1st appointments?

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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 9:56pm

Hi ladies. Could you share your experiences with your first doctors appointment with me?

How far along were you when you called your doctor? When did you doctor want to see you? Immediately? At a certain # of weeks?

How long was your first appointment?

I'm calling my doctor tomorrow morning (Monday) and I'm 4 weeks. I have no idea when my dr's office does 1st appointments. I also have a difficult boss who doesn't like approving time off (and limited medical leave time) so I'm trying to prepare myself as much as possible.

Thanks! :smileyhappy:

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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 10:02pm

I'm sorry your doctor's office is being difficult.  If I were you, when/if they call back or you call them, I would ask to speak to the office manager right then.  They really should not be treating anyone like this!  Seconding what Dina said - breathe!  It will be ok!  :-)  I called the day I found out and the doctor I chose won't see me until between 10 and 12 weeks for an initial appoitment.  I also had to call my primary doctor and get a referral because of our insurance (which was a pain in the butt since he was on vacation and the note got lost on his desk).  I hope you find out something about your appt soon!

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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 11:56am
E, stop and breathe! You will get an appointment and it will all work out. They don't usually get you in right away any way. They usually want to wait until at least 6 weeks I think to see you for your first appointment. I would be just as frustrated with all the run around you've been getting. Try to stay calm and keep making your calls. Have you tried calling your original doctor's office back yet? I would keep trying them and keep trying the other office. You can always see which office you like best and stick with that one. I agree that when it's difficult to get a hold of the doctor's office that it doesn't exactly make you want to go to them for something so important! FX'd that it will all work itself out soon and you'll have your appointment scheduled and you can move on to bigger and better things!

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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 9:42am
I can't believe they haven't called yet. Their patient satisfaction rating is plummeting!

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:38am

E- I'm so sorry that you having difficulty getting a hold of your doctors office. I hope they call you today. Otherwise, I'd try calling again. Count your blessing that you're not experiencing symptoms yet because 1) they'll either come soon enough or 2) you may be fortunate and not have a lot. I had about every symptom there was. But having the confirmation of pregnacy always puts your mind at ease.

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:26am

Yay for a great appointment! I've had a lot of genetic testing done, but they were able to do with a blood draw (from my arm), so I was okay with that. So happy for you that you were able to hear the heartbeat. How fast was it?

It would drive me crazy not being able to see the baby until 20 weeks. I've already had three and the gender ultrasound is next Tuesday, August 14. I guess we get to see if TTC a girl worked, lol. I'm anticipating it being a boy... maybe so I'm not disappointed because really as long as the baby is healthy that's all that matters.

Are you going to do a gender reveal party or come up with a fun way to announce the gender?

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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 10:15pm
I just had my first appointment today which was 12 weeks. It felt like an eternity. We won't get an US until around 20 weeks and just hear the HB with the doppler at every appointment. They pretty much did a full exam and pap. I think a lot of women are really nervous about having a pap when pg, but it didn't really bother me. They had already done all my b/w, so I didn't have to do any of that. I had the nurse appointment at around 6 weeks I think. I also had an appointment to discuss the genetic testing which we decided not to do since we aren't really high risk. It would have been nice to do an earlier US, but we ended up deciding it wasn't necessary.

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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 10:51am
Wow, I don't tolerate rude office staff! I hope your first appointment goes well and she was just having a bad day and it was not a preview of how you will be treated the whole time.
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 6:06pm

Mine is kind of unusual since I found out the day of my first re appointment. So, I got my first beta done the day we found out,. She then wanted to do two additional betas in the following week to make sure everything was good. She gave me my first u/s at 6 weeks to confirm it was in-utero, there was a heartbeat, and there was only one since twins run in both our families. I called my OB when I was 6 weeks and made an appointment with her for when I was a little over 8 weeks, but yours may not want to see you until 12 weeks which is totally normal.

Now my first OB appointment was typical. It took 1 hour and she confirmed the pregnancy through an u/s, took a sterilized urine sample as a baseline, weight, took lots of blood to run a full panel of tests including std's, TB, blood typing, and a bunch of other things (8 vials of blood in all I think). My OB also did a full pap including the HPV testing. 

After the first appointment they normally want to see you every 4 weeks until the third trimester (28 weeks) when it switches to every 2 weeks and around 36 weeks it switches to every week until you deliver. Typically you have an US to confirm, the anatomy US at 16-23 weeks, and possibly a few more depending on what is going on, those are always 1hour to 2 hours long. You have your GD test at 24-30 weeks which takes 1hour 15 minutes. The other appointments are normally 15 minutes to just check weight, BP, HB of baby, and any questions or concerns. 

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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 11:10am
I called as soon as I knew I was pregnant and my first appointment at the OB/GYN office was actually with the head nurse to go over my medical and family history. And this was at 7 weeks. Because we could not accurately date my pregnancy because of my irregular periods I had an ultrasound the following week when we found out I was 8 weeks along. This was all before I ever saw my doctor. Once we knew how far along I was my appointment with her was made. I did not see her until I was almost 12 weeks, during that appointment she did a pelvic exam and took some cultures, I was also sent for blood work. After that I continued going once a month.
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 9:04am

I scheduled my first appointment as soon as I found out I was pregnant and I was seen at six weeks. I think the only reason I got in so early was given my history. The last time it was eight weeks.

Anyway, at the first appointment you have to fill out paper work about medical history, pee in cup (do this at every visit), weight check (do this at every visit), they do a pap, pelvic, and breast exam. Then schedule the next appointment- every four weeks until 28 weeks- then it's 2 weeks appointments until 36 weeks, which is every week.

Today is my fourth OB appointment and I've had blood draws at three of them (including today). The first I volunteered for to check HGC levels (which I had to come back for in a couple of day) and RH Factor. The second was at 11 weeks and they wanted to check my levels again. This one is for Spina Bifida and Down Syndrome. I get to schedule my gender ultrasound today (so in a couple of weeks) and then the following appointment will be to check my glucose levels, so more shots. They did my first sonogram at 6 weeks 5 days to make sure there was a heartbeat (again I think just  because of my history)- usually they wait until 12 weeks for this. At 15 weeks I got to hear the heartbeat on the doppler. I have a home doppler, which I highly recommend because it helps put your mind at ease while waiting 4-weeks between appointments. They have optional testing at various stages and of course I've opted to have all of them, so far so good!

Honestly, the first appointment is the longest because there's so much to do. The rest of my appointments have been 5-10 minutes, but waiting up to an hour in the waiting room. I guess it just depends on the time of day I schedule my appointments. I've been lucky to be off for the summer, so we schedule early appointments, but when school starts back it'll be more like 3:30-3:45.

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