Doctors visit HELP

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am 19 weeks pregnant today and I have a doctor's visit in 4 days. I have had 6 visits already. Every visit I've been to, they just ask: if I have questions and listen to the heartbeat with a doppler. My pregnancy journals and books have places to record height of fundus and belly measurements but he has never ever measured my belly at any visit nor does he ever feel where my uterus is anymore (only did this first 2 visits). I am planning on asking why not during this next visit but don't want to sound stupid. Who does and doesn't get measured at there checkups??? Is this normal? Or am I misguided on how prenatal visits should go. How do they know if my baby is growing properly if they never ever measure me? Please help. I do plan to talk to my doctor but I don't want to sound like a moron so tell me what you think please. Thanks

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Cheryl - posted on 11/14/2009

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Well this is my second pregnancy, and when I went through it the first time I DID ask that question to my doctor. Her reason behind it was: The uterus isn't very specific before 20 weeks pregnant. At 20 weeks it should be at the belly button, and from that point on, it should (not always exact), grow about an inch a week. When that baby drops, it drops a boit as well. They DO start measuring from 20 weeks on, because it can be more specific, and tell the doctor more information. I hope this helps a little.

Amber - posted on 11/16/2009

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im 20 weeks today and i've never been measured. i think some doctors dont do that until a certain point because i measured myself and (if i did it right) i meausred a LOT smaller than i should.

Lindsay - posted on 11/13/2009

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I would definitely ask about all of that! With my daughter, the OB I was seeing never did anything but check the heartbeat and ask if I had questions. I was a first time mom of course I had questions, but thought they were stupid. I had a visit at 27 weeks and 3 days, that they listened to the baby's heartbeat and did NOTHING else. My daughter was born 3 days later. I was told after she delivered that I was most likely having contractions for a while and that there was a chance that with a proper exam it could have been prevented (ar at least held off for a little longer).



My current OB is awesome! He does everything that every book says they should at a visit (along with more-I get u/s at every visit to monitor my cervix). I am not trying to scare you, but want you to know to speak up and make sure you are comfortable with everything they are doing!

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Danielle - posted on 11/17/2009

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My doc has measured me every time I've been except I think my first visit (tho I had a pap done and a sono-I was 6 weeks) At my last visit he said I measured exactly 16 weeks (I was 16 weeks).

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Cheryl:

Well this is my second pregnancy, and when I went through it the first time I DID ask that question to my doctor. Her reason behind it was: The uterus isn't very specific before 20 weeks pregnant. At 20 weeks it should be at the belly button, and from that point on, it should (not always exact), grow about an inch a week. When that baby drops, it drops a boit as well. They DO start measuring from 20 weeks on, because it can be more specific, and tell the doctor more information. I hope this helps a little.


 

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2009

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I went to the doctor today at 19 weeks and 4 days! He said exactly what you did, Cheryl. You are exactly right, he said he will start after I am 20 weeks so my next visit I will def. get measured! I go next Monday for my 2nd mester U/S and I can't wait to find out what my baby is!!! Thanks you are 100% right and helpful!

Jessica - posted on 11/13/2009

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Thank you so much. This was very helpful. I will def. ask at my upcoming visit!

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