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post #1 of 24
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Just curious, but when are you all having your first appointment? With my daughter, I saw an OB and they just did a history with an intake nurse at 8 weeks, then my first actual appointment at 12 weeks. I can't remember, but that may have sent me to the lab for bloodwork at 8 weeks, too. My friend, on the other hand, had her first ultrasound at 8 weeks.

I want to go with a midwife this time (not sure who as we have to figure if we are moving first!) and they don't see you until 12 weeks. Should I see my family doctor beforehand? Not sure what he'd do, but maybe I should get some sort of bloodwork done? I want to have my vitamin D levels tested again since I was low last year and have been supplementing. Could he feel my uterus at this point (I'm 7 weeks) or is it too early?

Just curious what everyone else is doing!
post #2 of 24
My first appt is at 12 wks. I see a midwife, there really isn't much they can do before they can hear a heartbeat.

Your uterus would be able to be felt during an internal. At this point it's normally not over your pubic bone unless you have had multiple pregnancies.
post #3 of 24
My first appointment is on the 23rd. I should be eight weeks by that time. My OB does an ultrasound, pelvic exam and bloodwork. I'm really looking forward to it and hoping to hear a heartbeat.
post #4 of 24
We haven't figured it out yet. We had an OB with our dd and they did the same... nurse intake at 8 weeks and first doc visit around 12 weeks.
Hubby and I are going to interview some midwives when I am 8 weeks.. so if I like them than I will set up an appointment after that I guess.
post #5 of 24
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I wanted to interview midwives at 8 weeks, too. I really hope we get some good news about my husband's job front because we are looking to move and if it looks more solid, I want to see a midwife in the area we'll be moving to from the start (it's only like 3 hrs away and my family is there). Otherwise I guess I'll just see a doctor or midwife here and then transfer if/when we move.
post #6 of 24
I set up appointments with the midwives I was considering as soon as possible. As far as I'm concerned, it's an opportunity for me to interview them, more than a medical checkup. After I've chosen a midwife, I'll just go in whenever they want.
post #7 of 24
I just thought I'd mention that in the US it's common during the first OB appt for you to be given one or more cards to fill out for "free samples" or "free magazines" or whatever. Be aware that these will generally result in your name being given to formula companies, and it's likely that you'll end up with free formula samples being sent to your door (soon before birth, around the time your baby will be 6 weeks (when there's a growth spurt and moms are at risk for *thinking* that they're losing their milk supply, although that won't be what's going on), etc.). This will happen even if you check off the "I'm planning to breastfeed" box on the card. Actually, you'll probably get more free formula if you tell them you're breastfeeding, because they know if there's formula in your house, you're more likely to resort to it than if you had to make the decision to go out and buy some.

So, to avoid letting marketers sabotage your breastfeeding relationship, consider refusing to fill out these cards. Or I suppose it could be fun to look up the WHO's address and fill that in, just to point out that this sort of marketing is a violation of the WHO code.

(I should mention that not all OB offices participate in this sort of thing, and there are some midwives who do. Some medical practitioners who allow this to go on in their practice may not even realize what happens with the names and addresses.)
post #8 of 24
I never had anything like that happen to me at my Dr appointment, but I live in a area that is extremely pro-bf and the hospital is deemed a "baby-friendly" hospital(one of only a few in our state) so they pride themselves on promoting bf'ding, rooming in and close family contact. I never got anything on formula.
post #9 of 24
I have my first appointment today- I'm about six weeks. I had an early 2nd trimester twin loss, and after my last miscarriage I had a test done that revealed I may have a uterine septum. I am already busting my tail at work to take time away frequently for my son's medical appointments, so I had to take advantage of today being a work holiday- I am just hoping they can make it worth my while to go in (the last embryo was probably implanted on the septum or scar tissue, so I'd love to have a vaginal u/s to rule that out this time).
post #10 of 24
I just made my first appointment with the mw today, I'll be about 9 weeks then. There really wasn't a reason to make one so early, but I love my mws and wanted to see them sooner!
post #11 of 24
Shanna! We're in the same DDC! I was considering visiting the former NMY thread and mentioning that I was pregnant... now I wonder if you'll see this!
post #12 of 24
just waiting to hear back from my midwife (my big sister in birth!). but yay, this time around i won't be on a waitlist. with callum i was waitlisted when i called at 5.5wks and was confirmed at 10wks so my first appointment was at 10.5wks. midwives are in high demand in ontario, canada as they are covered by our public healthcare system. but priority goes to return clients. i can't wait to spend time with stephanie again!

this appointment should be a lot sooner. can't wait!
post #13 of 24
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I talked to my friend today, who is about 12 weeks pregnant with her first child and using an OB... She went for a first ultrasound at 8 weeks and she supposedly gets another this week and then pretty much one a month until she's in her 3rd trimester, then one every 2 weeks... Does that seem normal??? Or could she just be confused? I've just never heard of someone getting so many ultrasounds. She's not high risk, so is this just something OBs are doing now?
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by haleyelianasmom View Post
I talked to my friend today, who is about 12 weeks pregnant with her first child and using an OB... She went for a first ultrasound at 8 weeks and she supposedly gets another this week and then pretty much one a month until she's in her 3rd trimester, then one every 2 weeks... Does that seem normal??? Or could she just be confused? I've just never heard of someone getting so many ultrasounds. She's not high risk, so is this just something OBs are doing now?
That sounds like a lot of ultrasounds to me. I've had two pretty mainstream PGs before this one too and I didn't have that many. I had one at about 9 weeks with both because of severe pain - to rule out ectopic - and then after that just one around 20 weeks, which is the "routine" one. It sounds like she's having a ton so I'd assume there must be some concern about something going on. Has she mentioned anything?

To the original question, I just called the MW we'd like to use this time to set up a meeting. She's going to review my records and see if we can consider a homebirth or not. I'm really, really hoping we can...this will definitely be our last baby and I want a homebirth so badly. We shall see! I hope she calls back soon!
post #15 of 24
I called last week and booked my first appt. with my midwives I used last time. It is scheduled for when i'm 8 or 9 weeks. But called today and booked on for next week with another widwife who is willing to do a homebirth for me. I'll be 6 weeks for that one. I'm also waiting for one more midwife to call me. Then i'll book another appt. lol


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Originally Posted by haleyelianasmom View Post
I talked to my friend today, who is about 12 weeks pregnant with her first child and using an OB... She went for a first ultrasound at 8 weeks and she supposedly gets another this week and then pretty much one a month until she's in her 3rd trimester, then one every 2 weeks... Does that seem normal??? Or could she just be confused? I've just never heard of someone getting so many ultrasounds. She's not high risk, so is this just something OBs are doing now?
From what I have been reading on more mainstream boards from my last pregnancy, this is becoming pretty common, even for low risk mammas. I know some who had an us for every single appt.
post #16 of 24
It does depend on the doc if they do that many u/s. I really am not that hip on that personally. I'm waiting until close to when I had my appointment with DD(10 wks). I just don't really feel like there is much to be done anyway. Plus I really hate going to the Dr, and I figure I have to go once a week in the end-I may as well wait a bit here at first. Maybe I'm weird.
post #17 of 24
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From what I have been reading on more mainstream boards from my last pregnancy, this is becoming pretty common, even for low risk mammas. I know some who had an us for every single appt.
That is just so surprising. I wonder if insurance covers that because it must be really expensive. Not to mention, I was reading this article: http://midwiferytoday.com/articles/ultrasoundwagner.asp
It seems to say more is not better when it comes to ultrasounds.

My last pregnancy was totally mainstream with an OB, but we only had one 20-week ultrasound, then 2 more when I was past my due date and my daughter was not really responding during the non-stress test.
post #18 of 24
i have an apt. with a mw through a hospital set for 2/25 (i'll be 8w5d). i also have an apt. w/ another mw through a birth center in march (they wait until 12weeks to set up an apt.). i found out about the birth center after i had already attended an apt. through the hosp. where they ran bloodwork, so i'll get the results and decide in march which i'll use (i'm hoping the one of the mw's will be able to attend a hb).
post #19 of 24
My first appointment is Thursday which is 8 weeks. I'm fairly sure I'll have a ultrasound. I have a reason to be a little concerned about multiples.
post #20 of 24
My first appointment with my midwives was last Wednesday (4w4d). It was an intake appointment because while I've been in contact with them for awhile, i was officially a patient of theirs yet. They did a fairly thorough history, drew blood, and palpitated my uterus.

My next appt is March 20, and they'll try to listen for a heartbeat at that one.
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