When will I have my first prenatal visit? Early Pregnancy



Once you get a positive pregnancy result, you'll want to call your ob-gyn and make an appointment. The receptionist might tell you to come in right away or to wait a few weeks. Here, a doctor explains why it can vary. And moms share what affected the timing of their own first prenatal visits.

Miscarriage Risk Could Mean an Earlier Appointment

"Depending on the ob-gyn, most will schedule a woman's first prenatal appointment anywhere between 8 to 10 weeks' gestation. If the patient has had miscarriages in the past or has signs of early bleeding, they usually are seen much earlier to rule out possible miscarriage, impending miscarriage, or an ectopic pregnancy." -- Sunny Jun, MD, cofounder and co-medical director of CCRM San Francisco

Insurance May Play a Role

"I had my first appointment at 12 weeks. The OB office refused to see me until my insurance was active. I had to switch to a different hospital just to be seen before I was too far into my second trimester."

Eight Weeks Is Pretty Standard

"With both babies, my first appointment was scheduled at about eight weeks. That's just when the doctor's office said it should be."

It Could Vary Because of Different Factors

"With my first, it wasn't until maybe 11 weeks -- because I didn't know I was pregnant until about nine weeks! With my next pregnancy, I was seen at four weeks because I found out I was pregnant early and I was spotting, so I needed blood work and an ultrasound to make sure I wasn't miscarrying. All was great!"

10 Weeks Is Within the Usual Range

"My first appointment with my midwife was at 10 weeks. I had one ultrasound at 20 weeks to determine the gender."

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