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.