(Closed) More questions for pregnant women…

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How soon were you able to see a doctor? Both times I’ve seen doctors at 8 weeks. It’s normal to wait until that point because there’s a high risk of loss.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? With Moose, I was sick the entire time, like 6 times a day. Awfulness! With Wombat, it’s been come and go, mostly dealing with smells or getting hungry and not eating. Try Natural Brew’s Outrageous Ginger Ale. It really helped me.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? I’ve heard this from a lot of pregnant women, but I never felt that way.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? We told people around the end of the first trimester with both, some much later. It wasn’t hard and isn’t hard, but there’s a lot of drama in my family and I don’t want to deal with that.

Did you have cramps? I get baby growing pains, but ask your doctor about it when you go in. Make sure to make a list because it’s easy to forget your questions in the excitment.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use? I picked mine out on my own. The first ones made me constipaited, so I switched. Now I use Nature’s Plus Ultra Prenatal. They’re awesome. For DHA, I take Fisol fish oil.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda? The best thing to do is call your doctor and get them to give you a list of good meds and bad foods. They should be willing to give you this now. And yes, Tylenol is fine although no medication is 100% safe. Soda really depends on you though. Some women give up caffine, some don’t. Some women watch their sugar intake, some don’t That is your choice. Do your own research to decide.

If you have any questions, please ask. Send me a PM if you want.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

How soon were you able to see a doctor? I didn’t see a Dr. until 9 weeks.  I did go in for a consult and bloodwork around 6 weeks

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? I’m feeling pretty good throughout but yes symptoms of all kinds come and go daily. 

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests?  Yes, but I keep reminding myself that the HCG can stay in your system for up to 8 weeks after you miscarry so it really doesn’t tell me anything.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet?  It wasn’t as hard as I thought.  We told my family at 7 weeks, his family at 8 weeks, a few close friends between 10-12 weeks and will tell work and others at 13 weeks.

Did you have cramps? Yes, they come and go as well.  Now at 13 weeks its turned into round ligament pain.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?  I LOVE my vitamins from Natures Plus (not natures made).  They are all from natural food sources so nothing artificial.  Natures Made and Womens One a Day both had artificial coloring and other stuff that I just didn’t want to take. 

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda?  Yes, Tylenol is ok, but I would talk to your Dr. about what dose is appropriate.  I avoided caffeine during my first trimester which included soda, tea, etc.  They say you can have about 200 mg a day but it has also been shown that women that drink more than that increase their rate of miscarrage significantly.  Also, my Dr. advised that if I drank soda or tea, it shouldn’t count towards the 64-80 ounces of water you should be drinking per day.  You need to actually drink more water if you drink caffeine to help flush it out of your system.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How soon were you able to see a doctor? I took a HPT about a week after I missed my period and it was positive. I called my MD that Monday and they wouldn’t see me until I was 9 weeks, so I had to wait almost 4 weeks for my first appointment. They just did a vaginal ultrasound to date the pregnancy and gave me some information. My next appointment wasn’t until closer to 12/13 weeks. I’ve heard of first appointments being anywhere from 8-12 weeks.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? Morning sickness was a misnomer for me, it was more like all day sickness. I felt especially sick after breakfast and after dinner, but was nauseous all the time. Sea bands, crackers, ginger ale all helped a little bit. I finally got some zofran for when I was traveling.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? No, I didn’t, but I can see why people do. It was hard to really “feel” pregnant until the baby started to kick.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? We waited until 12 weeks to tell everyone, including our parents, my mom was shocked I was able to keep it a secret that long.

Did you have cramps? I had cramps in the beginning and I thought my period was just late. They went away for me around 6 or 7 weeks. I don’t think light cramps are uncommon though. Sometimes it can just be your uterus and ligaments stretching.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?

I have Rainbow Light vitamins. My Dr didn’t recommend a specific brand, but an OB who works with my MIL did and that is why I got them. They seem to be very complete and have more minerals and vitamins than my previous prenatal did. They also offer them in mini form so you can take 3 small pills instead of 1 large one.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda?

I took tylenol maybe 3 times at the very beginning when I was having bad headaches. I haven’t taken any since then, but in moderation I don’t think it is a problem. Definitely use plain tylenol though and not advil, etc. I avoided soda for the first 14 weeks or so and after that I’d have a sip of my husbands or maybe order one for myself. At 31 weeks it seems like if I drink a sweet drink it gives my baby the hiccups. My Dr said it is best to avoid “Dark” sodas like coke or pepsi, but that sprite and ginger ale are fine. Under 200 mg of caffeine a day is what they said and a soda really doesn’t have anything close to that in it.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

How soon were you able to see a doctor? I got my first official apt. at 10 weeks I think. I had some spotting at 5 weeks so I went in then, and then some bleeding at 9 weeks where I just went to the ER, not my OB.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? It was usually constant for me. Some days were worse then others, but it was always there. Until 10 weeks, then it left me!

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? No, but I always wanted to hear the heart beat to make sure everything was ok. I looked into the at home ones, but I read it was hard to find the heartbeat so early at home (and I learned it’s hard at the OB’s too, I’m 16 weeks and they had trouble finding it), and I didn’t want to freak out thinking there was no heart beat.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? Yes. Especially b/c it was so hard to go out with people. Restaurant smells made me want to puke, so going out to dinner with people was awful. Towards the end I just skipped going to dinner altogether, unless it was with family who knew and could understand. But I felt it was important not to tell people, so we didn’t.

Did you have cramps? I didn’t get cramps, but I did and do have pains sometimes. I feel like it’s just my uterus growing and stretching.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use? I’m not a good pill swallower so I found my own. They’re gummies, and they don’t taste yummy but at least I can get them down. My doctor said it was fine to take over the counter, and I figure they’re cheaper too.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda? You have to weigh the risks and benefits for meds. Tylenol is fine in moderation b/c your baby can get addicted to it if you take it too often. For me, I had to take a lot of meds. It was terrifying for me, but I didn’t have much choice b/c my migraines were so severe. I ended up going to the ER probably 3 times in the first trimester b/c I didn’t know what to do. If you’re concerned about what you can take, just call your doctor and they’ll have a nurse tell you what is ok. My OB has a website that lists all meds ok for pregnancy on it. I heard soda is ok once a day, but like you I just don’t want to drink it. I figure it’s not something I need, so I just don’t. If I crave a soda, I’ll drink Sprite or something without caffeine.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

How soon were you able to see a doctor? I saw my OB/GYN at 4 weeks, 5 weeks, 7 weeks, and 11 weeks the first trimester.  Each doctor is different on how often/when they want to see you.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? I had morning sickness from week 5 to week 20.  Towards the end some days were way better than others but for the most part, at least one point in the day/night I felt nauseated.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? I did until I started getting symptoms of pregnancy.  The first two weeks I wanted to take one a day to make sure!

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? Very hard.  I wanted to wait and tell my family all together at the end of the 1st tri but that did not happen.  I needed support from my mom and sister so they were told around week 6/7.

Did you have cramps? Luckily, not really.  Unless of course they are tied to indigestion issues.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?  I was put on prenatals 6 months before we were TTC so mine are prescription.  I’m on Duet DHA Balanced.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda? Regular tylenol is okay.  Due to migraines I had to get  a prescription for Tylenol 3 for awhile but other than that, nothing.  Once my morning sickness went away I drink a cup of coffee each day.  The word these days seems to be that caffeine is okay in moderation. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

How soon were you able to see a doctor? I found out on a Friday night, so I wasn’t able to call my doctor until Monday. I called my endocrinologist that day and she scheduled me for blood tests and an appt right away. She wanted to make sure that my thyroid levels were on par because I guess the fetus’ endocrine system doesn’t start forming until 12 weeks so she wanted to get on it ASAP. I haven’t even scheduled my prenatal appt because from what I hear they won’t see you until you’re about 10 weeks (like you said).

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? I have had 0 episodes of morning sickness. They only way I knew I was pregnant was alcohol tasted funny, I had smeel-o-vision (as I call it) and I missed my period. I’m hoping I’m not jinxing myself 🙂 

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? I do feel the need to take a test EVERY DAY. I feel like if I go to my appt and find out I lost the baby or I’m no longer pregnant I’d be a jackass. It’s just a feeling of security (I still check the toilet paper for blood every time I wipe)…

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? We don’t want to tell anyone until 12 weeks. It’s extremely hard not to shout it from the roof tops. We both told our bosses (I work at a nuclear power plant and that’s protocol so I really didn’t have an option).

Did you have cramps? I got all my regular period symptoms. I was spotting, cramping really bad, having cravings and then over night they seemed to disappear. I have cramps every day. My doctor says it’s normal 🙂

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use? I haven’t been prescribed any prenatal vitamins. I got One-A-Day prenatal supplements OTC.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda? Before I got pregnant I never liked soda. I hated the way it fet in my mouth and all the bubbles…not to mention the layer of sugar I could FEEL on my teeth (diet or not…). Now, I can’t get enough soda. I love it so much. I’m trying to limit my intake of it because I know how horrible it is. Since I found out I was pregnant I have stopped taking all unneccesary medications. No tylenol, no benadryl, nothing. I’m scared to death to take any of it.  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

How soon were you able to see a doctor? We saw a nurse around 7 weeks just to exchange info or something but there wasn’t even any blood work involved and then I had the first visit at like 9 weeks but it turned out I was only around 7 weeks when I got the ultrasound dating.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? I was OK at first as long as I kept food in my stomach or chewed gum but towards the end of the first trimester I started to feel nauseous 24/7, I never puked but I felt the constant need to for a couple weeks

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? When I first found out I took probably 4 or 5 over 2 weeks or so, I liked to watch the pregnancy line get darker and darker.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? Yes. Coworkers had dreams I was pregnant and I was really tired the first trimester and working crazy hours and just wanted to lie down for a minute during the day so it was difficult to not explain why I looked so tired. We ended up telling people around us after we first heard the heartbeat. 

Did you have cramps? I did very early on before I knew I was pregnant and I thought I was just gettingi my period.  They didn’t last that long for me though and were only early on.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?  A nurse gave me a sample of some that I could get as a prescription but I just went off their ingredients and got a store brand that had all the good stuff in it.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda?  We got a list at the doctors office of OK pain medication.  I haven’t had the need to take any while I’ve been pregnant but if I got a fever or bad headache or something I would take something.  I tried to avoid caffeine during the first trimester (except for hot chocolate).  I don’t drink much soda anyways so that wasn’t that big deal but I’d cut back if I did. I got cravings for dry gingerale when I was naseous and it helped and made me happy.  I did buy diet gingerale by accident once and diet drinks gross me out so I ended up giving it to someone else.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How soon were you able to see a doctor? I found out at about 4 weeks, and I had to wait until I was 8 weeks to see my doctor.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go?  I was neauseas 24/7-it was horrible. I would have rather thrown up and gotten some relief. I felt like I had a horrible red wine hangover for 3 months.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? Yes-until I really started having symptoms like neausea,exhaustion,and the horribly intense hunger. Then I was like, yep I’m pregnant.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? Haha! I told everyone and their grandmother the second I found out.

Did you have cramps? I didn’t get cramps until the third trimester. Now they won’t go away.  

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use? Prenatals made me throw up, so I take Flintstones.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda? I think tylenol is okay but always check with your doctor. I’ve been freaked out about medication so I haven’t taken any. I’ve gotten three colds and they’ve lasted about ten days each.  I’ve had soda, coffe, and a little wine since being pregnant and all is well.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

How soon were you able to see a doctor?  We went at 5 weeks 6 days.  My doctor is also a bit unconventional and does ultrasounds every 30 days or more

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? I didnt have any, sorry

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? At first, before my first OB appointment.  I probably took 6 during those 3 weeks, just to be sure since I had zero symptoms.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet? At first, VERY.  Then that wanes off and it gets easier

Did you have cramps? Yes, at first.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use? I was taking GNC Prenatals before we TTC, so I continued with those.  My Dr prescribed me some (CitraNatal Harmony) but they made me VERY sick, so he told me to continue with the GNC ones.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda? Advil can decrease the amount of amniotic fluid, and Aspirin is a blood thinner.  Both are NOT ok.  Ive taken Tylenol 3 or 4 times, and Tylenol PM once, and my doctor told me it was fine since it wasnt consistent and it was just two pills for unbearable headaches.  Soda (and any caffeine) I didnt touch for the first 12 weeks.  Ill have an occasional Pepsi now and then, but I stay away from diet stuff.  I mostly go with caff-free Root beer or genger ale though

Hope to help!  And CONGRATS!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

How soon were you able to see a doctor? 

8 weeks. (About 4 weeks after I found out)

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? 

Constant. From about week 7 till week 14 or so, it was like having the flu and a hangover all at once.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests?

Nope.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet?

I told a couple of supervisors/colleagues at work at 6 weeks because I felt so awful and I wanted them to understand what was up with me. I told my mom around 9 weeks- it was hard keeping that from her for ~5 weeks. After about 14 weeks, we started to slowly tell people as it came up or seemed relevant, but no big announcements. For my first pregnancy, it felt really hard to not tell people- with this one, it really hasn’t been. It really felt more like something I wanted to keep private.

Did you have cramps? 

Not with this pregnancy, but with my first they were AWFUL- way worse than normal period cramps.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?

My provider prescribed some Citra Natal B-calm ones that are supposed to not be as rough on your stomach- I’ve taken those, as well as Rainbow Light ones, and I have Spectrum brand DHA caplets but I hardly ever take them since they give me fish burps. I also took nothing but Flintstones gummies for a while when pills made me gag.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda?

I’ve taken plenty of meds during pregnancy (and my OB is fully aware). I’ve been on Zofran and Phenergan for nausea, and have tried both Fiorocet and narcotics for migraines. My OB even let me take the occasional ibuprofen during second trimester since that’s what is most effective for my headaches. I also take Tylenol as needed and have a very close relationship to my bottle of Tums. Re: soda, there was a while when regular Coke seemed to help my stomach, so I drank two mini-cans a day or so. Now I mainly drink juice or something Gatorade-ish. I also still drink coffee/espresso if they sound good to me- I try to keep my caffeine intake to 150 mg/day or less (although I don’t worry if I go over that occasionally).

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

How soon were you able to see a doctor?
They wouldn’t see me prior to 11 weeks.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go?
I barely had any. But I got nauseous depending on how much I ate for breakfast and what time I took my prenatal. I also had to make sure I took my prenatal on a full stomach. Also, my gag reflex was ridiculous! I would almost throw up every day just brushing my teeth.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests?
I took two — one at night, then the next morning.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet?
Yes, we told my parents and my FI’s parents, and a few close friends. We tried to keep it a secret until our first appointment, but it seemed like everyone we talked to, there seemed to be an “in” in the conversation to announce it!

Did you have cramps?
They felt like period cramps, or pre-period cramps to me and you’ll continue to have them throughout your pregnancy. They’re just the round-ligament pains because your uterus is growing. If you’re lucky like me, you’ll also get a burning sensation on your belly muscles because they’re stretching/tearing! OUCH! That hurts worse than the cramping to me!

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?
I use Women’s One-A-Day prenatal vitamins, and I just bought them at Walgreens

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda?
Avoid taking anything if you can. But yes, acetametaphin (tylenol) is okay and in the last few weeks I’ve resorted to taking Tylenol PM to ease my nighttime crampiness and help me sleep (I had major insomnia).  Caffeine is okay in moderation — I have a cup of coffee or a caffeinated soda about 2-3 times a week (used to drink one or hte other daily) and I treat it like it’s a big treat!! 🙂  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

How soon were you able to see a doctor?

My doctor likes to wait until you’re at 8 weeks. I’ll be 9 weeks at my first appointment.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go?

So far, I haven’t really had any problems with it, but I’m only 5 1/2 weeks.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests?

Not really, but I’m sure that if my pregnancy symptoms went away, I’d be itching to take another test.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep quiet?

Yes! I’m terrible at keeping my own secrets. We’re trying to wait until the second trimester before we share the news, but it’s so hard for me (which is one of the reasons I love this board!).

Did you have cramps?

I’ve had a little bit of very light cramping.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?

I usually take prescription prenatals – Gesticare DHA. I’m a bit of a procrastinator on getting them refilled, and sometimes my pharmacy doesn’t have them in stock. For the couple of days I’m waiting for them to come in I take Rainbow Light Prenatal One and Spectrum Prenatal DHA (non-fish based). I haven’t had any problems with any of these.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda?

I’m generally trying to avoid both. I’ll take tylenol if I end up needing a pain killer. I usually only drink diet soda, so I’ve given up soda completely. While the artificial sweeteners and other chemicals in diet soda don’t faze me at all when my only concern is my health, I feel like it’s better to avoid them for the baby.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

How soon were you able to see a doctor? 8 weeks.  And like others it was just for bloodwork usually but since I’ve been seeing my OBGYN forever she did an ultrasound also.  She rocks.

Was morning sickness (if you had it) pretty constant, or did it come and go? Never had any.  Pretty sure at this point I won’t.  I have an iron tummy.

Do you feel the need to constantly take pregnancy tests? Yes, but I didn’t take them.

If you decided not to tell people right away, was it hard to keep it quiet?  Yes and no.  There are a lot of people that ask questions and talk out of their ass like they know we’re keeping a secret.  I want to punch them.  It’s harder to find out someone is asking questions and you have to tell them just so they’ll shut up.

Did you have cramps?   Yep.  Uterine cramps.  They’ve subsided though.

Were your prenatal vitamins prescribed (or recommended) by your doctor, or did you pick them out on your own? And what do you use?  I am taking gummy prenatals and the taste sucks.  The doctor just wanted to make sure I was taking something.  They will do an iron level test so she may ask I take something that has certain levels in it at some point.

And finally, what is your take on pain medications and soda? Ibproferine is a no no.  Tylenol is fine.  Soda and coffee is fine in moderation, just stay away from diet soda and decaffinated coffee.

Thanks ladies!

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