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June 3rd, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Regardless of whatever service / package you're getting - I think it's appalling here in the UK currently, if you're "low-risk" you hardly seem to see anybody at all.

How frequent do you think ante-natals should be, and how does this compare to what you are getting?

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June 3rd, 2012, 11:02 AM
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For a normal, low risk pregnancy I think once a month is plenty. I think 28 weeks is way to early to start going every 2 weeks - I'd push that back until closer to 34-36 weeks, then at 38 weeks go once a week unless there are signs of labor earlier than that.
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June 3rd, 2012, 11:11 AM
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What Melanie described is how military treatment is scheduled and I think its sufficient.
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June 3rd, 2012, 11:14 AM
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My next appt is June 13, 4 weeks after my last. I'll be just over 32 weeks, and that's when I'll switch to 2 weeks.
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June 3rd, 2012, 11:31 AM
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I think once a month would be great and would allow for picking up most problems, going to 2 weeks at the end from around 35-6 weeks.

Over here I had a booking appt, then was told to leave it until 14 weeks, then 24-26 weeks, then 30-32 weeks. Not sure yet what happens after my 32 week appt. But I don't think it's enough. There have been many times I've had questions and my next M/W appt hasn't been in sight - she's also only in surgery once a fortnight which is a PITA trying to schedule. That's how I ended up going to the hospital regarding my discharge/wetness issue which may well have been resolved by a M/W examination.

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June 3rd, 2012, 11:47 AM
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I also agree with once a month until toward the end. I have my next one June 26 which is 33 weeks and then I go every two weeks, then weekly after 37 weeks which may be overkill.

It's nice to have confirmation that you are fine - but it is a bit of a hassle to go to the doctor 'all of the time'.

If I felt something was wrong I would be into the doctor when the issue occurred and that would override the scheduled appointment anyhow - just like how it happened with you Sharron.
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June 3rd, 2012, 01:09 PM
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I have hospital appointments with my doctor every 4 weeks - they check my blood pressure, urine and I get a scan to check on growth.
I go see the antinatal nurse 2 weeks after each hospital appointment for checking my blood pressure and urine, I get to hear Noah's heartbeat on those appointments too.
At least that's how it is meant to go but when my doctor wanted me back in 3 weeks and then the nurse had a holiday so it will be 5 weeks until I see her next it all got a little complicated. Sometimes I end up seeing them both in the same week and sometimes it feels like I go weeks without seeing anyone.
If i get my appointments when im supposed to then i dont mind - i like that i see someone every 2 weeks but i HATE that i get a different doctor every time i go to the hospital and i they NEVER read my file before i get there so i have to answer questions about my losses every single time. I dont even know how many times I've been asked "so how old is your child now?" or "why are we scanning you today when you have had (insert number) scans already?"

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June 3rd, 2012, 06:22 PM
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Since I am high risk I go way too often.

Since 20 weeks I see a doctor twice a week. I see my regular OB/GYN every Monday. He does urine work, check BP and asks various questions. Then every Wednesday I drive an hour and a half each way to see a specialist and have an US done. She monitors growth, checks all the baby systems, does some blood work.

Since they can't figure out why I have lost two babies (21 weeks and 28 weeks) and I am of "advanced maternial age" I am watched very close. It does take a lot of time but I hope if something does happen this time it will be caught so that a death can be prevented.

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June 3rd, 2012, 06:43 PM
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For a normal, low-risk pregnancy it definitely is overkill here. It's really hard for me to work around my mom's schedule, she's my babysitter, and my son's therapies. I was started on the every two week appts early too because of the kidney and heart palpitations issues. I like Melanie's once a month until week 37 or 38 thing. I think that would work well for me.
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June 3rd, 2012, 07:14 PM
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Sharron, that isn't very much at all! I'd be annoyed too.

In New Zealand it's every 4 weeks from 12 weeks. Then every 2 weeks from 28 weeks. I'm not sure when I start going weekly.
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June 3rd, 2012, 09:19 PM
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I'm already sick of going, that's for sure. I like your idea Melanie. I know I have another appointment this week, but I was thinking about just calling and rescheduling for the following week. I just don't feel the need to drive 25 min there and 25 min back for a 5 minute appointment.
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June 4th, 2012, 11:22 AM
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Here we go once a month until 32 weeks, then biweekly until 36 weeks, then weekly. I think it gets to be too much when you're going biweekly at 32 weeks. My doctor is an hour away, and I have 3 kids and hubby to organize, it's hard to make it sometimes!
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June 4th, 2012, 06:47 PM
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My doctor is close so the close appts don't bother me that much. I think its about perfect. though i could stay monthly a little longer.

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June 5th, 2012, 06:01 AM
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It's definitely a whole lot different in the UK to being here in America - I think i switches from once monthly to every 2 weeks at 28 weeks... not sure when it switched to once a week. On the one hand, i've enjoyed the one monthly appointments in early pregnancy to get to know the practice, and the OB's and nurses i see. And i do like knowing i can book my appointment to see a midwife or an OB, so i know i'll get my questions answered... not like going to the rushed, tired GP who has 50 old ladies to see after me!

BUT, i have heard how early they start checking your cervix... i'm not prepared for the poking around up there which in my mind sounds like it could lead to pushes for intervention and naysaying about my plan for a VBA2C.... I also didn't enjoy getting billed for drugs tests i didn't consent to... testing for cocaine, heroin... i mean come on! (didn't end up paying for those...)

So whilst it's definitely good to have access to your own OB who doesn't rush you through the appointment... and the U/S room is in the same place... no NHS pay&display tickets!! it's also in fairness, a bit of an overkill and i wonder if that's why rates of intervention and c-sections are higher in the US than in the UK.

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June 5th, 2012, 06:59 AM
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My OB actually does every 3 weeks from 28-36 if you're low risk and have been having normal checkups so that's given me a little breathing room between appts.

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June 5th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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I was going once a month, then after yesterdays 31 week appointment I start every two week. That will continue until I hit 36 weeks then I go once a week. I think that's fine for a normal pregnancy.

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