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I have to meet the midwives this week and I know they won't take on a patient who is high risk. I've read in some of the pregnancy books that being plus size puts you at risk for being high risk. WHat I'm wondering though is I have no health issues, nothing wrong otherwise, does that still mean they can bump me and label me high risk? If they do will I ever be able to find a plus size positive OB?
I can't say for sure - but I would think as long as your blood tests come back showing regular cholesterol, sugar, thyroid, etc.. and they have no clinical information to make you "high risk" other than your current weight - they might have a problem proving you as "high risk".
I would make sure you're honest with them about your behaviors too. IE: If you exercise weekly, if you get a lot of walking in due to your job, if you eat healthy, etc. These things will help them determine if you truly are "high risk".
A 250lb woman who eats healthy and exercises regularly is much less high risk than a 120lb woman who eats like crap and sits around all day.
EDD: September 19th, 2014!
Mommy to a princess named Averie (7/6/2008) who is very excited to FINALLY be a big sister!
The midwives at any of my local places wouldn't take anyone with a high BMI. They didn't label me high risk, but said that we are so much more likely to be high risk, that they wanted me to go to an OB.
It was a real bummer. I'd always had midwives before, but they've changed their policy on it.
It was especially annoying because I don't have any health issues either. Even though my ob was SURE i'd end up with GD and high blood pressure and preeclampsia, I haven't had any of that so far. The only problems I've had are lack of weight gain, and appendicitis.
I hope that you can see who you want!!
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I never knew until that moment how badly it could hurt to lose something you never really had. - Missed Miscarriage at 10 weeks - 3/26
ohhh I just want to give you a hug for being bumped. I get that there is a stigma based on size but really anyone can get GD or high BP or preeclampsia for that matter. It doesn't mean its going to happen just because we're plus size mommas. I really am nervous about my appointment on Wednesday because I just don't like the idea of some random doctor thats on call that night delivering my baby. I want to go as natural as possible and I really don't want a c-section.