Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pointless doctor's visits

Let me just tell you how pointless my doctor's visits are now. VERY!

When I was pregnant with Nora, I loved my weekly appointments. Seriously! Well, I didn't enjoy the whole "weigh-in", but it was a small price to pay to hear the doctor tell me how much I had progressed from the week before.

I would lie there, holding my breath (partly from anticipation and partly from the intense pain I was feeling), waiting for him to tell me the magic number.

The first time...1 cm
The next week...3 cm (I strangely felt proud about if I had done something to warrant this large number...I had done nothing, mostly just sit around)
The last week...3.5 cm

I was also always prepared for him to say,"Woah! You are in serious labor!!!! How could you not have known? Your ability to ignore the pain is AMAZING! You might as well start pushing because we don't even have time to make it to the hospital. Again, I am amazed at how strong you are!". That scenario never happened.

Well, now that I am having a scheduled c-section (thank you for that Nora...thank you for being turned sideways and unable to come out of me. Now I will never get to experience the "real" birthing process) my doctor does not think it is necessary to check me.

WHAT!!!??? Is he kidding me? Am I just supposed to walk around unaware of my "progress". He doesn't feel that there is a point in "stirring things up" since we already know how this baby will come out.

Well, stir things up a little, a girl needs to know! But because he is leaving out a crucial part of weekly doctor visits, I find them absolutely pointless.

He measures my belly...I don't need his M.D. to tell me that the baby is STILL growing, I'm very aware of that.

He listens to the heartbeat...again, I know the baby is fine because he/she moves ALL the time (and I have my own handy-dandy doppler at home).

The nurse takes my blood pressure...I'm not swelling (well, I am so hot all of the time that I feel like I am on fire and that is causing a little bit of swelling, but nothing major) so I think we can rule out preeclampsia.

Oh, the weigh-in...again, I don't need the constant humiliation of the scale staring me in the face. I know, I've gained weight, surprise.

I pee in a cup...which should be an Olympic event for pregnant women in their final weeks of pregnancy. Seriously, it really is the most difficult part of the visit! And no one has ever called me because of a "bad sample", so I find this pointless as well.

(If you can't tell, I am seriously ready to stop being so big and uncomfortable. Sorry for taking it out on the keyboard and my readers!)

I want you all to know that I LOVE my doctor!!!! He is fantastic and there is no one else I would rather see. With that said, I think it is ridiculous that I have to go back to his office Monday for my final pointless visit.

To make me feel somewhat better, he said that if my water breaks, just go ahead to the hospital...there is no need to make an appointment.

Oh, really? Okay, thanks.


Amy said...

Cute new blog!! Dallas, you're hilarious. I never understood why women who are getting c-sections don't have to be "checked." You would think it would be even more important that they know if you are progressing to PREVENT natural labor from happening. Who knows!!

Julie said...

Too Funny! I AM HAVING A REGULAR DELIVERY and my appointments are pointless as well because NOTHING IS HAPPENING for now! Each appointment is soooo boring. I completely understand where you are coming from! It won't be too much longer though and that precious baby will be here. I can't wait to find out what you are having!

Ashley said...

I am making my doc check me at every time! They probably will if you ask. I was 2cm and 80% effaced at 35 weeks with Ranger. Now at 37 weeks, I am not even 1 cm. Oh well!!

Julie said...

I'm sorry you are so uncomfortable! I remember how miserable the last 2 weeks are! Soon it will all be a memory! Post some new pictures of Nora before her new sibling arrives.

Sara said...

So this is what I have to look forward to with my doctor when I'm down to the 2 week count!

Only one more visit!!!

Jenn said...

Oh, I sooo remember where you are now! My appts. were pointless as well because all 3 of my kids were WAY late and had to be induced...finally. Can't wait to hear about the newest Henderson!

Ashlie "I am not a pin cushion" blah, blah, blah... said...

Julie showed me your site this week and I fell in love with your little girl! That picture is so precious.
I think its really neat when people wait to find out what their having. Takes alot of patience I can imagine! Congrats and good luck....

Supabloggasuprememama said...


1. love the new look

2. I remember how bad that progress check hurts. My doc is actually really skilled at it, but those blasted nurses in the hospital...MAN they hurt!!! I was watching a baby story the other day when you could tell they were checking the girl in labor, and she grabbed the sides of the bed and winced in pain...and I found myself staring at the tv and talking to it "yeah, that really hurts, doesn't it? gah!!!"

3. I cannot tell you how many times I have missed the cup COMPLETELY. seriously? it's darned near IMPOSSIBLE. I actually tug at my belly in futile hopes it will improve my viewing power...

Things will be better soon! hang in there! You're a trooper and you look gorgeous!!!

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