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#1 ~*bumblebee*~

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:10 AM

I'm pregnant with my second child, but feel like a first timer as its been 6ish years. So I have some questions.

I'm only just 4 weeks, will be going private.

How do I pick an ob I don't know anyone to get recommendations from do I just pick from yellow pages.

Do I need to book in now??

What do I do if I have a concern before I see the ob?? Go to my GP??

Apparently I need to have bloods done? When and what are these for?

I had a GTT done last year which was borderline if I was pregnant at the time I would have been classed as a diabetic. Should I be requesting a test now or just wait until the normal time.

I'm feeling a bit anxious.

#2 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:18 AM

Congratulations OP!

To decide on an OB, we did a tour of the hospitals we were considering and decided on the hospital we wanted to birth at. We then looked at which OBs were on staff there.

We have a regular GP who we saw at first instance and asked him about the OBs on staff. He recommended one that he'd heard good things about from his other patients so we booked in with her. Worked out well for us.

#3 living_bravely

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

Hi Bumblebee!  biggrin.gif I've added some answers below.

How do I pick an Ob?-  where are you?  If your in brisbane I can PM you with some recommendations.  If not, I would be googling and looking for some reviews on Ob's in your area, remembering though that online opinions are just that "opinions" but you can usually get an idea of someone that will be right for you and your family.  I think that you can post on EB asking for Ob recommendations as well.  But people aren't allowed to comment or give personal details in the actual thread about the obstetricians.  They can send you a private message though. That is what I would probably do.

Do I need to book now?- I would think this depends where you are, but I personally will be booking next week after I've had my bloods at the doc as my Ob books up fast (i'll be around 4.5 weeks).  I would just pick an Ob and then give them a call and ask if you should book straight away.  I always figure, better safe than sorry, you would hate to get your heart set on someone and then find out you can't get in.

What do I do if I have a concern before I see the Ob?-  Most ob's have midwives or nurses that you can call and ask questions, or I would go to my GP

Bloods-  Most ladies get bloods done to test HCG level and progesterone I think.  Not everyone does, but I like to make sure everything is on track so I always get mine done (plus I've had losses so I like to get a tests done over a period of time to make sure things are increasing as they should)  You can go to your GP and get those now or in the next couple of weeks.


GTT- I'm not sure about this one, so sorry I'm no help there, but I would discuss it with your GP when you go for bloods.

I hope that helps a little.  biggrin.gif



#4 madammuck

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:27 AM

We go public so can't help you with the OBs, but the bloods are done to check for levels of things like iron and vitamin D, if your levels are low it's no big deal because it's picked up nice and early and you'll go on a supplement throughout your pregnancy. They'll also test your immunity to chicken pox, measles etc - important for you with another littlie running around!

If you're already feeling anxious my one big tip would be to not ask the dr about your HCG levels when your bloods are done - in fact tell them not to tell you at all. If they give you an exact number you could start over-analysing. Ignorance is bliss with HCG as far as I'm concerned.

I'm not really sure about GTT but ask your GP or your OB about it, they'll give you all the info you need.

Try not to stress or worry too much, focus on enjoying the moment. xx

#5 WithSprinkles

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:11 PM

Congratulations!!

Have you been to your GP yet? Your GP will need to write you a referral for the ob of your choice (your GP may be able to give you recommendations based on previous patient experience as well). Some obs will have reviews on the internet too (e.g. on sites like http://www.womo.com.au/).

I would ring around the offices of some obs in your area to get an idea of pricing etc. It's best to book in asap as the popular obs do book out quickly.

Your GP should organise a blood test to check your blood type (whether you are rhesus negative or positive), hcg levels etc. I would mention to the GP about your previous high sugar levels and get advice their around that.

Generally your first appointment with your ob won't be until around 9-10 weeks. I had bleeding issues before this time.  I went to a GP clinic (it was out of hours so my usual GP was not available) and the public emergency department. I then rang my ob's office to explain the situation and was able to get in for an early appointment/scan to alleviate my concerns (as the emergency department referred me for a scan through the public hospital which was a few days wait, and I wasn't prepared to wait that long). There was also some confusion about whether to give me anti-D as well (I am rhesus negative) and so I wanted my ob's advice for this (for the record, I did get an anti-D injection). They had no problem with me calling earlier than my book in appointment time (though I guess this may vary, perhaps ask the receptionist what is advised if there are any issues prior to the initial appointment)

Good luck!!

#6 Natttmumm

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:34 PM

I saw the gp first. He ordered the bloods to confirm the pregnancy. He then gave me a referral to the obyn. When it was my first he suggested a few in the area and we picked one based on their available dates and the hospital I wanted to go to. Price was a factor too.
I made an appointment which was at around 10 weeks which is standard unless there is a miscarriage history. Any issues before that we're dealt with by the GP. For my third preg we had a history of miscarriage by then so we saw him at 7 weeks approx.
I would make the appointment for the obyn as soon as you can as so many good ones get booked out. One of the receptionists told me if I hadn't booked before the pregnancy there was no spots left - never understood how that works.Congrats on the pregnancy




#7 ~*bumblebee*~

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:27 PM

Great thanks for your replies ladies. I'm going to
Book in with my GP and go from there.

#8 monkeys mum

Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:34 PM

QUOTE
I had a GTT done last year which was borderline if I was pregnant at the time I would have been classed as a diabetic. Should I be requesting a test now or just wait until the normal time.



First up congrats!! Secondly seems the other q's have been answered but I can help you with this one. I'm currently 12wks pregnant and had my first midwife appointment yesterday, I got the forms for the blood work and the first GTT test and got told to take it in the next week. Did you have GD with your first? I had it with my second but not my third and it is something that I make sure I am well tested for as its something you don't want to miss. You will probably also have another GTT around 20 something weeks, and again a few weeks later, from memory in my third I had it at 13wks, 24wks, and 32wks.

Goodluck

#9 ~*bumblebee*~

Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:43 PM

Yep I did have GD with my first, being per diabetic last year just rings alarm bells. I know it's one of those things that just because you have had it once doesn't mean you will get it again. I'm being cautious I guess.




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