First OB Appt question

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First OB Appt question

I am new to this whole "pregnant on my own thing" Wink My last pregnancy was IVF and I was constantly monitored and had my progesterone checked and my HCG checked a few times and I had my first U/S were I saw and heard the HB at 6 weeks. So this whole waiting til 8 weeks is stressing me a bit.

When do you have your first OB appt and what do they do? Do you get an U/S at the first one? I've heard some OBs make you wait til 12 weeks.

My first appt was scheduled for 8w2 days but I rescheduled it to 7w5d. I just called and asked them to get me in sooner and at first she said no. Then I said I had a miscarriage before and she said she would talk to the dr about getting me in sooner. I hate being nervous about stuff.

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I didn't have a history of miscarriage of fertility problems, but when I lived in the States when I was pregnant with DS I had my first appointment at 8 weeks. In Canada, it's 12 weeks. I did have an initial Ultrasound with DS, but none in Canada until the Anatomy scan at 18 weeks or so.

If you feel nervous, I would ask to see the OB sooner rather than later. It's worth it just to have peace of mind. Smile

Congratulations!

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I have my 1st appointment on Thursday, I will be 6 weeks.

With Nicholas, they did some bloodwork, made me pee in a cup, took the normal weight, blood pressure, etc., and did a pap smear.

With Nicholas I said I was "unsure" of my last period and fibbed and said I had some spotting. The doctor did an u/s with a little machine he could bring into the room (transvaginal) and we got to see the heartbeat. They also scheduled a dating ultrasound the next appointment.

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My doc doesn't see patients until 8 weeks and that's just paperwork. The next appt at about 9 weeks is for pap and u/s. Many docs, though, don't have a good machine do many women do have to wait longer.

The thing about early U/S is that it can leave you with lots of uncertainty. Plus, not much they can do if something does go wrong...it's just too early.

I would suggest, rather than an earlier u/s, ask for betas. Do 1 now and another in 48 hours. You're looking for it to double. That will tell you the most right now. At 6 weeks you won't see much. On my other BB a momma got an early us because she had many CPs previously and was nervous. She saw a dot in a sac. Which was great! But when I posted my us at 9 weeks (almost 10) she said she wished she had waited because she would have seen so much more baby and not just a blob.

I really urge you to not push the us earlier than you already have scheduled. Of course this is just my opinion, but so many women have been scared to death because of early us that only showed a sac only to go back in a week and see baby at 7 weeks.

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Thanks for all the info. I can't imagine only getting one scan at 18 weeks!

Christina - when I had my 5.5 or 6 week u/s with ds we were able to see and hear the hb - that's why I was thinking I could get in sooner and have the same outcome. However, that was with my RE and not my OB so maybe they just had a much better machine?! They offered to do betas for me last week but since I was out of town I told them no. I think this is just a temporary moment of insecurity and it will pass soon.

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"yellow.rose.of.canada" wrote:

I didn't have a history of miscarriage of fertility problems, but when I lived in the States when I was pregnant with DS I had my first appointment at 8 weeks. In Canada, it's 12 weeks. I did have an initial Ultrasound with DS, but none in Canada until the Anatomy scan at 18 weeks or so.

It probably depends on the Dr. because mine usually sees me between 6-8 weeks and I'm in Canada also.

My first appt. usually includes peeing in a cup, BP & weight check, then my OB gives me paperwork to get some bloodwork done and a form to get my first U/S done. He always says to wait until 8 weeks, because they can't really see much until then.

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Having suffered a loss myself, trust me, I completely understand the fear and nerves. I hope you can get past this part and start to feel more comfortable and confident.

I know that for me, yesterday I finally told myself I had to stop thinking about what if and just trust that this LO was perfect and healthy and that what is, IS. I feel much better today and I'm not thinking about any other possibilities other than great.

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"Chloe&Matt" wrote:

It probably depends on the Dr. because mine usually sees me between 6-8 weeks and I'm in Canada also.

I completely agree with you that it depends on the Doctor. I live in a small town so we see our family doctor, not an OB, and the whole method of care is much more laid back.

I ended up having more than just the one anatomy scan because they couldn't get some head measurements during my initial one, and then I had a BPP at the end due to size of baby.

I also agree with the beta suggestion. At this point, it tells a lot more than an u/s would.

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I had had a few losses too so I got in for an early u/s at 7 weeks with my last pg. I actually wished I had waited because the baby stopped growing at 8 weeks but all that time until my next appt at 12 weeks I was growing more and more attached to the pg and feeling like everything was fine. I don't mean to scare you but I think it would have been much better for me emotionally had I been nearing the end of the 1st trimester when so many things can go wrong in a pg. I plan to wait longer before going in when I do get pg again.