(Closed) Is it weird/bad not to see doc til 10wks/not receive any advice in the meantime?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

pretty much standard. First blood test, then see you in 8 to 10 weeks.

Post # 18
543 posts
Busy bee

I’m actually kinda glad to see that this is still somewhat common. I’m not pregnant yet, or ttc anytime soon,  but I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that I may have to battle some folks to have a minimally invasive pregnancy. I mean, people have been having babies for centuries without the need for a 6 week ultrasound.

Post # 19
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I didn’t see anyone until 10 weeks. Not even for a blood test to confirm the pregnancy.

I was already taking prenatals and just googled for things I should/shouldn’t be doing, so I wasn’t terribly concerned. But I will say, it was a long 6 weeks from finding out to that first appointment.

Post # 20
95 posts
Worker bee

As others have said, I believe this is the norm in a lot of places.  I didn’t even have a blood test to confirm.  I just called the office and told them I had a positive home test.  They asked when my last period was and scheduled an appointment 10 weeeks (actually closer to 11 due to scheduling conflicts) out.  I feel the same as you though, it’s a little annoying and unnerving.  April can’t come soon enough!

Post # 22
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Same thing everyone else said, Doc wouldn’t see me until at least 8 weeks and even then it was jsut a pap smear(if you’re due for one, also it’ll make you bleed quite a bit), blood work and her asking about symptoms/anything they should watch out for.

She also gave me a booklet with tons of info and explained the genetic screening options and what the rest of my appointments will be like.

I also agree with PP that said to take a DHA prenatal supplement as well as your normal prenatals or one with added DHA.

It might also be helpful to write down any genetic disorders in your family that they might need to be aware of because they will probably ask.

They didn’t even look for the heartbeat when I went in (8weeks) so I was kind of bothered by that because I wanted to know that my baby is doing ok!! 

Hope any of that helps!

Post # 23
876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@hippomama:  It will go faster than you think! I felt like the 4 weeks I waited between my BFP and seeing the doctor would take YEARS. I saw the doctor at 8 weeks for an ultrasound, paperwork and information. I think seeing a doctor if you aren’t considered high risk between 8-10 weeks is normal. Since then my pregnancy has flown by! I’m now 26.5 weeks and am hearing from friends that they’ve started receiving my shower invites. 🙂 Time flies! Take your vitamins, don’t drink and take care of yourself until you see your doctor and you’ll be fine. Good luck! 

Post # 24
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think its normal. I remember when I found out I was preganant, I didn’t even go for a blood test, I just did the home pregnancy test and that was it. Then called my OBGYN office and made an appointment for when I was 8 weeks.

Post # 25
1172 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve heard of doctors not wanting to see you until 8 weeks or so.  I always thought that was odd, I mean something could go wrong (not that it will in your case!) that could have been prevented in those 8 weeks, and they need to get you on prenatals and discuss what you should and shouldn’t be doing/eating/drinking…

I went in 2 days after I tested at home, they did the pee test and blood test to check hormone levels.  Then I went in 3 days later to take more blood and make sure my levels were climing, then the same 3 days later.  I also had a ultrasound done at 5 weeks to confirm/date pregnancy, and at 7 weeks to see/hear the heartbeat. Then another u/s at 1o weeks, my doctor said since I was still early it’s hard to get the heartbeat on the doppler so she just did a quick u/s to check on him.  So between 4-10 weeks I probably went in 6 times and had 3 ultrasounds.  Maybe call another office and see if they can see you sooner and change doctors if you’re not set on the one you have now.

Post # 26
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hippomama:  My doctor won’t see moms-to-be until 8 weeks. No bloodwork, no nothing. I couldn’t get in until 9w5d, and the waiting is torture! They just told me to keep taking my prenatals and call if I had any spotting.

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