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When is your first appt with your Dr/Mw?

post #1 of 77
Thread Starter 

 Just wondering when everyone is planning to see their doctors or midwives. We have an appt tuesday with my gyn/ob. Im not really sure what they are going to so since im so early. Noone would see me until i was like 13 weeks with my daughter.

 

 Anyone know when or if you are going to get sonograms?

post #2 of 77
My midwife does not see us until 10-12 weeks, so probably the second or third week in June. I don't so ultrasounds or anything just blood work which will be at my first appointment. I can't wait to go see my midwife though I have so many questions to ask!
post #3 of 77

I saw the MW at 6w just to chat and update my records, had a dating ultrasound, will see the MW at 11w and have an NT scan the following week. 

post #4 of 77

I am still working with my fertility doctors, who will turn me over to my MW in about 2 weeks.  I had an ultrasound last Tuesday, could only see the gestational sac, and have another planned for Monday. 

 

I can't wait to get back to the regular appointments.

post #5 of 77
Thread Starter 
Well I have to be honest, I'm pretty excited to possibly see the baby with a sonogram, and hear the heartbeat! It's still so new and I almost can't believe I'm pregnant!
post #6 of 77

Appointment Monday, with a dating ultrasound and a chat with our midwife.  Not a huge ultrasound fan, but kind of excited to see the little blob!

post #7 of 77

I'm still being seen by my fertility specialist as well. They monitor my hormones weekly. I make faulty corpus luteums and don't produce enough progesterone on my own. I have an u/s on Monday. They won't release me to my CNM until I'm 12 weeks.

post #8 of 77

I have to confess I'm so jealous of all of you women getting ultrasounds soon! Neither of the midwives I'm considering see patients before 12 weeks, but I may have to request an earlier appointment if I can't get this stupid UTI under control.

post #9 of 77

I personally get scared of U/S before 12 weeks. Also I probably won't even consider calling a shadow OB or MW until I am closer to 16 weeks.

post #10 of 77

UCmama I didn't see my mw until 16 weeks last time around. 

 

I will most likely call my midwife right after we move to the new house (about a month out from now) and just let her know that I'm pregnant.  I'll probably set up an appt. around 12 weeks to go in and talk with her.  At this point I look forward to prenatals mostly for emotional support since the self-care is pretty routine.  But I love my midwife for how she's there for me when I need to talk :) 

 

I'm not sure if we'll do a scan with this baby or not, but we usually do choose to get an anatomy scan.  No early scans for us, though I sometimes think it would be fun to see :)

post #11 of 77
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Originally Posted by Skrimpy View Post

UCmama I didn't see my mw until 16 weeks last time around. 

 

I will most likely call my midwife right after we move to the new house (about a month out from now) and just let her know that I'm pregnant.  I'll probably set up an appt. around 12 weeks to go in and talk with her.  At this point I look forward to prenatals mostly for emotional support since the self-care is pretty routine.  But I love my midwife for how she's there for me when I need to talk :) 

 

I'm not sure if we'll do a scan with this baby or not, but we usually do choose to get an anatomy scan.  No early scans for us, though I sometimes think it would be fun to see :)

I see you're in MI too. Where in MI and who is your MW?

post #12 of 77

*sigh* i'm in the UK so i have a confusing set of things to do...

 

I need to see my GP to get a referral to the maternity unit for a scan and booking with an obstetrician (where i will get assigned someone who will treat me if i get complications during the pregnancy but who may or may not be there if i were to go into hospital to deliver).  I'll probably go along to the GP in about 2.5weeks, when i'm heading towards 9wks pregnant, because in my PCT they've started doing early booking scans then anomaly scans and i don't "do" the anomaly scan BUT do like to have a scan around 12-15 weeks to check for placental location and major anomalies (like gastroschisis/anencephaly/really obvious stuff) - if i go now (6 weeks) i will probably end up with a scan at 8 weeks and nothing after, i don't want a 1st tri scan and i do want at least one scan, so...complicated! LOL.

 

When i go to the hospital i will be "booked" by the team there, that means i'll see a radiographer for a scan, then a mw and have bloods drawn, then an ob for a wee chat about any concerns off the bat (always a non-event for me, i have had 2 straightforward home births and 2 very fast labours).  Then the ob makes me an appointment for when i'm term+10 to "discuss options" (really to book for induction at term+14).  At that point i will also have to say if i want to be referred to the MW homebirth team.  Last time i used an independent midwife, and i'd LOVE to use her again, but she doesn't know where/what she'll be working as yet, as she's going through some financial and family stuff at the moment.  Hopefully by the time of the scan we'll know if she can serve me or not.  If she can i'll decline HB team introductions and she'll book me around 13-14 weeks, if she can't i'll ask to be referred to the NHS HB team and probably meet them when i'm around 16weeks PG.

post #13 of 77

My first appt will be at 8.5 weeks, and there will be an ultrasound.  I'm pretty excited to see that everything is going well and hear the heartbeat, but I am starting to get nervous about the effect the scan will have on the baby.  I had never thought about that in previous pregnancies.

post #14 of 77

I have 2 appts. this next week - I'll be about 7 1/2 weeks.  We haven't decided on a midwife yet, so we're meeting with both "factions".  One of them is just a meet and greet - the other one gets right down to business with a physical, bloodwork, etc.  I've always done home or birth center births, but medicaid doesn't cover that and since that will be my only insurance, we're having to go the CNM route with a midwife birth at the hospital - one of the hospitals offers water births though and they both have jacuzzi tubs in room...  I'm nervous about interventions that might occur in a hospital setting though, so I'm pretty sure we'll go with whichever midwives are the most laid back and non-invasive. 

post #15 of 77
I'm off to text my midwife now...I've been putting it off for no particular reason, really. she saw me two days after my bfp last time, because I was all kinds of freaked out to be pregnant then. I'm happy this time and it just doesn't seem as important to be seen right away. won't be doing any scans unless there's something weird going on (like when we could only palpate one baby for sure, but kept thinking we caught a second heartbeat, or bleeding in the third trimester).
post #16 of 77
The midwife I'm using this time starts seeing patients between 8-12 weeks. I just scheduled my first appointment for around 9 weeks.

I don't get early ultrasounds and am still up in the air about the 20 week anomaly scan where they look for deformatities/abnormalities.
post #17 of 77
I'm seeing my midwife at 7 weeks & will probably have an ultrasound. I don't typically do ultrasounds at all, especially not this early, but since I had that surgery on my pelvic veins a few years ago I need reassurance that everything is working properly so I can relax.
post #18 of 77

I'm going in on Monday to my Family Practice doctor, whom I usually don't have any business with when I'm pregnant. But my awesome midwives have moved away, AND I don't know how far along I am so I would like a dating ultrasound (which I've never had before). 

post #19 of 77

rebeccajm, although there are theoretical potential risks to ultrasound in early pregnancy, most of the studies conducted that seem to show that cellular damage is possible are not conclusive. No one, at this point, has definitively shown that u/s is harmful. Of course, that doesn't mean it isn't, but one has to weigh the theoretical risk against any real risk, like being unsure of dates and being pressured into an induction when it is too early, or having medical reasons to suspect a pregnancy is not headed in the right direction, or even if mom really needs the reassurance for emotional or psychological reasons.

 

My case is unique, but an u/s in my last pregnancy identified that my corpus luteum had filled with fluid and was collapsing in on itself and was unable to produce enough progesterone. An ultrasound last week confirmed that the same thing was happening in this one. That's very valuable knowledge to have, and now that I am supplementing, this pregnancy has much greater chances. So for me, at least, I am willing to accept the risks.

post #20 of 77

My midwife starts first prenatals at 12 weeks but does a dating U/S at 7-10. I am wanting that for reassurance. I had some pink spotting on TP yesterday and because I have so few symptoms I just want confirmation that all is moving along well. 

 

aphel - well said about risk/benefit on early ultrasound.

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