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First Dr Visit after bfp

Hi - I'm in my 2ww and just had a thought.  If I get a bfp, and need to make an appointment with a doctor, do I need to go to a ob/gyn?  I only have a primary care physician now (she does my yearly pap exams).  I know I'll need to find an ob/gyn for the pregnancy and delivery, but up till now I just assumed I'd call my regular doc for the first appointment/blood test.  Now I'm realizing maybe it should all be with the same doctor for the long haul. 

Re: First Dr Visit after bfp

  • I'm in Canada... so it is probably a bit different. We see our PCP up until about 6 months. They refer you to the ob... but they only see you earlier if you are high risk. Some have even longer waits. My first appt with my ob was late Nov. when my son was due in Feb. 5th. I only saw him before because of complications.
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    I'm in Canada... so it is probably a bit different. We see our PCP up until about 6 months. They refer you to the ob... but they only see you earlier if you are high risk. Some have even longer waits. My first appt with my ob was late Nov. when my son was due in Feb. 5th. I only saw him before because of complications.

    I'm in Canada also, and to take this even further, I live in a small town with no specialist doctors. So unless you have a high risk pregnancy getting you a referral to an OBGYN in the city an hour away, your whole pregnancy and birth will be with your family doctor. 


         

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  • I think it's a matter of your comfort level, since most insurance carriers would cover trips to an ob if you have ha  insurance long enough for those benefits to kick in. If you don't have a high risk pregnancy and want to go with your PCP I would have your first appointment with an OB to verify there is n  risk and do the rest of your appointments with your PCP. I personally wanted the reassurance of having an OB since she had 20 years of experience and was one of the highest ranking in the country. I had never heard of anyone in my area going to a PCP, but do what you are comfortable with

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  • image krptcmschfmkr128:
    You can do either one. Some women even see their PCP throughout their entire pregnancy if it is uncomplicated.

    This totally depends on where you are an what type of doctor you see as your primary already. Some insurance plans require you to go to your PCP for "confirmation of pregnancy" and then get referred on to an OB. If you're already working with a Family Practice doctor and have a low risk pregnancy you might be able to work with them the whole time.
    My PCP is in Internal Medicine. She hasn't worked with a pregnant patient since medical school so I will definitely be going to an OB. 
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