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first doctor appointment at 32 weeks. lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
13th Feb

i will be having my first doctor appointment a week from today - i will be 32w4d. so far, this pregnancy has been unassisted due to ridiculous insurance/medicaid issues. i'm curious, has anyone else gone without prenatal care until way later in their pregnancy? i'm wondering what all my doctor is going to want to do, like would she probably order a glucose test, even this far along? i know they usually do it in the second trimester.

also, since i delivered DS at 34w4d, i'm technically a high risk pregnancy. do y'all think my doctor will want to see me every other week, then every week starting at 36 weeks, like with low risk patients, or is she likely to want me to come in weekly, since i'm close to where i was gestationally when i delivered DS?

thanks in advance, ladies! 38

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11973 posts
13th Feb

If you are high risk then your doctor may want to see you more often. I know in some countries it is normal to be seen not until third trimester. Myself the earliest I saw an ob was with our first at 15 weeks, then again I have healthy pregnancies. 

Elle&Cole 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Rio Rancho, NM, United States 23668 posts
13th Feb

Surprised My dr would kill me if I showed up 32 weeks pregnant lol

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
13th Feb

Quoting Clk:
If you are high risk then your doctor may want to see you more often. I know in some countries it is normal to be seen not until third trimester. Myself the earliest I saw an ob was with our first at 15 weeks, then again I have healthy pregnancies. 



yeah i was thinking she may want to see me weekly, just because i'm getting really close to how far along i was when i had DS1. i honestly wouldn't mind being seen weekly, though! after going my whole pregnancy so far without any prenatal care, i like the idea of having frequent visits, especially since i am high risk.

**Awaiting My BFP** TTC since Dec 2012; 2 kids; Red Bud, Illinois 3126 posts
13th Feb

Quoting Elliot Grace (8 weeks):
Surprised My dr would kill me if I showed up 32 weeks pregnant lol


I was thinking the same thing! No offense OP. I know how bills just pile up and over.

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11973 posts
13th Feb

Quoting lalalalove [bun#2!]:


yeah i was thinking she may want to see me weekly, just because i'm getting really close to how far along i was when i had DS1. i honestly wouldn't mind being seen weekly, though! after going my whole pregnancy so far without any prenatal care, i like the idea of having frequent visits, especially since i am high risk.


Then again all pregnancies are different, your chances increases I believe of having another early baby but you could go to your due date or even over. Personally, most of the beginning appointments aren't that necessary.

Cindellasaur Due June 29; Cat Heaven Island, CA, United States 83 posts
13th Feb

My doctor was mad when I waited until 16 weeks! But I had the same problem, no insurance! I assume they will still do the glucose test, because even though you're further along, they'll want to make sure you aren't insulin intolerant, because if you have high blood sugar when the baby is born, it can cause the baby's sugar to drop at birth, which can be dangerous. 

I would also suspect that because you're considered high risk, and delivered so early with your son, that they'll probably want to see you more often than most other women. 

I hope everything goes well!

Inked_mommy 1 child; Elizabeth, New Jersey 197 posts
13th Feb

I have a friend of mine who knew she was pregnant but waited until she was about 34 weeks or so to actually go to the doctors. Where we live you first have to go to planned parent hood and get a confirmation and then make an apt at the clinic . They pretty much ordered a ultrasound for the next available day and also ordered blood work and stuff like that. If they realize everything is okay then you go on to the normal every 1-2 weeks appointments. 

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
13th Feb

Quoting **Awaiting My BFP**:

I was thinking the same thing! No offense OP. I know how bills just pile up and over.



yeah, i tried to schedule an appointment when i first found out i was pregnant (around 4-5 weeks), but found out that the insurance my father had me on at the time didn't cover any prenatal care! when his open enrollment came and he was finally able to drop me from his policy (i was unaware at the time that i could have applied for pregnancy medicaid then despite having the alternate insurance Very Sad), i applied for medicaid. i've been living with my mother for a while, as SO and i were having some financial issues thanks to a roommate screwing us over and we lost our apartment, and she also applied for benefits when i did, but on a separate application. because we have the same first/last name (different middle however) and address, they overlooked the rest of the details on our applications and assumed we were the same person applying more than once (didn't make any sense to me because if they looked at either one, they would see that more than one person with that first/last combination name exists Shy). i struggled from november, til literally this past week, to get in contact with DCF to sort out the issue. i finally had to get ahold of the DCF headquarters office to sort it all out, and thankfully they got me the medicaid pretty quickly after that! it was the biggest pain in the ass hassle ever, oh my god, i was so pissed off on more than one occasion having to deal with it all!

i'm hoping that my OB will be understanding and not be too upset that i've not been in so far, as i tried and tried and tried to get the issue resolved only to hit multiple road-blocks along the way. i was hospitalized about two and a half weeks ago after catching a bad stomach virus and getting really dehydrated, and even after explaining a condensed version of my story to the hospital staff, they still kind of looked down their noses at me as if i were intentionally neglecting to get prenatal care! but my mom is a nurse and she's helped me with keeping track of my blood pressure, weight, and general health through-out my pregnancy, and everything seems to be going smoothly (other than the awful stomach bug).

thanks for the input, everyone! :)

RosieRose Due August 30; 1 child; Michigan 1381 posts
13th Feb

I saw on your ultrasound that you have had an ultrasound. Was that only for gender or was it an anatomy one as well (I'm assuming it was at one of those elective places). I mean, your dr might be more understanding if you let him know (if it was one) that you have had an ultrasound and everything looks healthy.

Lydiearr 2 kids; Brisbane, Australia 3093 posts
status 13th Feb

I didn't get prenatal care in this pregnancy until about 24 weeks. I was freaking out lol, but the midwife didn't seem too concerned. It just took forever to get into the hospital I was wanting to go to!

I'm sure your doctor will at least want to do some blood tests and possibly the glucose test, just to be sure. I'm not sure how often they will want you to come in though, considering you're high risk she may want to see you more often than usual.

**Awaiting My BFP** TTC since Dec 2012; 2 kids; Red Bud, Illinois 3126 posts
13th Feb

Quoting lalalalove [bun#2!]:


yeah, i tried to schedule an appointment when i first found out i was pregnant (around 4-5 weeks), but found out that the insurance my father had me on at the time didn't cover any prenatal care! when his open enrollment came and he was finally able to drop me from his policy (i was unaware at the time that i could have applied for pregnancy medicaid then despite having the alternate insurance Very Sad), i applied for medicaid. i've been living with my mother for a while, as SO and i were having some financial issues thanks to a roommate screwing us over and we lost our apartment, and she also applied for benefits when i did, but on a separate application. because we have the same first/last name (different middle however) and address, they overlooked the rest of the details on our applications and assumed we were the same person applying more than once (didn't make any sense to me because if they looked at either one, they would see that more than one person with that first/last combination name exists Shy). i struggled from november, til literally this past week, to get in contact with DCF to sort out the issue. i finally had to get ahold of the DCF headquarters office to sort it all out, and thankfully they got me the medicaid pretty quickly after that! it was the biggest pain in the ass hassle ever, oh my god, i was so pissed off on more than one occasion having to deal with it all!

i'm hoping that my OB will be understanding and not be too upset that i've not been in so far, as i tried and tried and tried to get the issue resolved only to hit multiple road-blocks along the way. i was hospitalized about two and a half weeks ago after catching a bad stomach virus and getting really dehydrated, and even after explaining a condensed version of my story to the hospital staff, they still kind of looked down their noses at me as if i were intentionally neglecting to get prenatal care! but my mom is a nurse and she's helped me with keeping track of my blood pressure, weight, and general health through-out my pregnancy, and everything seems to be going smoothly (other than the awful stomach bug).

thanks for the input, everyone! :)


I wish you the best of luck though!!

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
13th Feb

Quoting RosieRose:
I saw on your ultrasound that you have had an ultrasound. Was that only for gender or was it an anatomy one as well (I'm assuming it was at one of those elective places). I mean, your dr might be more understanding if you let him know (if it was one) that you have had an ultrasound and everything looks healthy.



i paid for an elective ultrasound, but it was for determining the sex only, they couldn't give me any sort of medical information/diagnosis. however they did one at the hospital when i was admitted a couple weeks ago, and said everything was looking perfect.

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
13th Feb

Quoting **Awaiting My BFP**:

I wish you the best of luck though!!



thank you! :D

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6822 posts
13th Feb

Another thing to keep in mind is that doctors can refuse you as a patient for basically any reason if they feel justified. An ob might be hesitant to take a patient who is high risk and hasn't seen a doctor until now. It could potentially be a huge liability for them. I've actually had an OB drop me before .. not for this specific reason, but because I was too high risk and they didn't want to deal with my pregnancy/situation.