My Pre-Conception Appointment....

Friday, January 02, 2009

...was a waste of money!! I paid a $35 co-payment to be told by the doctor everything that I already knew and could have asked a Phone-A-Nurse for FREE!!!

I went to this appointment thinking that I was going to be asked all of these extensive questions about my family history, have blood taken to test for anything that should be taken care of before i get pregnant or even be examined. But NOOOOO, my appointment consisted of me sitting in the Dr's Office...not an exam room...and me asking all the questions that got turned into an overall response of "Well there's nothing you need to do before hand, just get healthy, lose as much weight as possible, and we'll see you when you get pregnant." Huhhh??? That's it!? $35 for a 5-10 min Q & A!? I WANT A REFUND!!!

I actually left the Dr's office a little ticked that I had just wasted my money like that. Here I am thinking I'm being responsible about trying to go about getting pregnant the right way and make plans for it and take care of the necessities, and it turns out that I'm over preparing! emoticon

Well, I guess all I can do now is focus on reaching my goal of losing at least 40 lbs in the next 6-9 months. I'm thinking that by the end of 2009 I'll be comfortable enough with my weight to get pregnant....and then they'll do all the testing I thought would be done beforehand.....yep, I was told that they wait until the my first appointment AFTER I get pregnant to run any STD backwards is that!? Anyhow, if I can lose more than that, then that'll be great, but I definitely want to try and lost 40 lbs.
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    Hi, I jumped over here from MAYBABY18's page. :)

    You might ask your doctor if you would be allowed to see a genetic counselor prepregnancy -- they do ask you a lot of in depth questions about family health histories, etc. Of course that appointment, for me, took place during my pregnancy, so it might be like the STD testing, they only do it after you're already pregnant.

    You're making such a good move in making your first priority losing the weight and getting fit. I lost weight before my pregnancy with walking vigorously 3x/wk around a track; I tried to walk 1 mile each time. Did nothing about my diet. Amazingly, I dropped 30 lbs. But I didn't do any strength training, which ultimately set me back after childbirth. If I were to go back in time and do it all again, I would get really fit first to make it easier to recover. Childbirth is a lot of physical work. (No surprise there!)

    Oh yes, and yoga. Before, during, and after. (I did the during part but not the others -- wish I had, though.)

    Best of luck with everything!

    4273 days ago
    Sorry you were disappointed. I think it's your visit and your money they should do what you expected? Oh well - I guess all kinds of people get pregnant and don't really think about it. No tellling what all they see. You did the right thing by going. Now just take care of yourself, eat right, exercise, lose the weight you want to lose and you will have a healthy pregnancy on your terms.
    4288 days ago
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