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Pregnant in the USA and clueless. RushLimbaugh Due August 2; 1 child; Leander, Texas 2236 posts
6th Jan '13

In many ways I feel like I am pregnant for the first time. This is my first experience dealing with the US medical system for pregnancy. And I'm hoping for a VBAC so if I actually go thru a labor and contractions that will be new to me too.



I had my first appt about 7wks5days into it. There was already a heartbeat and she did an ultrasound, so I got to see baby, or shrimp, I say shrimp. She did a pap smear, took blood. She said she wanted to see me in two weeks to check the heartbeat again. Because of the holidays and stuff I am going tomorrow I am now 10wks. I think she said after this appt it will be every 4wks then in 3rd trimester more often. In Germany it was about the same frequency. What happens during a 10 wk appt or something around there? The shrimp wouldn't have changed much, probably go over test results from last time. Then I won't be getting another until 14 wks probably.

Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
6th Jan '13

She probably just wants to make sure the heartbeat has stayed nice and strong since it was early last time?

heather2470 Due November 22; Madisonville, Kentucky 163 posts
6th Jan '13

For the next several appointments they will check your weight, vitals and listen to baby heart rate. I think my appointments lasted ten mins. Then another ultrasound around 20weeks

RushLimbaugh Due August 2; 1 child; Leander, Texas 2236 posts
6th Jan '13
Quoting Asher's mommy [Expecting :" She probably just wants to make sure the heartbeat has stayed nice and strong since it was early last time?"


She mentioned something about heart rate and making sure. You're probably right.

Soon 2B Mom of 2 2 kids; North Highlands, California 3785 posts
6th Jan '13

They make you pee on a stick (or in a cup), check heartbeat, check BP, go over your questions and concerns, and thats about it I think.
Edit: And check your weight lol.

RushLimbaugh Due August 2; 1 child; Leander, Texas 2236 posts
6th Jan '13
Quoting Soon 2B Mom of 2:" They make you pee on a stick (or in a cup), check heartbeat, check BP, go over your questions and concerns, and thats about it I think. Edit: And check your weight lol."


Oh joy. j/k. Well at least it's every 4 wks for a while.

Soon 2B Mom of 2 2 kids; North Highlands, California 3785 posts
6th Jan '13
Quoting RushLimbaugh:" Oh joy. j/k. Well at least it's every 4 wks for a while. "


Lol I think my longest appointment was 10 minutes max. The way my OB does is it is at 26 weeks it switches to every 2 weeks, then at 36 weeks it switches to everyweek untill you deliver.