It is standard for my doctor to do bloodwork once you call in with a HPT. This was for both my OB and RE – although I could do it at one or the other, not both.
Post # 13
I don’t think you need bloodwork unless you’ve had a MC before or are high risk. When I called my Dr’s office to make an appt they said Congrats! See you at 8 weeks!
No bloodwork here, until tomorrow morning!!
Post # 14
@tlynn: I think it used to be that way back in the day … nowadays, a blood draw is a routine part of your first prenatal visit, but they aren’t usually doing it to confirm the pregnancy. They are verifying your blood type (important if you are Rh-negative and could be carrying an Rh-positive baby because there is a possibility of a (preventable with medication) immune reaction at birth if you develop antibodies to the baby’s Rh+ blood; they also check your immunity/infection status for certain diseases (hepatitis, measles, etc.); and they check your iron levels (pregnancy can cause or aggravate anemia, and if your iron is low or borderline it’s good to know that so you can adjust your diet, take a supplement, etc.)
If you have been anemic or borderline in the past, it might be smart to get your hemoglobin and hematocrit checked sooner rather than later, but otherwise there’s no huge rush to get the blood work.