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3rd trimester in pregnancy

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When you reach the third trimester of your pregnancy (or last 2 months) do you still meet your Obgyn on monthly basis? or will it change to on 2 weeks basis and then every week? and do you have extra ultrascan to determine if the baby head is already down or not? or perhaps the growth scan??
(this is what we usually do back home)

I am quite bit worried. Because the basic insurance only cover 7 appointment starting from week 12 and 2 ultrasound at week 12 and 22.
Currently my Obgyn really follow this rule (eventhough i've got letter from immunologist that required me to have ultrasound every month) and we didn't have an appointment last month (truly speaking, i'm not satisfied with my Obgyn, i stick with her only becoz i can't find replacement. everyone is full).

My concern is that i think it is necessary to have other u/s to find the baby position and i think it also necessary to visit the Obgyn more often during the last 2 months. And if i need to pay it all by myself, the bill will killing me.
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

Your profile says you are in Germany. The frequency of visits to your ob/gyn might be different there to what it is in here in Switzerland.

Here I was seen every month or so until the third trimester then had some minor complications so went in every week to 10 days to monitor it.
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

changed my location to Lausanne..

My visit to Obgyn here in Lausanne is not every month.
so are you saying that here the visit for the whole pregnancy is only 7 times?
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changed my location to Lausanne..

My visit to Obgyn here in Lausanne is not every month.
so are you saying that here the visit for the whole pregnancy is only 7 times?
Umm, it's going back 5 years but doing a quick calculation of once per month (I only discovered the pregnancy 9 weeks in ):

Once per month up till about 7.5 months thereafter I was in perhaps 5 or 6 times for regular monitoring up to the birth because I had a slightly dodgy placenta.

I think if a pregnancy is progressing normally, you don't need constant interference and monitoring. Most of the scans I had were just "Oh, everything's fine - see you next time."
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

As Sandgrounder said the 7 visits is more like a minimum, if your Obgyn thinks you need more visits then this will be covered. I had a high risk pregnancy and was at my Dr almost every day for a few weeks and every appointment was paid for by insurance.

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My visit to Obgyn here in Lausanne is not every month.
so are you saying that here the visit for the whole pregnancy is only 7 times?
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

I'm also in my third trimester now, and my doctor is continuing with monthly visits for the moment.

I also have a slightly dodgy placenta, and the baby hasn't turned yet, but it is his feeling (at 30 weeks) that as long as I continue to feel fine, have no symptoms of distress for myself or the baby, etc. that more frequent monitoring is unnecessary at this time.

Of course, he told me the second I feel anything change i.e. early contractions, bleeding (even just a tiny amount), or ANYTHING out of the ordinary I should call him immediately.

And for the record, I have been with my doctor for many years now and trust him with my life (since he's already saved it twice).

Are you using a private doctor, or one appointed to you through the hospital? If it is a private doctor and you are truly unhappy then I would suggest going to your local hospital (or the one you are intending to give birth at) and have a doctor there appointed to you. You need to have confidence and peace of mind with your doctor/patient relationship.

By the way, in the US it is not always common to have ultrasounds done monthly. And doctors are trained to be able to tell the baby's position by palpating your stomach. Try not to worry too much, there will be plenty of time for that after your little bundle of joy arrives!
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

I had a somewhat of a high-risk pregnancy due to myoms/fibroids and the baby being breech, so I had ultra-sounds once per month throughout my entire pregnancy, including the last 2 months. If I remember correctly, they scheduled my last ultra-sound for around 37 weeks -- to see if the baby had changed position (which he hadn't).

I hope the rest of your pregnancy and the birth go very well!
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

Near the end of my pregnancy (I guess around week 30) the baby hadn't changed position and due to the breech position he remained in... I had to have weekly visits with ultrasounds at the local hospital up until his birth... My Swiss insurance covered everything
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I'm in my 27th week, had an appt this week and my next one is in 5 weeks. It also seems like large gaps to me but my scans are roughly 3 mins long to make sure baby is head down and to check the weight.
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

Hi,
I just had my baby a month ago.. check-ups were just once a month til the end of the pregnancy since all was going normally. The check-up at 7months my gyne did an ultrasound to check position, size etc of the baby, and at 8 mo I had a checkup not with my regular gyne but by a doc at the CHUV where I was going to give birth. I was also a bit surprised to have the last checkups still a month apart, but all was fine. Last checkup was scheduled for the due date, and then we discussed dates for being induced (they gave me the option of 10 or 14days past the due date) and another checkup 1wk after the due date. In the end the baby came just 1 day after the due date
Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
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Re: 3rd trimester in pregnancy

I'm also in my 3rd trimester and so far have been seeing the DR. every 4-6 weeks but she has just started asking me to come every 2 weeks now. I called my insurance company and they told me all these visits will be covered. Good luck
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