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post #21 of 77
I'll be going this week, at about six and a half weeks. Normally, I'd avoid it as long as possible but with being so sick right at the start and having only minimal symptoms now, my primary care wants me to be seen right away. I'm guessing there will be an ultrasound, just to make sure meds and not eating didn't have too big an impact.
post #22 of 77

Aphel, I'm supplementing progesterone also - I had a m/c before our son was born, and had supplemented with him, so this time I asked the fertility nurses to pay special attention to my progesterone levels.  They were OK for the first 2 blood draws but then the 3rd, they weren't increasing like they should, so I've been on Crinone for 5 days.

 

It seems to be irritating my vaginal tissue, though - what kind of progesterone are you using?

post #23 of 77

Well, I started with the injectable medications, but I had a really bad reaction followed by an infection (eek), so now I'm using endometrin, which is also a vaginal insert, but more like a pill that dissolves slowly. I haven't had any irritation though. Have you asked if you can switch? I used an oral form with my last pregnancy that dissolved under my tongue. It tasted foul, but did the job.

 

I know they're usually very adverse to switching, but I was able to do it and my levels stayed pretty constant. And vaginal irritation sounds like no darn fun.

post #24 of 77

I have an appointment on June 1st.  Since I'm new to the practice, I think its just a meet-n-greet sort of thing.
 

post #25 of 77

My first appointment is June 20th.  I'll be 1 day shy of 11 weeks by that point.  I went in earlier (around 7 weeks) with my first pregnancy, mostly because the birth center only accepts a limited number of ob patients each month.  I wanted to be assured that I would be able to birth there!  This time since I am already an established patient, I'm good to go!  I'm really excited about my first appointment; I always loved going to my prenatal appointments last time around.  The midwives are all really great and it's usually a pretty fun visit.  It's a 2 hour trek one-way, so a prenatal appointment is usually an all-day event for me. orngtongue.gif

post #26 of 77
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Originally Posted by UCmamaToMany View Post

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

 



We're in the Traverse City area, and Kathi Mulder is our mw :)

post #27 of 77
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Originally Posted by aphel View Post

Well, I started with the injectable medications, but I had a really bad reaction followed by an infection (eek), so now I'm using endometrin, which is also a vaginal insert, but more like a pill that dissolves slowly. I haven't had any irritation though. Have you asked if you can switch? I used an oral form with my last pregnancy that dissolved under my tongue. It tasted foul, but did the job.

 

I know they're usually very adverse to switching, but I was able to do it and my levels stayed pretty constant. And vaginal irritation sounds like no darn fun.

 

Yeah, it's really not smile.gif

 

I'm going to ask today if I can switch to endometrin.  I used that during one of my IUI cycles before we knew it didn't take, and had no problems with it.

post #28 of 77

My first appointment is next Tuesday.  I can't wait!  I am also having an u/s that day.  I have no reason to believe that anything is other than fine, but I will feel so much better just having the official check that all is well. 

post #29 of 77

So the doctor said that I need to take my progesterone in the morning - that it's meant to coat the vaginal walls and if you take it at night, it coagulates into a lump that is more likely to irritate.  I'll try that for the next few days & see what happens.

 

BUT, I did get to see the heartbeat!!  So exciting, although my bean seems to be measuring about a week behind where I thought it would based on LMP.  The doctor thinks perhaps it was a late ovulation or implantation.  So I'm actually measuring 5w6d instead of the 6w6d that I thought.

post #30 of 77

Didn't see my MW until over 12 weeks with my last pregnancy. I think I'll wait again. Their office is now over an hour away from my house! So I'll just go in when I'm sure they'll be able to pick up a heartbeat. I love hearing it :) 

post #31 of 77
Today I made an appt with a well-known VBAC-friendly OB in this area. I'll go in when I'm almost 8 weeks along. His office is about 40 minutes away, which is a slight bummer considering there is an OB/midwives collaborative practice literally 5 minutes from my house (which I have heard mixed reviews about, and am therefore bypassing for now) but in the end, I'm confident it will be worth the drive. And besides, I drove over an hour to get to my homebirth midwife's house during my last pregnancy! I expect that this OB will let my baby stay inside of me until s/he is fully cooked. My last pregnancy lasted nearly 42 weeks, and from what I've heard, most OBs around here will try to force a c/s at 38 weeks. I am really going to miss my wonderful homebirth midwife, but considering my 2 failed attempts at vaginal childbirth so far, I'd rather plan to give birth in a hospital this time around and avoid a whole lot of drama.
post #32 of 77

I am glad to see I am not the only one using a midwife that's far away. My midwife is about an 1 1/2 hours away, but I just love her. There is a new midwife in my area that's only 45 minutes away but I had such a connection with the midwife I used last time I didn't even think to interview the other one. 

post #33 of 77

For the practice I use that has OBs and MWs they had me do a blood test to confirm the pregnancy then once that was positive they had me come in to meet the intake nurse, go over all the testing and standard requirements etc.  I did all that at 4 weeks, then had an early u/s yesterday at 7 weeks to check dates and for the heartbeat since I've had two early losses in the last 4 years, one being this past March.  I see the MW next week at 8 weeks, 3 days for my first real appointment, where they will go over my blood work results (STD panel, HIV, Drug testing and diabetes testing since I have a a GD history)   

 

Since I'm going to be a RCS, I have to meet all of the OBs in the practice to choose who I want to do the delivery.  I had the opportunity to meet one yesterday because I went with my best friend to her 10 week appointment and while she LOVED him, I was kind of "meh".  There are 2 others that I have to meet and I'm hoping I have a better reaction to one of them.  I swear, I wish my MW did c-sections!  I loved loved loved her with my son, and bonded so much with her that when I had to have the emergency repeat section with him, she got special permission to be my OR nurse.  I want to see her this PG to ask her opinion on the docs and who she likes the best.  

 

Liz

post #34 of 77

I have an appointment with a perinatologist at 9w6d which will include an ultrasound so they can decide how to handle this pregnancy. And then I have my first appointment with my midwife on 10+4 for the standard bloodwork/obnoxious question-o-rama/etc and to review what the perinatologist finds. Even if things look "bad" this pregnancy I would still probably rotate between my midwife and a high risk OB every-other appointment, and then have an appointment with the perinatologist (it's 3-1/2 hours away) once every month or two. Hoping for a "normal" pregnancy this time with just visiting my preferred midwife once a month and then done.

post #35 of 77
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Originally Posted by Skrimpy View Post


We're in the Traverse City area, and Kathi Mulder is our mw :)

Much further North than I am! :D

post #36 of 77

I had my prenatal intake at the local military hospital today, it wasn't very useful but was frustrating.  In addition to the standard prenatal bloodwork they also tried to sneak in an early GTT without telling me, since some of my other babies were "big" (in their opinion).  Thanks but no thanks, I won't be doing that.  I'll go for a viability scan in 2 weeks, something I would normally skip but after 2 losses I definitely want this time.  I'll go to one appointment there and get a referral for an anatomy scan in case I decide I would like one.  I'm definitely looking forward to starting my usual prenatal care with my HB midwife.  I'm still nervous and cautious, but if I can make it to the 8 week scan without bleeding this time then I'll feel a bit better.

post #37 of 77
Had blood work done today and will see my ob/gym in 2 weeks for a dating scan. This baby was conceived after my first pp bleed so dates are iffy. Sadly I have to go to hospital bc our insurance barely covered our last home birth and well, due to it being baby 3, extra cash is extra cash. Luckily my dr is great and was trained with mw and will let me do what I need to do without assistance. He will even discharge me whenever I want which is great.
post #38 of 77

I had my first appointment yesterday but the secretary made a mistake and I only saw the nurse for intake paperwork, not the OB like it was supposed to be.  After all the illness, my primary really wanted me seen early.  Oh well.  Two weeks and then the actual OB appointment.  More waiting.  That's what pregnancy was all about I guess, waiting.  

post #39 of 77

It will be a while before I get with our midwife-I typically wait till around 12 weeks. I doubt I will be doing an ultrasound. 

post #40 of 77
Thread Starter 

Tell me your opinions on having a pap done while pregnant. My OB wants to do one in 2 weeks, it makes me a little nervous. Are there risks?

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