When do you call your OB?

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When do you call your OB?
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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 10:16am

This is kind of a curiosity and kind of a note...

The curiousity:

In practice, when do each of you call the OB with a Q? do you know what your OB's policy is on when to call? what is it?

If you have never called when you had a worry, why not call your OB nurse?

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 11:15am

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 12:26pm

i haven't had a reason to call besides needing antibiotics (spoke to nurse) and changing an appt.. I am sure if there's an emergency i can call and they would tell me to go to ER of the hospital.

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 12:59pm
I am with goingcrazy4mama I rely on BTDT experience and its really my preference not to call. having lots of contractions the other night that i knew were 99 percent likely r/t to dehydration seemed silly to call about.

Also being that i am a nurse and see how inundated with both important and silly calls drs get when they are call i try to be very mindful of that. Yes it's their job but its a demanding one. After hours at the practice i go to , there is no 'triage' it goes straight to the on-call dr. since they only have MA's on staff....... I would Absolutely Call if i had a serious concern such as no movement (after trying obvious tricks to get movement), new and sig onset of swelling , abdominal pain u/r to bh....... otherwise i try to address these issues at my appts.

My dr only has me coming once a month still up until 36 weeks because im not having complications and she feels that i have a good handle on things. I have a lot of experience maneuvering the medical system because of my son and i am confident in my ability to advocate for myself if necessary so i am pretty comfortable with that.
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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 2:58pm

Generally speaking I would agree with you on the BTDT and then even some...

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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 3:06pm
it may be? This is a new OB for me and she is uber laid back, but i other ob was pretty relaxed too. lol, i am also pretty lazy. i have no problem dropping everything ;) when i was having the reg contractions i plopped on the couch and didn't move except to get more watermelon and water.... it took about 3 to 4 hours . (i think i was going to give it 6 hours) I unlike you have very different labor contractions. I did have a few that were 'real' but i have very severe back pain with real labor and with both my other kids i knew 12 hours before i actually had them just by the type of feeling i had with my contractions. that makes things a lot easier.
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Thu, 06-09-2011 - 5:39pm
I do not mind calling my doctor / OB nurse. I have called probably 15 or more times this pregnancy. If I have questions or concerns, I always call. I don't bother them for little things since this is my 4th pregnancy but I do still call when I am worried about something or am not feeling well.

At my last appointment on Wednesday, the doctor went over with me when to call about contractions now that I am 34 weeks - more than 6 an hour or if my contractions that are getting stronger - and at what point he would let me deliver not try to stop my labor - after 36 weeks. I haven't needed it yet but it is good to have guidelines to go by.

I LOVE my nurses. They never make me feel unimportant or silly for calling and actually have told me to call them sooner for things.
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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 4:02pm
Like others have said, I go by my experiences from past pregnancies. If I felt like I had a bladder infection or BV, I would call the OB for that. If I have questions about labor symptoms or spotting, I call our triage and talk to the nurse. My doctors office sounds a lot more relaxed than yours is. I've never been reprimanded for not calling them about something.

I already know from past experience the things they would have you do if you are having regular contractions. The first day (last week) I was having strong, regular contractions that lasted for hours, I didn't go in because I knew that I was far enough along that they wouldn't stop them if I was in labor. Instead I waited to see if they would get to be about 5 minutes apart and painful enough that I couldn't talk through them (which is the guideline my hospital goes by once you reach 34 weeks). I know what active labor feels like, so I know what to watch out for. When I finally went into the hospital, it felt like I was transitioning into active labor, though it turned out to only be prodromal labor.
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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 8:10pm

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Wed, 06-15-2011 - 6:37pm
I found it kind of odd that they would treat a 34 week labor the same as a 40 week labor. 6 weeks is a pretty big difference. A 10-20% chance of severe respiratory distress is still pretty risky to me. I've never asked why their cutoff mark is so early. If I remember, I'll have to do that at my next appointment.

The university that owns my hospital has 2 hospitals. One is a general hospital and the other (which I go to) specializes in women and children. It's nice to know that if something happens, they are equipped to handle any situation and have specialists on hand. I couldn't imagine having my child air evaced out and I couldn't go with them.
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