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Hey ladies,<br><br>
This is kind of a goofy time to be posting since my first appointment is tomorrow...but does anyone know what the normal procedure during a first OB visit is? Even if all you have to say is "it depends on each OB" let me know what your experiences were if you would.<br><br>
I keep getting mixed information on when they do the first ultrasound, and I am not sure if they do them as early as 7 weeks either.<br><br>
Anyway...can you all share your experiences with me?<br><br>
(This is definately for an OB, since I'm military and moving in about 7 days getting approved for a midwife is definately out of the question)
 

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Basically, with a first appt they will get your medical history and do all the baseline bloodwork and you will most likely have a pelvic exam. Each OB is different like you mentioned but usually a first appt would go something like this. As for the ultrasound, I am not sure and that is definitely something that can vary greatly among practices. Best wishes for a nice, laid-back OB since you mentioned you can't have a midwife.
 

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I started with a civilian provider and had an ultrasound at 5 weeks in his office to confirm the pregnancy. At 7 months I started with a military doc. They did a health history and listened to the heartbeat, measured my uterus, and sent me for some blood work. They also scheduled a sonogram and a fasting gtt. It stunk.
 

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When I went to an OB with my first two pregnancies, they would have you talk to the NP first. She gave a big packet of info and a book. Then it was a blood draw. I think they did a whole panel, blood type, HCG, titers, CBC. and urinalysis. Then an US to date the pregnancy, but they had an US in their office so it was readily available. Then finally the appointment with the OB with an internal exam and pap.<br><br>
Phew. All in all a big day. But also very exciting, especially with my first.<br><br>
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Family history<br>
Pap<br>
Told me I should exercise and could continue to have sex<br>
heartbeat at 12 weeks<br>
U/S at 20 weeks<br><br>
Keri
 

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Yeah this will be my first, and thankfully naturally conceived. I think I got really lucky in that the 5 years of Depo didn't screw me up (I was off it for a year before I began finding all of the infertility claims on it) and we managed to get PG 3 months into trying.<br><br>
I would like to have a midwife or doula...just because I'm the nutty one in my family and like to try things to get my own perspective of things, and I am ENTITLED to one under Tricare Prime, but the fact that I'm *supposed* to be moving to Japan in less than 10 days means all the paperwork and stuff to get one would be completely useless to me.<br><br>
I know about all the bloodwork, and I definately will be needing to keep an eye on blood sugar levels because my mother AND my grandmother have diabetes...each with the different types. It's important enough for me to check them simply because I don't want THAT complication caused by something I knew I was at risk for beforehand and didn't get checked for. I'm kinda hoping for the ultrasound...my husband is definately not being very "proactive" as far as the pregnancy goes...almost like he doesn't consider it real yet, so maybe that little picture and perhaps a heartbeat will convince him lol.<br><br>
Thanks for replying ladies...and if anyone else wants to I still like hearing other's stories.
 

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I go to an OB, but I didn't go in until 12 weeks. It was actually very low-key. Some family history/medical history paperwork, a blood draw, but mostly we just chatted. My OB met with me first with my clothes on (maybe she doesn't realize she's really a midwife in her heart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ), chatted about my feelings about the pregnancy, my hopes for the birth, she told me about how she breastfeeds her kids and how she really encourages it (I was going to anyway, of course). Then she left and I undressed, and she did a pelvic exam but not a PAP since I told her I'd had one less than a year ago. She invited my grandma in to hear the heartbeat, and I was on my merry way.<br>
Hope your appointment is awesome and that DH gets way excited! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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At a military hospital, they'll take your history and do a pelvic and an u/s to date your pregnancy. They'll probably send you to the lab for a crapton of bloodwork too.<br><br>
I hate Tricare. But, at the same time I keep reminding myself that crappy insurance is better than no insurance. :LOL
 

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I see a mw now but started with an ob. She took my med history, asked me to sign paperwork to ok for blood tests and when she couldn't find a heartbeat she gave me an US. It was great to see the little baby moving already!!! (We called him flipper then, because he was doing flips and moving really fast!) Then I asked to see the midwife in her birthing center (really just a seperate part of a big hospital) and I've been seeing her ever since!<br><br>
Good Luck in Japan!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">
 
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