I just found out last night (then confirmed this morning that I'm pregnant. I'm due September 19th. This will be my second child. How soon did you all go to the doctor? It seems like so many of the pre-natal appointments are unnecessary. Thoughts?
And by the way, how do y'all make those fun signatures?
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My midwife usually doesn't see me until I'm about 10 weeks.
She just said to make sure I'm taking prenatals with at least 800mcg of folic acid.
I don't think early appointments are necessary, unless you have any particular concerns.
edited: mcg not mg
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Congratulations! I agree that most of the prenatal appointments seem unnecessary. Especially if you are going for as natural of a pregnancy as possible and forgoing most tests.
In my first pg, I did all the medical stuff, had my first exam at 5 weeks, including pap, then went every 4 weeks starting at 12 weeks, had most of the tests done, including u/s...but by the end of pregnancy I was starting to learn more and denied the GBS test, which I got hounded on repeatedly asking me to take it everytime I was seen thereafter. Ended up with a c-section w/o trial of labor just because baby was breech.
Pg #2, I interviewed Obs and mw's and finally met my delivering mw at 20 weeks pg and had my first appointment with her. We met in her home, she did a pee strip, measured my belly, felt around with her hands on my belly, and listened to the heartbeat. I met with her about 3 more times before delivery. For us, it was about establishing a relationship with each other. (homebirth)
Pg #3, I used the same mw, so our relationship was already established. I heard baby's hearbeat for the first time with a stethoscope at 27 weeks. I met with the mw in her home twice before delivery.
The important factor was that I was already doing everything like taking prenatals, eating healthy, exercising, etc and had no history of problems in pregnancy, and my mw trusted me that if there was a problem, I'd let her know. She knew I was educated and she was confident in my abilities to have a healthy pregnancy.
Sadly, I've moved 700 miles from my mw and have to start all over again. :( I know I'll probably never get to have that same kind of lenience again.
Anyway, who you have as your care provider, will make a huge difference as to how your prenatal appointments will look and how often you get seen.
Not as far as you! We're just moving states--Missouri it seems. But, I'm still holding out that we will stay here until after the babe is born. Wishful thinking, perhaps.