I feel really dumb even having to ask this... I feel like it's something I should know by now. But I haven't even called the doctor I plan on seeing about my pregnancy. I'm 6 1/2 weeks along right now, and I was told that I shouldn't make the appointment until I'm 8-9 weeks along. I plan on calling Thursday to set it up, since she's usually booked about 2-3 weeks, so that'd put me at just the right time. The thing is, I don't totally even know how this works! I know that the first thing you do is take a pregnancy test so they can verify, right? And is that a urine or blood test? Then, I know that you have an actual appointment, where they do the physical exam (the PAP and pelvic exam and all that). But I also know that at some point, they take blood to test for various things. Is that also done at the first appointment? Or is that set up before
the exam appointment? And how does billing go with all of this? For example, do I have to pay after I take the pregnancy test, then again after the blood test, and again after the exam? Or do I pay for it all at once? I'm sure the nurse will go over all of this with me when I schedule the first thing, but I'd like to at least have somewhat of an idea of what's going to happen, so that I don't sound like a total idiot when she's explaining everything!!
Also, I should add, to make this all even more confusing, I have plans to move across the state on October 2nd to move in with my boyfriend. I thought about just waiting until I moved to make the first appointments, but then I decided that'd just be too late. I'd be around 10 weeks along by then. And I'm already really antsy to get in there and make sure that everything's going okay so far. The thing is, I've been told that some doctors charge one big overall fee for ALL the appointments that they bill you for after you deliver your baby, regardless of whether you actually go to the appointments or not. In school, we were taught that this was to help encourage and ensure that women actually went to their appointments, since they had to pay for them anyway! and would result in healthier pregnancies and babies. So will I even be able to make this first appointment with the doctor here, and then continue my care where I'm moving to? I would think so... I mean I'm sure I'm not the first person in the world to move while being pregnant! All they'd have to do is transfer records, right?
Sorry to have rambled on and on like that... I'd just really like to know! TIA!