Post # 1
Hi Bees. Long story short, turns out my OB-GYN is just a GYN and had to refer me to an OB in the practice. This doc “doesn’t work after 2 pm” (?!) and is booked solid until Oct 13th so my confirmation of pregnancy appointment isn’t for more than a month from now. (Side note — I gather not seeing a doctor until 8 weeks is common for Canadian Bees, but this seems like a really long time to wait. Have other American Bees had the same delay? I’m wondering if I ought to maybe look for another OB…) Anyway, my test wasn’t a squinter so I’m not really worried about “confirming” my pregnancy, but it’s my first so I basically have no idea of what to do beyond don’t drink, take prenatals, etc. What were your favorite sites for good pregnancy info, specifically for the weeks 4-9? I’d like to focus on diet and exercise, but other general healthy pregnancy sites are welcome, too.
Post # 2
My first doctor visit in the US was 8 weeks. I had gone in for a bunch of blood work and a urine test beforehand. He basically told me everything looked good, and he did a bedside ultrasound to measure baby’s length and heart rate. There really isn’t much you can do in the early weeks besides take care of yourself and stay away from things that could harm a developing fetus.
Post # 3
I’m in the US and didn’t get in with my doc until 8 weeks as well. I was going to see an OB, but she wouldn’t see me until 10-12, and her first appointment was at 12 weeks. All they really do is testing and some basics of don’t do this or eat this. I get much of my info online, just as I did before the appointment. Baby center, what to expect, and other popular baby sites ususally have useful information.
Post # 4
I’m not clear from your post how far along you are. Most OBs will not see a patient with a positive upt (urine pregnancy test) until a minimum of 8-9 weeks. (I am a US bee).
I saw my OB at just under 8 weeks as I am high risk due to a second trimester miscarriage. I also had an early dating scan at that time to confirm fetal viability, however it is not common to have one so early.
I would recommend a prenatal vitamin, as you already mentioned. Be aware constipation is a common side effect of iron. May want to take the prenatal on a full stomach.
Post # 5
It’s standard in the US too. As long as you’re in decent general health and not smoking meth or anything, there’s not much for them to do or advise. Even when I got pregnant shortly after a miscarriage, my doctor still waited till I was 8 or 10 weeks along before seeing me. You’ve got the basics covered, and there are tons of credible websites out there. My kids are almost grown, so I don’t know what those sites are, but I bet you’ll get lots of suggestions here. Congratulations and good luck!
Post # 6
I had my first appt at what I thought was 7 weeks, but when I had the ultrasound they dated it as 6 weeks. From what I know, most offices will not see you before this unless you had some previous issues related to pregnancy or high risk factors. There isn’t much they can do before that and you wouldn’t see much on an ultrasound in the early weeks. As far as websites, there are a ton if you just google pregnancy. Babycenter is one I can name off the top of my head but there are many more.
Post # 7
P.s. I don’t think I would like having an OB that doesn’t work past 2pm. What if you have an issue or question? You should see who else is available as a provider IMO
Post # 8
Try to remember that our moms (and grandmothers and great-grandmothers) all had totally healthy babies sans Internet research. Just listen to your body, and really, use common sense. If you weren’t running marathons before, pregnancy isn’t the time to start. Read labels, take a pre-natal, try to eat as healthy as you can, and get lots of rest. H&h 9 months to you!
Post # 9
I’m 9w3d right now and won’t have my first prenatal appointment until after 12 weeks (I’m a US bee).
Post # 10
I had my first visit at 10 weeks and it was basically pee in a cup, yup you’re pregnant, here’s the hospital packet, the u/s office will call you to schedule a nuchal screen.
I think seeing an OB earlier makes some people feel better, but there really isn’t a compelling reason. Don’t drink and take prenatals is basically the routine. You can google a list of do’s and don’ts, but ultimately I did my own research because so much pregnancy info is “better safe than sorry” vs “we have good scientific evidence”. Some OB’s websites have lists of guidelines for patients. I’m sure your doctor’s office could fax you a list too. I did email my doc at 8 weeks for nausea advice and he gave me a Rx for Phenergan, B12, and Unisom.
You might have high hopes of doing everything “right” but if nausea sets in (it did for me at 5.5 weeks and is still hanging on a bit at 16.5 weeks), your diet consists of anything that doesn’t make you want to vomit based on sight, smell, texture or what it might taste like. I lived on grilled cheese, yogurt, apples and Italian Ice for weeks. I was too sick to get out of bed, let alone exercise. My doctor’s advice when I saw him at 10 weeks was “This is not the time to worry about a stellar diet. You need to worry about getting enough fluids and calories to keep you out of the hospital hooked up to IV fluids”. If you can eat that stellar diet and exercise, there are plenty of books that will tell you how to do it (I gave up on the books because I felt shamed for not having the physical capacity to do what they were telling me to do)
Post # 11
My first appointment is on October 1 and I’ll be 8w2d. It’s a pretty standard timeframe. At my midwife’s office I sign in, pee in a cup, and then get to see the baby! Then I’ll get my blood drawn, get vitals done, then finally the exam with the midwife.
Post # 12
I’m reading “what to expect when you’re expecting”. Highly suggest it to help answer your questions. My appt isn’t until October 12 and I’m estimated 5 weeks tomorrow. I know the wait is tough but use it to research so you have an idea of the type of questions you want to ask your doctor.
Post # 13
My first appointments with my babies weren’t until 10w3d and 10weeks exactly. I’m in the U.S.
I would join your pregnancy month group on the bee. It’s a good place to commiserate!
Post # 14
Really? Pretty much every time someone has referenced that book, it’s been to talk about how terrifying it is so I haven’t bought a copy yet.
Post # 15
I would google stuff about unsafe foods during pregnancy. You’ll see things like unpasturized cheeses, certain fish (that are high in mercury), undercooked meats, deli meats, etc. Make sure you drink lots of water everyday too. There really isn’t much more to it than avoiding certain foods, alcohol, and taking your prenatals. Just make sure they have folic acid in them. It is normal to not see a doctor until at least 8 weeks, but if you are nervous and want to talk to someone, I’d either explain that or find an OB willing to do that. Congratulations!