OB Appointment #4

7 Nov

My OB was away, again – and again a bearded older guy replaced her. I don’t think I like him – he seems to be absent-minded. That’s what I thought last time around, and got my “diagnosis” confirmed this time when he was surprised that I still haven’t had a glucose test – while he himself told me last time to wait until the next appointment (today). And even then – remembered about it only when I asked about it.

I asked whether there will be another u/s before going into labour – he said that generally no, that’s not required. I asked what about determining baby size (I was 9.7 and my dad was over 10) – he said that if there are any concerns, it will be done late in the 3rd trimester. I didn’t quite understand how they decide whether there is a chance the baby is very big without an ultrasound.

I asked about my weight gain so far – he said that it’s fine. He obviously judged by my look, not by the chart.

I asked whether I need to do the count – how oftenΒ  the baby moves within a 2-hour period (like I read so many times) – again, he said not to bother. He said to only worry and count if I feel a drop in the amount of movement. But what good will the count do then, when I don’t have an established baseline?..

Yes, I don’t like him. He’s not thorough. It felt like he sees his job in soothing and waving away any worries those pregnant women might have.

But all in all, I felt that all is well. Hopefully my OB will be back in 4 weeks.

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8 Responses to “OB Appointment #4”

  1. Anonymous November 8, 2011 at 3:42 AM #

    I would be annoyed seeing another Dr the whole time. Do they not scan every time you go? What is the point then??
    Here in SA if you are seeing a Obgyn they scan every time you go. So relieved about that!

    • zygotta November 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM #

      no
      government medicare covers up to 4 ultrasounds per pregnancy
      I had two – NT scan at 13 weeks and anatomy at 20 weeks

      what I had in fertility clinic doesn’t count

      beyond that, and they only send you for u/s if there seems to be a problem
      at each visit, they listen to the baby’s heart, measure my blood pressure and make me pee on a stick (I guess, testing protein?)

      this has nothing to do with the doctor but with the way the free medical coverage works

  2. adesolaf November 8, 2011 at 6:55 AM #

    On your behalf, I also don’t like this Dr πŸ˜‰
    Can’t you change to another OB that you will be able to see when you have an appointment!!!!! If it feels like something is not right with the Dr’s visit, then it probably isn’t right 😦 Maybe it’s time you had a little chat with your lady OB.

    Quite interesting to see the differences in doctors’ visit in different countries, guess pregnant women in SA are spoilt (but you pay for it anyway, so maybe not spoilt)

    • zygotta November 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM #

      that’s the free Canadian medicine for you
      to switch to another doctor will take over a month at least
      and you can’t really interview and pick and choose
      there’s just not much choice
      many canadian doctors flee to the States, looking for higher incomes, so we lack enough specialists here
      my family doctor is over an hour away from my home!

      but it’s all free…

  3. Jessica November 8, 2011 at 8:52 PM #

    at least it’s free, right? πŸ˜‰

    I don’t like him too much either…just doesn’t seem to up on it.

    • zygotta November 8, 2011 at 10:53 PM #

      well, yes – it helps
      sometimes I read about the US OB visits and feel envious of all the extra attention people get, and then sometimes I feel like people are being milked for money with unnecessary tests and stuff…

      you never really know, right?
      my OB should be back next time around (in 4 weeks)

  4. ifserenitynow November 9, 2011 at 4:11 PM #

    To help put your mind at ease, they can get somewhat of a measurement by measuring your belly from the pubic bone to the top of your uterus. Are they at least doing that? If you are measuring ahead of your due date, then depending on how much would potentially warrant an u/s. Also, I don’t have to keep track of my kicks but if you want, just pick a time of day or two and see if he kicks at least 10 times within two hours. My guy kicks all the time so I don’t really have to keep track. However, if I start to get worried, which I often do, I will drink a big glass of ice cold water and then he goes nuts. Or I’ll eat a starburst, either one :-). Good luck and hang in there!

    • zygotta November 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM #

      Do they use any tools to measure? I saw once a youtube video – they used a measuring tape there. Nothing of the kind was ever done to me. They look at me, weight me, measure my blood pressure and slightly palpate the belly – that’s all. Maybe they see their hands as good enough a measuring tool?..

      Yeah, my guy moves all the time, too. It’s less kicks more movement now – which I appreciate πŸ˜‰

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