Post # 1
The day after I got my BFP last week, I called my OB-GYN and made an appointment, but they are so full they can’t see me before I left for our two-week vacation to Europe with my family. They didn’t sound too concerned and are getting me in as soon as I get back, but I’ll be 10 weeks at that point. I read many people don’t get seen until 10 weeks and any appointment before then is just paperwork, family history, etc. but I wish I just had confirmation of some sort.
I’m already starting to worry something may go wrong (what if it’s while we are on vacation?), etc. I had a CP a couple of cycles ago, so I don’t feel super confident of my body, and a friend of mine recently shared her story of having all the positive tests/pregnancy symptoms and then finding out she had an empty gestational sac later on so that is kind of freaking me out. I had hoped to be able to tell my parents when we saw them since we don’t live near each other, but is it premature to tell them before a doctor’s appointment? I don’t want them to get excited and then have to be disappointed after. Is there any way of knowing everything is fine the further I get? I’m only 4 weeks 5 days right now.
Also, can anyone tell me what their first appointment was like, what I am missing? Recommendations from the doctor, things I should be doing/avoiding? I have been taking Spring Valley Prenatals that have plenty of folic acid… is that sufficient?
Sorry for so many questions!!
Post # 2
It’s pretty normal here in the U.K. I wouldn’t worry. You’re taking your vits. There’s not a lot they can do apart from take some stats and history.
Post # 3
It’s hard to wait but it will be ok. 10 weeks is the pretty normal.
Post # 4
whitemochi622 : 10 weeks will be totally fine – they’re right, you barely do a thing and that will be a good time for a first ultrasound. Regarding your vacation, I hate to be blunt, but if something goes wrong that early, there is zero you can do about it no matter where in the world you are. So you might as well just enjoy your vacation and try not to think about those possibilities. Depending on where in Europe you’re going, maybe pay attention to things like not drinking local tap water or eating foods that are out of your element.
Post # 5
I didn’t get seen until 12 weeks, that’s the norm in a lot of places. I feel like going in every few weeks to check for hormones doubling get, etc is a very American thing- I’ve never heard of it before these boards. Just stay positive! As horrible as it is, at this point if something goes wrong, there’s nothing that can be done anyway, unfortunately. I know how stressful it can be, though- hopefully your vacation can be a fun distraction.
Post # 6
THats totally standard to be seen between 8-10 weeks
Post # 7
UK-bee : happyroo : knpswp : Thank you, bees! All the apps and Pinterest charts I saw said 6-8 weeks so I thought I would be really behind. Good to know this really is still standard!
skunktastic : Good advice, thank you! I have been pretty “whatever” about street food and water when traveling before, but I think I should definitely be cautious now.
ClaudiaKishi : Thank you, yes, I just need to keep telling myself what will be will be. I am not usually a worrier/anxious type of person… this is all new for me!
Post # 8
12 weeks here and that’s if they’re on time with the appointment, could be anything up to 14 weeks for first scan.
Post # 9
whitemochi622 : I think normal depends on your region. I was seen by my OB at 5w3d after testing positive at 4weeks. My doctor does a scan as soon as a positive result is seen to ensure that the pregnancy is not ectopic. At my first appt, we did bloodwork (my HCG was 8,218) and an ultrasound. A sac was seen, very typical. After that, my next appt was at 8 weeks. At that time my doctor officially registered me as pregnant with my insurance, and a heartbeat was seen on an ultrasound. Since then, appointments have been every 4 weeks to the day. At 12, he took 11 vials of blood for NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) to check for a whole host of genetic disorders and we found out we’re having a boy! I personally could not wait until 10 weeks for a first appointment, but in countries with socialized healthcare this is seen as normal.
As of now, if I were you, I would reduce caffeine consumption and eliminate foods such as hot dogs, cold cuts, and anything that isn’t pasteurized. Drink as much water as possible and make sure you’re getting enough protein in your diet. Good luck and congrats!
Post # 10
whitemochi622 : Big hugs! I just got my BFP yesterday and my first appt isn’t until 8/9, but won’t have the first u/s until 8/29!!! That’s over a month away!! *bites nails*
Post # 11
8-10 weeks is pretty standard.
both my pregnancies were IVF so i was monitored more closely and often. i told my mom after we got a positive test, but we didn’t tell other family members until hb was confirmed.
i graduated to OB at 10 weeks with both pregnancies. they will check baby’s heart rate with a fetal monitor, this is standard at every appointment. they will take your history, answer any questions, and give you order for lots of bloodwork.
Post # 12
MargaritaVille : OMG CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m so behind on the boards 🙁 BUT YAYYYYYYYY!!
whitemochi622 : Try not to worry OP. I had a scan at 8 weeks to ensure baby was in the right place. First OB appointment is this week. No idea when my next scan is. Unless there is a reason to think something is wrong (strong cramps, heavy bleeding, etc), trust everything is okay. Stress is terrible for your body, let alone your baby.
I try very hard not to worry and be anxious. There’s all sorts of horror stories you can find on google, but if something of that nature were to happen, nothing would stop it. Not early scans, early tests, even testing or scanning every day! YOU’RE PREGNANT! Congratulations Momma! Relax and enjoy!
And to echo PPs, just watch what you’re eating and drinking in Europe. People have babies there every day, but they’re used to their environment. Just be aware, and have a great time!
Post # 13
MsPlucky : Thanks! I’m SHOCKED
Post # 14
- Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery
Sorry to thread-jack, but
MargaritaVille : YAYYYY!!! Congrats!!
Post # 15
MargaritaVille : 😲 oh my word I just read your post on the POAS thread and congrats congrats!!!! I’m soooo excited for you! What a perfect surprise! See you on the March Babies thread?? And wait for our appointments? Lol
DrunkInLove : totally okay, I’m so pumped for her too!
MsPlucky : Omw, you’re the first person to call me Momma. I just almost started crying at work. This can’t be real!! Yes, yes I need to stop reading google and stay positive! You ladies help so much. Thank you.