Expecting!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KIKI25:  Cant really answer your questions since I have never been pregnant, but I wanted to say congrats!!! 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Cramping the week of your missed period and a few weeks after is completely normal. Everything in there is getting situated. Also, for me I had a lot of gas pains that felt like cramping. How often you go to the doctor really depends on who you see and where you are. I am going to see a midwife and they had me come in at 6 weeks to confirm with a urine test. Now I am going to go every 4 weeks. Some women go sooner and some women have to wait until they are 10 or 12 weeks before their first appointment.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@KIKI25:  you can call a doctor to organise an appointment. they will either give you a brief prenatal appointment soonish (discussing nutrition etc) or tell you to wait a number of weeks  until the first ultrasound. some doctors do it at 8 weeks, some later(even as later as 12 weeks). i made an appointment with a gyn when i knew rather than a regular dr

until then, all you need to do is take your prenatal vitamins. limit caffeine, give up alcohol/ smoking (if you do) and dont take any medications without checkign if theyre ok in pregnancy. also look up recommended/forbidden foods in pregnancy (eg microwave deli meat before eating, no sushi etc)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@KIKI25:  1. Call the doctor to arrange your first appointment. 

2. Buy either Mayo Clinic Guide to Preg & Childbirth or What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

3. Relax! Take it easy, though you’re not an invalid if you are tired, rest. The first trimester your body is very busy creating the placenta an it can cause serious exhaustion. 

4. Join your month board here on the bee. The girls on this site have been the best resource. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Congratulations! Cramping is totally normal. I had a lot of cramping and as my pregnancy progresses it is slowly becoming less and less.

 

When you tell people is totally up to you. So far we have told some of our friends but none of our family. We want to tell both of our families at the same time. FIL will be devestated if we miscarry so we are waiting until after we hear the heartbeat at 10 weeks if not the full 13 weeks until we are out of the first trimester. 

I take Nature Made prenatal vitamins. I don’t think it matters what brand as long as you are getting folic acid.

My doctor is a family doctor so I will see her throughout my pregnancy and so will LO once they are born 🙂 If you like your obgyn I would recommend getting everything done through them but if not now is the time to find one you love. Different doctors are associated with different hospitals so if there is a specific hospital or birthing center you want to deliver at you may want to find someone who delivers there. 

Other tips: Drink a lot of water. Eat every 2-4 hours. Stay positive. I also joined babycenter.com and use their message boards. Let me know if you join and I will PM you my username. If you have any other questions, just ask!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KIKI25:  Congrats!!! What an exciting time in life for you & DH!!! I found out I was pregnant 5 days before my missed period & then left the country for 3 weeks on vacation. I didn’t have my first prenatal apt until 8w6d but did talk with the pregnancy nurse around 5w2d to go over what I should be doing & she answered any questions/concerns I had. I am 10w5d right now & we still haven’t told DH’s parents & sister. We are going to tell them Friday night at dinner. I wanted to wait until as close to my 2nd trimester as possible to make sure everything was okay before announcing. So far I’ve only shared the news with people that I’d be comfrotable going back to and saying I lost the baby (if I were to have a miscarriage). I’m looking forward to sharing the news with more people once I’m out of my first trimester. (9 days!!!) 

Like the other bees said, sleep if you are tired, snack/eat often & take your vitamins. GL to you!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My office does a “positive UPT visit” right away where they do a confirmatory urine pregnancy test in the office, discuss nutrition and other nurse intake stuff, and put in orders for your prenatal labs.  Then you do your “New OB visit” with a provider around 8-12 weeks.  I think most internists would feel comfortable doing a confirmatory urine pregnancy test in their office, and if you have a family doctor that also does OB, then of course you’re all set.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KIKI25:  I take Thorne, Basic Prenatal & Nordic Naturals Pro DHA. These were recommended to me by my naturopath doctor.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

I went to my GP once I found out and he took my bloods – vitamin levels, hormone levels, etc.
The cramping is perfectly normal. It’s most likely implantation at this stage. If it continues later it’ll probably be stretching. Later again, maybe round ligament pain. Lucky me got all 3! Tongue Out 
Just a warning with prenatal vitamins – some of the ones with a lot of iron have a habbit of causing constipation. Make sure you eat plenty of fibre and keep your fluids up. Mine don’t have iron (my levels are genetically high) so I haven’t had that problem.

Good luck and CONGRATULATIONS! 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@KIKI25:  Cramping is completely normal.  I had pretty intense cramping very early on with all 3 of my pregnancies.  CONGRATULATIONS!

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