first dr. visit next week

MeganMegan Posts: 335Registered Users
Well, I've joined the club. I should be 8 weeks today with my first. My first Dr.'s appt. is next week. What should I expect during visit #1?


  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    Congratulations! They'll get your health history, will most likely do a pap with some other cultures, possibly an early ultrasound (with #1 I had an internal ultrasound, with this one, it was external), and you'll probably have to get bloodwork done. You may or may not be able to hear the heartbeat, depending on how sensitive their equipment is.
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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users

    Just what pixie said. They didn't even try at my first appointment to look for a heartbeat. I think they did it at my second appointment (12 weeks).
  • kimberly jkimberly j Posts: 153Registered Users
    Congratulations Megan!

    I'm a few days ahead of you, pregnant with my 2nd!

    Pixie pretty much covered what I experienced with both pregnancies. A thorough health history was obtained for both myself & my husband (i.e. cancers in families, diabetes, heart disease). My doctor did an internal exam (I had just had a pap about 6 months before, so he didn't do one during my exam). I received a bunch of literature & magazines on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, etc. and an order to have bloodwork & an ultrasound a few weeks out (they do both at the local hospital & not at the doctor's office) and was sent on my way.

    I didn't have an ultrasound or any attempts to hear the heartbeat at that point since it was so early.

    Each doctor does things differently, so your visit may differ.

    Good Luck!
  • Jess2316Jess2316 Posts: 617Registered Users
    My first appt wasn't even with a doctor, it was with a maternity counselor. She went over all my medical history and a bunch of information on upcoming appts etc. I also had bloodwork done.

    I just had my first appt with my doctor last week and he did a pelvic exam (no pap though because I've never had an abnormal so I'm on the 3 year plan), did some listening to my heart etc and a breast exam. Most of it was just kinda talking to him and talking about how things have been going. I also heard that little heartbeat and will get to do so at each appt from now on!

    I have another appt in 3 weeks, then in 7 weeks they do the ultrasound.
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  • deedlesdeedles Posts: 2,467Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I concur with what pixie said... Mine was a relatively quick visit... I had a complete health check and a urine test confirming the pregnancy and including my pap smear since I was due for one..

    This may be TMI but One cool thing.. (at least for me) is that after you have baby #1 (internal exams/pap smears) are not as uncomfortable cause your ummmmm stretched!! :)

    then I got my bloodwork order.. prepare for them to take a bunch for your first lab work... (for me 7 vials)

    I found this list for you...
    • Blood Type - Your doctor or midwife needs to know your blood type in case a transfusion is needed during pregnancy or labor. Blood types are negative or positive and distinguished by a letter - type O, type A, type B, and type AB.
    • Rh Factor - This test identifies your Rh status which means determining whether you have a certain protein on the surface of your red blood cells. This matters when you are pregnant only if you're negative and your partner is positive. If this is the case, there is a chance your child will have inherited a positive Rh factor, in which case your body may react to your baby's blood as if it's a foreign substance, and could potentially kill the baby. The condition is treated with a series of vaccinations given late in pregnancy or right after birth.
    • Iron Level - A blood test will also let you know if you have too little hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This is a sign of anemia. If you're anemic, your doctor or midwife may recommend that you take an iron supplement and they will advise that you eat more iron rich foods. Getting tested for anemia will help you and your doctor or midwife decide whether your level of fatigue is normal or if you have an iron deficiency since fatigue is a symptom of both anemia and pregnancy.
    • German measles (Rubella) - Most pregnant women are immune to German measles (also known as Rubella) because they have either received a vaccination or had the disease as a child. If you do not have immunity, your doctor or midwife will advise you to avoid anyone who has the infection. If you develop German measles during your pregnancy, it could cause severe birth defects in your baby such as blindness, deafness, and heart problems. Nowadays, German measles are rare in the United States.
    • Hepatitis B - This disease more often than not shows no signs or symptoms, so a blood test is often the only way to find out for sure if you have it. If you pass this liver disease to your baby during your pregnancy or after birth, it could cause serious liver damage. If your baby is at risk for catching the infection from you, injections of antibodies will be given to the baby right after birth.
    • Syphilis - A chronic infectious sexually transmitted disease which can be transmitted to a fetus and cause congenital and developmental problems in your baby if left untreated during pregnancy.
    You may be offered some optional tests to test for toxoplamosis (an infection spread through cat feces), HIV, and hepatitis C. By testing for these early in pregnancy, your doctor or midwife can get the jump on any potential problems from the very beginning of your pregnancy.
    Depending on your ethnic background and medical history, you may also be tested for three other conditions:
    • Sickle cell anemia is an inherited chronic anemia caused by abnormally shaped red blood cells. Sickle cell anemia is common to populations of African descent. When carefully monitored, women with sickle cell anemia can give birth to healthy babies.
    • Tay-Sachs disease is a genetic disorder carried by an estimated one in 30 Eastern European Jews; babies born with Tay-Sachs lack an essential enzyme which is needed to break down certain lipids, resulting in death early in childhood.
    • Thalassemia is an inherited disorder of hemoglobin in red blood cells, characterized by anemia and found in individuals of Mediterranean, African-American or Southeast Asian ancestry.
    Good Luck and welcome to mommyhood!!
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    deedles wrote: »
    This may be TMI but One cool thing.. (at least for me) is that after you have baby #1 (internal exams/pap smears) are not as uncomfortable cause your ummmmm stretched!! :)

    I always used to ask for a peds speculum for paps before I had Sol, and at my postpartum visit I was all set to ask for one then laughed, remembering I had pushed a 7-lb baby out of there. The peds is actually still more comfortable for me, though.
    Faith, 3Aish redhead
    Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5: