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Bette and Tina schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilson. She confirms the positive results. She gives Tina a complete physical and takes blood and urine samples for lab work. She checks her blood pressure, and weight. They get through the first appointment quickly.
“Well congratulations you two. Tina it looks like you’re just about three weeks pregnant. Your due date should be sometime in late September. Preliminary tests all look good. I want to see you again in 5 weeks. We’ll do the first ultrasound at 8 weeks, and the next one at 12 weeks. I will want to see you once a month until your 6th month. After that we’ll increase frequency to twice a month and in your final weeks, we’ll do weekly appointments. During the visits we’ll continue to check your blood pressure, and weight gain. I noticed you lost some weight since the last visit. That’s good because I’m probably going recommend you gain between 25 and 35 pounds during the pregnancy. Do you have any questions?”
“I didn’t have morning sickness with Angie, but I already started feeling a little nausea with this one. What can I expect and is there anything that will help with the vomiting?”
“You may start having the nausea and vomiting in your 4th week and keep in mind that ‘morning sickness’ isn’t limited to morning. It can happen any time of the day and it might last up five or six weeks. It varies with every pregnancy. It’s important that you eat regularly. Don’t let your stomach get completely empty or overly full. Ginger or lemon can help but use the real thing not artificial. You can have ginger ale, ginger tea, lemonade, or suck on a lemon.
“Doc I want to be able to help Tina through this. What can I do?” Bette asked
“Well you might find that certain smells even something like coffee can cause the queasiness so just be mindful of that and keep them away from her until the morning sickness passes. When you are preparing meals try to make them high in protein and carbohydrates and encourage her to drink lots of fluids, especially water. You’ll want to keep saltine crackers or pretzels handy (even by the bedside so she can eat them before she gets out of bed). You may need to take on a few more of the household chores, cooking and cleaning as she’ll need to be resting more. Just be there for her. Know her body is going to be experiencing a lot of changes that might cause some irritability or mood swings. She’s going to feel crummy if the morning sickness gets bad. Be patient and love her through it all.”