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    Default trying to figure out doctors appointments

    I'm only 5 weeks along but i'm trying to work out how I can fit my busy work schedule around doctors appointments. (I travel alot, overseas and interstate and sometimes away weeks at a time).

    I've read that from 28 weeks you need to see the doctor every 2 weeks. Is this always necessary? If so then I will have to start taking maternity leave early.

    Has anyone been in the position that you saw a different doctor interstate because you couldn't get back to your one at home? do they let you do that?

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    At your first ob appt get a list of all the appts you need and book them straight away so you can get early or late appts. You will be offered a scan at 12 and 20 weeks - these book up fast so ask your ob what scan place he uses and book those early as well.

    If you find an ob ask if they have someone they know/trust that can see you for some appts in the other state.

    Wish you luck, it is a pain scheduling in. Just be super organised!

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    Thank you Qwerty! It's all a little overwhelming at this stage so hopefully i can work it out with my Ob when i see him at 10 weeks.

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    Honestly, you don't HAVE to do anything or see anyone. Those appointments are what's recommended for a low-risk, healthy pregnancy. I think in your position, I'd try the following:

    Speak to your doctor/midwives about your travel etc., and let them know that you won't be able to make all of those appointments.
    Ask, if you had to miss some, which they'd recommend you DEFINITELY do.
    Make what appointments you think you could manage well in advance.
    See an interstate GP where needed if you feel you need to.

    Unless you end up having complications, you shouldn't need to see a specialist.

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    I would speak to your OB and work it out with him. As someone else said, book the appointments in but hopefully they can be flexible given your circumstances. There's no way you can work remotely rather than travelling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Sounds like OP has chosen to have private obstetric care.
    oops, missed that part. That makes it somewhat trickier.

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    I saw the Ob monthly from around 10 weeks. I didn't go to fortnightly until about 33-34 weeks and then weekly for weeks 39&40.

    I think I was pretty stock standard for that Ob.

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    thank you for all your responses, i'm just hoping my employer is understanding once I tell them, and can maybe work out a work from home option or something similar.


 

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