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    I was wondering what do people know about pregnancy and childbirth with medical care- Im not actually taking NO medical care whatsoever- with whatever baby god blesses us with next we will still be enlisted a midwife for out care- but I dont want all of these ob appointments like with my 1st and 2nd, or any ultrasounds (I had them every month with my last children) and for goodness sake why all these blood tests how many do you need to do through the pregnancy seriously, its invasive a little painful and stressful worry if everything will be alright and making sure you get them done in time sheesh.
    I have had 2 births without painreleif or intervention and no problems, even with my 2nd who was a vaginal breech and I dont see what the huge big deal is women have been birthing babies for centuries its NOT a medical emergency.... but my question is does anyone know how to better monitor pregnancy yourself aside from your midwife who you will see every few weeks and also mostly does anyone know how you can accurately tell if you are pregnant without all of these tests.
    We had 3 pregnancy tests come back positive a while ago, I am on day 46 of my cycle now, we had a blood test done a weeks ago (falling victim to medical pressure resulting in the pathologist putting the needle into a tendon and not a vain which cause hospitalization and nerve and tissue damage it has been a week and I am ionly just getting use back of my arm) it came back negative but the doctor is not too confident as with my first only urine tests detected him until i was 8 weeks and my levels were only indicating 3 weeks.
    My mother in law told me about how she never had blood tests with either of her kids now aged 23 and 25the doctors did something called a tummy test and then did an ultasound 1 later in pregnancy just to confirm dates- anyone know about this or any other ways to tell if you are or are not pregnant without ultrasound or further blood tests.
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    I'm not sure about the pregnancy test situation but as for a midwife, you can find some that are very hands off with tests. I had 1 blood draw but that was MY choice, I have a history of anemia, and I've had my ultra sound, which I didn't have to have but chose to. I have declined taking the GD and up to this point all the midwifes have done, all THEY have done is checked baby's HR and my uterus height. I check my urine for protein and sugars and stuff and weigh myself. I LOVE being with a midwife. She is also completely satisfied with my plan of laboring and birthing with out them touching me other than checking baby's HR. I want DH to catch and unless they absolutely have to interfere they will just let me do my thing. They are basically there for after birth stuff and to just watch the birth.
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    If you've had more than one positive pregnancy test, and you're not taking any medications that might give you a false positive (anything with HCG, then I'd say you're pregnant. Congrats! I have no idea why the blood test might be negative but I'll say that any lab that sticks you in a tendon for a simple blood draw probably didn't do the test right, either. The blood test might also have a lower cutoff for "negative" than the urine test has for "positive" which means you might have an HCG of 28 which registers positive on a urine test that screens for 25, but still get a negative result on a blood test that screens for 50. Another thing that might cause that to happen is that you're miscarrying so your HCG is going down. I hope that's not the case.

    I think it's up to each individual woman, and her partner, to decide what level of intrusion they want in their pregnancy. You don't *have* to have anything if you don't want it, that's part of being an educated & informed pregnant woman, and IMHO any care provider who would give you trouble over the issue isn't worth your money. I chose to have some things, an early CVS test to screen for chromosome issues since I'm a much-older mom, and an anomaly scan at 20 weeks to make sure there wasn't a physical issue that would make a home birth unsafe. I refused later ultrasounds to "check baby's size" and I refused induction even when I went overdue both times. I also refused most blood tests. I did the GTT for peace of mind because I do have blood sugar issues, and my midwife did a fingerprick iron check at one point to make sure I didn't need to modify my diet or add a supplement. I think medical technology can be useful, but right now it's being used far too much in normal pregnancies. Use what you find useful, and leave the rest. You're the only one who has to be comfortable with your decision.
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    wow, why did you have so many ultrasounds??

    I think if you found the right midwife you would be very happy. You can have a healthy pregnancy just getting by with a 20 week ultrasound and some bloodwork half way through.

    in terms of "at home tests" that aren't actually tests... there are what they call "soft signs" of pregnancy that Dr's used in the old days. I had to pull out my OB text book for this one

    first trimester: absence of menses, nausea, vomiting
    second trimester: softened cervix, softened boggy uterus, enlarged breasts with darkened aerola, blueish discoloration of the vagina and vulva, palpation of fetal movement


    This is completely my own opinion, but I think it is borderline foolish to go an entire pregnancy without any prenatal care. I do have a friend who does this. she is expecting her 6th baby. All of her babies have been born at 10-12 pounds. I'm sure she has gestational diabetes with her pregnancies, but she has never had blood work. She is really putting herself and her babies at risk. she is at risk for pre-eclampsia and other things because of the GD. She doesn't even get her BP checked.

    I definitely wouldn't recommend skipping an ultrasound halfway through either. What if the baby has a heart defect? or an omphalacele? or some other medical problem that could cost it its life should it be born at home without intervention. I am all for home births provided women have an ultrasound at some point to check the anatomy. What a tragedy it would be to lose your infant at birth because it had some anomaly you weren't aware of!

    I hope you can find a happy medium between avoiding unnecessary interventions and having a happy and healthy pregnancy. Congrats!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn85 View Post
    wow, why did you have so many ultrasounds??
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    first trimester: absence of menses, nausea, vomiting
    To the first: I'm guessing because her insurance covered them. It seems like the more things are covered by insurance, the more women are told they "need" them.

    To the second: I never had any nausea or vomiting with either pregnancy, but I definitely felt pregnant & would have known even without a positive test result. Heavy belly, sore & swollen breasts, tremendous appetite & thirst, and soooooo so very tired.
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    You need to find the right midwife, then you will be thrilled to go and have tea and enjoy a prenatal check up. It makes soooooo much difference! When I was PG with the twins (2nd pregnancy) we had some dual care. We were very fortunate to have a perinatologist following the case who KNEW our plans to homebirth and remain objective and as supportive as we could ever hope. But just the care was sooo different. Even my husand said waiting with me one day "we're just part of the heard this is awful" There are many midwives who will give you control over your care, check things out in a non invassive way, not push all these blood tests and ultrasounds on you ect. You need some MW references for your area so you can go and talk with them about their care and practice.

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