Post # 1
I just scheduled my first appt with an OBGYN referred to me by PCP. I looked her up and she got rave reviews from first time moms so I’m hoping to have the same experience!
I’m wondering what to expect – will there be an ultrasound/scan/will I hear a heartbeat, etc? If it helps, my calculated due date is 10.28 and my appointment is on 3.18.
Darling Husband also wants to know if he should come with me..did you ladies go solo or with someone?
Post # 2
A lot depends on the particular doctor/office. You will likely have a detailed medical history taken (if you haven’t had one done by that office yet). They will take some blood to do various tests. Take Bridal Party and height and weight. they will go over the lsit of foods to stay away from – or avoid if you can (there are many feelings about these lists).
The ultrasound will depend on your doctor. My doctor had machines in all the rooms and I had an u/s at every appointment. Other people only had 1-2 their whole pregnancy.
hearing the heartbeat will depend on how far along you are. Many doctors won’t even try until 8-9 weeks.
Post # 3
Mine just did bloodwork. They usually only try listening to the heartbeat at 9weeks or so. Probably go over medical history and you pee in a cup.
I went alone unless I knew there was an ultrasound and my office schedules ultrasounds and appointments separately. Most appointments aren’t very exciting except maybe the 20w anatomy scan and hearing the heartbeat the first time. I was usually in and out in 15 min.
Post # 4
rittenhousenewbee: What week will you be in when you see the doctor? I wasn’t scheduled to see my OBGYN until week 12, and for that appointment I had an ultrasound, bloodwork, and had to recount our family history to the nurse.
My Darling Husband only comes with me when we expect to do an ultrasound, which at week 12 and 20. Otherwise the appointments are kind of boring for them. If he has any questions for the doctor I just write them down and tell him what the doctor says later.
That being said, I think it’s nice for your Darling Husband to meet the OBGYN when you do, since she will hopefully be delivering your baby!
Post # 5
rittenhousenewbee: they will go over your medical history. depending on how far along you are, they will do either an ultrasound or transvaginal. I was too early the first time I went which was kind of scary because we couldn’t see anything and on top of that, I discovered I had a retroverted uterus, so I had to go twice in a week to see if my Hcg was increasing to see if it was a viable pregnancy. Then I went back at 7 weeks and we go to hear the heartbeat!
The other thing is, the u/s depend on the office- for example my office gives an ultrasound every time you visit. On top of that you have to go every 4 weeks during your first trimester, once you get to your second trimester, you go every 2 weeks, then in your last trimester, you go every week.
After that, they sent me for bloodwork! A lot of blood was taken that day Lol
Post # 6
I’ll be exactly 8 weeks the day of my appointment.
Post # 7
rittenhousenewbee: I was 10 weeks at our first appt, and here is the steps I had to take with my OB:
1) Give urine sample
2) Answer a bazillion questions on family history
3) Meet and greet with the OB I chose – asked questions, she gave me a rundown of essential information, etc.
4) Had a quick internal exam by the doc, and met our little one via a transvaginal U/S. Saw a heartbeat, but did not hear a heartbeat.
5) Made our next appointment for a month later
6) Had 6-7 vials of blood drawn.
That was that. Pretty easy, but definitely poked and prodded a bit 🙂 Start to finish took about 2 hours, which included drive time from the office to the lab where the blood was drawn, and the waiting!
Post # 8
rittenhousenewbee: Every doc office is different for me. They checked my weight, blood pressure. I got a pap smear and the doc ask me and the bf now fiance at the time lots of question about health and history. I was going to have an ultrasound done until 19 or 20 weeks but my fiance kept telling the doc “watch it be twins” than my doc scheduled me for an ultrasounds a few days after to confirm my pregnancy. I was indeed pregnant and the baby heartbeat was very strong. They told me the first appointment was always the longest. At least it was for me.
Doc appt are annoying but you will get lots of them. after awhile it becomes routine you know the basics check your weight, check blood pressure, pee in a cup, check baby heatbeat, than talk to the doctors. Oh and lots of waiting around and I got lots of blood work done. Fun times haha.
Post # 9
You might want to call and ask. My OB does a dating ultrasound at that appointment so my Darling Husband came with. My doctor does not attempt to listen with the doppler that early.
Then they did some bloodwork, height/weight/BP, gave me some paperwork regarding safe things to eat/drink etc., and the doctor came in for a few minutes to see if I had any questions. They might ask you to do a pap if you’re due for one.
Post # 10
Depends on the office, but aside from weight and Bridal Party, all we did was paperwork and a medical history, and I was 12 weeks at that point. Oh, and the standard OB panel labwork. Totally boring and terribly anticlimactic. The next appointment we got to hear the heartbeat and all.
Post # 11
Daizy914: wow, every 2 weeks during your second tri seems excessive for a typical low risk pregnancy. I’m high risk and I don’t even go that often.
Post # 12
Not much, I went when I was maybe 7 weeks, they could not do an ultrasound as I was too early in the pregnancy, but they did some blood work and a pregnancy test, nothing out of the ordinary really. I went again at 9 weeks for the first ultrasound where we were able to hear the hearbeat. It was very emotional for me and my husband. Enjoy this time, and most important, enjoy your pregnancy.
Also, my Darling Husband went with me to EVERY appointment/ultrasound. He was there every step of the way.
Post # 13
rittenhousenewbee: I specifically didn’t schedule my first appt with my second baby until I was 10 weeks just so that I knew I’d be able to hear the heartbeat. I knew that any time before then if they tried to find the heartbeat and couldn’t, I’d be freaked out even if the reason was because it was too early. Lots of paperwork, lots of questions about family health history.
Post # 14
Westwood: yea thats what i thought! But it doesnt bother me bc its more chances to see the baby! And plus my insurance covers maternity visits 100%, so i dont mind
Post # 15
I had my first appt at 8w+1, but I had also had an ultrasound at 6.5 weeks due to spotting. I had my height and weight taken, and the CNA asked a lot of questions about my and dh’s medical history as well as our family medical history. I had another ultrasound to date the pregnancy and make sure baby was healthy. Then my OB went over do’s and donts and asked if we had any questions for her.