Benign State????

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desertdaisy's picture
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Benign State????

My OB appt went great yesterday. I am up to a 10 pound weight gain and the doc is happy with how things are progressing. I said something about how I am really happy with how "uneventful" the PG has been and she said, "Well, if we have learned anything, we know that pregnancy is not a benign state." Not sure if she is being a negative nelly and expecting something to go wrong....I am not worried but just thought it was peculiar.

I have another appointment in two weeks then I go every week. She has also ordered ultrasounds twice a week at that point. Is that normal?? Now that I recall, she mentioned it at the appointment but my mind turned it into "ultrasounds every two weeks" because I thought "two per week" sounded excessive. I realized I misunderstood her when they called this morning to schedule them.:eek:

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My doctor always says that boring is good. My doctor also does the least amount ultrasounds necessary, only if he sees a need for it. So, I'm not sure what that is about!

quonsetmom's picture
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I'm glad your appointment went well. I wonder why so many ultrasounds now?

Heatherbella's picture
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Wow, an ultrasound every two weeks? I wouldn't really be cool with that. I mean, it's fun to see them but the less the ultrasounds, the better. Why does the doctor want them? It seems unnecessary to me.

I agree, boring appointments are good. This pregnancy has been pretty boring for me and my midwife likes it just fine!

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I agree with pps about the ultrasounds, but I'm happy that is was a boring appointment!

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Pregnancy comes with hormones, but shouldn't routinely come with "complications". Boring and healthy is good! And 2 u/s per week is ridiculous and imo completely COMPLETELY unnecessary. Could you refuse a couple? Or ask them why in the heck they need that many? There must be some reason, or else it's just for your insurance money.

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I agree with Adina, that sounds ridiculous! I would want to know why they are saying you need 2 per week. That is certainly not needed for a routine, uneventful pregnancy. I'm baffled by this b/c it sounds like there is no high risk situation to keep a watch on from what you have said. Am I missing something? I would absolutely decline that many...my doc likes to do one late term u/s like 35 ish weeks to check on size/position and what not and I'm not even a big fan of having that done. He hasn't said anything so far but I'm likely to decline it if he brings it up this pregnancy. IDK, depends on my mood at the time I'm sure but no way I would consent to 2 per week without a really good reason.

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Will your insurance even cover 2/week? My insurance is really funny about u/s and needs documentation after the first trimester for why they are required (aside from the growth scan @ 20-ish weeks) or they won't pay for them. I agree with everyone else, that sounds super excessive!

desertdaisy's picture
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I called yesterday and spoke to my doctors assistant to (1) clarify that they REALLY meant 2x/week and (2) WHY!?!? She said that it was their standard procedure when mom has an "elevated BMI". My BMI is high....almost 50. I would understand more if I had gained a ton of weight during the PG but I have only gained 10lbs. Heck, I believe that 90% of that 10lbs is baby and fluid/blood! Everyone keeps telling me that I don't even look PG from the back...it's all "up front". It's just that my "backside" started out bigger than most. Wink I am certain that I could deny them but I want to do so from an educated stand-point. I am doing research and talking to friends that have BTDT.

Thanks for your input, ladies! You know what they say....if it feels icky, it probably is!

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Glad you got clarification. I can understand a couple more before baby comes but twice a week is still too much. Did they say what risk factors your size has on your baby's ability to grow at this point? What are they even looking for? Personally I wouldn't take the whole "standard procedure" thing as a good enough reason. Also, based on what you've said, you're doing great this pregnancy when you take your starting weight into account.

*hugs* Why can't things be simple?

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That's rediculous both my pregnancies I have started with a high BMI and I have never been asked to do u/s at the end because of it. I'm glad u r going to try to opt out.