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NHS appointments- reassure me or help me grow a backbone!

(10 Posts)
beepbeeprichie Tue 13-Sep-16 12:48:11

Looking for a wee bit of advice. I'm nearly 8 weeks along, and had private reassurance scan at the weekend, which showed a heartbeat and everything as fine as could be seen. However- I don't have my first NHS appointment with a mid wife til I'm nearly 11 weeks and my first scan at 13+6! I phoned up to ask for an earlier scan than that because I am over 40 and also had a heavily monitored pregnancy with my last baby but the woman I spoke to said that was all that was available. Seems like a long wait to see someone to get my bloods etc tested and although I feel ok (bar some regular crampy feeling) I'm getting a bit worked up. Plus I'm nervous 13+6 is too close to the deadline for the NT test to be accurate. Please give me advice- what would you do? Just give myself a shake and wait or call someone else? Thanks

TheInimitableMrsFanshawe Tue 13-Sep-16 12:56:00

Who else would you call? I don't suppose they're running two appointment lists.

beepbeeprichie Tue 13-Sep-16 12:58:46

I don't know. Maybe ask the doctor if the midwife in the practice could see me? Just seems like a long way away!

mouldycheesefan Tue 13-Sep-16 13:00:34

Yes ask.

FATEdestiny Tue 13-Sep-16 13:05:43

Sounds fairly normal for a non-first child. You get slightly more appointments with your first child.

My 12 weeks scans were more like 13 weeks.

I think round here you have first mw appointment around 10 weeks then again at 16 weeks, from memory.

Tinklypoo Tue 13-Sep-16 13:10:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

beepbeeprichie Tue 13-Sep-16 14:03:51

Thanks all. Tinkly- that's good advice x

Tinklypoo Tue 13-Sep-16 14:06:37

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beepbeeprichie Tue 13-Sep-16 14:13:32

I will do. I'm just so scared that something goes wrong sometimes I'm not sure if reading up makes me feel better or worse! smile

Bisquick Wed 14-Sep-16 08:21:26

beepbeep - I'd also recommend the Harmony test. I was very anxious and booked it in quite early; it's about £400 as a package for both scans + blood tests.
In the end I found it much more detailed and reassuring than the NHS scan - but that's also probably because I shelled out so much for it so I may be kidding myself. But definitely helped in lowering anxiety since it's a much more accurate test.

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