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Do you need to see a doc for early pregnancy?
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:07 PM
I got an unexpected BFP on Friday and wondered if anyone else delayed seeing a doctor or doing anything when they got their positive.
I had a miscarriage last year, and this time around I just want to get on with life and not really get into the whole pregnancy thing until I am further along (12+ weeks).
I have a 3 year old DS, and went and had all the early tests and scans with him.
Is there any reason I should go to the doctor now? If this one isn't going to stick there is nothing they can do anyway.
There is no need to book into an ob or hospital early here so can I just take a wait and see approach or am I putting myself at risk.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:12 PM
Congratulations! I went to my doctor, but that's just me. I wanted a referral to an OB and so on, and to talk about some issues I had (what ended up being hyperemesis).
Good luck with everything and hope you have a very uneventful and stress free nine months ahead of you.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:13 PM
I only went to the Dr to get referral to OB. Nothing was done other then "congratulations" from the Dr.
I had had pre conception bloods to test immunity levels and confirm blood type as I am RH negative, but nothing done once I was PG.
Even 8 wk visit to OB was more about patient history and getting referral for NT can and bloods.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:20 PM
With DS1 I went to the doc at 4 weeks as I didn't know what else to do. He just gave me a referral to my Ob (I had done some research into Obs as I'd decided I wanted to go private), along with 'Congratulations!'.
With DS2 I saw a different GP as we'd moved away from the old one, and I got a referral to my Ob as well as a pathology referral for bloods. The results were then forwarded to my Ob ready for my first appointment with her.
This time round I saw a different GP again and have been referred to both my Ob and for blood tests. I'm around 6.5 weeks now but saw the GP the week before Christmas.
I'm in SE Melb though, and the main private hospital my Ob delivers in is usually booked by the time you're 5 weeks so I had to get in quick each time.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:30 PM
When I arrived at my first hospital appointment at 14 weeks, they demanded to see my early blood results. I didn't have them (I had the tests dne, just didn't know I was supposed to bring the results), and it caused a huge sh*tfight with the hospital admin that ended with me in tears.
I'm not sure what would have happened if I had never had them done - presumably they wouldn't have kicked me out, but it would have been a headache.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:39 PM
Mine are IVF babies. Apart from the BT and a viability scan with the FS (which is actually part of the IVF cycle), I only got a referral from the GP to my private OB. Then I saw her at 10 weeks and she ordered some blood tests at that point.
If you're going to have the NT testing at 12 weeks, you want to get the BT referral and book your scan as well - but the GP can help with this.
I didn't have any other blood tests or early scans. Heaps of people going public don't even see anyone until 15 weeks. Don't worry about it if it suits you to stay away from blood tests, scans, measurements, numbers, doubling time etc.
Wishing you a safe pregnancy.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:21 PM
Like you said, there is nothing they can do anyway if something should go wrong. A dating scan can be somewhat reassuring though when you've had previous losses.
I booked my first OB appointment without a referral, and just made sure I got to see my GP for the piece of paper before my OB appointment came around. When does your preferred OB do their first visit? Mine is at around 10wks.
This time around, I had seen my GP because of the time of year, and waited until today after a scan to bother with the bloods my GP likes to do each time 'just in case something has changed'.
After 4 M/C, I'm over having blood tests done for no reason...
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