is it ok to wait to go to the doctor till past 13 week for your first prenatal visit?

Kelcie - posted on 01/21/2012 ( 22 moms have responded )

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i dont know why but my husband doesnt want me to go to the doctor yet probably because we are on a tight budget even though we have insurance it is still expensive and i was wondering if there is any thing bad that can happen if you dont go to check ups for a while? i take my prenatals and keep myself healthy drink lots of fluid and exercise

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If you're not going in for checkups then you need to read up on doing them yourself. Many women have healthy pregnancies, deliveries and babies without seeing an OB.



Blood work is good to get but it can wait or you can go to an independent lab and have it done. You can do your own gestational diabetes test.



Some women don't make it into their first appt until 16 weeks and it doesn't change anything. I always get midwifery care and there aren't a bunch of tests like OBs run. It's very basic, blood work, check heart rate, glucose levels (which I think may be 2nd trimester), check your blood pressure, fundal height etc.



As for millions of women around the world not having access to medical care... More healthcare costs are spent per person in the US than anywhere in the world yet the US is rated #41 for infant mortality

Danielle - posted on 01/23/2012

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This is about the health of your baby. There can't be anything more important in your budget - cut everything else before you cut proper medical care for you and your child. And look into affordable options such as subsidized maternal health clinics. Frankly it's concerning that your husband would want to put your health or that of your child at risk. Millions of women around the world don't have access to proper medical care during their pregnancy and they and their children suffer the consequences (higher maternal mortality, higher incidence and more serious complications, etc.). Don't take any chances - so many things could go wrong that you'd want to know sooner rather than later in order to make informed choices for you and your baby.

Terra - posted on 01/23/2012

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There are some ob's offices that won't even consider seeing you until you are 12+ weeks pregnant. There is no need for early ultrasounds. No need for betas to be done or anything of the like. The only reason I could see going in early is if you have a history of early miscarriage due to low progesterone (they can give progesterone suppositories to help maintain a pregnancy). Otherwise, none of those other tests are going to prevent you from having a miscarriage if that is what is going to happen (trust me I wish there was because I've lost 2 to early miscarriage). As long as you are taking your vitamins, not experiencing any bleeding and cramping you should be just fine.

Kaitlin - posted on 01/21/2012

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You should really go. We're on a tight budget and I hate spending or 'wasting' money but it's not wasting when it's on your health and the health of your child. It's important to go in the first trimester for several reasons. They check YOUR health first and foremost- you'll probably get some blood work done, which can rule out several issues or alert them to something that could need immediate attention. You should call and go as soon as they can get you in.

Janessa - posted on 01/27/2012

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It depends on you and how well you are with pregnancies. I've always had good pregnancies, and actually with my first I was far enough along on my first appointment to go get the ultrasound to find out what the baby was just a few days after. It should be fine, but do what feels right.

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TIFFANY - posted on 03/17/2014

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Man, It is amazing how judgemental people are on women/mothers! If the lady says she is on a tight budget, Then who are YOU to suggest her health or her baby's health isn't important to her! I'd be wiling to bet the one's that thought that never had to struggle to make ends meet! Payments are due at the time services are rendered. YOU don't have a CLUE what her copay/coinsurance/deductible is! Good luck to you and your baby!

Jodie - posted on 02/05/2012

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I think its stupid that the US (or wherever you are) doesn't have a free health service like the UK. No wonder so many Americans come to Britain for their pregnancies.

Kelcie - posted on 02/01/2012

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ok so i went to the dr on moday the 30th and everything was just fine and YES i AM pregnant im not stupid i wouldnt have morning sickness for no reason and no period for 4 months, the baby is perfect the ultrasound was amazing and the heartbeat was about 140 beats, and the dr said that i was perfectly healthy,

Thank you all for you positive feed back its much appreciated

Nicole - posted on 02/01/2012

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you need to go to a doctor, they need to run some bloods (iron, diebetes, sti's etc) as there are some issues that can be very critical in early pregnancy. That doctor needn't be an ob though most general practices should be able to offer sufficient pre natal care for a low risk pregnancy without any issues. I didnt see an ob until the twenty sixth week, but i did see my doctor.

Monique - posted on 01/30/2012

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I think you should be fine, but do go asap. Check your insurance coverage, your prenatal copay maybe covered.

Tatiana - posted on 01/29/2012

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You should go ASAP when you find out your pregnant. While you may have a normal pregnancy and you're taking good care of yourself by taking the prenatal vitamins, etc...you can't possibly know if there are any complications. The doctor will take blood samples and check that all your levels are normal...and depending on those results may prescribe you specific prenatal vitamins (while there are general vitamins, some may have more or less iron and other things depending on your blood results), and of course there are other more serious problems that you could be unaware of unless you see your doctor...you may not even pregnant! home pregnancy tests can give you a false positive. you should always go to your doctor to confirm the pregnancy test with blood tests and/or ultrasound

Bonnie - posted on 01/24/2012

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In the end, it is really up to you Kelcie, what you would like to do. You asked for opinions, so the above three postings from me are mine and my experiences.

Bonnie - posted on 01/24/2012

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Terra, no her pregnancy is not ectopic. I'm not exactly sure what the problem is, but they have been keeping a close watch on the situation for a bit now and she is already 4 months pregnant. And as far as I know, she hasn't had anything out of the ordinary that could be noticed outside of bloodwork or an ultrasound, except for really bad morning sickness.



I understand with OBs not taking patients until they are further along makes it sound unimportant, but there are many family physicians (like mine) who also deal with gynochology and prenatal until you switch to an OB.

Kelcie - posted on 01/24/2012

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Terra@ i have had no problems at all no pain no cramping nothing i can feel little flutters, i am getting plenty or rest and doing what i am supposed to do my first pregnancy was wild but its not likely that it will repeat itself again that was a once in a life time think i had gotten virogastrointestinitis it was cured by pain meds only lasted a day and the baby was fine that was the only comlicated think that i had with my first child, my delivery vas a vaginal and i had no problems with that either, and i live in a small town so all we have here is a pathetic little hospital and a clinic so the nearest GOOD, Obgyn whichever, is about and hour and a half away where we delivered our daughter

Terra - posted on 01/24/2012

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If they won't see you in the first place then how can you say care is so important? A lot of doctors don't even offer early ultrasounds unless there is pain and/or bleeding (which would indicate a problem like miscarriage or eptopic pregnancy). Obviously there are some OB's (most in my area actually) that don't agree with your statement. I'm sorry to hear about your SIL. I'm assuming she is having an etopic pregnancy (baby implanted in the tube?). It's something that would have eventually been discovered even without a routine early ultrasound because they are extremely painful. Extreme pain and bleeding are things that would lead you to get into a doctor (or to head straight to the ER). Otherwise, in a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy there really is nothing that can be done other then prescribing prenatals (which can be easily bought OTC).

Bonnie - posted on 01/24/2012

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Terra, you can think what you want, but early prenatal care is necessary. I'm sorry, but I find it odd that you say that there is no need for early ultrasounds. There are problems that arise where you would need an ultrasound in order to detect them.



A perfect example, is my future sister inlaw's sister. She just found out a week ago that she cannot continue on with the pregnancy due to some kind of situation with the baby. If she did continue on, she could likely die.



Yes, you are right, most OBs will not take you in until later on. Where I live, I am with my family physician until 25 weeks, then I switch to my OB. That does not mean care is not important.

Bonnie - posted on 01/23/2012

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You should go as soon as possible after finding out. With all three of my pregnancies, I have gone no later than 7-8 weeks in and I had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks. They do some tests and bloodwork to know that everything is going well. No just for the baby, but for you too.



Not to scare you, but there are things that can go wrong within the first three months of pregnancy.

Skittlesinsocks - posted on 01/23/2012

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With my first, I was about 10 weeks when I found out, and right at 13 weeks when I finally managed to get an appointment with the Dr.



Nonetheless, I wouldn't wait until 13 weeks to try to make an appointment. Go ahead and do your research now. Find out which doctors in your area accept your insurance. Call each of the doctors and decide which doctor you want to use. Then ask your husband WHY he doesn't want you going yet, and pass that info on to the doctor. He or she will then be able to work with you on when to come in for your first appointment.

Kelina - posted on 01/21/2012

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is it possible for you to look into a midwife instead? they're usually a lot cheaper, but not always covered by insurance. It's not uber important for you to go in, but it is recommended,.

Chrystal - posted on 01/21/2012

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Well I didn't know I was pregnant with my second till I was 20 weeks and it freaked my doctors out a bit that I hadn't had any prenatal care but that also had to do with having given birth to my first 3 months before I got pregnant with my second. There is a lot of tests that they do in the beginning and you really should go in the first trimester if it's at all possible.

Stifler's - posted on 01/21/2012

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I went to the doctor when I found out I was pregnant and they do a check up of blood pressure etc. and urinalysis and other blood tests for levels and to make sure I didn't have AIDS, hep b or any sexually transmitted infections. Then every 4weeks I went for another check up then at 16 weeks started seeing a midwife for free at the hospital. I think the blood tests and that are important.

Bronwyn - posted on 01/21/2012

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It depends on what kind of delivery you had, but even though you should have gone by now. I just had mine I went at 8 weeks(2 weeks later than the recommended time) post delivery, and was relieved that everything was healing good, I had an epsio and was afraid the stitches weren't healing well(I had more than 25 stitches) your health is important and even though you may feel fine you never know better be safe, my doc asked me why I waited so long.

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