Assuming you have a normal, healthy pregnancy – as most women do – then chances are you will only see a healthcare professional once every 4-6 weeks. This means that when you do take a trip to a doctor, you want to make the most of those crucial meetings. Here are a few ideas to ensure that you get the most out of your appointments.
Doctor and midwife appointments are one of the few times you get answers to all those questions that are buzzing around in your head late at night, or when you’re on the bus on the way to work. Between busy work schedules and social arrangements, baby brain and the sheer volume of those burning questions, it’s almost impossible to remember all the things you want to ask. An easy way to keep track is to carry a little notebook around with you, and write down your queries as they come to you. Divide them by topic, and then take them to your next appointment. Make sure to let your midwife or doctor know at the start of the appointment you have some questions for them, so that they can make sure to make time for them at the end of your meeting.
Every appointment is different. Whether it’s a scan or a general check-up, it’s important to understand what each appointment entails before you arrive, so you can prepare yourself. For instance, if you have an appointment to see your midwife or doctor, they will always check your urine for glucose levels. We suggest you avoid sugary drinks or foods completely pre-appointment, as a high glucose level in your blood could incorrectly point to gestational diabetes. This diagnosis often leads to multiple blood tests – which is never fun!
On occasion, healthcare professionals are guilty of engaging in ‘medical speak’, leaving you out of the loop. They don’t mean to confuse you, but it’s always a good idea to remind them to discuss your pregnancy in simple terms. Don’t be afraid to ask to have something explained again if you need it to be. The most important thing to take from your meeting is a thorough understanding of the changes in your body and the development of your baby, so don’t be shy!
Let us know how you get on with your appointments – what are some of the ways you like to prepare yourself?