Post # 1
I got a BFP this morning. I am so very excited. My EDD is December 2. I called the doctor this morning “Hi, I’m Dr. XXX’s patient and I guess…I’m pregnant and…I guess I don’t know what to do.” She laughed and was really kind but said there is no need for me to come in for another 5/6 weeks, so I have an appointment at the end of April. So my reaction is “great, that’s awesome,” but also “they’re going to let me do this by myself?!?” So, I’m wanting to know if it’s normal not to have an appointment right away to confirm/go over things and also, what should I know besides the obvious (no alcohol, caffeine, deli meat)? In fact, go ahead and assume I know nothing, just for good measure…
Thanks for your help in advance, ladies!
Post # 3
Lots of doctors don’t want to see you until 10 weeks or so, as long as you’ve had no problems before.
Are you taking a prenatal vitamin? That’s very important. Make sure that you don’t take any medication and if you need pain relief tylenol is the only thing you can take.
You want to make sure that any cheeses you eat are pastuerized, Do-Not-Eat fish list: shark, swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, orange roughy, grouper, tuna steaks, saltwater bass, and canned solid white albacore tuna, and no sushi. No more runny eggs, no sugar substitutes like splenda etc (saccharine in almost all gum and mints), herbal teas are also on the no-no list. No soft serve ice cream or yogurt.
Remember though that all of this stuff is your choice. You don’t have to stick to every rule, and lots of ladies stray and make their own choices.
You’re going to want to limit your exposure to harsh chemicals, like bleach in the bathroom for instance. If you have cats, you can’t change the litter. No hot tubs, or baths that are too hot. You have to be careful of over heating.You need to take in 100 oz of water a day or so and you want to drink filtered water. Your body needs it to make more blood and stuff for the baby. No x-rays.
Post # 4
First off, Congratulations!!!
@mwitter80: Why are herbal teas not allowed?
Post # 5
@beekiss: Some herbs can have medicinal effects just like actual drugs, which is why the FDA and many doctors advise steering clear of certain varieties. Even though the amount of herbs used in commercial teas isn’t believed to be strong enough to cause problems, because the FDA doesn’t regulate them, there’s no way of knowing exactly how potent they are.
Post # 6
@mwitter80: Thanks so much! Some of that info I had, but the info about gum and mints was new–thanks! I have been taking a pre-natal for the last two months as well as fish oil and that’s all I am taking.
Post # 7
Congratulations! I second the pre-natal vitamin suggestion. I think it’s ok that you don’t see your dr right away.
Post # 8
@Jess1483: You’re welcome. There’s a lot of stuff to know, but like I said you have to make your own decisions.
For instance lunch meat and soft serve are both said to carry listeria, which is harmful and cause a miscarriage, however if you heat up the lunch meat it kills that bacteria. If you trust where you’re getting your soft serve from, that they are cleaning the machines, then eat it.
I had a blizzard from DQ the other night and I’m a-ok! lol
Post # 9
@Jess1483: Congrats!! The pre-natals are one of the biggest things so already being on them is great! There are lots of sites and information about what you should/should not eat, and on most of them, it isn’t like your going to cause some horrific thing to happen if you have a piece of cold deli meat or soft serve, but personally, there is some risk so it is just not worth it to tempt fate.
Post # 10
I know it seems crazy, but I think that’s pretty typical. I asked for a referral to a lab to have a blood test to confirm the pregnancy because I wanted the peace of mind, but I didn’t have an appointment until 8 weeks (ultrasound confirmation) and then 10 weeks (first office visit).
Post # 11
Congrats!! I didn’t have my first appointment until 7.5 weeks due to bleeding, but was supposed to have it at 8.5 weeks or so. Most Drs don’t usually see you until 8-10 weeks unless something is wrong.
Post # 12
@Jess1483: that’s pretty normal:) although right when I called she faxed over a prenatal prescription (even though I had prenatals but she wanted me to use her recommended kind). Then I didn’t see her until I was 6.5w and not again until I was 10w.
Post # 13
@mwitter80: Splenda is pregnancy safe. I’ve had a couple natural diet sodas and protein shakes with in in it. I’m not saying that I’ve had tons of it, but a minimal to moderate amount. I don’t drink Diet Coke or anything like that.
Post # 14
Congratulations! I would start taking a prenatal. If you want to do other stuff, that’s fine. but don’t freak out to much. Babies have been born for a long time before this one, and chances are everything will be just fine– deli meat or not.
Post # 15
ALL doctors will tell you similar, but different things. For example, the ONLY place I’ve ever heard about the soft serve ice cream thing is on WB and HB, never from a doctor, and solid white albacore tuna is fine to eat, but my doctor said it should be limited to 1-3 times per month. Some doctors say to cut caffeine completely, but mine said a 12 oz cup of coffee per day is fine.
Definitely take a prenatal, but other than that, I wouldn’t stress about what to do or not to do. Definitely keep exercising if you feel up to it, drink lots of water, and be healthy; but wait until you talk to your doctor to see what they recommend as “don’ts”. There’s a LOT of variation floating around on the internet.
Oh, and tylenol is ok to take if you have a headache. Other than that, just enjoy your good news!!