Originally Posted by alittlemischief
Was wondering what precautions/monitoring you are doing, I'm not checking in anything myself and will certainly look into it- I like the idea of being clued-up and responsible for myself in-between antenatal checks.
I'm tracking my weight, blood pressure, and fasting glucose 1x/weekly for now (...which is pretty much all they do at prenatal visits at this point, y'know?). I am/can check my glucose because I had gestational diabetes with DS and still have my monitor and testing supplies. I will probably pick up some ketone strips as well, but am out of those right now. Just the basics to make sure I'm on track, and have that data to share with my provider, too.
(I am also having my TSH routinely monitored by my primary Dr, since I am hypothyroid. But since I get that Rx through my primary Dr, I just keep seeing them for maintenance labs.)
If I derail, notice something wrong/concerning/unusual, fail to keep anything down/gain weight, etc etc - I most certainly will go ASAP, please don't think I'll lack for care! My midwife here is wonderful and might give me a stink eye for waiting, but would understand finances are tight. Without going into a long story, I currently have private insurance with a $3500 deductible I haven't even started towards, so all care will come out of my pocket until I have paid that much, and then my insurance will be useful. But along with selling our house will come a change in jobs/insurance and it will be much more favorable for us financially. So if I can wait until "then," it would be better. And even if "then" never happens, skipping a few of the less-critical prenatal appointments will save me some cash in the long run. I'm balancing on a thin line so I'm being mindful of the cost of those "peace of mind/routine visits" - but if there is a real health concern the cost would not be a considering factor, I promise.
(Note: midwives are not legal in my state in any form. I travel north to another state to see a CNM, currently. After the move I will be traveling south to a different state to do the same thing, LOL. Which is why my midwives cost a small fortune and don't barter - they're full practices overseen by OBs.)