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Hi! I just found out I'm pregnant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I am 13DPO. I am going to see a midwife probably for a home birth but don't have that set up yet. With my son, I had b/w done to test HcG levels and an early ultrasound b/c of previous endometriosis. Do most people get b/w when they are pg? Should I request it from my family Dr? (I don't have an OB).
 

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My midwife did a cbc, blood type + rh factor, rubella immunity, iron status and rpr for syphillis at my first appt.
 

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Congrats!<br>
I had the same bloodwork Jokerama mentioned at my 8week appt. But I didn't have any bloodwork for HcG, etc. MW didn't require it.
 

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I got bloodwork done at 5 weeks and my progestrone levels were very low so the dr. had me take supplements. I am now 16 weeks preggo and am so thankful that my need for supplements was discovered....so.... from my expierence I would encourage you to get it done!
 

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i had the levels test done with my last one and would never do it again, they were low so that made my doc start panicking and then sent me to get an ultrasound, and then when he didnt see what he thought he should have seen promptly told me that I was having a miscarriage. Obviously I wasnt having one but I suffered for days thinking it was going to happen until I just decided to let my body do what it needed to do.<br>
The levels test are really not completly accurate in telling you anything one way or another and on this baby I didnt even see a midwife until I was almost done with the 1st trimester.
 

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i had the same stuff at my 1st appointment too.
 

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No bloodwork this time. It's not necessary.
 

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My midwife gives me the choice to do it, but also encourages people to opt out if they want. I opt out.<br><br>
None of it seems to serve any real purpose but to intervene.
 

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This is my first pregnancy and I had the bloodwork done just last week. I had the same tests done as the other mamas. It was a terrible experience because the person drawing the blood was very disorganized and the whole ordeal took an entire HOUR. An hour for her to print out all these stupid little labels, get all these vials together, stop and take a few phone calls, talk to the maintenance guy, talk to some other nurse about ordering some food, come in and out of the room a dozen times. Oh, and then there were random nurses that kept coming in the room and peeking in at me laying on the cot and asking me why I was laying down. Then the nurse poked me TWICE and complained that I had small veins. I hate hospitals.<br><br>
ETA: All this to find out that I'm anemic and now I have to take an iron pill.
 

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I didn't get any blood work done this pregnancy.
 

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I'm just doing the prenatal panel which includes blood type, rubella, and platlet count. I'm not doing the Hcg or the AFP, etc.<br><br>
Depending on how the hospitals are in the area I might consider Hep B to "prove" that I am not infected in case of transfer. Depends on how pushy the hospitals are in the area with the vax. I might do the clamidia and gonerea (sp?) tests for the same reasons (want to decline eye goop).
 

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I think only you know what is right for you. I have hormone issues so for me it is not optional - it is necessary if I want to have a healthy pregnancy to monitor several things in early pregnancy and as I go along.
 

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I had all the bw already mentioned above, plus a thyroid panel. I am on medication for hypothyroidism, so I'll have it monitored a few times throughout the pregnancy.
 

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No blood work for me this time, which I find amusing because for a while my brain was like -- but how do you know your pregnant -- BWAHAHA!<br><br>
At this point, that is a not a concern at all, I'm most definitely pregnant.
 
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