L.C. asks from Cleveland, OH on July 22, 2008
First Time Mom with Questions Regarding Doctors Appointments
I am 22 weeks pregnant and until now, I have seen my OBG once a month, except 1 extra appointment (Bell's Palsy recheck). During my visit yesterday, he advised that he wants to see me bi-monthly now...to keep an eye on my blood pressure. It is usually around 130/88 but has gone a bit higher. I also had keytones in my urine. In the next week or two I will be going for my glucose test...what fun. My question is...is it normal for my doctor to want to see me every other week this early? Or is normally later that you start bi-weekly appointments? Thanks!!
J.F. answers from Cleveland on July 23, 2008
I believe I went everyone week at 30 weeks, however, my sister went every other week at 24 weeks. I think it just depends on the dr. If you are concerned I would ask the dr why every other week so soon? Drs all do things differently so maybe it is just his/her style
Good Luck and Congrats!
C.B. answers from Cleveland on July 22, 2008
Usually it's once a month till the last month but it's clear they have concerns and just want to monitor you better so let them and congrats!
D.I. answers from South Bend on July 23, 2008
Doctors will start seeing you bi-weekly if there are issues such as blood pressure and keytones or other issues. They do this because they want to keep a closer eye on you to make sure that everything is ok. They usually don't start the bi-weekly appts. until later on around 7 months. I had to go more often than usual through my pregnancies because I had 3 miscarriages before I finally had my oldest boy. The doctor just wants to be sure that you and the baby are both ok and they will want to keep a closer eye on you and the baby should something arise. It is possible that they could be worried about you developing pre-eclampsia because of your blood pressure having gone up. Good luck and I pray that everything will be fine. Don't get worried though just be sure to go to all of your appts.
I am 31 and have been married for almost 12 yrs. My husband and I have 3 boys ages 10,7, and 4.
H.M. answers from Cincinnati on July 23, 2008
In a normal pregnancy it would be a little early, but if he's noticing an upward trend in your blood pressure as well as the presence of ketones in your urine I think is a good reason to see you more often. Ketones indicate that your body is burning fat. It can indicate diabetes (your body is not able to utilize sugar so it burns fat instead) although during pregnancy this isn't always as clear.
Normal blood pressure is 120/80. You're considered high at 140/90. Pre-ecamplsia begins after the 20th week so I would say be glad your doctor is paying close attention to this.
L.F. answers from Fort Wayne on July 23, 2008
This is normally when a doctor wants to start seeing you every 2 weeks. It is a very good idea since your Blood Pressure is up. It may be an early sign of Toximia.
T.H. answers from Columbus on July 25, 2008
I am 27 and I have a little girl that is almost 3.I always had normal blood pressure up until the time I had my little girl. It went from 119/72 all the way to 189/99. The good news is that if they were worried you would be on bed rest but they are just keeping an extra eye on you to make sure everything works out just perfect and that you and your baby stay healthy. During the delivery process there are drugs that they can give you to keep your blood pressure in the normal range but it is always better for them to want to see you too soon too much than not enough. Good luck!
D.J. answers from Columbus on July 23, 2008
I have 3 children, 10, 7 & 5, and had my first child at age 32. I'm assuming your OBG is moving you to biweekly apptmts. early because of the ketones in your urine, elevated blood pressure and your age. My 7 year old has Type I Diabetes and ketones is an indicator of diabetes. I never had ketones in my urine during my pregnancies and the test for gestational diabetes always came back negative. Ketones can show up in your urine in different amounts-trace, small, moderate to large. You may want to ask your doctor if they have that info. Most doctors err on the side of caution if they move your apptms. closer together sooner than the 32-34 wk. mark (that's been the case with me). Good luck with your pregancy! Debbie
A.M. answers from Cleveland on September 01, 2008
Speaking from experience and not to scare you but it sounds like you have gestional diabetes. My wife had 2 pregnancy with gestional diabetes. Both our children are great. My wife had to qwatch her diet and monitor her sugar. Now remember everyone is different so that doesn't mean it will happen to you. They are probably concerned with gestional diabetes and want to get it controlled before it gets out of hand. Becaue undiagnosed it can cause problems. My wife was 35 yr wih her 1st pregnancy.
T.K. answers from Elkhart on July 26, 2008
i had the same problem as u are now, mine was much earlierthey just want to make sure that it dont turn into preaclampsia. that could be very dangerous for both of you. i was taken out of my job 3 months before my baby was born. my blood pressure had spiked. be very careful& good luck.
K.P. answers from Cleveland on August 07, 2008
well it all really depends...i started my bi-weekly appointments in my 8th month which is typically normal but i think i should have started earlier because i was somewhat high risk and later found out i had pre-eclampsia a little too late(when i went to deliver) i had it severely and therfore had to deliver via c-section so if anything don't worry that you are being seen bi-weekly at 22 weeks be happy that way things can be caught earlier if anything needs to be treated and that way you won't end up like me..swollen as a hot air balloon high blood pressure and delivered via emergency c-section..