Hello ladies, I'm not sure how many of you might remember me, as I don't post as often as I should, but I am back with baby #4 on the way. I just found out I'm pregnant, 4 weeks, 6 days to be exact, counting from my ovulation date. So there's a good chance I will have another baby by the end of this year, since all of mine have been 1-4 weeks early.
I actually have a question. Though I had all of my babies unassisted, I did get prenatal care with an OB (thanks to MA) with my previous pregnancies. I am planning to just UP this time, but there's one thing I'm unsure of. In order to get medical leave from work, I must have a doctor sign my leave of absence papers. I must also have a doctor sign papers saying I can return to work, once my leave is up.
WWYD? I'm thinking of either:
A) Going to prenatal appointments, but refusing all or most procedures. But then I think I'd feel dumb doing that, unless I told them point blank that the only reason I was coming to my appointments is so that they'll sign my leave papers for me.
B) Going to one or two appointments with a different OB than I saw before, and have them sign the papers before I deliver.
C) Not bothering with any appointments, and just going in after I have the baby to see if they'll sign my papers, maybe for a fee. The only downfall to this would be that, in the instance I did have to transfer to the hospital, I wouldn't have a hospital or doctor with any record of my pregnancy, and therefore they'd probably want to do everything imaginable to me and my baby just to cover all the bases or something. I'm also afraid that I won't be able to get anyone to sign my leave papers if they don't have any record of my pregnancy.
I'd really like to skip having an OB altogether, to avoid any hassle with not going to appointments and whatnot, but I also cannot afford to not have leave after I have a baby, and I also can't afford to quit my job at the pay I'm at. So I'm not sure. Any insight? =/
Also, one more thing I'm curious about. I drink a lot of tea these days, and as many of you may know, it says to consult a health care professional before drinking many teas during pregnancy. But I know that a LOT of things say that, just for liability reasons. How do you guys feel about that? And what kind of things should I avoid in tea, if anything?