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Why did they take 5 vials of bloodwork at my first prenatal visit? How long until i get the results?

Why did they take 5 vials of bloodwork at my first prenatal visit? How long until i get the results?

Lots of tests: They do a lot of bloodwork during the first prenatal visit - don't worry, that's normal. They're checking for anemia, blood type and lots of other things. Most standard blood tests come back in about a week. I tell my patients if they don't hear after 2 weeks, the should call and check up on the results. ...Read more

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I am 11 weeks 4 days tomorrow and have my first prenatal visit will i be able to hear my babys heartbeat?

I am 11 weeks 4 days tomorrow  and have my first prenatal visit will i be able to hear my babys heartbeat?

Yes: The baby has a heart beat starting around 6 weeks. With an external doppler you should be able to hear the heart beat by 10 weeks, and sometimes even a little earlier. ...Read more

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I scheduled my first prenatal visit for 9 weeks or exactly 2 months past time of missed period. I'm 5 weeks now, should 1st appt. Be sooner?

I scheduled my first prenatal visit for 9 weeks or exactly 2 months past time of missed period. I'm 5 weeks now, should 1st appt. Be sooner?

Maybe: By 9 weeks, you haven't missed any important testing. At 34 years of age, you may want to research and know, going into your appointment, what, if any prenatal testing you want? 9 weeks is a good date for dating your pregnancy. Just make sure that you're taking folic acid, and that if you have any medical conditions, you see your doctor sooner. ...Read more

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On 4/28 11 wks I went to my first prenatal visit. The ultrasound showed a fetus of 5/6 wks and a sack of 11 wks with no heart beat. On 5/1 I was given medication to help pass the fetus. On my check up 5/19 I had a positive test hcg level 142 and there wa

On 4/28 11 wks I went to my first prenatal visit. The ultrasound showed a fetus of 5/6 wks and a sack of 11 wks with no heart beat. On 5/1 I was given medication to help pass the fetus. On my check up 5/19 I had a positive test  hcg level 142 and there wa

Question cut off!: Sorry, but there is a 150 character limit and your question cut off. Ask again, be brief but complete. Remember, we cannot see any other questions you may have posted on the subject, so all pertinent info must be in that question. You can add notes in the history about medical problems and meds, too, which may help us. ...Read more

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What are the exact dates of conception if 22 weeks this week at first prenatal visit?

What are the exact dates of conception if 22 weeks this week at first prenatal visit?

Too late to be exact: At 22 weeks it's too late for ultrasound scans to be very accurate - even in the first few weeks of pregnancy they can be a few days off either way. By 22 weeks even knowing your last period is not easy unless you record your periods every month. Your OB will give an 'estimated' due date, but can't say exactly when you conceived. If it's a paternity question dna paternity testing will be needed. ...Read more

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When you get blood tests at your first prenatal visit, can they determine if you have depression?

No: There are no blood tests to detect major depression or other mood disorders. The only way to diagnose depression is for a trained practitioner to gather a careful history of symptoms, perform a mental status exam (and ideally a physical exam as well), and screen for medical conditions that can affect mood or behavior. ...Read more

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What to expect at my 16 week prenatal visit ?

What to expect at my 16 week prenatal visit ?

Prenatal visit: At 16 weeks, your doctor should check your vital signs, ask you if you have any complaints, go over the recommended tests during this time. He may offer you prenatal risk screen to assess your (as mother) risk of having a baby with chromosome abnormalities such as down syndrome, trisomy 18 and 13. Otherwise, to make sure you're uptodate on the required prenatal labwork. Us is to be expected at 18. ...Read more