Since I've been charting my cycles for the last 6 months I know the date of intercourse this time (though not of ovulation due to a pesky fever I was running that entire week). I don't need them to tell me my due date -- I already know it (or at least as closely as I feel necessary).
Is there any reason to go see the midwife before the end of the first trimester? I was thinking of scheduling an appt for around week 11 or 12. Do you guys know if this is late enough that I can avoid the wonderful vaginal ultrasound (I really don't want to go through that again)? Other than the due date, there wasn't much useful I remember from those early appointments.
Anyone have a reason that seeing the midwife earlier might be useful?
BTW-my last pregnancy ended in a m/c at 8 weeks in March. This is another reason I don't want to go through all the hassle of the appointment till a bit later. It's not like they could do anything to prevent the m/c, and I think it would just stress me out to be at the office in the early first trimester.
Lovin my SAHD DH and 2 kiddos
The dr's office said they like the first appt. to be 6-10 weeks. B/c it's our first, we're excited to go and hopefully hear the heart/see the bean. We'd likely do a homebirth, so meeting with hb midwives will come a few weeks after that when they can use doppler and when we're pretty clearly out of the first tri.
Curious about other responses!
This is my eighth pregnancy, I have 4 kids. My first pregnany was a miscarriage, went in at 8 weeks with spotting and saw on the u/s that there was no heartbeat. I miscarried naturally. The second I went in at 6 weeks and again at 8 weeks for u/s, it was very reasurring and exciting to see the heartbeat, she was my first real baby so I had lots of things I wanted to know. The third I went at 8 weeks, mainly because I was starting with a new care provider and had tons of questions. The fourth I went at 10 wks, and fifth at 12 wks. Sixth and seventh were early miscarriages. This time I'm thinking of waiting until the 20 week u/s and just starting then. With my last full term pregnancy, I remember it just basically being a weigh and blood pressure measure and just a social visit after that. If I had lots of questions or concerns I would want to go, but I really don't at this point.
Hope that helps
I just got a plus sign today so I'm kinda lurking here, edd is 7/2/11. We only just began ttc in october so my head is spinning still. Dh still doesnt know, since I just tested this morning after he left for work...definitely wasn't expecting a positive test the first month!
I think it's probably more up to your comfort, if you're establishing care with someone new for example and want to start earlier to build a relationship with them.
Army wife - Mama to Liam (9/07), Laine (5/09), and Eliza (7/11)
I think it's probably more up to your comfort, if you're establishing care with someone new for example and want to start earlier to build a relationship with them.[/QUOTE]
And there is absolutely no reason you would need to do a transvaginal ultrasound if you don't want to. For some reason routine early ultrasounds have become more popular but they are totally unnecessary, especially if you know your cycle.
Firecat - welcome and congrats!!!
Proud Mama to DS1 09/07 , DD 07/09 , and DS2 06/11 . Feeling more and more blessed with each day!
With DS, I saw my Dr every week for the first 4.5 months..
Serena - married to Jason, mom to Sebastian (b.12.22.2008) and Poppy (b.07.07.2011) ♥
This is my fifth pregnancy. My first pregancy was a blighted ovum, then 2 sons, then a 12 week miscarriage last spring.
The last one I was trying to be all relaxed and easy and didn't have my first appointment until 11 weeks. This time around I'm more cautious again. I have the first appointment scheduled for 9 weeks and will ask for an ultrasound at that point (I already spoke to my midwife about it). We also talked about some early bloodwork. This still isn't feeling very real yet (that 2nd line sure was light!) and I told her I'd call next week if I wanted to go ahead with the bloodwork.
I haven't even told DH yet and I took my first test Monday night!! Tommorrow is our wedding anniversary (10 years!) and I have to figure out how I'm going to tell him either tomorrow or on the getaway he's planning for Friday night.
I'm not ready to jump on the roll call list yet... maybe next week.
Take care everyone!
I'll be trying to get an appointment in early December to beat the holiday craziness (maybe I'll get some u/s pics I can give as 'gift' to share the official news).
That'll be the end of the 1st tri and I'll be able to get a permission slip signed to start prenatal yoga. The yoga teachers don't let you start till your second tri anyway.
Lovin my SAHD DH and 2 kiddos
This is my 8th pregnancy. With my 1st I saw the MWs at ~7 weeks. I'd have gone earlier probably because I was so excited, but I was out of the country when I found out. With my 2nd we saw them at ~4 weeks. My 3rd was a miscarriage before we had even set an appointment. My 4th we saw them at ~5-6 weeks I think. My 5th, 6th, and 7th were miscarriages before seeing anyone. And this is my 8th. Because of some quirks with my short-term disability insurance, I have to pretend the pregnancy doesn't exist until after January 1. So I'm sure I'll start seeing them at that point, which will be around 12 weeks. This is fine with me really. My MWs don't do ultrasound unless there is a medical reason, so I've never had one this early anyway.
The important part of the first few appointments is getting to know each other and setting the ground work for a healthy diet.
I am scheduled for 8 weeks. Just to get the beginning paperwork out of the way. There are some things that I suffered through the **entire** pregnancy last time that I would like to ask about this time. I have eczema, and take a steroid, so I have to find something clever to keep flare-ups away (last time I just cracked and bleed in pain :() Plus, I get really bad acne, and I can feel it starting again.
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07
I made an appointment for 7w1d. This will allow me to see a heartbeat for sure. And if I do not see one, there is no second guessing on whether it was too early for a h/b. Anyway, I am lucky enough to live in Europe where I can have an u/s every week if I fancy....
Barbara, Mama to Isabel (06/2004), Jake (08/2006-03/2007), Noah (01/2008), and Matteo (07/2011)
Please always research the safety of vaccines even if your doctor tells you they are harmless!
I had wanted an earlier appointment, but the first appointment I could get was the last week in December (13 weeks). I changed it to the first week in January because we'll have better insurance coverage then.
Despite wanting an earlier appointment, my last pregnancy I was happy to wait until about 13-14 weeks. I don't think the early appointments do much and I used to be happy to wait. I'm not sure why I'm feeling antsy about it this time.
I have a new doctor and they're having me come in on Wednesday (4.4 weeks) to "confirm the pregnancy". Not sure when I'll go again after since I don't know this practice.
Jessica married to the love of my life
Momma to: Levi (09/06), Junior (09/05) , Teagann (11/10) and two furbabies Nugget and Boo TTC our next bundle of love since 1/11
going in at 9 weeks - declined going in at 7 weeks - there is some midwife talk about getting a vaginal ultrasound too early ( 6 or 7 weeks) can actually cause a miscarriage.. that whole vaginal ultrasound is so invasive, it makes me ill thinking about it... but i keep thinking i have twins so i want to check and see if there is one or two heartbeats......... but, its not a pleasant ultrasound, really.... ( had it with my first baby )
From week 8 to about week 20, I will be seeing someone about every 2 weeks! My first ultrasound with be at week 8 with my doctor (I declined the 6 week ultrasound). I will have my midwife appointment around week 10. From there, I will have the sequential screening done, which is at week 12 ultrasound/bloodwork, 16 bloodwork, and 20 ultrasound, in between those visits will be visits with my midwife. I'm 41, which is why we do the screening. Once we know we're having a healthy baby, from week 20 on, it's just the midwife and homebirth.
I finally made my appt. and it will be in early Dec. and I will be almost 10 weeks. They did mention an ultrasound (and of course bloodwork). I was charting when we conceived and it just happened to be picture perfect, so I am pretty certain when ovulation happened. I will take it along to show them. It is a new place with my first pregnancy, so I am not sure quite what to expect!
I was thinking I might like to go in around 8 weeks before I go on a trip for 3 weeks. I might just wait until I get back though. I think I was closer to 12 weeks when I had my first appointment with my second child.
military wife to Eric, mommy to Ani 11/06 and Emi 2/09 and our angels 12/10, and 2/12 and our newest addition Izzy 4/13
As this is our first pregnancy, I decided to make my appointments right away. Also, getting onto the list with our local midwife group is tough, and you can't register until after you're pregnant, so I didn't want to wait! I have my first appt with my doctor on Nov 29th. I don't know what it will include beyond that they're going to confirm pregnancy. I will be 6 wks by then. Then I have an information session with the midwives on December 9th, right after DH and I get back from a trip to San Francisco for his sister's wedding.
Married to my wonderful DH 5/2010, Mom to DS1 Kayden 7-14-2011 and DS2 Jakob 8-29-2013
Owned by Friesians and Drum Horses, plus the dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens
I made my appt the day after I found out. I'll be 8 wks at my 1st appt. We're going to get my genetic tests set up as soon as I reach the 11-13 week period. I will feel so much better after the test in early Jan (I'll be 41 in a few weeks).
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."- Albert Einstein
I'll probably wait until I'm around 12 weeks, but my midwife is a friend and if I really want to see her, I can pretty much whenever I want... I just don't see much of a point in a visit before that, unless you need nutritional help, or need an ultrasound for some reason.
will be seeing my midwife for the first time next friday. i have not been keeping track of how far along i am. i am guessing that i will be 9 or 10 weeks at that point but really not certain. i doubt my midwife does ultrasounds but because i have a subchorionic hemotoma i plan on getting another ultrasound at some point to see if it has resolved itself and will go to my local clinic for that. the doctor at the local clinic is very cool and she herself had a home birth recently with a local midwife.
mama to two amazing children son 10/27/07 and daughter 07/07/11
Just made my first MW appt for 12/13...I will be 7 weeks (8 according to them). There are 3 MWs on staff at my practice, and they aren't the easiest to get in with, so I wanted to be sure to get on one of their calendars. Plus, I wanted to work around a time of day that wouldn't be too obvious that I was going to the doctor, since the nosey people I work with already have their eyes peeled for doctors appointments showing up on my calendar.
Wife to a wonderful man since June '04, mommy to a beautiful 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter.
We just had our first appointment! First pregnancy, first appointment - we were super psyched!
I didn't ask, but expected, that we'd get an ultrasound, but they didn't plan for that - it's a midwifery practice, and we're at about 9 weeks, so I guess that wasn't on the agenda. But for dating purposes and for genetic testing, we're going back tomorrow morning and getting an ultrasound. It's very exciting, because today's appointment was great, but a little anti-climactic. We had some very minor questions, but we have no health problems and are low-risk, so mostly we just have to wait to see the bean and do some screening in a few weeks. I'm still glad we went today - it can't hurt to establish some care and just cover all the bases!
I just made my first appointment this morning - its with midwives in another state 3+ hours away, because they aren't legal here. Its for January 5th, and I'll be right around 10 weeks. I haven't had formal prenatal care with any of my other pregnancies, just an occasional visit every couple of months and one u/s around 20 weeks. This will be the first time I've had regular, formal prenatal care, and I'm so relieved I found good midwives.
Laura, mama to Henry 01.28.07
missing Jack, born still in the car 08.23.10 at 36 weeks
Loving on Catherine, my 09.01.11, UC