Originally Posted by louis
I am now concerned about pre-eclampsia though and am trying to figure out what I should do to prevent it. My blood pressure is a little high, but I think that could be a white coat hypertension sort of thing. I hate the arm squeezing.
I don't think there is any sure way to "prevent" pre-e. Some do swear by the Brewer diet, of course. Pre-e this early, though, is pretty rare and I wouldn't worry too much if your urine is good (no protein). Your high bp could very well be just being stressed/nervous at your appointment. Do you know any nursing students or anyone who would take your bp at home, just to see if there is a difference?
Originally Posted by missmich
My very first official Dr visit is this Friday! A new doc that I've never met before in a clinic I've never been to before. She's a new doc,like out of med school new so I'm not sure what she'll be like and how she likes to help mamas birth. I've heard great things about the clinic though.
She will be "confirming" my pregnancy on paper for me to take to wellie so I can get the "pregnancy allowance" for extra food. I'm hoping to hear a heartbeat as well so I know for sure that I'm pregnant,cuz really I still think the nurse who called me was making a prank call.
I hope that I've gained a little weight or at least haven't lost any. The nurse weighed me when I went to apply for the OLO (like WIC for eggs,milk and juice) and I'd lost about 12 pounds or so from my pre-pregnancy weight.
I hope that by feeling my belly she can assure me that baby is in the right place. It feels like it's in the wrong place,but maybe I'm feeling the wrong thing.
Maybe I should ask for my protein and ketones to be checked? I had severe nausea in the first 11 weeks and it's not as bad now,but not that good either. What's the difference between normal "morning sickness" and HG?
On Thursday is my first prenatal class. I don't look forward it to that much really. I don't know what to expect. I was just told to show up for my OLO coupons at the start or end of class. I'll stay for class since it's free and maybe it will be helpful. Maybe I'll make some friends. I just don't want anyone to ask where the babys father is.
With a very new doc, you do have to worry about lack of experience, but at least she will be up on the most recent studies and not into something weird like routine episiotomy or out-dated things that older ob's do.
This far along, you'll probably hear a heartbeat. Since it's an OB, she may send you to u/s if you don't, or may just wait until next appointment (cause it is possible to not hear it at this stage, just unlikely).
It's okay if you haven't gained weight or you've lost weight so far, as long as you start gaining from here on out. Pound or so a week.
She can't tell you where the actual baby is, but I'm sure she'll be able to do an internal/external palpation of your uterus (basically, feeling for it vaginally and outside pressing on your stomach) if you want her to. That will let her know that your uterus is growing at the right rate, and that all seems normal.
It's standard to check urine, you won't have to ask.