Wow, it's great to see all the new activity here!
Welcome new expecting mamas! I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you.
Sparrows, your little boy is adorable! What a blessing.
AFM I can't believe I will be 9wk tomorrow already. Still fortunate enough to be feeling good, and what little nausea I had a few weeks ago seems to be passing.
We are planning a hospital birth but I am looking for minimal medical intervention and will not allow epidural/spinal anesthetic unless it is absolutely necessary for an unplanned C-section. I was debating between the midwife practices associated with two nearby hospitals, and looking for one where I feel my wishes will be respected. After going to an open house for one a few weeks ago and falling in love with the midwife who met us that night, I had a first prenatal visit last week at the other practice to give them a try. Unfortunately I was bullied into ultrasound (I was planning to refuse this as I was charting and have a very regular cycle, and don't see much medical need for an u/s at 8 weeks as the risk of m/c is still high and if there is any real issue it could be detected later). A very pregnant technician ushered me into the u/s room before I had even met with a nurse or midwife ... what a strange way to introduce themselves. When I asked how necessary and informative the scan was, she got defensive and called in a nurse who basically told me it was standard procedure. If the tech was not so obviously pregnant herself, I think I would have stood my ground, but I caved. Surprise surprise the bean measured 8wk1day and I was 7wk6d based on LMP. While it was cool to see the heart beat, I just felt burned the whole time and felt like I was violating my little one in some bizzare way. Needless to say, this experience sealed my choice of midwife practices and I will be switching to the other one. I already have an appt scheduled to get to know them before the next major exam at 12 weeks.
What are all of you doing/chose about the first trimester genetic screen with US/blood test? I keep going back and forth on whether it would be useful or stressful. We will not terminate based on the result of this test, and I don't want to risk amnio and its chance of harming a perfectly healthy babe. I am planning on the 20wk anatomy scan but we do not want to know the gender until we meet him or her.