I found out that I was pregnant. My doctor set me up with a OB/GYN. My OBGYN isn't going to see me right away. He wants me to be at least 12 weeks along before he sees me.
I'm afraid that is a little to long to wait. This is my first pregnancy and I don't know what I am doing. When is the best time to first see a OB/GYN and get my first ultrasound?
In my opinion, you should be seen as soon as you want to.
In the unlikely event that you miscarry, it is definitely best if you have established a relationship with your provider in advance, and that your own provider cares for you, rather than just someone in the E.R.
I realize that many women just let their regular doctor choose their care provider for pregnancy, but I would strongly suggest that you get on the internet, figure out what your options are, do some interviewing, and CHOOSE your provider yourself. Who you choose (and WHERE you choose to deliver, incidently) is a VERY important decision, one that you need to make yourself after doing some research, in my humble opinion.
Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.