OB visits put stress on my pregnancy
November 18, 2010 9:26 AM Subscribe
Which prenatal visits and tests really matter? I'm pregnant with my second child and a LOT busier than when I had just one. Before I sit down with my doc and she tells me I need to have 1,398 tests and come in roughly every other day, I'd like to be better informed about which visits and tests REALLY make a difference.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (30 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Frankly, as much as I like my doc, it seems like many doctors do exactly as much as insurance will let them. Apparently we have fancy insurance. But I don't have a lot of time, and the doctor's office is very far from both home and work. (I've tried to find a closer doc, not an option.)
For example, when calling to schedule the first appointment, the nurse suggested I schedule an ultrasound FIRST (to figure out my inception date), then come in on ANOTHER day for the appointment. And of course I'll need ANOTHER ultrasound at some point after 12 weeks to look at the heartbeat. I can date conception within a month based on when my IUD was removed. So why do two ultrasounds? And why not combine at least some of these appointments?
A few data points:
- I had the full panel of tests (or at least, everything they do to a 32 year old) two years ago, when pregnant with my son. If some tests results don't change, I'd rather not re-do.
- I had a perfectly uneventful pregnancy. He decided to come late, and had to be induced and c-sectioned, but the pregnancy itself was not bad at all.
- I just turned 34. I'm healthy, fit, don't drink, don't smoke, no medications, already taking prenatal vitamins.