I had my first prenatal visit…. now I am NERVOUS

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@June232012:  Don’t be scared/nervous… chances are your baby will be perfectly healthy.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@June232012:  Yeah, that happens and will most likely continue to thorughout your pregnancy as more things are brought up. I make it a point to tune out what theyre saying while I’m there hahah. We don’t need the added stress!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Don’t stress!! The doctors will stress you out. I kinda of tuned everything out and just got the testing done just to make sure. Everything was fine!

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m pretty sure 98% of pregnancy is being worried. I’m sure your LO is fine 🙂

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Have you looked into working with a midwife rather than a doctor for your prenatal care?

They provide the same basic services, but their training and approach often have a different flavor. Doctors are trained to think about everything that might possibly go wrong, and do what they can to prevent it. (Which is basically a good thing, but it can be taken too far and result in unnecessary stress and interventions.) Midwives are trained in a model that allows more latitude for what is considered “normal,” and as long as you are low-risk, they tend to intervene less and assume that nature knows what it’s doing. You will still be offered all the prenatal testing, etc, but the philosophy is more “pregnancy is a normal, healthy process and most of the time things will work out just fine” and not “a pregnant woman is a ticking time-bomb and anything could go wrong at any time.”

It all depends on you. Some people find that the medical model makes them worry a lot more, and the midwifery model a lot less stressful. Other moms who are prone to worrying feel like they want the reassurance of all the medical interventions. But it’s something to think about. If you’re curious to know more about working with a midwife, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Birth Matters (both by Ina May Gaskin) are worth reading.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We chose to do the testing as well. When the chances of an abnormality came back 1:5000, we felt better. 

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