E.K. asks from Kirkland, WA on November 06, 2010
Pregnant?? - Kirkland,WA
I've been tracking my cycles over the last two months: I had one 28-day cycle and one 26-day cycle. This month, I hit 30 days and thought, what the heck. I have a few extra pregnancy tests. I'll take one to at least rule out the possibility of being pregnant. Well, the first one said pregnant. I took a second and it said pregnant too. I'm guessing that means that I'm pregnant.
So what now? Obviously, I need to see a doctor, but considering my last pregnancy, do you think I need to see a high risk perinatologist? How do I make them get me in right away? I'm feeling really, really nervous.
So What Happened?™
Well, I am definitely pregnant, although I'm only about half-way through the first trimester. So, I'm not out of the danger zone yet. But I did find a good doctor. She's doing an 8-week ultrasound for my peace of mind and then a 9 week check-up. Now it's a waiting game. I'm taking vitamins and being healthy. I figured I'd do whatever I could and see what happens. I hope everything goes ok this time. Thanks everyone!
M.R. answers from Boston on November 06, 2010
Yup...if that stick says pregnant, then you ARE! Congratulations! I'm guessing by what you said in regards to your last pregnancy that you've had some serious issues. If that's the case, you call the OB/GYN first thing Monday morning and you tell them that you need an emergency consultation and you will take the first available appointment that they have. It will usually be up to your regular OB/GYN if you go under the care of a specialist unless you are already seeing one for fertility issues and such. Usually a high-risk pregnancy will require extra care and the intervention of a perinatologist or high risk OB on board. You'll be referred to them if it is necessary or you have history that dictates a specialist needs to be involved in your care. Don't be nervous. I understand the freak-out factor but for right now...luxuriate and be happy. Call your doctor first thing Monday and let them know you need to get in there ASAP. Any good OB/GYN that has a patient with previous issues or complications is going to make room for you on their schedule. If they don't, maybe you might need to think of another doctor who will. Congratulations and good luck to you. This is a happy time and you need to enjoy it all! Blessings to you and your family!
B.B. answers from Dallas on November 06, 2010
Do you have an OBGYN, that you saw regularly before? If so, go back to them. They know your history and any complications. I would call and tell them who you are and asked to be seen right away. They will refer you to a specialist, if need be. Good luck and congrats!
M.M. answers from Seattle on November 07, 2010
Hey my heart goes out to you! I have had a series of miscarriages, 2 in the 2nd trimester and I know how scary pregnancy can feel. (It shouldnt be that way!) It sounds like with your situation you can resty assured that the chances of the same thing happening again are very very low. Still, I understand that doesnt take away your feelings of nervousness. I would simply insist on whatever you need to feel more comfortable. That could be more frequent ultrasounds or asking for a perinatolgist to moniter you. You are the patient and you CAN ask for what you need to feel more reassured. Please do! I pray that this pregnancy will be smooth and go extremley well. The people down at Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine are so nice. Ask for Dr. G. He is so kind and caring! Hope that helps,
M.L. answers from Seattle on November 07, 2010
I don't know your history, but make an appointment with whoever you saw most recently if possible. Otherwise, go to an OB or midwife and get checked out early. Make sure that everything is right and healthy and then relax!
W.C. answers from Seattle on November 07, 2010
I'm not aware of your past history. But I recommend that you call the doctor and ask. It never hurts to ask. All they can say is no or wait another month. Then if you want to go the midwife route go that way. I think all the help and support you can get the better.
J.C. answers from Philadelphia on November 06, 2010
Congratulations!! The chances are everything will be fine but I know that is not much comfort when you have had such a major, life changing loss. everything should have been fine last time but it wasn't so now you are understandably terrified. (My middle child died when he was 17 days old so I can relate to your fear). Since your twins issue was not genetic and your body functioned properly (it was not unexplained premature labor) the pregnancy will probably not even be considered high risk. When I got pregnant again I did see a high risk perinatologist to reassure me and my ob docs that my baby was healthy. I ended up having a horrible scare however. In their effort to reassure me they looked and took measurement that typically are not done until the 20 wk scan...Long story short we were told our baby had Downs Syndrome which she ended up not having. Good luck to you. I will say a prayer for you and your baby!
A.T. answers from Portland on November 07, 2010
Congrats! But I am very sorry for your past loses. I can't even being to imagine what you've been through. I would trust your instincts about who to see. I would highly recommend A. Midwifery, Laura Erickson & Kori are wonderful . I think you might want to get a midwife & a specialist as well. It's quite early, but it's good that you're so on top of it. It's never too early to start taking care of your baby. If you're not into midwives, I know Emanuel has a great OB department & NICU as well. I hope everything goes well for you & your baby! All my best wishes!
J.R. answers from Portland on November 07, 2010
Congratulations on your new pregnancy! It sounds like you have had a very difficult road and I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Based on what I know of your history, I wouldn't say you are high risk so I wouldn't recommened seeking out a medicalized management of your pregnancy. I honestly believe you would do better under a midwife's care. Midwive's give personal, well-rounded, care. They nourish the whole pregnant woman, and visits with them are not the quick in-and-out of an OB visit. They are very knowledgeable and can help you make informed decisions! I think it would be a perfect fit for you. Let me know if you have trouble finding a midwife or if you have questions! I'd be more than happy to help.