Playing catch-up with pregnancy screening
April 19, 2012 12:00 PM Subscribe
She's 14 weeks pregnant and happy about it. So far, the only test she's had is a pregnancy test. What did she miss?
posted by pseudostrabismus to health & fitness (29 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Woman is 35; husband is 47. Found out they were pregnant 3-5 weeks along. It's her first pregnancy, and she has constant nausea but is eating carefully and has gained 10 pounds.
Her family doctor's only directive has been, "have an ultrasound before your first appointment on April 20." Today the ultrasound revealed that she's probably 14 weeks pregnant, not 12 as she assumed. The nurse panicked her by saying, "you're second trimester and it's too late for lots of important tests!" My friend thought she was doing everything right and was dismayed to learn she may have missed important tests.
Tomorrow is her first ob-gyn appointment. She is a wonderfully diligent person and will be a fabulous mom, though neither she nor her husband are the researching type. She wants to be more proactive about her care.
She asked me to help her come up with a clear, written plan:
- what tests she actually missed
- what tests should be done instead
- what to ask the doctor tomorrow
- what tests to make sure to do asap at 14 weeks
- a timeline of other tests and steps to plan as the pregnancy progresses.
I have no knowledge of pregnancy timelines at all, so, Internet, I would really appreciate suggestions and general ways to help this wonderful preggie feel healthy and confident. Thanks!