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Edited by superbeans - 4/10/12 at 11:30am
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You didn't say anything about prenatal vitamins...go get some if you haven't yet; that is important.  About midwives and ultrasound, the DEM here requires you to get one at 28 weeks; I don't know about them requesting early ultrasounds, like you, I bet they do not.  I haven't gotten in to see my care provider yet, but I am going for an early scan tomorrow.  It is for free and provided by the Women's Resource Center.  You may like to check and see if they have such a place in your town set up to counsel women with unplanned pregnancies.  Mine wasn't unplanned, but I went there to get a pregnancy test and they offered me the ultrasound for free.  I jumped at the chance, because I have had a molar pregnancy and also conceived twins before and so I am anxious to get a "head count" this time and make certain a bb (or bbs) is developing, and not a hydatiform mole.

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Edited by superbeans - 4/10/12 at 11:25am
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Um... you should probably be taking prenatals if you aren't yet. 

 

HCG test will tell them if you have over a certain amount of HCG in your blood to say that "yes you are pregnant." If you don't have your results yet, I'd call them first thing tomorrow, it really shouldn't take more than a day to get results and that's if they have to ship the sample off to a hospital with a lab... if you had it done in the hospital with a lab you should have results in hours. Also, they may tell you the HCG amount which can give you an idea of how far along you are, which is not going to be right down to the day but you can get at least an idea, early on with an error range of days, later with an error range of weeks.


My midwife does do ultrasounds (well she sends you elsewhere for it, but she is a homebirth midwife that requires an ultrasound to be sure of placental placement and lack of any high risk obvious birth defects) but not until around 20 weeks when these things can be visualized.

 

You really don't NEED an early ultrasound and if you're early enough you aren't likely to see much of anything on one anyway.



Midwifes (and doctors) can tell how a pregnancy is progressing by external palpitation pretty well, that's when they feel how the uterus is growing (which does require one hand in your vagina but is really the least invasive thing to happen through most of pregnancy in my experience lol) and if your uterus isn't measuring right, will almost always send you in for an ultrasound. If it's measuring right, more likely than not there IS a baby in there and it IS growing. When I had my missed miscarriage, I lost the baby at 6 weeks and was still measuring 6 weeks at 14 weeks... which clued my then-doctor (who wouldn't even see me before 14 weeks, the jerk) in to the fact that something was wrong and then he sent me in for an ultrasound.

 

My good doctor sent me to early ultrasounds to "date my pregnancies" but not until 6-8 weeks and only because I had had a missed miscarriage and a high risk of fraternal twins. She called it a "dating ultrasound" but outright told me that was for insurance purposes and was used just to calm my nerves about my pregnancy. This time around, I don't really care to do one until the 20 week check.

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There really isn't much to be done except try to eat well, rest, and take care of yourself. Most care providers will see you for the first prenatal visit somewhere between 8-12 weeks.

 

If you end up getting an ultrasound (keep in mind that you may have to pay out of pocket for it unless there is a medical reason, as many insurance companies only pay for one per pregnancy), wait until you're 7+ weeks, so you have a better chance of seeing a heartbeat.

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Now you read lots of good books about birth (I'd start with Ina May Gaskin) and you watch business of being born and other birthy movies, you spend lots of time on this group getting to know us and obsessing over our wee bundles of life we're creating and you ooh and aw over tiny baby clothes and get excited. :) Enjoy gestating and try to trust that your body knows what it's doing whether or not your mind is overseeing it all. 

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Now you read lots of good books about birth (I'd start with Ina May Gaskin) and you watch business of being born and other birthy movies, you spend lots of time on this group getting to know us and obsessing over our wee bundles of life we're creating and you ooh and aw over tiny baby clothes and get excited. :) Enjoy gestating and try to trust that your body knows what it's doing whether or not your mind is overseeing it all. 

I <3 this advice. :)
 

 

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Now you read lots of good books about birth (I'd start with Ina May Gaskin) and you watch business of being born and other birthy movies, you spend lots of time on this group getting to know us and obsessing over our wee bundles of life we're creating and you ooh and aw over tiny baby clothes and get excited. :) Enjoy gestating and try to trust that your body knows what it's doing whether or not your mind is overseeing it all. 

I agree, this is my favorite advice!
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