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The title says it all. This will be my first pregnancy dealing with an OB and I'm a little worried how my "pants on" stance is going to go over.

 

My last 2 were with a homebirth midwife so it was not an issue.


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By "pants on" do you just mean that you don't want a pap or internal checks? I'm pretty sure the only reason you'd take them off is for a pap at your first visit (which you can decline) and internal checks further down the line (which you can also easily decline). I don't know your OB or hospital, but I don't see why this would be a problem. 

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Yes, I will be declining all internal exams. That's what I mean. Along with a lot of other tests. I'm just expecting some resistance and want to be prepared.

 

 


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Yup. I'm having a homebirth but I get some prenatal care from an OB (I want the ultrasounds). I will not be taking my pants off until labor without obvious medical need.


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With my last baby I had dual care. The nurses got me ready to see the OB in the room and told me to undress, and I just didn't. I did have my group B strep culture taken at 35 weeks, but I asked not to be checked at that time. They can't very well check you with your pants on. This time I am just seeing the homebirth midwife, and she doesn't do any routine checks before labor.


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I had a pap just before getting pregnant and I'll do the GBS test, other than that, no cervical checks.


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I'll do the step B test too, but it will be weird to have someone else swab, since I did the swabing part myself the last 2 times. Maybe the OB will let me do it myself again. I can always ask.

 

 

 


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I'm seeing midwives at a military hospital, so it's pretty exam-oriented.  I went in at 10+5 and they asked me to undress for a pap, pelvic exam, and vag u/s.  I just said "I won't be doing that" and they left me alone.  The midwife really wanted to see the baby (they're used to doing vag u/s on everyone in the 1st tri) and DH wanted to so she did a brief abdominal u/s.  It worked just fine, even though I wasn't planning to do any but the 20 week u/s.  Ah well.

 

They also do a routine breast exam and checked my fundal height, which I was fine with.  I just told her I don't really want anyone up in my hoo-ha yet.  I will do the GBS test when the time comes, but for now, I'm going to keep my pants on.

 

If I had a more compelling reason than "I don't feel like it" such as being an abuse or trauma survivor, I would make that clear to my care provider.


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Not wanting a stranger to have their hands in your vagina without obvious medical reason (and cervical checks are so spurious they don't count) is a compelling reason.

 

I'll be doing my GBS swab myself.

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I'm there with you. I had my prenatal consult today but we didn't cover that I plan to refuse all vaginal exams. I don't think it will be a problem given my providers but I think it may be an uphill battle with an OB. I know it depends on the OB, but those OBs are few and far between.


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