+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Among the gumtrees
    Posts
    1,170
    Thanks
    739
    Thanked
    394
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Antenatal: how much is really necessary?

    So i'm 13wks into baking #3 right now, and this time around i'm really questioning just how much medical involvement is actually necessary.

    My first bub followed years of fertility issues and 4 miscarriages. As soon as i was preg with her i had every test available and saw a private Ob once a fortnight. But, the pregnancy was uneventful and all went smoothly.

    My pregnancy for my second bub was low risk and i just had monthly home visits from my hospy midwife. It was very relaxed in comparison to my first.

    This time, i'm living in the middle of nowhere and i have no car. I just went for my first "antenatal" gp visit on Tuesday. I've had other more pressing health issues to deal with lately. But the gp seemed really rather shocked and a bit put out that i hadnt done anything about the pregnancy as yet. I mean really...i'm only 13wks. Is it that urgent?
    Dr: what hospital are you booked into?
    Me: i havent booked into one yet.
    Dr: ok, what clinic did your maternal serums?
    Me: i havent had any blood work done yet.
    Dr: so have you even had your pregnancy confirmed yet?
    Me: i had a dating scan when i was in hospital for heart problems.

    So am i wrong in thinking that pregnancy is *usually* a fairly natural process? I just feel like i spend enough time in hospitals and specialists rooms with my heart. Is it really that necessary for me to go spend a whole day travelling into the city just for me to be weighed and prodded and asked about my diet?? Is antenatal care somehow compulsory? Dont get me wrong, if i felt something was wrong i would get to a hospital asap (its a 2hr drive, btw). But it just seems like such a lot for nothing.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    3,532
    Thanks
    1,313
    Thanked
    1,390
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I don't think there is anything at all wrong with what you have posted.

    I know with my first I had every test under then sun, with my second I had a lot less and if (not likely) we were to have a 3rd I would probably have less again.

    I don't think I would opt for NO tests, but just stick with a select few.

    At the end of the day it's a really personal thing and people can have very strong opinions about where to draw the line, but it's really up to you.

  3. #3
    MrJones&Me's Avatar
    MrJones&Me is offline sometimes as useless as the 'ueue' in queue
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,613
    Thanks
    1,993
    Thanked
    1,370
    Reviews
    22
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    ? Yeah that's a bit weird, I didn't send off the paperwork til I was about 16w with DD, and I had monthly appointments to 28w then fortnightly. I never had weekly as they never though I needed them

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    8,806
    Thanks
    7,267
    Thanked
    9,720
    Reviews
    5
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Am I right in that you have a heart condition? If so, isn't it important to have regular check ups? Your BP etc- surely that can't hurt. I agree you don't need a million tests but basic blood work and regular checkups seem pretty normal, especially if there are other health concerns.

  5. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Atropos For This Useful Post:

    BubinDec  (14-08-2013),SpecialPatrolGroup  (09-08-2013),Starfish30  (09-08-2013)

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    320
    Thanks
    240
    Thanked
    150
    Reviews
    0
    You know, I felt the same way. I was a long drive from my stuff too, I ended up hiring a private midwife who I went and saw once a month from about 6/7 months onwards, and then weekly at the very end. She was great no pressure, and an attitude of pregnancy is natural state, not a medical state. Follow your gut, I think if you're confident, and it sounds like you would know if things were troubling you and you'd seek help if that were the case, so I think you have every right to take it easy. Especially if you've got other health issues, I can see why the pressure would be on you to be seeking regular check ups if you're health is a bit down. I hope it's nothing too serious with your heart, and you have a relaxed smooth sailing pregnancy ) (and that's prob what's best for your heart! )

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Among the gumtrees
    Posts
    1,170
    Thanks
    739
    Thanked
    394
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I'm not saying "no tests" or even "no antenatal care" i'm just questioning how much is actually necessary?

    He made me feel like i'd been really naughty for not doing this stuff by the 4th week.

    When i rang the hospital booking in service the middy was like "ok, you'll need to come in on Wed 28, then you need to be back the following week to see our doctor, then its monthly visits after that" and i was like "i cant get there on that date. I dont have a car, and there's no public transport where i live" and she was like "the date isnt optional, thats when you need to be here"

    Is this kind of attitude normal? Or should i try a different hospital?

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    273
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked
    98
    Reviews
    0
    There are things that are better finding out about sooner rather than later so they can be treated. For example deficiencies in iron, thyroid, vitamin d, all of which can change from your previous pregnancy. Using thyroid as an example, if your thyroid is very low it can lead to fairly serious complications for the baby, and it's not something you would necessarily be able to tell. The booking is just that some hospitals get booked up quite early you may find you can't get in to the hospital of your choice and may have to travel further. Do you have a closer GP to you than 2 hours away? Some GPs can do shared care so you don't have to go to the hospital except for a couple of times. Regular monitoring is important, whether it is done by a midwife, GP or specialist. Things such as pre eclampsia and high blood pressure can present later in the pregnancy without symptoms and develop very serious complications for you and the baby if not treated (seizures, death). We have a fabulous public maternity service in this country, might as well take advantage of it!

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    21,648
    Thanks
    15,093
    Thanked
    11,259
    Reviews
    14
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the WeekBusiest Member of the Week - week ended 5/2/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 31/10/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 24/10/14Busiest Member of the Week
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    I'm not saying "no tests" or even "no antenatal care" i'm just questioning how much is actually necessary?

    He made me feel like i'd been really naughty for not doing this stuff by the 4th week.

    When i rang the hospital booking in service the middy was like "ok, you'll need to come in on Wed 28, then you need to be back the following week to see our doctor, then its monthly visits after that" and i was like "i cant get there on that date. I dont have a car, and there's no public transport where i live" and she was like "the date isnt optional, thats when you need to be here"

    Is this kind of attitude normal? Or should i try a different hospital?

    If you have the option try another hospital.

    Without the heart issue it is normal 4 to 6 wks to a gp for the first trimester and than 2 to 4 wks up to 36 weeks and weekly after that.

    Hospital appointment s one booking in at around the 20 to 28 weeks and then one around 38 and if you go over at 41 weeks.

    With heart problems they may want to see you more.

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Among the gumtrees
    Posts
    1,170
    Thanks
    739
    Thanked
    394
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    My heart condition, to over-simplify it, means extremely low blood pressure and episodes of tachycardia when i am upright (which is the hearts natural response when there's not enough blood getting to the brain). Pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure issues are not even a slight possibility for me! On a "good day" my bp gets as high as 85/60. So in my current state, i cant drive. Even if we had public transport way out here (which we dont), i would be worried about losing conciousness while travelling alone. My DH works FIFO, but he gets me to my appointments with my cardiologist whenever he's home.

    The 3 nearest hospitals are all a 2hr drive. 2 are essentially the same hospital (same management), the third has no maternity services. The closest gp/s are 1hr drive. Only one does shared care and he's booked out. And with the hospital being so pushy and inflexible with appointments, i wonder - can i just refuse? I mean, if i truly cant get there on the date they've dictated, there's not much i can do about it. Will i then have issues at my next appointment with them? Can they refuse to treat me?

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    21,648
    Thanks
    15,093
    Thanked
    11,259
    Reviews
    14
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 postsDiamond Star - 20,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the WeekBusiest Member of the Week - week ended 5/2/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 31/10/14Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 24/10/14Busiest Member of the Week
    I would contact the hospital social work dept, They often have patient transport vehicles and plans in place for people like you. My brother in law has to use this service to travel 500klms to his heart specialist and 1200 to his brain specialist.

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to LoveLivesHere For This Useful Post:

    Starfish30  (09-08-2013)


 

Similar Threads

  1. 5/5 on antenatal record. What does it mean?
    By mummy and bubbles in forum Pregnancy & Birth General Chat
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 22-12-2012, 18:16
  2. First Antenatal Appointment
    By LeeJay in forum First Trimester Chat
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 01-12-2012, 21:04
  3. Antenatal Expressing?
    By dncnllama in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-09-2012, 10:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Softmats
With so many amazing reversible designs, the soft and cushioned Premium Bubba Mats are the perfect space for all the family. Not only do they look fantastic; you can also enjoy the quality and comfort for years to come.
sales & new stuffsee all
Wendys Music School Melbourne
Wondering about Music Lessons? FREE 30 minute ASSESSMENT. Find out if your child is ready! Piano from age 3 years & Guitar, Singing, Drums, Violin from age 5. Lessons available for all ages. 35+ years experience. Structured program.
Use referral 'bubhub' when booking
featured supporter
Baby Car Seats and Infant Car Restraints
Buying a baby car seat? Check out our 'go-to' links here!
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!