Post # 1
I was in the Caribbean over the weekend with a girlfriend and we got our tarot/palms read. After I drew my cards, she said “You’re sure you’re not pregnant?” because 4 of my 5 cards were cups, which symbolize love and fertility. Got home last night, took a test this morning and got two lines! I AM FREAKING OUT!! This is such a hard thing to keep secret – i want to tell everyone!! I still can’t believe it – i haven’t had any major symptoms yet, other than being like 2 days late.
Anyway, here’s my immediate question. How does one go about finding an OB? What should you be asking?? My normal GYN doesn’t do OB and her partner is a man. I feel like if i have to find a new doctor, I’d rather find a woman who is in a more convenient location to where I work. Should I even go to my regular woman to confirm the preg or just make a appt with a new person who also does OB? (My doc doesn’t take my insurance anyway, i just like her). Is it better to find somewhere where you live vs where you work? I live in Maryland but work downtown DC in a large medical bldg that I’m sure has OB/GYNs.
And what exactly is the story with lunch meat? I eat turkey sandwiches nearly everyday. Is it just like subway where the meat sits out? Or packaged turkey as well? And fresh cut they do for you at the deli as well?
Post # 3
look on your insurance’s website. it might be easier to find someone near work because you’ll have a lot of appointments…where does fi/dh work though? maybe you could find something halfway between your offices?
you can eat deli meat if you microwave it first. it can get bacteria — whether at subway, packaged, or fresh cut from the deli.
Post # 4
I think most insurance has a hotline you can call for doctor recommendations. I might go that route. Probably though, I’d just go to your normal doc to confirm (I am positive she can do that) and ask her for a recommendation of a female doctor near your work (or maybe even a few) and then you can see if any of them are on your insurance. Also maybe ask around at work if there are any women who have had babies recently?
Post # 5
Congrats! I had a friend dream I was pregnant as well very early on. Some people just have pregnancy sensors.
I hadn’t ever been to the doctors I’m going to now before I was pregnant and it’s worked out just fine. I’d definately choose someone your insurance covers and probably closer to work would be better. In the first appointment I had they didn’t confirm my pregnancy, just asked how many tests I’d taken (probably like 5 at that point) and they said OK well you’re pregnant here’s some information and they got my information and then got scheduled for an ultrasound at around 8 or 9 weeks. So if I were you I’d just buy another pregnancy test or two to confirm and then start shopping around for OBs near your work since every practice handles early appointments a bit differently.
Post # 6
For an OB I think the biggest thing is not only if they accept your insurance and are convienent but if they deliver at a hospital you are willing to deliver at.
Lunch meat is a tough discussion. Basically if you want to be extra safe make sure to heat the meat up in the microwave until its steaming just to be safe. Some people say that asking for a “hot” sandwich is enough but I don’t think pressing it really gets the meat hot enough.
Post # 7
thanks for the imput! maybe i’ll just stick to chicken….
i spoke to a women’s center in the same bldg where i work and they said to go to my regular doc to confirm, and then make an appt with them. they also said though that if you’re not high risk and things seem normal, you don’t need to see them until 9-10 weeks. does that sound right?? i was a little surprised.
i actually had 2 different but very weird preggo dreams in the past few days. but i was trying not to get my hopes up based on a psychic and some dreams…..
Post # 8
It’s pretty standard to not have your first real appointment till anywhere from 8-12 weeks.
I also live in the DC suburbs- for local recommendations, I’d suggest checking out http://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/forums/show/3.page (lots of women love Whitney Pinger at George Washington, for example)
I’m sure there are a million other forums (every neighborhood has some kind of moms group), but this one often has OB/midwife recommendations. You could also check the DC board at babycenter.com or thebump.com
I chose an OB near my office, and that makes life so much easier. Yes, we’ll be delivering at a hospital that’s about 40 minutes (without traffic!) from my house, but I love the fact that I can schedule a 9 AM appointment and be back in my office a little after 10. Especially in the last couple months of pregnancy, or earlier if you have problems or need to see your doc more often, that can be a lot of time to take off work.
Also, this may sound crazy, but if you expect to need daycare for your child within the next year (or even year and a half), I’d suggest starting to look now and getting on wait lists. Lots of the better places in the DC area book up incredibly fast and have year-plus wait lists!
Post # 9
Congrats! What the doctors office said sounds about right. There’s really nothing they can do until around then (ultrasound, doppler, etc). I’d confirm with your current doctor, they can do a blood test. I’d also ask her if she has any OBGYN recommendations. If it were me, I’d also ask which hospitals the OBGYN is affiliated with, if any. I’m not sure that they’re all the same but I know my OBGYN is a group and they do the births out of one hospital. Luckily it’s the hospital I feel most comfortable with.
And, yes, lunch meat is off limits. That includes hot dogs. It was a total bummer for me too. But it’s worth it! You can still, if you’re interested, use cuts of real roasted turkey. Sounds yummy to me but I am waaaay too lazy to roast a turkey for a few sandwiches! Haha.
Also, the pregnancy symptoms usually come around week 6. You’re most likely about 4 weeks (since you’re only 2 days late) so you have some time. I know a few girls who never really got the yucky symptoms so you could be a lucky one too.
Good luck and congrats again! 🙂
Post # 10
If you want to have a blood test to confirm your pregnancy, you can get this done at any local clinic (including the CVS MinuteClinics) or your primary care or OB should be able to do this for you.
Since I’ve had a lot of experience with finding new doctors lately, here are my suggestions about that:
– If you have a trusted doctor (gyn, primary care, whatever) call their office and see if they can recommend an OB. You can definitely take their advice with a grain of salt, but it never hurts to see who your favorite doctor recommends.
– Do a google search, or use your insurance website to search for OBs within a specific area and then look them up. Sometimes medical centers have websites with a doctor’s profile, and lately I’ve been seeing more and more doctors showing up on Yelp. It’s often helpful to find out what the doctor studied, and what people think of them.
Best of luck.
Post # 11
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That’s awesome! How fun to find out that way, it’s going to make for a good story down the line. My advice would be to do a quick googling of foods to avoid, because there’s a lot of seemingly random stuff out there that can do harm to that little bump inside you. I chose the Bump, and a few medical websites to get a good variety of info.
It’s true that once you confirm the pregnancy, you have to wait a while before your first real appointment. Some get you in at 6, some like to wait until 12. I prefer as early as possible, but it’s up to the doctor you pick. It seems there’s a lot of variance on this. My doc doesn’t have a lot of equipment in her office, so I can’t get a doppler until after 12 weeks. Sometimes they’ll have good enough tools to let you hear the heartbeat before 8 weeks, and that sounds really exciting.
Post # 12
Ha Ha! Psychic was right for me too! And we were trying NOT to conceive-but he said he saw a baby in 1984. My son was born 12/30/83 and I brought him home 1/1/84!! I know -I’m old :-S Congratulations!!