What are the best prenatal vitamins to take when pregnant*

Newly Pregnant

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy on the Eastside!

Newly Pregnant? Congratulations! Now what?

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions when you are newly pregnant:

I don’t ‘feel’ pregnant? Can I trust the over-the-counter pregnancy tests?

If you’re like many women, you will probably take a few pregnancy tests You may wonder which brand is the best and whether you should go see your doctor to get the pregnancy confirmed Your OB/GYN will probably tell you to trust the drug store pregnancy test and that there is no need to come in to confirm the pregnancy (unless you have a history that warrants an early appointment)

Some pregnant women feel many symptoms during the first trimester and this can be a good confirmation that you are pregnant See Top Five Symptoms in Pregnancy article But some women feel no signs of pregnancy for several weeks Both scenarios can be normal

Why do I have to wait 8-10 weeks to see my doctor?

I know it seems like a long time to wait, especially given the questions you may have They ask you to wait because the earliest they can see a heartbeat is around 6 ½-7 weeks on an ultrasound, and the heartbeat is one of the ways they confirm the pregnancy So, unless you have a history that warrants an earlier appointment, you will have to wait a few weeks But, this is exactly why we offer our Early Pregnancy classes – to answer all of the questions you might have, prior to seeing your doctor

What can I expect at my first OB/GYN appointment?

On average, you can expect to have monthly appointments until you are about 28 weeks pregnant (unless you are expecting multiples or having complications) Then, the frequency of your appointments will increase to every two weeks between 30 and 36 weeks for a normal pregnancy For the last four weeks of your pregnancy, you will usually be seen at least weekly Plan ahead; you will be amazed how busy these appointments keep you in the last month of your pregnancy

Can my significant other come with me to my OB/GYN appointments?

How do I decide which hospital or doctor to choose?

Things to consider:

Proximity: You will be visiting your doctor several times a month towards the end of your pregnancy, so take this into consideration when deciding how far you want to travel for your appointments If you live on the Eastside, EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, or Swedish Hospital in Issaquah are probably the top three choices women consider

When choosing an OB/GYN, I think ‘friend referrals’ are the best They have first-hand experience with that doctor Other referral options could include Yelpcom, Babycentercom’s chat boards, or you could visit a local moms group, such as MOPS Clinic websites offer a general description of each doctor but it’s hard to tell from that if they will be a good fit I think “experience” is a key factor, and just meeting them and seeing if you generally “like them” is also incredibly important

Should you choose male or female OB/GYN? I honestly don’t think the ‘gender’ is the most important quality when choosing a doctor Some of the most compassionate and empathetic doctors can be males So, have an open mind Having worked with male and female doctors, I think there are pros and cons to both It comes down to who is the best “fit” for you

Some clinics offer a “meet and greet” appointment – take advantage of this if you can…often times you will know right up front if the doctor is a good fit for you If you decide to change doctors during your pregnancy, it is better to change sooner than laterHaving worked with male and female doctors, I think there are pros and cons to both. Keep in mind however, that if you change to a different doctor within the same clinic, you will likely see your former doctor for one or two appointments, or for the delivery, since they all share on-call duties with each other and don’t work 24/7

When should I tell my family and friends?

Whenever you want to!! There is no rule that says you have to wait to tell people you are pregnant If you are excited and want to share the news right away with your best friend or mom or dad – go for it! (I told my mom the day I found out It was so fun to have her share in the excitement from the very beginning) Here is a link for some creative ideas to share the big news: http://wwwparentingcom/creative-ways-to-announce-pregnancy Some people, on the other hand, would prefer to wait until they see the doctor and have the pregnancy confirmed

That is fine too My feeling was that even if I were to lose the pregnancy (worst case scenario), I would want the support of family through that experience So share with whomever, when you are ready!

Pregnancies are counted by weeks An average pregnancy is 40 weeks long from the first day of your last menstrual period to delivery So by the time you take a positive pregnancy test, you are already at least 4 weeks pregnant

That is a good question It is different for everyone Some ladies will start to ‘show’ towards the end of their first trimester, while others will be well into their second trimester Average weight gain is 25-35 pounds but the timing of your weight gain will vary Some women may even lose weight in their first trimester due to nausea and vomiting, while others will be in maternity clothes by the end of their twelfth week

Should I start taking a prenatal vitamin right away?

I hope this has answered some of your questions Remember, there is always a nurse available at your doctor’s office to call and answer any questions you might have Lastly, here are a few of my favorite pregnancy-related websites: http://wwwthebumpcom, http://wwwwhattoexpectcom, and http://wwwbabycentercom (I loved signing up for their weekly emails that corresponded to how far along I was in my pregnancy)

PLEASE NOTE: None of this should replace the advice from your doctor’s office