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First prenatal is usually blood tests as well (checking for HIV or any other disease), usually an ultrasound to confirm that you are indeed pregnant.<br><br>
Everything is YOUR CHOICE. You can say no to anything you want to say no to. If you've had a pap-- tell them.
 

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hmm. heres what i remember from mine<br><br>
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when was your LMP (fudge that a little if you can!)<br>
any previous pregnancies<br>
do you have any illness, are there any illnesses in your family<br>
any abnormal paps<br>
have you had any morning sickness/headaches<br><br>
(procedures)<br>
weight<br>
blood pressure<br>
pee in a cup<br>
take blood (for hcg levels, triple screen *i turned that down*, blood typing, and disease)<br>
pap (if you've had a recent one that was normal, turn it down as it isn't needed)<br>
ultrasound for dating and to make sure everything is ok (possibly internal, mine was and she didn't even warn me when it was coming just shoved it in there so make sure you ask what kind you will be receiving to avoid the suprise.. got great pictures out of it though!)<br><br>
thats about all i can remember it seems like forever ago! good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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They'll probably want to do a pap but I wouldn't agree to it. In fact there's really no reason to take your pants off. Definitely if it's your first time meeting the practitioner you want to do that fully clothed and not sitting on an exam table.
 

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I agree with paq.. I felt violated the whole time really. And turns out i hate the ob i am with! it should be really to confirm pregnancy and i guess *get to know* the dr.. interview them as much as they interview you.
 

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Thanks, Ladies. This should probably work out okay for me. If things work out with this pregnancy, I'll be going to a birthing center that has a good reputation around here. We visited them last year, and really loved the environment.<br><br>
The way my OB/GYN's clinic's letter was written it sounded like the Pap was required at their office for the first prenatal. I thought was strange as I've had probably 2 or 3 of them this year (checkup and m/c), and it seemed a little invasive and unnecessary, but I'm no doctor so I thought I'd see if that was a necessary routine. There were a few other parts to the letter that annoyed me enough to decide to leave them from the start.
 

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FWIW, I am pg with #3 and only had a pap with #1 because it had been ~ 1yr since my last one. Didn't have one with #2 or so far this time and don't anticipate it. I think if you've had one recently, you shouldn't need one. Also, if you are meeting someone for the first time, it should definitely be clothes-on. I worked for an OB/Gyn for a while and all of her initial consults were that way even for new patients coming for a pap.
 

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My first prenatal consisted of a medical history and how I was feeling, peeing on their little dip strip thing, and chatting for about 2 hours. No ultrasound so no doppler either, no measuring cause I was too small, and no weighing (we haven't ever), and NO internal exam. It's not necessary. We didn't take blood until the 2nd or 3rd visit and then only for the specific tests I wanted them to run. I told THEM my due date.<br><br>
Then again, I'm working with home birth midwives and they have no "routines" like you might find at an OB/GYN.
 

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Because of some of my "history" I had an exam. However, my doc never has you take your pants off until she comes in, discusses the plan, and other things with you, then she asks "are you ok with doing these tests?". If you agree, then she gives you the gown, and then she comes back.<br><br>
My official first OB was an ultrasound, bloodwork, BP, weight, etc, and a lot of conversation.
 

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Don't let them do the pap. When pg the results can be false.<br>
Everything is your choice.<br>
It feels uncomfortable and it can make you bleed and then lead to stress about m/c.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Don't let them do the pap. When pg the results can be false.<br>
Everything is your choice.<br>
It feels uncomfortable and it can make you bleed and then lead to stress about m/c.</div>
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could you bring your results or have them sent over from your other dr? they usually just want one in the past 12 months.
 
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