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pg!! don't want to see GP

(61 Posts)
cloudlessskies Tue 19-Jul-16 19:48:35

Hi all,
Did a pg test this morning, it was positive! DH and I are feeling strangely calm... but that's another thread!
Anyway, have been online today and apparently you're meant to book a gp appointment asap but I don't want to... I feel like this is our special secret but mostly because I know that the chances of miscarriage are high this early so there is no point really until I'm further along. I'm about 3 weeks gone.
What do you think?

Ilovenannyplum Tue 19-Jul-16 19:53:45

The dr will tell you to contact the midwives, if they are particularly busy, there might be a wait for your booking in appt and subsequent scan, I would contact them to make sure you get all you appts in place.

I know it's nice it just being your secret thoughgrin Congratulations flowers

AnneEyhtMeyer Tue 19-Jul-16 19:53:46

You don't need to see a GP. You will get a booking in appointment with a midwife at 8+ weeks, but if you go now they will send you away as 3 weeks means you've probably been pregnant a week.

I didn't see a GP at all in my pregnancy except for a non-pregnancy-related illness.

hopeful31yrs Tue 19-Jul-16 19:54:01

No. What a waste of GP time. You don't need to see a GP - if it's a clear positive book in with the midwife and leave it at that unless you start having concerns or taking any medications that may interfere with pregnancy and need advice.

congratulations.

ps2304 Tue 19-Jul-16 19:54:07

I'm 6weeks on Friday and haven't phoned mine yet! I was planning on ringing next week. I thought they didn't want to see you until 8weeks+?

mummydoc123 Tue 19-Jul-16 19:56:00

In my area you self refer to community midwife who advise re folic acid etc and sort out your appointment with them in the coming weeks. I didn't need to see GP. I didn't want to share with any healthcare professionals either so didn't do this till a bit further on. Did ensure I was taking pregnancy vitamin supplements though.

eastcoastmum2014 Tue 19-Jul-16 19:56:21

You don't need to see a gp. You need to book a "booking appointment" with your community midwife which would be for when you are between 8 and 11 weeks pregnant. The midwife gives you your notes, does a few health checks, books you in for your scan and does a blood test. You can book this whenever you are ready x

megletthesecond Tue 19-Jul-16 19:56:51

Congrats smile.

Tbh you should really book the GP apt fairly soon so they can refer you to your 12 week scan, blood and urine checks. Assuming you don't have to tell the receptionist what the apt is for then book 3/4 weeks ahead, if you can.

Jenijena Tue 19-Jul-16 19:57:39

In my area midwife referrals have to come from the GP. But both times didn't see them til about 8 weeks gone...

megletthesecond Tue 19-Jul-16 19:58:19

Sorry, it's years since I was pregnant. Yes, you need a midwife. (I did see my GP for my first I think)..

Tralala33 Tue 19-Jul-16 20:00:37

At my surgery you have to see the GP. All she did was congratulate me and refer me to the midwife for the rest of appointments. Pretty pointless but needed to get me in the system I guess. I just asked the receptionist when I called if I needed the GP or straight to midwife and she told me what to do. I was about 5 weeks I think.

soundsystem Tue 19-Jul-16 20:00:52

In some areas you d need to go via the GP and can't go straight to the midwives. You can self-refer to the hospital though if you know where you want to go?

If you go to the GP early it does seem like a really long wait until anything else happens. As long as you've seen someone by around 8 weeks so you're in the system for your scan and booking appointment I reckon you'll be fine.

Big congrats as well smile

cloudlessskies Tue 19-Jul-16 20:02:29

Thank you. I knew when I was ovulating so that's how I know about 3 weeks.
There are mixed messages online, but most say see gp/midwife asap but I think that is just to advise taking folic acid and general healthy eating etc which I can read about online.

So maybe about 8 weeks in is when to see a midwife?

SquedgieBeckenheim Tue 19-Jul-16 20:03:12

Where I used to live everyone self referred to the midwife.
In my current are, I had to see a GP first. Been today and he's done referral, given me a load of leaflets and my prescription exemption form.
When you're ready, ring and ask your gp receptionist what protocol is ( or look it up on their website). They won't want you wasting an appointment if it's not needed!

Scrowy Tue 19-Jul-16 20:03:46

It's best to ring the surgery/midwives ASAP as you need a booking appointment and often they can be fully booked weeks in advance. Until you have your booking appointment you can't be booked in for scans etc, which again can be fully booked many weeks in advance.

From the other side of the story if you do have a miscarriage it is also very helpful to have the midwives already involved to make referrals etc to the EPU.

cloudlessskies Tue 19-Jul-16 20:04:49

PS it doesn't feel real!!.....maybe that's why I feel so calm

JennyOnAPlate Tue 19-Jul-16 20:05:59

Congratulations flowers

In my area you have to see the GP who refers you to the midwife. Maybe give your surgery a call and see what they say?

becciandbump Tue 19-Jul-16 20:07:39

My midwife had a waiting list gp referred me at 4 weeks and my first midwife appointment was at 10 weeks. Make sure you get ur midwife referral x

cloudlessskies Tue 19-Jul-16 20:08:13

Yes, I'll ring and ask them in a week or so as it doesn't say on the website.

Thank you

dylsmimi Tue 19-Jul-16 20:08:40

Ring the surgery or the community midwifes number and they can advise you of the route
In this area and where I previously lived you rang the midwife between 6-8 weeks for a booking appointment at about 10 weeks and they then booked the scan appointment but they wouldn't book anything until 6-8 weeks

2nds Tue 19-Jul-16 20:10:59

If you don't call your midwife to arrange a booking in app you might not get your 12 week scan and any other tests you might require on time, for example should you require a Downs Syndrome test.

Get the ball rolling at least in the next few days.

2nds Tue 19-Jul-16 20:11:55

In the area I used to live the booking in appointments for both my pregnancies were at 6 weeks.

eurochick Tue 19-Jul-16 20:26:37

You do need to go via the gp where I live but I didn't bother until around 8 weeks. I'd miscarried before and had an early bleed in the second pregnancy so didn't bother until I felt I really had to.

user1468957349 Tue 19-Jul-16 20:48:44

You have to see a GP first in my area, you don't have a choice. So worth ringing the surgery to check. I didn't see the GP until I was 7 weeks and then midwife until 10 weeks so can be your secret for a while yet smile

KayTee87 Tue 19-Jul-16 21:19:14

I had to have a GP appointment in order to get the midwife referral for booking appointment at 8 weeks and scan at 12 weeks. You could always phone them to ask what the process is in your area though. I went to the GP at around 5 weeks.

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