Congratulations! After the stress and hard work of fertility treatments, you’ve gotten the big fat positive you’ve been waiting on. While this moment is filled with joy, it can be worrying as well. Understanding what to expect after becoming pregnant can make navigating the process easier.
Initially, you will continue to have blood work done every 2 to 3 days to monitor your hormone levels. The monitoring will ensure the baby’s hormone levels are increasing appropriately and will monitor your progesterone levels. Should your progesterone levels be low, you may be prescribed supplemental progesterone to help support the pregnancy.
Typically performed between five and six weeks of a pregnancy, the first ultrasound will verify that the pregnancy is progressing normally. This ultrasound can show if the pregnancy is a singleton or multiple pregnancy. Additionally, you may be able to see the flicker of the baby’s heartbeat. Usually, ultrasounds are done on a weekly basis to continue to monitor progress.
Transition to Ob/Gyn
Depending on the fertility center’s policies and the advice of your physician, you will be transitioned to your Ob/Gyn for ongoing prenatal care between 8 and 10 weeks pregnant. The fertility center will provide your Ob/Gyn with your medical history during fertility care. Some women feel anxious about the transition as they’ve been comfortable with their fertility team. Additionally, the weekly ultrasounds are extremely comforting to a newly pregnant mother.
Unless your pregnancy is high risk for another underlying issue, you will typically see your Ob/Gyn every four weeks at the beginning of the pregnancy. Having gone through fertility care does not make your pregnancy any different than a naturally conceived pregnancy.
It is important to build a relationship with your medical care team at your Ob/Gyn’s office. Their goal is the health of you and your baby. They will schedule your ultrasounds and prenatal testing as well as answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Schedule an appointment today and find out how a personalized fertility care plan can help you achieve the family you’ve been dreaming of. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.