Even if a home pregnancy test confirms you’re pregnant, you still need to make an appointment with an Ob/Gyn. The American Pregnancy Association recommends you make an appointment with your doctor for your first prenatal visit within eight weeks of your last menstrual period (LMP).
When should you start seeing a gynecologist when pregnant?
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Your first appointment is usually scheduled for around the eight week mark. “The heartbeat is usually visible from six weeks, or two weeks after the missed period, and many doctors will schedule the first appointment after this,” says Dr Zinn.
When should you go to the doctor after a positive pregnancy test?
As soon as you know you’re pregnant, call your doctor and schedule in your first prenatal (or antenatal) appointment. Most women like to make an appointment fairly soon after they find out they’re pregnant. If this is your first pregnancy, it’s likely you’ll want to see a doctor straight away.
Is 12 weeks too late for first prenatal visit?
Your first prenatal visit usually takes place when you are about 10-12 weeks pregnant (a pregnancy confirmation visit and possibly an early ultrasound typically occurs between 5-8 weeks). This appointment is often the longest, and will include a general physical and routine prenatal labs.
Why do doctors push on your stomach when pregnant?
Pressing on your stomach is a way to find out if the size of your internal organs is normal, to check if anything hurts, and to feel if anything unusual is going on. Looking, listening, and feeling are all part of a physical exam.
What happens if you never go to the doctor while pregnant?
Women without prenatal care are seven times more likely give birth to premature babies, and five times more likely to have infants who die. The consequences are not only poor health, but also higher cost passed down to taxpayers.
How many appointments do you have in your first trimester?
Most pregnant women have between eight and 14 prenatal visits. If you have a partner or labor coach, you may want that person to come to some of these appointments with you. Typically, a mom-to-be will visit her doctor or midwife every four weeks during the first and second trimesters.
Why do doctors wait until 8 weeks?
They’ll also likely take blood to test for your blood type, anemia and other medical and genetic conditions. It’s still a little early to hear your baby’s heartbeat, so this exciting milestone may have to wait until your next visit.