This thread's been quiet, but I thought I'd revive it.
My first appointment is this Monday. It's an early one (I'll be between 7 and 8 weeks), but this is the same time/appointment where we found out that my last pregnancy (this will be our first child), was not progressing. It was surprising, as I felt very pregnant, but in a day or two after that, the symptoms started to decrease. The subsequent experience including the d and c (I had had a natural miscarriage at home the year before--very early--and it was extremely difficult and painful physically-so decided to go the medical route this time--with great trepidation), actually turned out to be a very important (if that's the word) for me. I had never been in a hospital--as a patient--and had a lot of fear and longstanding distrust of western medicine, but everyone there, especially the nurses, were so kind--I felt very held and cared for. I am a an older first time mom and had already decided (not without some ambivalence) that for various reasons it would be best for me to give birth in the hospital (I rationalize this partially because the area we live and the hospital are progressive and known to be low intervention etc.) So, overall that turned out to be a positive (odd, I know) kind of initiation and exposure to that world, knowing that the next time I would be there would be under very different circumstances!
Anyway, because of that missed miscarriage in March of this year, we are going to have an early ultrasound and I know will both feel relieved to move past this particular appointment. (Though I know there's lots of unknowns and new experiences to come beyond that).
Wanted to share here, to call in healthy, positive energy-
Will plan to report back on Monday what I hope (and feel) will be happy news