what's hot around the web

baby registry

need to buy a gift?

Find baby registries (at top retailers!) and websites with one easy search.

you asked...

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

What happens at all those OB appointments?

Re: What happens at all those OB appointments?

The Bump Expert

Good question, considering you’ll have between 10 and 15 OB visits throughout the pregnancy. During the first and second trimester, you’ll see the doc roughly every four weeks, then every two weeks through week 36, and then weekly until delivery. At every visit, your blood pressure, weight and urine will be tested. The doc will also check the fetal heartbeat,and around week 20 start measuring your belly’s growth and checking baby’s position. As your due date approaches, she’ll also start checking your cervix's effacement (the amount it has shortened) and dilation (the amount it has opened) to judge the imminence of labor. Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor will look for symptoms like swelling in your hands and feet (a possible sign of preeclampsia) and varicose veins in your legs. Depending on the week, you’ll also be given various prenatal screenings.

In addition to all this poking and prodding, you'll have a chance to ask questions and discuss your concerns. Keep a list of anything that comes up between visits so you won’t forget to ask when you have the chance. Your doc will fill you in on the changes to expect in the coming weeks,and let you know what is normal and what may be a cause for concern. If you plan to take any supplements, over the counter medications or herbal teas, bring them along and let your doc check the label first. Also, consider bringing your partner to a visit or two -- it’s a good way to include him in the process and prepare him for delivery.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

depends on what your going for usually a pap smear witch might i say is not that great and a lot of humiliation. but trust me if your expecting that is the last of your worries

jdtmamma |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

Just want to say that you do NOT typically get pap smears at monthly OB appointments. This is usually done at yearly gynocological appointments; if you're pregnant, your OB/GYN will probably recommend you have one a few weeks/months after the baby is born.

heatherv1211 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

depends on what your going for usually a pap smear witch might i say is not that great and a lot of humiliation. but trust me if your expecting that is the last of your worries jdtmamma | May 21 , 2010 1:28 PM Pap Smears are NOT humiliating. They take a total of about 60 seconds and they save lives.

ashleyh430 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

Pap Smears are NOT humiliating. They take a total of about 60 seconds and they save lives.

ashleyh430 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

the only time they really check you down there is the last 4 appointments or so. and nothing about it is humiliating its safety and definetly worth the time to make sure that your healthy. really the last few weeks when they do check is exciting because your finding out that your that much closer to that little bundle!

leroywood |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

during your first trimester you generally get a pap smear to make sure that the risk of an std during pregnancy is ruled out as well as bacterial vaginosis etc...doesnt take too long- but it generally does happen at most doctors office unless you are seeing the same doc.

dclsboo235 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I found it to be humiliating but i don't like being touched or prodded down there. You feel as u feel. However, these things don't always make most women feel that way. They are needed to provide information on your health and well being of ur child. Some women don't care when they get paps...which u should get yearly and during the first trimester. I always have found them painful, which makes me upset and therefore humiliated for being upset and there fore not wanting to be touched-and that's just me regardless of how many doctors i have tried. Don't be too upset if u hate them and despise having to go-for some it is just natural. U do what u need to for the sake of your baby and urself-health should come first. The rest u work though if you happen to be shy, or feel this way. I only had a pap the first trimester, and I go yearly. I think it depends on the doctor.

maddpappy |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I had my first appointment at 8w5d and the nurse just confirmed my pregnancy via a urine sample, talked a lot about the do's and don't of pregnancy (nutrition) and confirmed a due date. Then they set me up with my next appointment. I did not have to get a pap smear because I had one 6 months earlier and everything was normal. The next week I went to a lab to get a couple vials of blood drawn to check for things such as Rubella, HIV, hepatitis, etc. Everything came back normal. My second appointment was at 10w3d. Again, I peed in a cup (FYI - you will do this at every single appointment, so don't pee before you get there. :) and then I met my doctor who performed my first ultrasound! It was over the abdomen and on a huge screen. Some places prefer to do an intervaginal ultrasound for the first one, but this was not the case where I go. We did not listen to the heartbeat, however we could clearly see the heart beating away perfectly through my baby's chest. Amazing! My baby was moving all around like a little acrobat. My next appointment will be in 2.5 weeks when I am 14w5d. I am not entirely sure what this appointment will entail. After that, I have my 18 week appointment where they will check the gender of my baby. I chose not to do any genetic counseling or testing as any abnormalities will show more clearly later in the pregnancy and I have no intentions of terminating the pregnancy should anything go wrong. Around 20 or so weeks I believe they perform the glucose test. Ask your doctor or nurse for advice regarding this test as you do not want to fail! (Unless of course you actually have gestational diabetes, and then you want to find this out asap). Hope this helps! I am not 12 weeks and feel very good. :) Gained about 4 lbs, not sick, just a little tired with headaches all day long. But, it's all worth it.

gabbasmiles |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

For anyone who is younger, as I am, doctors don't give pap smears during pregnancy to those under 21. At least that's what my doctor told me. For the glucose test, I found it tasted like melted down sugar-free lollipops, so if they offer you water to wash it down, take it gladly and get it over with quickly.

punkwitch1470 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

At my doctors' office, they perform the pap smear in one of the first visits. After that it is just basically vitals at every appointment... blood pressure, weight, baby's heartbeat, etc. At 20 weeks they do an ultrasound. That was the only ultrasound I got to have (if I were high-risk, they would do more). But there are basically no other internal exams (besides the initial pap) until the last month. Then they are checking dilation and effacement of the cervix (this has been EXTREMELY painful for me). Honestly, I'm wondering if I'm weird or something because I would rank these last few visits in which they are checking my cervix as THE worst part of pregnancy... worse than the hip pain, morning sickness, general discomfort, all that. But I'm wondering if it's just me because I don't read about anyone else finding this to be extremely uncomfortable.

camikyle |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and I have yet to have a vaginal exam to find out where I'm at. The doctor told me they don't do vaginal checks unless there is an issue or I request it. I'm a little concerned because I'm still working and I don't want to be caught off guard at work. Needless to say I have been very disappointed with the prenatal care I have received since finding out I was pregnant I should have found another doctor. Has anyone ever heard of the vaginal exam being optional this far along?

amrenkin@hotmail.com |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

No, I think you most definately should be getting a vaginal exam at this stage. You should request one. So many of us don't know what to expect & we just do what our docs tell us. Remember: it's your body & your baby & they work for YOU, so ask them to do what makes YOU feel most comfortable.

erinlatour |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I had a pap smear at my first prenatal visit to make sure about std's, cancer, and strep. Also my NP says that at 36 weeks it's manditory to have one to make sure the mother is clear of strep b that can cause blindness as the baby is delivered.

mallorytickle2011 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

For me - I did get a pap smear and cervical exam but only at my first appointment. I hadn't had my yearly gyn appointment for that year so it was a must (check for all kinds of infection and disease with a quick swab). I'm pretty sure that they'll check me again later in the third trimester.

Mellingtonboots |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I think it also makes a big differance in your comfort level with your doctor. I used to have a female OB and i thought that would make me more comfortable but ya know it really didnt because of her personality and attitude. she just didnt care about what i wanted in a doctor or in my how do you say..; married life... another words we wanted kids very badly and wanted to pursue this. only she refused to help me, told me i was to young ( mind you i had been married for three years, and yes i was in my early 20s) and that we should forget about it and just travel and enjoy our lives since we are young. I then said its time to find a new ob. which a good friend refered me to her ob, which was a man, a older man in him late 40s. i wasnt crazy about it but he really listens to what my husabnd and i want and always asks me how i feel and is very polite. that i think is what makes me feel so comfortable and not worried about having a man as my ob. which in turn makes the pap smears so much easier to deal with!

andersonstl04 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

Most doctors offices that I have heard of will respect your decision to "opt out" of getting weekly vaginal exams in the last months of pregnancy if you don't want to know how close you are want it to be a surprise. Many of the moms that I know felt these exams to be misleading during their first pregnancy because they would get excited to know they were at 2 cm dilated and then they stayed at 2 cm for almost 2-3 weeks before delivery. Its completely a personal choice; if you have had a healthy/normal pregnancy there is no medical need to have those exams other than wanting to know exactly where you body stands on that particular day, but keep in mind that labor progresses differently for every woman and even with each pregnancy; so you might go in for your weekly visit and have your dr tell you that you're not dilated yet and then you end up going into labor before your next weekly visit. Everyone is timed differently and every woman's body responds to pregnancy and labor differently. :)

ehouck33@gmail.com |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

so im only 17 im 5 months pregnant. i just read a comment that said they shouldnt do pap smears under 21, they did it to me though...

tany93 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I dont have my first OB appt till the end of june... I will be like 16 weeks by then!!

OurJellybean |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I am 22 and pregnant with my 2nd and the first pregnancy I was 19 and the did a pap smear for me maybe it depends on what state and where you go. When they started to check me it was the 2nd time i guess my obgyn stretched me to 2 cm and i had that "Bloody Show" in the exam room I felt so imbarrassed the nurses handed me a pad and said think of it a ur period and will go away in a couple of days it did i guess i was passing the mucus plug i felt like there was something wrong with the baby so i suggest to all women when you go get checked at the end of your pregnancy please bring a pad just in case you will never know if it will happen to you and praying it doesnt it was horrible but im 28 weeks this week and i only gained 12 pounds and its all baby and im doing good so far...

popitpop |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

Only time they dont give pap smear to women under 21 is when they are sexual inactive and never had sex before...they recommend once you start having sexual intercourse you have pap smears or at the age of 21 which ever comes first.

Tamei1988 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I am 6w3d. I found out that I was prego on May 28th. My first OB appt is on June 22nd. My only question is that I JUST had a pap on May 23rd. Will they do another pap so soon??

dsmith0515 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I am 6w3d. I found out that I was prego on May 28th. My first OB appt is on June 22nd. My only question is that I JUST had a pap on May 23rd. Will they do another pap so soon?? ^^ That's a question I have. I had pap smear 3 months ago, and when I called to schedule my appointment the nurse said it's standard to have another one done. I go in on the 15th, so I'll let you know what happens!!

MrsLindinger0905 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

to punkwitch1470 some doctors do give paps when ur under 21 bcuz im 17 and 27 weeks with twin girls and i had a pap on my bday at 18 weeks wish they didnt do them for young mommies to be though it would be GREAT

angelaj1 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

It must depend on the OB you have. My OB requires that I only have a pap every 2 years as long as the paps continue to look normal. I still have my yearly vaginal exam, but they don't actually do the pap test every year. I had my last pap in August of 2009, a vaginal exam in July 2010, and my first prenatal appointment in December 2010 (at 8 wks) - no exam, just an internal ultrasound and scheduled the prescreening blood draw (which does test for various STDs among other things). I have yet to have a vaginal exam this pregnancy and I'm now 34 weeks. I believe I will have my first around 37 weeks.

hailcamp |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

My doctor didn't do a Pap at my first appointment, as I had one in December, and found out I was pregnant at the end of January. Some insurance companies will only pay for one per year - I don't know if pregnancy makes a difference in that or not. I had an appointment with the Nurse Midwife at 5 weeks and she did a vaginal (not pap) exam to determine the size of the uterus, and talked to me about my previous medical history. At 8 weeks I had an intravaginal ultrasound which revealed we are having twins (SHOCKER!)! At 12 weeks I finally saw the doctor, and to this point (I am now 29 weeks) I have had two more ultrasounds, my glucose screening at 27 weeks, and have seen the doctor every month. Now that I am likely 8 weeks away from delivery (twins tend to come early and are considered full-term at 37 weeks) I am starting every-other-week appointments. Most of my appointments have entailed a urine test, BP check, weight check, belly measuring, and a chit chat with the doctor about any symptoms/ questions I have. It's really been an interesting process, I think!

SLFMSR |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

With my first baby I got a pap at my very first appointment and after that there were no more vaginal exams until the day I went into labor I had a drs appt and I told her I thought I was having contractions and she checked me, it was very uncomfortable and hurt a lot, not as bad as the delivery dr when he checked me at the hospital. It makes me feel very shy when I have to put my legs up like that putting my business out there open to the world, I made my husband come with me to the appointments where they did an exam and made him hold my hand lol but I was made fun of in the hospital when I asked my family members to step aside away from view when they would check me and that made me feel even worse on top of being in labor not what I needed..Thanks Doc. But after the first every appointment is normal they just check your weight blood pressure test your urine and hear babys heart beat.

chitneyxily |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I was informed that a pap smear is always part of your first prenatal appointment so long as you are at least 7weeks. I went for the first time at 6w1d so it was really just to confirm the pregnancy and then i returned 2 weeks later for my first prenatal appointment, which included a pap, an ultra sound, a review of my medical history & current medications, questions/concerns, and I was given a book that my office puts together which included information about all the staff, their hospital affiliations, emergency numbers and a list of medicines that are okay to take while pregnant.

kelliegonzo |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

If you think a Pap is humiliating, then perhaps pushing a child out of your vagina isn't for you.....Just kidding. You'll be fine. Really....you'll stop caring after awhile, because you'll be so excited to meet your baby!! I had a pap a few weeks before my first OB appt and I had to repeat it at my first OB apt. I have HVP, so they wanted to keep an eye on my dysplasia. If you have healthy paps, then you probably won't need to repeat.

brettbaker |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

i am almost 10 wks now and just had my first prenatal on monday. i think we are confusing pap smear with cervical or vaginal culture. unless you are due for your annual pap smear, they do not give you one at your prenatal appointment. the cultures are to test for the stds, etc. these are different than pap smears.

reneegade11 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

For those of you who are "humiliated" by a vaginal exam or PAP.... These doctors and nurses see thousands of vaginas per year. They all start to look the same after a while, no doctor/nurse goes home thinking about yours... This is their job so for them, its like looking at dollar bills, shoes, furniture, or any other normal thing. So, don't fret! Just take a deep breath and remember that to an OB or Midwife, your vagina is just another day at work for them.

jmcconn4 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

When I was pregnant with my first child, they did a pap my second visit, only because I insisted on having a female doc instead of a male. I didn't have them check in the last month to see how dilated I was or anything like that. I know that to drs its an every day routine exam and not a big deal. However, to each individual patient, it does not necessarily feel that way. I personally hate them and do as little as possible down there. And I do feel it is humiliating to have one done. For one of my ultrasounds they wanted to do an internal one. I opted not too because I was uncomfortable with it, and honestly, it probably would have caused stress for the baby seeing how stressed I would have been. The only other time they checked down there was at my after birth appointment (usually about 6 wks after birth). And the only reason they checked then was because I was still having pain. Since they were there they did another pap. So, when I got pregnant the second time, they did not do the pap since I had just had one about a year ago.

bunchesoflowers636@gmail.com |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

On my second (first real OB appointment after confirming pregnancy)appointment my dr did take a peek "down there." She was just checking to make sure that my cervix was completely closed. I didn't think this was humiliating at all, it actually made me feel a lot better as this is my first pregnancy and I am a little over 7 weeks and I want to make sure that everything is going well. I wish I could get that ultrasound everyday!

Lrncconway |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I had a pap at my first OB visit. I hate paps, the drs are so rough and I sat and told the OB dr that and she didn't even give me any warning before just stickin it up there. I waited for two hours and got about 2 mins of her time before I was rushed out of there. I'm 19 this is my first pregnancy, I was 7 weeks when I went in. I had 2 abnormal paps before and I told them that, it was like they jst blew me off and didn't tell me anything! Will definately be changing drs if her attitude doesnt change this next time around. I'm new to this and I hate being treated like everybody else, like I've got 6 kids or something. Ugh. Hope everybody else first visit was more pleasant that mine. On a brighter note though 2 days later I gt an U/S and got to hear the babys heartbeat :) That was the best thing about the week.

Alex17Wed94208 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

i have had 2 pregnancies that have ended in losses, i am on my third pregnancy, 5w along, and i will do pretty much anything to esure that my body is healthy enough for this pregancy and that my baby is okay. If that means a pap, a vaginal check, a culture, an internal ultrasound, idc. i just like to know that everything is okay. i have my first OB appt tomorrow, so im looking foward to seeing how it goes.

bazeyjane |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

so what im gathering here is every doctor is different in the way they do things and you cant really expect anything to go the same as all our pregnancies are different (: so far im 9w 5d. and i am going next week for my first appointment. well technically it will be my second since i found out i was pregnant in the ER and they did blood work and an ultrasound and i was 7w 5d. but regardless, im excited to see what is in store for me!! such and exciting time!

nic0lamarie |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I am 14 weeks and this is my first.I am going to a group which has 5 Dr's. They require that I visit them all during my pregnancy. The group is good but I feel they sometimes miss stuff or are late telling me things. I did my 1 trimester blood work late and did my NT scan and blood work. Is there anything else I am missing and what else should I expect or ask about.

cas1616 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

Umm....Paps are definitely HUMILIATING for me. I do not like being touched, gaped open on top of a table under a bright light with my doc and her assistant looking all up my stuff. I thought ALL women found that uncomfy and humiliating. Well, I guess the cheese stands alone. I have a gift certificate for a Brazilian wax that I'm dying to use, but it puts me back into Pap frame-of-mind, so I can't stomach the thought of it. We'll see if I build up the courage. That's my fear with birth too (this is my 1st pregnancy). Not being in labor for 40 hours, the pain, the epidural needle gonig into my back, a possible emergency c-section.....NO. None of that worries me. The being gaped open on the tabel with baout 5 people looking up my "stuff" is what is worrying the heck outta me. i have until march 2013 to get it together. so, hopefully, I'll overcome it.

traneshaph |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

FOR MY DOCTOR TO CHECK HEART BEAT, N FOR HIM TO ASK ME ABOUT ANY OF MY CONCERNS

JRiggins24 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

My family Doctor wants to keep me under his care until I am 6 months. Therefore I will not be seeing an OB until then. Is that bad? I would prefer going to an OB

nancyknights |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

@nancyknight it is your body and your baby if you are not comfortable with your general doc go to an ob. if you don't have one, ask girlfriends, co-workers, or other mommy's to be that you see for recommendations.

Sweetstylist86 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I did not get a pap when I got pregnant because I already had one done in the last year and there were no problems. However, the first ultrasound is like a pap (except it doesn't hurt at all) because you have to have it done vaginally for the doctor to see anything. Seeing the little blob silhouette of the baby and the baby's heart fluttering like crazy on the monitor outweighs any humiliation for me. If you still think that's humiliating, don't get pregnant because a pap or the vaginal ultrasound is nothing compared to the number of times they have to check you in the last month of the pregnancy and delivery. It's a natural part of life so get over it and enjoy the miracle that you have been blessed to carry.

jcbentley1486 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

1st visit not much was done.learned i was 4weeks along. 2nd ob visit, took ultrasound pics. and heard heart beat, 3rd visit, to ob, he checked me and drew blood, lots of blood too, on next visit i will have my 2nd ultrasound and should be able to find out if its a boy or girl .yah.i cant wait

Kinsleysbaby |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

Well, I found out I was pregnant (around 8 weeks) at my yearly appointment. Of course, I received a pap smear because I am over 21 years of age and it was my yearly. I think some OB's do STD panels, but I had already had STD testing when I began dating my current partner so I didn't have to have that redone. My next appointment was a prenatal orientation which was pretty much a room full of newly pregnant people learning about the do's and don't's of pregnancy. Then after that I got blood drawn for sugar and a bunch of other stuff. I received a preliminary ultrasound to rule out any pregnancy problems at my next appointment and had to pee in a cup. Fun fact: you have to pee in a cup at every single appointment (at least where I live). Right now I'm 22.5 weeks. I have monthly appointments which are pretty standard. Go in, be weighed, have blood pressure taken, pee in a cup, have stomach measured, and have baby's heartbeat listened to with a doppler. I'm in and out in like 15 minutes. I had a anatomical ultrasound at 18 weeks. And I know I will have a 1-hour glucose test around 26-28 weeks. I'm sure appointments get more in-depth later on in your pregnancy.

rmoreland10 |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I had my first OB appt. just 2 weeks before my annual was actually scheduled. He told me he would do a pap probably at my first appt. after delivery.

KYCWhite |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I think the pap for people under 21 may vary by doctor. When I started going to the gyn (which is now my OB), I was 17 and had a yearly pap done. Since I had my pap done in January of last year and found out I was pregnant in October, I did not need another pap done. Now that I am 34w1d, I am preparing for weekly appointments. My OB explained that at my next appointment he will start doing a vaginal exam to check for dilation and effacement. He is also going to do a culture to check for group b strep. Other cultures they will run throughout your pregnancy include "gc and chlamydia" to check for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Your glucose test is usually done at 28 weeks (as well as your rhogam injection if you were found to be RH negative during your blood type and cross in your initial labs.

NETCJ |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

I get my blood pressure,weight and urine checked, when I see Dr.westerbannd she checks on the heart beat of my baby ,I go back in 2 weeks

dorismanues |

Q&A: What happens at OB appointments?

It was actually a policy with my OBGYN that if you hadn't had a pap smear in the last six months (when finding out you're pregnant) you had to get one on your second OB appointment. I think it's pretty common actually. They want to make sure everything is absolutely perfect with mom in the beginning. Also, if you don't have a Gyno and go to regular well women checks, your Dr will preform one on your first visit as part of a well woman check. Its a part of establishing you as a patient. For me, they are absolutely painless(although not without some discomfort from having to be spread eagle, butt in the air lol). But, I understand that all women are different.

BhSimpson |