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Old 08-24-2006, 06:20 AM   #1
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Will the doctor leave us alone now?

I have been through a crazy pregnancy, but not as bad as some I assume. I have diabetes and high bp in my family. I had a bp problem where it would go up under stressfull times and sometimes needed medication until it was stable again. Now that I am pregnant the Doctor as been very cautious. One day I was highly stressed, having discomfort and sick and by bp was a little high. The nurse who did my bp used a small cuff and she even said out loud too me that it might have been too small. She switched places with another nurse who took my bp again later. (The usual nurse wasn't there). Anyway I went for an ulrasound because the Doctor was worried about the babies growth being stunted by possible preeclampsia. I found out later from my regular nurse that your bp goes up higher than what it is when they use too small of a cuff. So he I was wondering why I even had to be sent for that ultrasound, but it was good that I went because they found that the baby is bigger than what was expected. Now the Doctor is freaking and made me take a 3rd diabetes test, which I passed all 3 now. Will he stop making me take them now and just realize that I don't have diabetes and I am just having a bigger baby? My mom was the same way and both my husband and I were big babies.

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Old 08-24-2006, 06:26 AM   #2
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Re: Will the doctor leave us alone now?

In these days of malpractice suits, doctors have to be extremely cautious in exploring any and all potential medical issues, ESPECIALLY when it concerns obstectrics. It's gotten so bad that many OBs are are just going back to being GYNs and not delivery babies at all, since the insurance costs are so high... or they don't even carry malpractice insurance anymore and make you sign a form that says you know they don't.

It's part of the system and something that you have to live with. If you refuse to "play along" your docto may discharge you from his care, and then you'd have to find another doc who may make you do it all again anyway. So, I would just "go along to get along" and be glad that the tests aren't showing any problems. I would probably be relieved if they did find something wrong, since then there could be a plan of action to fix it. This waiting and wondering and constant testing is frustrating, I'm sure! Hang in there!

Old 08-25-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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Re: Will the doctor leave us alone now?

I suppose it is better to be too cautious then not enough. I would be pretty frustrated already too. I hate going to the doctors office I have to be on my death bed to go. That is likely why I have gone with a midwife for both my pregnancies. I really dislike dealing with the doctors. (& I work in hospital)

I am glad to hear that all your tests are coming out good. After 22 weeks the ultra sounds are not too accurate because the baby is getting big and harder to measure. So I wouldn't get too worried about babies size. My DH has 3 brothers and all four were over 10lbs. They are all 6'2 and taller! So I don't know I am not a doctor but some babies are just genetically big, or if mom is a big women naturally chances are the baby will be bigger.

Good luck to you and the baby, I hope you don't have to push out a 10lber but if you do...........all the best! Ouch!

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