Is a Gynecologist or Internal Medicine Specialist Best for Me?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

Hi,

I am 4-5 weeks pregnant and my doctor is specialized in internal medicine. Once I told her that I took two pregnancy tests and that I missed my period she asked me to come for a blood tests and to start taking folic acid.

My doctor is very good doctor but since I am pregnant, I should switch to a gynecologist or should I continue with her?

Thank you.

ANSWER

You will need to make a change, since internal medicine doctors do not attend deliveries.

I strongly suggest that you interview at least three providers before you make a decision, and that you include at least one MD and one midwife. This is a huge decison that may affect the rest of your life (and your baby's), so it is important to choose someone whose philosophy and outcome statistics are consistent with what you want.

Good luck!
~Cynthia