How do you pick an ob for baby after 40?

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Registered: 02-25-2010
How do you pick an ob for baby after 40?
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Tue, 03-02-2010 - 6:15pm
I have an appointment to see my regular OBGYN next week -but it was set up as my yearly well-woman apt and not for pregnancy.
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Registered: 02-15-2010
Tue, 03-02-2010 - 8:29pm

This pregnancy really won't be that different than your others. Yes you are a bit more at risk for PIH, or GD, but really, younger moms get those conditions too. Most OBs handle plenty of complications in their younger patients that dealing with a mom who's had 5 babies already should not

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Registered: 01-23-2010
Tue, 03-02-2010 - 10:09pm
I agree with the previous poster-
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Registered: 03-05-2008
Tue, 03-02-2010 - 11:57pm
If you're comfortable with your present OB/Gyn, I'd stick with him. Most OB's generally don't see pregnant patients until 8 weeks or even later so that sounds pretty normal to me. However, since you have been spotting, even if the receptionist was reluctant to schedule you sooner, if she's willing to do so, then hop on the opportunity to see him about your pregnancy and spotting. My OB did my annual pap smear when he first saw me for this pregnancy since I was due for one so your doc may do the same with you unless your spotting is a reason to postpone it (I mention this only because you indicated your visit with him was initially booked as your annual well-being visit). As far as what questions to ask him, I'd ask him exactly what you asked us: just ask him point blank what questions and/or concerns should you have now that you're over 40 and pregnant. He should be able to tell you what you need to know, what to be prepared for, etc.. If there's a particular reason for him to refer you to a specialist (i.e., pre-existing medical condition or a likely pregnancy complication based on past medical history) I'd imagine he would but your age alone isn't reason for seeing a high risk doc (at least not based on my OB's practices). Yes, we're technically considered "high risk" but even so, my doc doesn't really do anything differently with me than he does with his other younger patients -- I think this is true for most of us here on the board (I say this based on a previous thread started by another expecting Mom). Best wishes to you. Please keep us posted on how your first appointment goes.

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