Random TTC questions

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Bazinga:  I did elevate my hips, but I think that’s a myth.  Enh, whatever… it worked for me 🙂

 

As for seeing different doctors, you may want to reconsider that one.  You’ll definitely want to be seeing a familiar face when the big day comes.  I know it’s inconvinient to make all those appointments, but they schedule them for a reason.  I would at least see if you can do labs and ultrasounds closer to you though, that might be a compromise they are able to make.

I just wouldn’t want my pregnancy to be followed by someone who won’t even be there when I actually birth my baby.  I want to build a relationship with my care providers.  I chose a midwife practice specifically for that purpose.  They have 5 midwives, and I asked to be scheduled at least once with each of them so whoever happened to be on call when I went into labor was someone I had met and built a relationship with.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think you need to do #1.  Many people don’t and end up pregnant anyway!  The things that actually need to stay up there will.  There is no proof that doing this increases conception odds.  But obviously it doesn’t hurt anything if you want to try it out.

I would not go to a doctor to deliver that I hadn’t been seeing the whole time.  If it’s someone you’ve worked with over 9 months you know their policies and practices and have time to ask them how they handle certain situations.

I think typically they do appointments every 4 weeks until 28 weeks (3rd trimester), and then you go every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, at which point you go once a week.  The only additional appointments would be if you ask for testing that needs to be done during a specific week.  They should combine ultrasounds/labwork along with your general checkup.  So for your 20 week anatomy scan they will schedule an ultrasound appt and your checkup back to back so you only have to go in once.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Bazinga:  I elevated my hips as well (wrapped my legs around DH which is what I usually do anyway–it’s a cuddling thing) and just stayed that way. My mom always said that was how she got a boy. Hard to argue with mom since, lo and behold, I am pregnant with a boy on the first try BUT I would say myth, but worth a try anyway. Like DaneLady, it worked for me.

As for doctors, I was actually in the SAME predicament, and I actually asked the Bee! I work at a clinic, but the hospital I want to deliver at is 90 miles away, and I didn’t want to be taking all this time off to go all the way down there (in the winte,r by the way) to see my delivering doctor, SO I have done all my prenatal care at the clinic with an OB/family medicine doctor, which means monthly appointments. I chose to have my 20 week u/s at the delivering hospital so I could at least meet the doctor I wanted to deliver for me. At 34 weeks, I will be transferred out permanently to my delivering doctor, and he will monitor my care until the end of pregnancy. Starting at week 29, they started giving me appointments every two weeks. That will continue throughout the rest of my pregnancy unless they want to start seeing me weekly, but they haven’t said they need to because I have had a very healthy pregnancy with no complications or concerns.

Just FYI regarding delivering doctor, there is no guarantee, whether I would have been seeing my doctor the whole time or not, will actually catch my baby. It depends when I deliver. If I deliver during the week, he will more than likely be there. If I go in on a weeknight or weekend, it will be the on-call doctor anyway. The doctor honestly doesn’t do anytthing much but catch anyway (it’s mostly just hte nurses), but if you want someone there your whole pregnancy, I would suggest a midwife or something. Your hospital SHOULD have you write out a birth plan, which will be around when you are in labor so that way no matter who delivers the baby, they will understand your concerns and wishes for delivery.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s probably an old wives tale, but supposedly resting quietly for a few minutes after sex is supposed to increase odds of conception.  I don’t think there’s any scientific proof of that though.  Anectdotally, I ended up pregnant on the 2nd try, so take it or leave it. 

In terms of your doctor, you’re going to have 10-15 prenatal appointments, weekly towards the end.  You’re going to want to get to know your doctor and how they feel about certain birth choices – like episiotomy, c-section. laboring positions, epidurals, etc.  I would find an OB you’re comfortable with that works with your circumstances who will be available to deliver your baby.  You’re not really going to want a total stranger up in your business.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Bazinga:  That’s a good idea or even start going to your delivering doctor when they start appointments every 2 weeks might be even better. Really they don’t do much with you prior to 28 weeks with the exceptions of your ultrasounds. Your appointments will be pretty routine–pee in a cup, maybe draw some blood (I didn’t seem to get drawn as much as most Bees to get levels checked and what not), check for a heart beat, and a quick exam every so often, at least for me. DH doesn’t even go with me anymore becuase of how routine they are, which is just fine with me. He came to the ultrasounds, and that is it. I gave him the option of coming with me once I transfer out to my delivering doctor, and he said unless something may be wrong, he will just let me go.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Bazinga:  Some people like to go to a pre-conception/TTC sort of visit, but I just asked about it at my annual before I knew we would be trying.  My OB recommended starting prenatals and a healthy eating/exercise routine if I wasn’t in the habit already.  She basically said to stop the pill when we were ready, have as much sex as we wanted, and not worry too much about tracking anything the first few months.  Her exact words were “relax and have fun.” 

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