I'm pregnant. When should I go to the doctor for the first time?

I have taken three pregnancy tests all confirming that I am pregnant. I am about 7 weeks. Now I am wondering when to go to my first appointment and what it will cover?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Oct. 4, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • So you need to call the doctor you're going to go see and they usually put you in for the first visit around 10-12 weeks. Then you'll get you're full exam. They will want you to pee in a cup so make sure you've got something in your bladder. And sometimes after your exam you'll get some spotting but it's nothing to worry about. Congrats!

    Answer by faile at 4:20 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • First off let me congratulate you, you're in for a very wonderful time!!
    Second, when I found out I was prego I called to make an appt right away and when I went in to the dr I was about 6 wks. He did an ultrasound (I saw my little birdie-at least that's what my Mom called my daughter on the 1st us), a urine test to confirm the preg, some bloodwork, and just got my basic history. It's pretty standard and routine, nothing to worry about.

    Good luck and schedule that appt soon!!

    Answer by KenadysMom at 4:26 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • I found out when I was 4 wks along. My primary doc gave me a blood test to verify and then refered me to an OB (my insurance requires referals, blah). about 2 wks later I was at my first appt. My husband and I spent a good hour to hour and 15 mins answering q's about our health and family histories . Then we were given A LOT of paper to read stuff of different types of tests, services available in our area, a book of what to expect and sheets on what meds and over the counters are ok to take during pregnancy. Then I was seen by my midwife. She ran over my history and did a pelvic exam..OUCH..She determined my expected due date (EDD) Then I had to go to the lab and get what seemed to be gallons of bood drawn. And now I get a appt once every 4 wks w/ heartbeats of the baby and just general questions asked by the dr, how i am any concerns etc. Hope this helps. Good luck and I hope you have a great pregnancy =)

    Answer by ReneeLRS at 5:30 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • Your 1st appt all depends on you and your ob/gyn. My first appt was around 6wks (when I thought I was preg). Each md is different in what they want to do on the initial exam (it also depends on how far along you are). You will most definately pee in a cup, give your history and possibly have an ultrasound. Get ready to enjoy the "ride of your life" , congratulations and good luck!!!!!

    Answer by gwood at 5:47 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • My doctor's office has you meet with the OB nurse when you find out you're pregnant so that you can go over medical history and insurance stuff. Then you see the doctor at 10-12 weeks. They don't do an ultrasound until 18-20 weeks unless there's a problem. But like everyone else has said, every doctor is different. But, I would advise that you take some sort of Maxi pad with you, so that if you're spotting before you leave, you can take care of that.

    Answer by KaroGreenly at 6:03 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • You can actually see the doc now and it gives you more time to get all your bloodwork done. There's also a first trimester screen to be done and I wouldn't wait until your 10-12 weeks before going the first time. Go anytime!! They'll do bloodwork and a pap...

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 6:54 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • AND probably a "dating" u/s to confirm you due date

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 6:55 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • make your appointment now. if your dr.s office is anything like mine, it's a pain in the ass to get that first appointment. you could be waiting up to a month like i just had to to get that initial appointment. and it doesnt matter how far along you are, it's a matter of when they have the next appt available.

    Answer by tnteaton at 10:49 PM on Oct. 4, 2008

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  • My doctor wanted to see me when I found out...so I found out at 3.5 weeks and went in at 5 weeks. I peed in a cup, then the nurse did a test, I answered a million and one questions about my history and family history, He did a pelvic, an ultrasound to confirm that I was 5 weeks (saw our little yolk sac) and then down to the lab for many viles of blood. Now I go every 4 weeks.

    Answer by vickwu at 1:57 AM on Oct. 5, 2008

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  • you need to see one as soon as yo ufind out so they can one make sure things are fine and two know for sure how far along you are

    Answer by iloveyall2008 at 2:32 AM on Oct. 5, 2008

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