Post # 16
As long as you are low risk (not over 35, no history of miscarriage) they won’t see you until the tail-end of your first trimester. I wasn’t seen by a midwife till 12 weeks and at 8 weeks they did a phone interview of my medical history and that was kind of it.
Post # 17
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I was considered high-risk (due to advanced maternal age) and my first appointment wasn’t until after ten weeks.
Post # 18
Lisparks: They told me the same thing when I called, as I am a new patient & they said they weren’t taking any new patients til February or March – that’s waaay too late! So I said I just found out I’m pregnant, and they were able to squeeze me in at the end of January, which will put me at 9 weeks. So I guess I should be happy with that. But I know how you feel, you just want to get in and be seen & make sure things are going as they’re supposed to be.
Post # 19
One of my friends is pregnant and they didn’t see her for the first time until around 9-10 weeks. That sounds like the norm.
Post # 20
Lisparks: Congratualtions! I know how exciting/scary this time can be! I was so dissapointed when I started calling around looking for an OB and the soonest many places would see me was 10 weeks. One place even said 11/12 weeks. I was not comfortable with that at all. I finally found a doc willing to see me at 7 weeks 5 days and it was so nice to not have to wait wondering if everything was okay. My advice is to keep calling around and find someone who meets your needs. Hope it all works out! 🙂
Post # 21
Lisparks: I didnt get in to see a doc at my mat clinic until I was 15w!!! I didnt have a family doctor so I went to a walk-in when I POAS…. just to confirm, and they gave me a form to do a dating u/s but told me not until 8w or so because they might not pick anything up until then. I called around to get into the low risk mat clinic in my area but they couldnt fit me in until as I said I would have been 14-15w….I said well… shouldnt I see someone before then? And the nurse assured me that as long as the dating u/s was fine and there was a heartbeat theres nothing that really get done so its fine.I did however mention I wanted to do the NT scan which has to be done 11-12w, so I basically just went into the walk-in again and they gave me the form to get it done, and they forwarded the results to the mat clinic. No biggie.
Your first appts with the doctor are nothing more then a bunch of questions and family history questions etc….and they give you a bunch of forms to get a ton of blood testing done. They check your blood pressure, weight, and listen to the HB. I havent had one single internal exam and Im currently almost 34w!
I wouldnt worry…. unless your having severe cramping or any bleeding there’s really no reason you have to see a doctor (unless the appt time is past a date you’d be cut off from having something done like the NT scan if you wanted it) Other then theres nothing pressing. (trust me it took a while for that to sink in lol)
As for drinking etc before you knew again dont worry…. the baby is literally a ball of cells that you cant even see the first weeks (ie: technically the first 2 weeks of pregnancy your not even pregnant….its the time in between the start of your period and Ov), then the next 2 weeks the baby is just cells, and then it moves up etc… but up until about 7-8 weeks the “baby” is living on a yolk sac because the placenta hasnt formed yet which means any alcohol you had during that time wont affect them….its after the placenta forms that drinking etc can get into their system.
Post # 22
9-11 weeks is pretty standard for the first doctors appointment. 6 weeks you cant usually learn anything besides a confirmed test.
Post # 23
Sounds normal to me unless you have prior medical concerns that were already diagnosed prior to pregnancy. I am 12 weeks + 1 day and my first appt isn’t until I’m 13 weeks along.
Post # 24
Lisparks: Congratulations on your pregnancy! What an exciting (and scary time). I’m not going to tell you not to worry, because I too am pregnant (7 weeks) and worried. When I called my OB to tell her about the positive test, she scheduled for my first appt at around the 11-12 week mark. I heard that’s a normal time frame of when to be seen. Since I recently started spotting and am having less symptoms, I have an early scan tomorrow, so we can know what’s going on. As long as you have no issues (spotting, bleeding, severe cramping, history of losses, other medical issues), then your time frame to be seen is perfectly normal. I know it’s really hard to hang in there and not be panicking, and I have no ways to reassure you (as I worry myself), I would turn to some trusted people in your life to talk things over with. Maybe just sitting and talking with a family member or friend can help ease your mind. The Internet certainly won’t, there are far too many stories floating around (not to mention every preganancy is different). Wishing you the best. Be sure to update us.
Post # 25
DumpTruck100: hi and congrats to you too!thank you for your advice really appreciate it that puts my mind at rest. Hope all goes well for your scan tomorrow 🙂 xx
thank you ladies this post has made me relax 🙂
Post # 26
shanbp: thank you for all that information 🙂 you are a gem 🙂
Post # 27
LBeeLove: thank you I will defo do that
Post # 28
I didn’t see my OB until 11 weeks, however, I did go and see one of the nurses at the practice at around 6 or 7 weeks. It was basically just the nurse asking a lot of questions about my family medical history and my husbands. She also set up a dating ultrasound, because I had spotting around the time my period was due(normal, according to the doc). As long as you aren’t bleeding, I wouldn’t worry too much. Easier said than done!
Post # 29
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I couldn’t get any doctors to see me until I was 12 weeks. I was really upset about it and wanted to see someone sooner, but no one would take me. It was frustrating but all ended up being ok.