or Connect
Mothering › Groups › May 2014 Due Date Club › Discussions › First appointment?

First appointment? - Page 4

post #61 of 78
Thread Starter 

Envirobecca, I'm so sorry.  Thank you ladies for sharing, i had no idea that was possible.  Were there other signs or is it just being unable to hear the heart / see baby in us?  

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anaralia View Post
 

my first appointment was today (10 weeks). The doctor drew a bunch of blood for a newfangled blood test (materniT21) that didn't exist yet for my last pregnancy, and we heard the heartbeat with the doppler. He told me I was measuring very large for ten weeks, so possibly twins, or possibly my dates are wrong and I'm further along than I thought. I'll find out at my first ultrasound next week.

 

I'd love to be further along than I thought!  april is a great month.

 

I've heard about materniT21, what does it test for exactly that you want to know about?  

post #62 of 78

Downs, specifically. My husband and I are both in our late thirties and we're increased risk, and I'm not opposed to non-invasive tests. I started with this doctor my last pregnancy and he draws blood 3-4 times per pregnancy for tests and gives me peace of mind.

 

ETA Oh to answer your first question, in retrospect the signs of my missed miscarriage were the loss of pregnancy symptoms, and very light spotting. I definitely wouldn't have figured it out on my own, because it was my first pregnancy and I didn't know what it was "supposed" to feel like.

post #63 of 78

My twin were also a missed miscarriage and I was also feeling pregnant and it hit me with complete and utter force out of the blue. even my numbers were still going up.  I had an induced miscarriage and my placenta was as large as it was expected, but the babies had stopped developing 4 weeks prior. Since then, I always want some confirmation that someone alive is in there.  I will hopefully get that confirmation tomorrow. I have bled like crazy this pregnancy due to a hemorrhage. I saw the baby  3 weeks ago, so if I hear a heartbeat tomorrow, I will finally consider myself pregnant :)

post #64 of 78

I just want to make sure everyone understands I have NOT lost my current pregnancy--the one I lost was in early 2012.  This current one had a heartbeat at 8wk ultrasound, and I am hoping for more good signs when I see the midwife tomorrow!

 

My dead embryo gave no clear signs.  During the wait between ultrasounds, I felt physically and emotionally that the pregnancy was progressing.  What I realized later was that the PREGNANCY was progressing but the BABY was not; all the signals I was feeling were from MY body.  So weird.

 

Of course, having been through that makes me more skeptical about this one working out, but they tell me my odds are as good as anyone's.

post #65 of 78

Wow I'm glad you ladies have shared your experiences on this! It sure makes me want to have my first appointment earlier now to check for a heartbeat!! How awful and quite scary to know you could get blood poisoning if nothing happens naturally... I just assumed everything is okay unless you start bleeding. Maybe that is only a small number of cases, but still seems significant on here.

post #66 of 78
Thread Starter 

see its things like that that make me want to get (And learn to use) a stethascope.  I know you can use one to locate the heartbeat (but usually you can't hear it yourself, DH or someone else would need to do that).  Or get a doppler, I've considered that too.  

post #67 of 78

Stethoscope works, but not this early. More like around the third trimester. I think people tend to have trouble with doppler this early.

post #68 of 78

We heard the heartbeat again!!!! Just for like 10 sec and the baby bean swam away and I decided to not have her/him chased around. It was all I needed. it sounded strong and healthy :joy

post #69 of 78
I heard the heartbeat too at my first appoinment--11 weeks and all is well! I met one of the midwives I had not met before (of 6 at the birth center) and she was really nice. She recommended the MaterniT test, so I am going to arrange for that. Also referred me to an allergist because I m allergic to amoxicillin (based on reaction when I was 11 years old) but have taken some other cillins without trouble--allergist can find out which are safe and which not so I can have that in my medical record! Why didn't anyone ever think of that before?!
post #70 of 78

Had my first prenatal appointment at the new hospital yesterday and I was thrilled!  I felt horrible and missed most of what was said, but everything seems good and we heard the baby's heartbeat--165 and very strong!!  My midwife was bragging about how the hospital only has an 11% c-section rate and how even all the other doctors there are very low intervention.  The appointment took 2 hours and everyone was super nice.  Get this.....this hospital even has a farmer's market in the parking lot during the summer.  

post #71 of 78

I had my first appointment today.  The mid-wife was surprised when I declined the ultrasound and use of Doppler, but did not argue about it at all.  I was pleasantly surprised. :) She was able to feel my uterus and said it was just the size it should be at this stage.  She asked a lot of questions about my diet and exercise which I felt was good--since it is so important.  I had 4 viles of blood drawn, but declined testing for chromosome disorders and cystic fibrosis.  I consented to the HIV & other STD testing even though I know it will come back negative.  I just thought I would accept things that I'm not adamantly against so I don't seem overly difficult :) 

post #72 of 78

@Anaralia  Twins!!  Wow that would be exciting!! 

post #73 of 78

@mrsdonut yes, I thought so! But it turned out to be a singleton, just measuring a week and a half ahead of where he should be. So maybe my dates are off, though I doubt it, or maybe I ovulated super early this cycle. At any rate, it's ten days less of the first trimester (and pregnancy) that I have to deal with, so hooray! :D

post #74 of 78

We have our first appointment with our CPM next week at 12w5d :lol

 

Nausea and fatigue are lessening :sleepytime and I'm really looking forward to 2nd trimester. So excited to be feeling good for the holidays!  

post #75 of 78
I had my first appointment with my midwife today. It was really refreshing after only talking to doctors for 3 months. At some point she said, you are low risk right now so try not to talk yourself into being high risk. This was helpful because I tend to overthink everything, and I do far too much googling.

I really liked listening to his heartbeat. I cried a little. I wish I could say its only because I'm hormonal. The truth is I tear up about happy stuff pretty easily.
post #76 of 78
I had my first appointment with my midwife today. It was really refreshing after only talking to doctors for 3 months. At some point she said, you are low risk right now so try not to talk yourself into being high risk. This was helpful because I tend to overthink everything, and I do far too much googling.

I really liked listening to his heartbeat. I cried a little. I wish I could say its only because I'm hormonal. The truth is I tear up about happy stuff pretty easily.
post #77 of 78

We had our first appointment with our CPM today. It was lovely, except for the fact that we couldn't pick up baby's heartbeat (12w5d). I'm not too, too worried...my dates are spot on but I know it could be the position of my uterus, placenta, etc. I have a faint memory of someone once telling me at an exam that my uterus was retroverted. Still, it would have been reassuring to hear it today :innocent You hear those horror stories about finding out that all you have is a placenta growing in there...but I just have to have faith. I do actually own a doppler, but I'm not feeling the need to check again just yet. I think I'll wait another week and then check again.

 

Similar stories/words of comfort welcome :Hug   

post #78 of 78

Same happened to me - 13w4d and the midwife couldn't find a heartbeat. I've also been told I have a retroverted uterus, so maybe that's it. In my case, I'm feeling movement, so I'm pretty sure everything is fine. 

  Return Home
  Back to Forum: May 2014 Due Date Club
Mothering › Groups › May 2014 Due Date Club › Discussions › First appointment?