Be careful about insisting on extra ultrasounds, especially in the third trimester. There's a lot of studies out there suggesting that getting too many ultrasounds can affect the growth and even brain development of the baby. One study I read found that babies who had 5 or more were shorter at birth compared to those who only had one at 18 weeks and extras only when clinically necessary. That's why most doctors will only do them if medically indicated, aside from the anatomy scan. They have to weigh the risks compared to the benefits. Same for the cervical exams. Some studies suggest a link between excessive cervical exams and premature rupture of membranes (PROM), so a lot of doctors only do it when medically indicated that there's a need. It's all about risk versus benefit. Sure, they "work for you" to an extent, but you're paying them for their expertise and education. Trust their advice, and if you aren't sure you agree, ask them to explain it to you. The only doctor I would "fire" is one who refuses to discuss their reasoning with me.
I think what I'm going through sounds similar. My pelvic bone keeps popping when I move and it is so uncomfortable, and it doesn't seem to be normal, but the doctors say it is. I have had several ultrasounds, though, and everything seems to be normal. But the pain and popping in my pelvic region and lower abdomin is terrible. Like someone else on here I also thought I was dilating, and so did the nurse at L&D this past week because I was having contractions every 4 minutes, but when the midwife checked I was not dilated at all, I'm 35 weeks today. It's frustrating, especially when you're a ftm and you don't know what to expect or exactly how it's all gonna feel. They kept asking me are you having contractions and I was just like I don't know, I've never felt them before!
I would be careful requesting extra ultrasounds, though. I have had friends who have and then their insurance doesn't cover it so they end up paying out of pocket. I'd find out what your insurance for sure covers and if you're still comfortable with everything then go for it. Of course if you're really worried there is no price that would be to much if it means helping or potentially saving your baby. Just thought I'd mention that in case you hadn't considered that it might cost.
I started feeling tons of pressure and strong braxton hicks, I asked my Dr if she'd check me at my 35 weeks and she had no problem doing that if i wanted her to, found out baby is already way down, head down, and dilated to 1. I think pressure is normal but sometimes your cervix really could be softening or dilating
It's pertty normal to feel like that.. I thought the same thing. Have been feeling like that since 32. I thought for sure I has started dilating or effaced but just had my cervix checked I'm 35 now n it was completely closed n zero effaced.
Just remember these people work for you. If you don't like their answer tell them you want it and don't wanna take no for an answer. If they aren't checking more than measuring the outside then they have no idea what's going on. Yes a lot of women have the same complaints but no two are the same and your Dr's need to earn their paychecks.
Yes I get frustrated with my doctor too because I'm constantly in sore and in pain and she says it's normal. All she does is measure my tummy and listen to her heart. I'm like can you measure my cervix? Can you do an ultrasound? She said there is no point.