Hi everyone! I took a pregnancy test this morning, having thought for a few days that I felt different, and both the IC and CB digital said that we are pregnant! I think I am around 4 1/2 weeks. We are both super excited, though obviously early days. I am a bit worried though about how much change we are about to go through. In two weeks time we move house, though it is to be closer to my family so not too worried about that, and then we are going away for 6 weeks at the beginning of September. Plus I have handed in my resignation already to work. So we will come back at 15 weeks pregnant and I will not have a job... Eek! So job wise- can I apply for one, even just part time, if I'm still quite early on? And what do I do about doctors? Do I go to a new one when we have moved and just explain that we are away and try and book our first scan for when we return? Or could I get a scan before we go? I am so excited but also a bit scared- I stopped the pill in June and only had one AF at the beginning of July before this happened. TBH we didn't think it would happen this quickly which is why we are caught a bit unawares!! I am loving this forum though, so helpful and teaching me lots!
Congratulations! Yes, you can apply for jobs as normal. You will probably qualify for maternity allowance if you work enough, but not statutory maternity pay as you'd have needed to be employed around conception time by the same employer. How far / near are you moving? There's a booking in appointment at around 8 weeks and a scan at around 12 weeks (the NHS website has a list of standard appointments). Can you self refer to the hospital in your new area and get these arranged there?
Sorry just read you'll probably be away for the 12 week scan. Can you pay for one where you're going? That scan has to be done in a certain time frame if you want the Down's syndrome test and other tests and for accurate dating. I think it's between 12-14 weeks. At booking they'll also do blood tests (if you consent) for various diseases and immunity, blood group etc.
Thanks so much for the quick replies, so helpful already! I didn't know there was an 8 week appointment so hopefully I can squeeze that in before we go away. We are moving quite far but I am going to stay with my parents this week so I might register at the doctors now so that I can get an appointment sooner rather than later. We will be in the U.S. for the 6 weeks so might be a bit pricey over there! Just checked small print of our travel insurance though and thankfully we are covered for being pregnant. Phew! Will definitely check out the April 2016 group. Thanks Mumsnet is so friendly!
Abbey is right about the triple test for Downs. Has to be done from 11 weeks on (I think till 13 weeks?) But there are other newer ways to test that can be done earlier, though you'd have to go privately. I think the Panorama test can be done from 9 weeks. It's a blood test taken from you that looks at the baby's DNA.
So probably best all round to get to a GP early an discuss the options.