When Should I Schedule My First OB Appointment?
Once you see that plus sign, it's time to call the doctor. Here's when to schedule your first appointment.
Congratulations! You got that positive test result. Now it's time to make a doctor's appointment. Your first prenatal appointment with an ob-gyn is separate from a confirmation of pregnancy appointment (if you choose to schedule one), during which any physician, not necessarily an OB, can adminster a blood test to determine whether or not you're pregnant.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, your actual antepartum care begins around eight or nine weeks when an OB gets your comprehensive medical history and you receive a full physical examination and various screenings. Our expert, Ashley Roman, MD, who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine at NYU Langone Medical Cetner, confirms:
"We typically schedule low risk patients for their first visit at around eight or nine weeks," she says. "There are some cases when we recommend women come to the office earlier (when they have a positive pregnancy test), such as if a woman has had recurrent early pregnancy losses or if she needs to be on blood thinners for a known blood clotting disorder."
Find out more about what to anticipate at that first visit here.