Originally Posted by kathrineg
I hear you! I'm pretty sick of going to the office myself. The less comfortable I am walking around, the more I have to go in. Boo!
The thing to check would be certain tests that they do at certain weeks of the pregnancy, like GBS swabs (necessary, in my opinion) or cervical checks (not so necessary in most cases, again just my opinion.
Obviously they check blood pressure and things like that, you have the equipment but do you know what to look out for?
They also might ask you certain questions at certain appointments, at one of mine they asked me about pain relief options, circumcision, whether I wanted to donate the cord, whether I would be breastfeeding...
So they might be peeved if they miss those kinds of things or have to reschedule.
My thing is that I'm 28 weeks, my next appointment is where they're doing the final blood draw and GD testing. And then there's nothing again until the 36ish week mark when yes, we have agreed to the GBS testing.
My husband is a paramedic... so I'm pretty confident that he's catching the changes in my BP etc, and with the doppler we're measuring baby's HB as well to see that it's still in a normal range with no weird fluctuations. I'm also semi-monitoring the baby's movements, which I promise you, she's still active!
A lot of it will depend on this 29 week appt and how things go. It will be my first opportunity to be able to ask her questions about my birth options. But I'm also trying to be realistic in that... well... she won't be there for most of the labor- just the last few minutes to catch the baby.
Originally Posted by lunabin
This may be obvious, but healthcare providers are also working from a standpoint of liability as well. If you are going into your third trimester, then any changes in your blood pressure or weight, heartrate changes, movement, or positioning of the baby, etc. can be signs of other issues. Plus, someone mentioned, you'll likely have GBS testing, and my midwife quizzed me monthly on the meds I had to take when my water broke (because I'm allergic to penicillin) and didn't trust the hospital staff to give me the right thing in her absence.
Your choice is just that - yours. But, I would imagine most doctors/midwives will be reluctant to not assess you at least every 6 weeks. In breaking their protocol, they would be liable if something went wrong or they missed a problem.
I also find it very inconvenient having to go so frequently - especially working full time with a toddler, husband with 2 jobs, etc. So, I made it very clear to the secretary that I need appointments either first thing in the morning, or at the very end of the day and cannot wait around if they are running late. She was very accommodating, and now I call to be sure they are running on time. It seems perfectly reasonable to ask to space your appt's more, but I wouldn't want to make anyone too upset over it.
Yeah I get the liability thing. It's less of an issue here, but still something to consider.
I think I have such a hard time with this because I would totally do a UC, and likely a UP if DH would agree. I have done more reading than anyone should on pregnancy, and with his medical background, he's a pretty good backup. So much of that they do at this stage just seems repetitive to what I'm already doing. The one thing I'm curious about right now that I can't do, is for the Dr's experience to help me palpate baby's position, because I can't tell, and coming up on 30 weeks I want to start coaching her into a good position.
But yes, I definately don't mind being seen every 6 weeks, even keeping it at once a month would be ok. It's just knowing that it's about to go to every two weeks, and then every week... that has me shuddering.
Originally Posted by Mulvah
I did lengthen my appointments by 1-2 weeks during my entire previous pregnancy. I simply called to reschedule. Yes, it takes extra time away from the office staff, but it would have been a point of contention with my previous provider (my assumption based upon other things they had issues with) and I simply didn't want to fight about it.
This is what I want basically... But you're right while I want it, I don't want it to anger my provider and make her less likely to work with me. It's something I desire, but not worth a big fight.
Anyways, I guess we'll see how the next appointment goes, and go from there.