First Prenatal Visit
When you find out you’re expecting usually the Dr. will have you come in anywhere from 6 weeks to 10 weeks it really depends on your Dr. 6 weeks is the earliest I’ve heard of anyone going in for their first prenatal visit.
We found out at week 4. It was a little shocking (click here to read our story on how we found out). But I didn’t have my first prenatal visit until l was 9 weeks along, I had just started a new job and couldn’t get off early because I was in training. So I scheduled my appointment for the first week that I was out of training.
I was pretty nervous to go in. I had so many fears, mainly would they be able to find a heartbeat? Was I actually pregnant?! Would there be other problems?
The first thing they did was the ultrasound. I just did the abdominal US and I was terrified as the tech was looking around at my other organs first. I didn’t see the little blob like I’ve seen in other ultrasounds. But then she found it. She found our little miracle. It was incredible to be able to see our baby for the first time.
We got to hear the strong heartbeat at 173 bmp! Our little peanut is measuring perfectly on time. I was exactly 9 weeks at the visit.
After the ultrasound we met with the Dr. I was due for a pap smear so the nurse told me to strip from the waist down and the Dr. would be in shortly.
Let me preface this with… the last time I had to strip from the waist down and have a stranger look at my nether regions it was 2 years ago. So there I was sitting on the table in nothing but my blouse. Exposed to anyone who would walk in.
I was cold.
I was uncomfortable.
I didn’t know what to do.
Did I hear the nurse right? My husband reassured me that I heard correctly. I was doing exactly as the nurse instructed. Strip and wait.
What an icebreaker.
The Dr. walks in and says, “Oh my.” She quickly closes the door, “you must feel very exposed.”
Hi. Yes. Good to meet you. I am very exposed, thank you for noticing.
Apparently, there was a paper sheet to cover myself with. I didn’t know that! So the Dr. helped me cover up. Once I was covered we had a good, and normal conversation. We went over family history, health questions. I honestly forgot all the questions I wanted to ask her.
So before you go in for your Dr.’s visit write your questions down! I promise you will forget, especially if you have such a comical and embarrassing first impression with your Dr. as I did.
They did some blood work and sent us off with a goodie bag.
So all in all, not a bad first appointment. I mean it really forced me to be okay with strangers seeing the parts of me where the Sun Don’t Shine!