Post # 1
Everything I’ve read on here had me totally prepared to not have an appointment until 8-10 weeks and definitely not an ultrasound until then. I thought early ultrasounds were mostly if you have had previous problems or weren’t sure how far along you were.
I called today to make an appointment, expecting it to be scheduled at the end of next month, and they said to come in today. I did, and they did a urine test which was positive like the seven I have at home, lol. They drew blood and said they would schedule my first ultrasound in the next FEW weeks based on what my levels were and the the ultrasound was to date the pregnancy.
I know exactly when I conceived. I was using OPKs and tested early and watched the pregnancy tests progress from squinters to strong lines. I’m only 13dpo today.
I’m a little scared of the early ultrasound because I see so many people not see much and get scared it’s a blighted ovum and go back a few days later only to see everything is fine.
Just wondering what others experiences were.
Post # 3
@PatientBee: my first appt and u/s were 8 weeks from LMP. I hve longer cycles though so knew I would be dated earlie.. I also knew wen I conceived. baby measured 6w5d which is about what I expected. they did both an abdominal and transvaginal u/s and on both could see baby and the wonderful flickering heart beat.
Post # 4
Every doctor is different. I am seeing a GP, so she met with me as soon as I got a positive test to take a urine sample and give me info. My first OB appointment was at 10 weeks, and my first ultrasound was 20 weeks for the anatomy scan. A lot of people have them a lot earlier and way more frequently- I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 5
I had my first prenatal appointment with my midwife was at 12 weeks & my (only) ultrasound at 20 weeks for the anatomy scan. My family doctor made it sound like I was crazy when I called her at 4-5 weeks. Apparently, most people are more chill about it but I had an early miscarriage the month before so I was a little on edge.
Post # 6
I’ve been dealing with RPL, so I did betas right away to test my hCG levels, and then at 6 weeks had my first u/s and saw my beautiful little bean. No heartbeat on that one – it was gestational sac, yolk sac, and teeny little fetal pole. At 7 weeks we heard and saw the heartbeat. 🙂
Post # 7
My doctor did betas right away, but my first ultrasound wasn’t until 8w.
Post # 8
I found out last Wed. I called my dr, told them my LMP and was hoping to get in over my 2 week winter break off (I am teacher). They won’t see me until Jan 9th because they said it’s 10-12 weeks before they see you unless there’s complications (which this is my 1st time being pregnant and I feel great) which was so confusing to me. We wanted to tell family on Christms but I needed to see an ultrasound/ hear a heartbeat 1st so I found an imaging place and we paid them $100 to tell me yes I am preg (I had bloodwork and 6 positive tests) and hear the heartbeat. Definitely money wel spent because it confirmed everything. She did tell me I am only 6w6d though which I thought I was closer to 9 w based on my dates. But Oh well. I will see the dr. on the 9th and she will prob change my due date again. Hahaha
Post # 9
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We are seeing a midwife, which means a lower intervention pregnancy. Our insurance also only covers two ultrasounds for a normal pregnancy– one at 12 weeks or before and one at 20 weeks or thereabouts. Check with your insurance to be sure what they cover!
I was under the impression from the boards here that early u/s and repeated HCG beta blood tests were common (but not always a good thing), so I was surprised when we weren’t offered them. Also, be aware that it’s within your rights to refuse or delay procedures that you don’t want or find unnecessary.
Post # 10
@cherrypie: I work for the hospital system where I’m going to the doctor and everything pregnancy related, including delivery is 100% covered. I am thinking of asking to not be seen until 7 weeks at the earliest. I know this is still very early and not really necessary, but I am a little excited to see the heartbeat. But I really don’t want to have the experience of it being too early to see anything and unncessarily worry.
The doctor is really nice and personable so I’m not too concerned about being listend to about my wishes regarding care.
Post # 11
I had my first appointment and ultrasound at 8 weeks. I knew almost exactly when we’d conceived because we had used OPKs but the dr’s office said they normally don’t see patients for their first appointment prior to 7 weeks unless you’re considered high risk. I had blood drawn, and we had the ultrasound where we heard the little heartbeat. I’m going back next week for the 10 week MaterniT21 blood test to test the chromosomes and to find out the gender.
Post # 12
@MrsWBS: My first doctor appointment was 5 weeks, then first u/s around 7 weeks.
Post # 13
I think I had my first visit at 9 or 10 weeks. I would have only had one ultrasound at 20 weeks. I requested a First Trimester screening/NT test (which includes an ultrasound) and we scheduled that at 12.5 weeks so that is when I ended up having my first u/s. Probably was a good thing because I ended up being 16 weeks instead of 12.5.
Post # 14
I contacted my regular dr and ob/gyn when I got my BFP. Both practices didn’t have me come in for blood work or urine tests. My ob/gyn scheduled my first ultrasound at 10 weeks.
Post # 15
After getting my BFP, I called my doctor’s office and they had me come in for another urine test. After that was positive, a nurse called to give me the “no” list and to schedule my first appointment, which will be with a prenatal coordinator nurse practioner (who is also a lactation consultant – bonus!) at 8 weeks. I am fairly certain this will be purely an informational meeting. Which is nice, because I have lots of questions to ask! I like my family medicine doc and she’s also OB certified, but I want to ask the NP about who in the practice is most geared toward natural labor/birth. Basically, I want a doctor who is most like a midwife, since midwives aren’t covered by my insurance! I will have my first appointment with a doc at 10-12 weeks.
Post # 16
I called my doctor’s office a couple days after I got my bfp and went in the next day and I was exactly 4 weeks. My doc scheduled a dating u/s for me on Jan 3rd and I will be 6w 2d at that time and then she scheduled another u/s for me on Jan 21st and I will be 8w 6d.