Dates and first booking appointment

posted 2 weeks ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Based on the clear blue I would say you were around 3-4 weeks pregnant as they state in the instructions that 1-2 weeks since fertilisation or ovulation but an average 2 weeks extra is to be added since it’s classed as from the first day of your last period. That implantation bleed is probably your last period… it will be tricky to predict until your daring scan but I would guess at 3-4 weeks and I would call to book in asap and let them know you think you are this based on clue blue test. 

Are you from the UK? 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

alice88 :  I think it’s slightly different for each area of the UK but my midwife wouldn’t even schedule an appointment until I was 6 weeks. 

My booking appointment was at 8 weeks and they just take your blood and ask a million background questions. 

If you’re not sure when you ovulated just give them all the info you’ve included here as they’ll was try and book your first scan for around 12 weeks. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

In my area you can self refer to the midwives and just give your last period date. They will book you in about 8 weeks and arrange the 12 week scan for you. It’s likely your dates will change at this scan. 

Dont worry about dating too accurately at this point, things become clearer as you progress. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I would go with Clear blue because it’s measuring hcg and telling you a prediction but add 2 weeks on. I called right away to arrange my booking appointment and they organised it for when they predicted I was 8 weeks and also gave me my first scan appointment for the 12 weeks. If you ask them they will tell you what they think on the phone. Good luck! I have my dating appointment on Tuesday and my first scan 4th October. Very exciting times. X

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

alice88 :  Do you typically have longer menstrual cycles?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

alice88 :  So, implantation can occur anywhere from 6-12 days past ovulation. It’s entirely possible that you just have a long cycle. In that case, you would be measured at 2 weeks before ovulation, so likely 3-4 weeks at the time you took that test. They give you that range because hcg levels don’t start increasing until the fertilized egg is implanted in your uterine wall. With that being said, most doctors go by your last menstrual period unless you have a strong idea of your average cycle. For example, my cycles were 25 days long, but when I got pregnant, my first appointment was based on my LMP. However, when I met with the midwife, I mentioned the length of my cycles and how long I’ve been tracking, and she adjusted my due date accordingly. Not all doctors will do that though.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alice88 :  at the booking appointment they take all your medical history, a urine test and a blood test. The blood are for your blood group, rhubella, syphilis, HIV plus a few others. 

They wont confirm your pregnancy with a urine or blood test. 

They will also do your height and weight and screen you for domestic violence and any vulnerability or issue that might need extra support e.g drugs, alcohol, diabetes etc. 

They will also give you loads of information and leaflets and some information about where you can give birth. They then won’t see you until 16 weeks

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alice88 :  yeah the scan is at 12 weeks but that isn’t the midwife. 

For a first pregnancy you’ll have midwife checks at 8,16,24,28,32,34,36,40 weeks. Scans are separate to these. 

The midwife will take you through all of this at booking in. 

I’m 19 weeks with my second so this is all quite current for me at the moment lol. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alice88 :  a missed miscarriage is possible, but rare. The first trimester is a lot of worry because there is absolutely nothing you can do to determine the outcome. You just have to stay positive and try not to worry. 

Once you’re in the midwife system you can call them any time you need some reassurance 

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