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I am pregnant with my 6th baby. My first was hospital birth, second was birthing center and the last 3 were uc homebirths and now I am planning my 4th UC.
I personally am not big into a lot of medical interaction....I didn't like it with my first and tried to deny what I could but the dr would threaten to drop me as a client and pretty much say no one would take me in his place. So I had to do a lot of the junk I didn't feel necessary. With my second, I denied most of the tests and enjoyed that. I only did the finger prick (due to my diet, the midwife wanted to test my nutrition levels) and she did a group b strep test....although I planned to decline it...but I didn't have the strong voice that I do now. I also did rhogam...but mainly because my hubby nagged me into it. I did vit k and pku after birth because it was the policy.
I am not a worrier, so testing for things is not needed for me....in most instances, knowing the test results doesn't change anything at that point anyway....I will keep the baby no matter what and in most instances, treatment cant take place until after birth anyway. Yes, there are a few instances were it could change the outcome....but not a lot.
I am genuinely a healthy person and haven't had many health issues...and definitely not anything major. Now that I UC, the only thing I do is an ultrasound towards the end of the pregnancy to make sure baby is in position and no cord around the neck.
I monitor my own weight gain and measurements if I feel it is needed. On occasion if I have the time, I check my blood pressure at the grocery store....but it is pretty much never high (or too low). My rule of thumb is that I can tell if something is wrong for the most part. The only time I did voluntary medical assistance was with my last pg. At about 34 weeks, I was having some major unexplainable back pain. At first I thought it was sciatic nerve pain.....but after a few days of not being able to move and the max amount of Tylenol that I could take while pg wasn't touching the pain, I finally went to the ER. They said I was dehydrated....but looking back I think I actually hurt my back moving boxes prior. Either way they didn't help me one bit...just charged me a grand to sit in a exam room and never see the dr. So all that did was just reassure me of how much I don't like the medical field =S