Graduation from Our Fertility Program
Should your first pregnancy blood test be positive, we will schedule you a second, confirmatory test approximately two to four days later.
An obstetrical ultrasound will be scheduled at approximately six weeks gestation. Ultrasounds will continue with our clinical team until you are about ten weeks pregnant, when you will transfer your care to your OB/GYN.
Once you have “graduated” from our program, you will be given a copy of your records to take with you to your first OB/GYN appointment, as well as a diploma and pictures of your early ultrasounds as keepsakes. Don’t forget to send us updates; we love hearing from you!
Early Pregnancy Tips
Please Click Here for a First Trimester Pregnancy Guide, with in-depth information on nutrition, lifestyle precautions, and medication guidelines.
You may also download the Ferring IVF Wheel App to track important dates and stages throughout your pregnancy.
Management of Pregnancy-Related Nausea and Vomiting
Approximately 50% of all pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting between the 6th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. There are things that you can do to minimize these symptoms. If conservative management is ineffective, we can prescribe medications that will help make you more comfortable.
1. Conservative Management– Frequent, small meals (at least 6 per day) maintain blood sugar throughout the day – Eat a few crackers in the morning and rest for 15 minutes before getting up – Take prenatal vitamins and medications with food and at bedtime – Stay hydrated, sip high protein milk or fruit shakes throughout the day; cold beverages, ginger ale and sparkling water can sooth the digestive tract – Avoid drinking fluids with meals; avoid spicy, fatty and fried foods – Get fresh air, avoid smells that trigger your nausea 2. Holistic/Natural Remedies – Essential Oils/Aromatherapy: Spearmint, lemon, ginger, peppermint, lavender, fennel (follow instructions on the back of the manufacture’s package) – Ginger: take four 250 mg capsules per day, makeing sure one of those doses is taken at bedtime – Acupuncture or Acupressure, “Sea Band’ (wrist band)
3. Supplements/Over the Counter Medication– Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 25 mg. Take 1 tablet by mouth every 6-8 hours (Pregnancy Category: A*) – Doxylamine (Unisom) 12.5 mg. Take 1/2 tab of Unisom b mouth every 6-8 hours (Pregnancy Category: B) *Pregnancy Category: The FDA assigns a medication a category (A,B,C,D,X) based upon what is known about the medication when it is used in pregnant women and animals. Find out more information about pregnancy categories at www.womenshealth.gov
4. If your nausea persists please inform you physician for evaluation and prescription medication. Go to the ER for evaluation if you:-Are unable to keep water down – Experience intense dizziness -Have greater than 5% weight loss – Have infrequent or dark colored urine – Vomit blood