Tests, scans and appointments are an inevitable part of almost any pregnancy. But what can you expect about getting appointments during your pregnancy?
TalkMum blogger Sonia fills us in on the details of her appointments during pregnancy.
With both of my pregnancies so far, I have found that getting appointments during your pregnancy are relatively straightforward. From the booking in appointment (at approximately 8 weeks) to all of my midwife check-up appointments (up until the due date), I have never had any issues seeing the midwife. In fact, I have always been very pleased with the communication between the midwives. Typically I have always had about 2 or 3 midwives throughout the pregnancy - this is nothing to worry about though as the midwives all share the responsibilities of their area. If you imagine the daily routine of a midwife can consist of pregnancy check-ups, hospital routines to delivering babies, it would be extremely hard work for just one midwife to cover all bases!
In my second pregnancy, currently 30 weeks, I have developed pain in my pelvis area, sometimes very extreme pain, dependent on how much exercise I have had that particular day. Every night when I am in bed, rolling over from one side to the other is a struggle; I get sharp pains in the pelvis area, almost like my body is telling me that it doesn’t want to move! I cannot take a side step without feeling some pain and I cannot push anything with my feet as it hurts the pelvis area too much.
I spoke to my midwife about this in my 26 week appointment, who told me I had Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) which is very common in pregnancy. She referred me to a physio and said I should receive an appointment through the post from them within 2 weeks. But 2 weeks later I have still not heard from the physio - and I received a letter from the midwife 2 weeks later to tell me that I had to call them myself and make an appointment. I don't mind doing this, but what I do mind is that 2 weeks later I still cannot get hold of the physio and I still haven’t got an appointment regarding the pain in my pelvis and I am still getting the pains! Each time I call the physio phone number, I am on hold for over an hour and then obviously I give up waiting. Am I expected to hang on all day until someone answers?
So what would I advise?
If you are experiencing similar pains and you are worried about your pelvis area and that you might have SPD too, call your midwife help line or if you are seeing your midwife soon make sure you write down what your feelings are (as best as possible) and how long you have had them, when you experience them and if it feels better or worse at certain times of the day. When you see your midwife, make sure you are fully aware of their processes and if possible, get them to make an appointment whilst you are there with them so you are not hanging around. There is a list of exercises and what NOT to do’s that the midwife posted to me (Listed on my blog) and you can purchase a support belt, if you do experience a long wait for your Physio appointment. Another great tip is to a maternity pillow for bedtime; I wrap my legs around mine and it has helped me sleep so much better.
Have you had a similar frustrating experience getting appointments during your pregnancy? Let us know how you solved the problem in the comments below!