I really appreciate everyone's responses.
My gut feeling was not to get one today. My plan was to decline it, then I was caught off guard.
I couldn't remember when my last one was but I remember the doctor writing that I didn't need one for two years. I wish I had known the information earlier about not needing one during pregnancy if you've never had an abnormal pap, are in the same relationship with the same person and it's less than 2 years. I'm happy I know this now and hope other women will feel they can speak up and decline a pap smear during pregnancy. I think it's sad that we need to be advocates for ourselves, even at a prenatal visit.
I am planning a homebirth with a midwife and have seen her once already. My idea was that I would see my family doctor, check in with her and she'd order the blood tests. Instead they said I needed to see her physician's assistant for the first appointment. I thought this would be fine. Unfortunately it was not a good experience.
She had a really hard time clamping onto my cervix. I think she tried around 10 times. She said it was because my uterus is tilted. The swabbing hurt more than it ever has. Usually I can hold still. This time I started moving backwards away from her and tensing up. I was so scared I'd have spotting. Luckily I didn't. However my cervix still aches almost 12 hours after my appointment.
I think I'm going to tell my doctor about my experience next time I see her. I think the appointment would have gone better if I'd had my regular doctor.
I really wish I'd gone with my intuition...that a woman's cervix shouldn't be messed with during pregnancy.
I also wanted to share that I read the same as cristeen
. That the results sometimes show an false abnormal pap result, which makes the doctors want to do more unnecessary tests.
Thanks for letting me share. Thanks for your feedback. I think this is an important issue.