Post # 1
I have my first midwife appointment on Monday, I will be 8+1. I’ve asked friends who have gone through pregnancy what to expect. They’ve told me appointments are generally the same each month, measurements, Doppler and any lab tests as required. Now, I’ve heard that you can’t pick up a heart beat with a Doppler until about 10 weeks. Do you think they’d give me an ultrasound if they can’t hear it with the Doppler? Nor going to lie, missed miscarriages scare the crap out of me. I didn’t even know they existed before the bee.
Post # 3
@awakemysoul: I was super stressed at the beginning of my preg due to complications and my ob gave me an ultrasound every appt. now we know baby is fine and she does anyway, just because we like to check. I’m not sure about midwives or even other drs, but mine is super understanding. It can’t hurt to ask!
good luck! This part of pregnancy can be a little nerve wracking.
Post # 4
@awakemysoul: I’m using a midwife, I had extreme anxiety at the beginning of my pregnancy. I would sit with her and cry my eyes out afraid of a missed miscarriage or a blighted ovum ect. The great thing about a midwife is or at least mine…it’s never rushed I have a full hour or more to sit with her and talk one on one about anything I’m experiencing or any questions I have. Now having said that…she could not find a heartbeat even at 11 weeks, and yes that was scary for me but she was able to really talk me through that time, plus I have her cell phone number we talk we text we email if I have concerns she helps me through them. I had my first U.S. at 12 weeks and everything was just fine. I had my second yesterday.
I opted to wait the 12 weeks for the first because that is a good time to get an accurate due date, but I probably wouldn’t have been able to wait if not for my wonderful supportive midwife. Also if I had asked she would have gotten me one sooner but we decided together to wait and she helped me through that waiting process.
As someone who had major pregnancy loss anxiety I will say don’t google every little thing I know it’s hard but it really does not help, I would end up in tears for hours bc of google results. If you don’t have a relaxing pregnancy friendly hobby get one or something you can focus on when that anxiety starts creeping up. My sister actually came and spent the week before my first US with me which really helped a lot.
Congratulations on your pregnancy =]
Post # 5
Don’t be surprised if your midwife doesn’t have an ultrasound machine to use.. I didn’t realize this but my midwife clinic has a guy they call in with a mobile ultrasound unit but it needs to be scheduled in advance. So I only get ultrasounds when they are scheduled. I did get one at 5w1d and 7w2d because I had a risk for another ectopic and to check for viability.
Post # 6
They may try to use the doppler but don’t be surprised if they don’t find it since it’s so early. My doctor wouldn’t even try the doppler until 13 weeks.
Post # 7
Good luck today 🙂 Your first appt will likely just be a lot of paperwork/medical history and all that. I’d be surprised if they tried to hear a HB as it’s quite early, and lots of midwife clinics don’t have u/s machines (mine doesn’t). We started listening to the HB after 12 weeks, and did all u/s through the local hospital. They took weight, blood pressure and did a protein check on urine at each appointment, didn’t start measuring the belly until week 20. They gave me all the requisitions for the NT screening, IPS etc at my 8ish week appt 🙂
other than that, they just go through lots of questions/answers, available tests etc and will tell you what to expect between now and your next appt!
I hope it goes well, we love ours and are so thrilled we went with a midwife!
Post # 8
@StaceyA: It was a lot of med history and what to expect from midwifery care. Didn’t get into the available testing etc, but we will set up an appointment for September.