First appointment scheduled

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Registered: 01-16-2013
First appointment scheduled
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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 10:31am

Hi ladies,

I just made my first prenatal appointment.  I can't help but feel nervous and totally excited at the same time!  Can anyone tell me what I can expect at that first appointment?  Is it something I'd want to bring my husband along for?

~ Ashley ~

~ Expecting Our First in SEPTEMBER! ~

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Tue, 01-29-2013 - 11:36am

THanks, ladies!  I'll be about 11 weeks along when I go in (it is KILLING ME!  they make you wait so long!).  I cannot wait to hear the little heartbeat. Squeee!  I'm not sure if I'll have my husband come with or not.  I'm leaning towards having him come as I'd love for him to experience the heartbeat for the first time with me.  I'll let ya'll know how it goes!

~ Ashley ~

~ Expecting Our First in SEPTEMBER! ~

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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 12:17pm

Congratulations on expecting your first! When is your first appointment (how many weeks will you be)? It all depends on how far along you are when you go. I had my first appointment at 5 weeks and that was for a pap smear and pelvic exam (and breast exam for that matter). They make you pee in a cup, check your weight, check your blood pressure (at every appointment). They'll also ask family medical history. It's up to you if you want bring your husband.  My husband went to all my appointments, but the only ones he needed to be at was when we heard the heartbeat for the first time (usually at 12 weeks) on the doppler. We ended up buying a home doppler, so it wasn't that big of a deal and ultrasound appointments you'll want to have him at as well.

 

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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 11:32am

I'm trying to think back, it's been a long time since my initial appointment.  I know they did a full physical and pap smear.  Some women can find it very painful or have bleeding with the pap smear but I had no issues.  They listen to the baby's heartbeat with the doppler and it's the most amazing sound I'd ever heard!  It's amazing to hear that sound and know that you are carrying a child in there and not just feeling funny all those weeks before that.  I never had an u/s prior to that 12 week appointment, so that was the first time that I knew for sure that my baby was in there and doing well.  I know some doctors have you go in earlier than 12 weeks, so I'm not for sure what all they will do at your appointment if it's sooner than that.  Hope this helps.

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