What happens when you get back a positive test, but have to wait weeks to get in for your first doctor’s appointment? This can add stress to an already uncertain time. And on top of that, you know that stress isn’t good for your baby! So what do you do?
You start exactly where this pregnant mom did . . . with an Early Pregnancy Consultation at Advice & Aid. Read on to hear about all the help she got (some she didn’t even know she needed – but found very valuable!).
The pregnancy test came back positive and I had decided on a doctor, but when I called to make an appointment, I found out they couldn’t see me for four weeks! Weren’t there things I needed to know about my pregnancy before that?! I tried doing an internet search but was quickly overwhelmed by the amount of information out there, with some sites giving different advice than others.
Who should I trust during this very critical time of early pregnancy?
Thankfully, Advice and Aid had me covered! I called for an Early Pregnancy Consultation appointment. At that appointment, I got to meet with a nurse, who told me what to expect during my first trimester, answered all my questions, and gave me helpful tips about everything from nutrition and nausea, to common pregnancy symptoms and safe medications. We talked about fetal development, pregnancy apps, and things to avoid while pregnant. She gave me lots of information to take with me and even gave me a goodie bag with some fun reminders of what we talked about.
After that, I met with a Case Manager, who spent time getting to know me and my unique needs. We talked about insurance, my education goals, my living situation, and some other concerns I had. She had helpful advice and helped me make a plan for how to accomplish some really important things on my to-do list. It turns out that I was eligible for some community resources I hadn’t even heard of! She promised to follow up with me, and for the first time in a long time, I felt hopeful about the future.
When it was time for my doctor’s appointment, I had the peace of mind of knowing I had a head start on caring for my baby and making decisions for my life that would make it easier to welcome her when she arrives! When I first found out I was pregnant, I wasn’t even sure if I could be a mother. I didn’t feel ready for that responsibility and I had so much turmoil in my life already. The Early Pregnancy Consultation at Advice & Aid helped me rethink what was possible. They broke things down into small steps that I could easily accomplish and have encouraged me every step of the way!
Questions answered, medical advice given, community resources lined up and emotional support . . . all from one, free visit.
If you are pregnant – whether it’s planned or unplanned – and are waiting to see your doctor, give us a call. We’re here with all kinds of help to get you on the road to a happy, healthy pregnancy!