When do they usually do a first visit?

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When do they usually do a first visit?

I can't remember. I'm switching OBs this time and plan to call tomorrow to set something up. Just wondering what to expect. I'm guessing I won't need an early u/s since I know when I ovulated and so far no spotting or anything.

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I have a midwife, I'm in Canada and we're having early genetic testing (family history), so things are different...but I had my first appt at 5 weeks. We filled out the form they keep for all our history and stuff...then we talked about dates, they told me my due date based on O date (I used OPKs). They did a pap, organized my dating ultrasound (for the genetic testing) and filled out the paperwork for my 60000000 vials of blood.

I was supposed to go back at 12 weeks for my next checkup but that's the day of my CVS, so they postponed it until 14 weeks.

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From what I've seen the answer to this varies wildly and is mostly just based on what your docs practice does. At the practice where I first started seeing my doc they would get you in within a week or so of me calling and it would usually be around 6 weeks. He moved to a new practice and when I called to make an appointment with my last preg (ended in early m/c) they told me they don't schedule first check ups until after 8 weeks. But my doc saw me early this pregnancy due to my history. He did early b/w to check prog and HCG at 4 weeks and had me back at 6 weeks for an u/s. I'm now on the regular 4 week schedule.

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With my first, I had an appointment and dating ultrasound at five weeks, appointments once a month and then I switched OB's after my NT ultrasound.

Now with the OB that did the second half of my pregnancy last time. I went in to confirm the pregnancy as soon as I got a at home BFP, and they want to see me back Nov 29th for an official first appointment and ultrasound. (by my calculations it puts me at around 8 1/2 weeks)

I'm going a little crazy too because I was able to see the baby's heartbeat so soon with my son and nothing for a couple more weeks with this pregnancy. I like reassurance that everything is ok.

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My office alway had me come in @ 8 weeks. This time (I'm assuming because of my history) they had me come in @ 6 weeks. I go back in on the 20th (8wks) for the dating ultrasound.

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We have found out that all doctors are different on this board! Mine will see you any time after you have had a blood test to confirm pregnancy. He does dating ultrasounds at 8 weeks, and my first appointment I was around 6 weeks

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our office here doesnt want to see you until 8 weeks unless you have spotting/bleeding or strong cramps

akpufa's picture
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My OB also doesn't see you until 8 weeks. The nurse takes my weight and blood pressure, then my doc does a dating ultrasound, then they take both a urine and blood samples.

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"Momma Leah" wrote:

Mine will see you any time after you have had a blood test to confirm pregnancy.

LOL, I'm not even sure my midwife confirmed the pg. That being said, I gave like 9 vials of blood and some urine, so perhaps that was one of the tests they did at the lab? I probably could have read the requisition form. Blum 3

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I just had my first appt at 11w3d. but was seen at 7 weeks for confirmation of pregnancy. It seems like very office does it differently so I would just call and ask.

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

LOL, I'm not even sure my midwife confirmed the pg. That being said, I gave like 9 vials of blood and some urine, so perhaps that was one of the tests they did at the lab? I probably could have read the requisition form. Blum 3

Yeah I gave one vial of blood the first time, just for qualitative test. The second one I gave multiple vials (I didn't look!) to test for a quantitive count and all the other things they test for.

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I just had my first appointment today. When I called to get into the practice at ~5 weeks, they told me they don't do the first visit until 10 weeks. Last time I didn't go until almost 12 weeks. And I never went in for any "confirmation". It seems like a lot do 6-8 weeks from the prev. posts. But if you're not doing an u/s, then it's really not that important to get in so fast. I even asked my midwife today if she would be ok with me going longer than the "recommended stretches" between visits.