Post # 1
Hello. I have always had anxiety about doctors. Add to that my worries about feeling relatively symptomless in my first trimester and I am feeling really nervous about my first appointment on Thursday at 8 weeks.
If you don’t mind, can you share what happened at your first appointment/ultrasound? I figure if I know more about what to expect, I might be more comfortable. Thanks!
Post # 3
It was pretty simple, I had already done an OB “orientation” where she gave me general information like do’s/don’t’s and family history, so the actual first appointment was pretty quick. She talked to us about our options for genetic testing, nuchal scan, etc. Then I had a transvaginal ultrasound for dating purposes, it was not uncomfortable at all and it was awesome seeing the little heart beating!! They had me do bloodwork and a urine sample at my orientation appointment. I was also relatively symptomless at my 8 week appointment so try not to worry too much!
Post # 4
O good luck! I was similar to you in my lack of any major symptoms except tiredness. I was soooo nervous. It was the morning of a nasty snowstorm and the doctor ended up being 45 minutes late….pure torture. But from the moment she entered the room to the moment we saw the heartbeat and baby it was about 3 minutes! She just zipped right in (I was already set up on the table with clothes off) lubed up the condom and wand and popped it right in me while doing some brief chatting haha, and immediately, like within 5 seconds, said “well, there’s definitely a baby in there.” She then went on to assure me that the heartbeat was great and the baby was measuring appropriately. It took honestly 4-5 minutes, tops.
I had no time to ask if I was having a trans ultrasound or abdominal because the answer was apparent right away. I’m actually really grateful we didn’t do questions or pleasantries beforehand because really, all we wanted was to see our baby.
After the ultrasound we chatted about symptoms, next steps, concerns, etc.
I recommend putting your husband or whoever’s attending with you on photo and video duty. You will get your own printouts I’m sure, but we have several pictures on the phone and the video of the tiny heart beating is just amazing.
Post # 5
First, pee in a cup.
Second, go in the room and do weight, height and blood pressure with the medical assistant.
Third, OB comes in, you discuss medical history, medications, symptoms, any concerns you have, last date of your period, etc… Your dr may or may not do a pap, and will most likely at LEAST do a pelvic exam. They will send that stuff to the lab to double check for Save-The-Date Cards etc…
Dr will MOST LIKELY do a transvaginal ultra sound. It’s no worse than a pap, probably less uncomfrotable. Just relax, you should be able to see the little gummy bear on the screen but it’s unlikely you will HEAR the heartbeat. We only saw ours as the little hb monitor bumped up and down on the screen.
After that my dr sent me to the lab for about 5 vials of blood. Make sure you are well hydrated and take a snack if you have issues with getting blood taken. The labs are to test you for immunities against things like MMR, get your blood type, check your iron levels. etc.
Overall it was pretty easy, just getting down the basics and giving routine blood test and urine test plus the ultra sound. I’m sure everything is fine! Not everyone has symptoms! I totally get the anxiety though I was sure that we would go in and there would be nothing!
Post # 6
My first appointment at 7w5d was an intake appointment!
They had me pee in a cup to confirm that I was pregnant. They took my starting height/weight. Then we spent over an hour talking about my family history, and DH’s family history!
And they ran my first blood panels. They took a TON of blood–Like 10 or 15 vials! But I opted in for EVERY available test! Just to be safe.
At 12w they did the pee in a cup, height/weight. They would have done a pelvic exam/pap smear, but I’d just had one a few months earlier! So I got to skip that. Then they did more bloodwork–BUT, I got to hear the heartbeat for the first time!
At 13w I had my first u/s! And more bloodwork. I was lucky enough to have a doctor that does standard Maternity21 testing.
Post # 7
@yougotme: first, I gave a urine sample and they took my Bridal Party, height and weight. Then I had an abdominal ultrasound and saw baby and heartbeat. They also did a transvaginal one to see better. They gave me my edd and a bunch of reading material. Then, I met with the doc. He explained the basics of appointments during pregnancy, we went over genetic testing options and he answered all my questions. Then he did a regular pelvic exam with pap.
congrats and good luck! You’ll get used to docs by the end of this!
Post # 8
Thanks for all the replies. I went in once just to confirm the pregnancy. I have an ultrasound and then an appointment with the nurse so I’m guessing that will be the height, weight, blood pressure, family history etc. mentally preparing is helpful.
Im glad I have a heads up about blood tests! i usually faint so I’ll bring water and snacks.
Feeling a little better about this…
Post # 9
@yougotme: So I saw the ultrasound technician first. It was a guy and at for about a second I was uncomfortable with that. But he was really quick in getting the transvaginal wand in and after that in about five seconds we saw the baby. I measured 7w6d although I think I was 7w3d. He was very talkative and informative and told me I could have as little or as much information as I wanted. We got to see the heartbeat which was amazing. DH teared up. I got to learn which ovary I ovulated from which was kind of interesting.
After that we saw the doctor who went over a long list of dos and mostly don’ts. Interestingly she didn’t talk about not smoking or drinking which I guess are so obvious at this point is why she didn’t bother? We got into the nitty gritty of what constitutes a pasteurized cheese though. I filled out a questionaire about my heritage and medical history so they knew what to blood test me for.
The doctor talked about when my next appointment would be, how often I would have appointments, and offered the NT scan. She talked about the advantaged and disadvantages of it and said I could think about it. We ended up deciding against it. After that I got lots of blood drawn which has all come back normal except I’m still waiting on the test to see if I’m a cystic fibrosis carrier. That takes two weeks.
I work in a hospital and am very comfortable around medical professionals so it was all fine with me. Overall I was there close to three hours.
Post # 10
@PatientBee: wow! 3 hours is a long time! Glad I took the whole day off.
Post # 11
I just had my first appointment yesterday! It’s a long process but there isn’t too much to worry about.
Height weight etc, Pee in a cup, answer a bunch of family history questions, the typical do you smoke, how much do you drink questions, go over proper nutrition and a few minuets of what to expect for the next few weeks. Then I got a TON of blood drawn, which was fine because I was well hydrated, I’m just a slow bleeder so it took a while. Went back to the exam room for a pap, heard the babies heart beat, talked to the dr about delivery options (I had to sign a form saying I knew I wasn’t eligible to give birth at this hospital and that I would look for other options, but that’s just an Alaska thing, you’ll be fine) an that was that. There were some moments of giggly excitement from my dr because she knows mr. J very well and was super excited. So that was nice. Nothing to worry about but definitely plan a full afternoon
Post # 12
@yougotme: My appt was only 30 mins lol. Then I went to the lab and that took probably 10.
Post # 13
Well… My appointment is first thing tomorrow morning and now I just want it to be here so I can stop worrying! Im glad I’ll have my husband with me. He’s such a calming force. Thank you for all the anecdotes. Hoping everything goes just as smoothly as yours did!
Post # 14
Thank you for all of your responses… They definitely helped ease my anxiety. I made it through my appointment today (and 7 vials of blood!) just fine. I’m glad the ultrasound was first, it made me feel so much better to see that little heartbeat flickering away.. 178 beats per minute!
Post # 16
I had my appt at 8w3d. We did the ultrasound which was really cool. Got a packet of info. Gave urine. They did not do a bloodtest because I had to go to the ER in the building over for my IV fluids and injection of Zofran. I have to go back in 2 weeks so based on how I’m feeling I’ll likely give blood than. They did take my blood at thr ER but my results were all messed up because of the dehydration so they don’t count. All in all it’s a pretty informative appointment and very crazy when you see the heart beating so quickly!