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post #41 of 168
We saw a heartbeat today! joy.gif. Baby is measuring 6w6d, right on where I estimated it would be. We're leaving for Germany for three weeks on Wednesday, and she'll give us another ultrasound when we get back. It's really hard to wrap my head around this little bean being in there after all the agony we went through to get pregnant with our wonderful dd. I hope this little one is a fighter, too! It's our 6 year wedding anniversary today: what a gift! love.gif
post #42 of 168

Congrats Tear78 on seeing the heartbeat:) Have a great trip!!

post #43 of 168
Thread Starter 

Tear, that is AWESOME!!! You guys deserve to have it easy after what you went through to get your little girl! Happy anniversary!

post #44 of 168

Congrats to Tear & Clumsy!! That is so exciting.

 

We finally chose a midwife and have our first appointment on Friday. No u/s for us, but it will get that paperwork and baseline out of the way. I'll go back again in 2-3 weeks to see if we can hear a heartbeat. It's not going to be the big excitement of an early u/s, but it's just settling to know that we're getting started on the prenatal appointments!

post #45 of 168
Had my intake appointment with the midwife today. The baby is measuring 7w, and has a nice strong heartbeat. I have a follow up with u/s in two weeks just because of the previous miscarriage. I found out I can't vbac at castle greensad.gif that was my first choice. I think I'm going to try for queen's, my husband was born there, the midwife has admitting privileges, and it is more family-oriented than my other choice. Yup, anywho. Very relieved after seeing the ultrasound
post #46 of 168

going for an early ultrasound in an hour!  WOOHOO!  I'm 7 weeks today.  (my last two pregnancies were miscarriages, so my awesome midwife said I could get one for some reassurance.)  So excited and so nervous all at the same time!

 

My 4 year old is thrilled about the "special picture at the doctors' office" to take a picture of the "little tiny baby."  :)  

post #47 of 168

Ultrasound looks great!  Baby is measuring 7 weeks 3 days (my dates say 7 weeks) and heart rate is 144!  Everything looks great, what a relief!

 

The only ridiculous thing?  My co-pay was $40!  2 years ago, it was only $20.  I hope I won't need that many sonograms, because that will add up QUICK!  (I wound up needing 7 sonograms with my daughter for minor issues)

post #48 of 168
Thread Starter 

Went to the midwife yesterday and got the heartbeat on doppler at 9w2d! 156bpm!

post #49 of 168

Had an OB appointment today and saw the heartbeat! So excited! I see my midwife 8/31. My EDD according to the OB is 3/13/13, sort of a fun day!

post #50 of 168

Had my first appointment & u/s with an OB yesterday, 6w3d. Good news is that we both look healthy, bad (or frustrating) news is that we couldn't see a measurable heartbeat. Saw some flickering/movement, though. The doc said that the baby is measuring 7w3d though - 1.25cm - which seems crazy to me, not to mention impossible! Plus, if it were 7w3d, there would absolutely be a heartbeat already, right?? I was so confused. He told us to come back in 9 days to get another u/s and that it was probably just too early. Still, I left feeling less happy/confident and more worried because this is my first time and the doc wasn't very warm or assuring about it - part of the reason why I am now looking into midwives instead.

 

I still FEEL very pregnant though, and now that I've read that the heartbeat isn't always visible that early, I am feeling more reassured. 

post #51 of 168
Sarahl918, sorry for the uncertainty. I think at 6w3d, it can be totally normal not to see a heartbeat, but I know that doesn't quiet the worries until you see for sure. Keep us updated and focus on that pregnant feeling!

Kalamos, that's awesome that you heart the HB on the doppler, you must have a strong bub in there!

Sarah2881, woohoo!! Great news!

Congrats to all the other heartbeats - Keep the updates coming!

Kalamos, I forgot to mention that I miscalculated my due date. It's apparently around 3/19. If a you get a chance, c old you please update? Thanks! love.gif
post #52 of 168
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Originally Posted by kalamos23 View Post

Went to the midwife yesterday and got the heartbeat on doppler at 9w2d! 156bpm!

How exciting! I have an appointment tomorrow & I'll be 9w4d, but I'm not expecting anything. 

 

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Originally Posted by sarahl918 View Post

Had my first appointment & u/s with an OB yesterday, 6w3d. Good news is that we both look healthy, bad (or frustrating) news is that we couldn't see a measurable heartbeat. Saw some flickering/movement, though. The doc said that the baby is measuring 7w3d though - 1.25cm - which seems crazy to me, not to mention impossible! Plus, if it were 7w3d, there would absolutely be a heartbeat already, right?? I was so confused. He told us to come back in 9 days to get another u/s and that it was probably just too early. Still, I left feeling less happy/confident and more worried because this is my first time and the doc wasn't very warm or assuring about it - part of the reason why I am now looking into midwives instead.

 

I still FEEL very pregnant though, and now that I've read that the heartbeat isn't always visible that early, I am feeling more reassured. 

I'm hanging on to the flickering/movement! I've never had an early u/s, so I have no idea what that must be like. Keep us posted. FX'd and sticky thoughts being sent your way.

post #53 of 168

Congrats to all of you that have had great appointments, very happy for you:)

 

I went in for my follow up u/s yesterday, doc only did an abdominal and is unfortunately still diagnosed no heartbeat, although there was growth since last week. He said no point in doing another vaginal u/s. Still no m/c symptoms and he said it looked like my body had not yet started the process. So, I am waiting another week to allow things to progress naturally before I try the homeopathic Sabina to induce. Looks like I am officially out:( but am optimistic about trying again soon. 

 

Happy, healthy 9 months to everyone! 

post #54 of 168
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Congrats to all of you that have had great appointments, very happy for you:)

 

I went in for my follow up u/s yesterday, doc only did an abdominal and is unfortunately still diagnosed no heartbeat, although there was growth since last week. He said no point in doing another vaginal u/s. Still no m/c symptoms and he said it looked like my body had not yet started the process. So, I am waiting another week to allow things to progress naturally before I try the homeopathic Sabina to induce. Looks like I am officially out:( but am optimistic about trying again soon. 

 

Happy, healthy 9 months to everyone! 

hug2.gifI'm so sorry. Sending thoughts your way.

 

AFM - I had my intake appointment with my mw yesterday. Nothing too revealing -- just gathering history and baselines. We've set the next appointment for Aug 17 where we get to try to hear the heartbeat joy.gif. I'm really looking forward to that. I'd hoping the we can find it. I remember with DS that it took a long time to locate it, but we finally did and it was wonderful. We might get to see the little bean before then as we decided to go ahead and get the NT scan done. I'll be 10 wks on Monday, so I'm supposed to be getting a call from the OB that she works with to set up the appointment. I'm hoping that DH will get to go with me, but we'll have to see if I can get an appointment that works with his schedule. 

 

One question -- is anyone else going urine dips with their mw's?? I think it's to test pH levels, but I forgot to ask. Just curious. 

post #55 of 168

I have my first appointment in 2 weeks (I'll be 9 weeks). 

 

mayday - I did urine dips with my first, to check protein and sugar levels I believe.

post #56 of 168

We had our first prenatal with the midwife group yesterday. DP came, as he will with all our appointments. He was very impressed with them, and is getting excited about our home birth, yay! We couldn't find the heartbeat, boo! But, she said little bean was still so small, and probably hiding behind the placenta, which we heard loud and clear. I'm 11 weeks tomorrow, so it's not unusual. We decided not to do any kind of genetic testing, and they thought that was a good plan, because we wouldn't abort anyway. 

 

I really like these women, and they seem to be open to anything we want. Bonus. 

 

The only thing they really emphasized with me was getting my protein everyday. I tend to not eat breakfast, and only two other meals a day. But, they said to eat small things through out the day, such as nuts, PB on a banana, or a hard boiled egg, I guess they don't feel I am eating enough. confused.gif  Maybe it's because I haven't gained any weight yet, but, that seems fine with me! I don't want to blow up like I did with my other pregnancies! I'm getting to old for that, it will be too much work to get it off!

 

Our next appointment is September 5th. We're really looking forward to it since we'll get to hear the heartbeat finally!

post #57 of 168
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Originally Posted by nearlyelated View Post

I have my first appointment in 2 weeks (I'll be 9 weeks). 

 

mayday - I did urine dips with my first, to check protein and sugar levels I believe.

mine does the same at every appt. (even before I was pregnant)

post #58 of 168

I had my first appointment on July 20 but it was just the intake with the NP.  My first 'real' appointment is TUESDAY!  I'll meet the OB (goodness I hope I like her), most likely get a pap/exam so she can determine if my septum knocks me out of a VBAC (or at least start preliminary talks), and I'll get my first U/S!  I'm 9 weeks today and I'm so excited.  All my angel babies have been at 8 weeks so making it to 9 makes me feel much more confident.  Seeing the heartbeat and bean next week will make it even more so!  Plus, SO is coming to that one.  :)

MayDay - I actually asked my NP when I went to intake because I didn't know either.  They said it's tests for all kinds of things but a few were if you were spilling sugar in your urine, blood, and to test for infections.

post #59 of 168

babytoes, how old are you? I'm glad to read that you declined genetic testing, I also have... my MW pointed out that I have until 13 weeks to do the first screen, and then I could do the quad screen, etc. But I also wouldn't abort, and I don't want the stress of false positives (plus the logistics of yet another appointment!)

 

I will have my next regular appt in 4 weeks, but I have to go Monday for a blood pressure check. With a MANUAL cuff... they tried to use the BP machine on me yesterday during my big "work-up", tried about failed about a dozen times, and got only one reading when my BP was 146 over something. (Two weeks before it was 120 over something!) It was so incredibly frustrating and they wanted to keep trying but I was just DONE, and told them I'd come back. Before I go in I am calling to confirm they got a dang manual cuff! I don't know why they didn't have one... it's like a satellite/newer office for the practice, but still!

 

And after realizing I had a tilted uterus, she didn't even try to hear the heartbeat. Which I guess is fine, even if you know everything is OK it's still hard not to hear it when they check, and I've never heard it with a doppler before 12 weeks.

post #60 of 168
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The only thing they really emphasized with me was getting my protein everyday. I tend to not eat breakfast, and only two other meals a day. But, they said to eat small things through out the day, such as nuts, PB on a banana, or a hard boiled egg, I guess they don't feel I am eating enough. confused.gif  Maybe it's because I haven't gained any weight yet, but, that seems fine with me! I don't want to blow up like I did with my other pregnancies! I'm getting to old for that, it will be too much work to get it off!

 

There's a lot of combos that you can eat as small meals that will also increase your protein. I have a hard time with this one as well -- I don't like feeling that I'm gnawing on meat all of the time. I actually downloaded the checklist from the Brewer diet page to try to "remind" me to be more aware of what I'm eating and to diversify a bit too. I printed out the list & also the categories examples, put them in a plastic cover, and put it on the fridge. I check each day's requirements off with a dry erase marker after each meal. Also, small meals are good. You really only need 300-500 more calories per day when you're pregnant, and even then that come more into play during the 2nd & 3rd tri. I'm trying to me mindful of what I gain as well. As long as you're sticking mostly to whole, clean food (produce, whole grains, lean meats, healthy fats) you'll be fine.

 

Dr. Sears also has a great nutrition class called LEAN Expectations that gives a nice overview of what to eat during pregnancy, how to gain appropriate weight, and how to lose it after (safely & while bf'ing). I'm a little biased on this because I actually teach the classes, but honestly they are just a nice base to go by.Very easy visuals - no tracking or calorie counting or anything.

 

ps - I haven't gained weight yet either at 10-weeks, and my midwife seems OK with it. We'll see where I'm at next week at my appointment & what she says.

 

Hope some of that helps. Obviously you've been through this before with happy, healthy babies, so I'm sure that most of this is just old news!  

 

AFM - thanks for the info on the dip sticks. That's what I figured, but wasn't sure. I scheduled my first tri scan today for August 22. We've decided to do this one for peace of mind and for planning purposes. They were offering another blood test to go with it, but I declined that one. We'll do another at 20-weeks as required by my midwife, but that's it. I'm hoping that we'll get to hear the heartbeat next week at our appointment. I'll be almost 12 weeks by then, so hopefully it will get picked up. I remember having a hard time finding DS's heartbeat at an early appointment, but I know that I had and anterior placenta with him. One week -- I can't wait!

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