When you go to a doctor, you're expecting nothing but the best medical advice, a professional atmosphere where your concerns are heard, and a safe experience. You shouldn't have to convince your practitioner that what you're feeling is real, and your OB-GYN should know how to answer your pregnancy-related questions and address your concerns. I mean, that's their job, right? To know how to properly diagnose and treat ailments without causing harm? So, yes, there are some things a pregnant woman shouldn't have to explain to her doctors, and these are things every soon-to-be mom should keep in mind when she's trying to find the doctor that will help her through pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
I always say that I'm lucky in that I had an amazing doctor, and a brilliant team behind him, when I went through both of my pregnancies. I felt safe, heard, and empowered every time I left his office. That's how every pregnant woman should feel. There was a time or two, though, when I was left with a different attending doctor that, in my opinion, didn't handle my appointment with as much care as my go-to OB-GYN. It's not that either OB-GYN did anything wrong, but I remember wishing I could re-do those unsettling appointments with my usual doctor.
The thing is, medical records exist for a reason. If I'm in for a standard pregnancy check, and you've never seen me before, flip through the file. I shouldn't have to re-live my miscarriages, or the removal of a cyst-ridden ovary, and the infertility issues I experienced thereafter, in order for a doctor to treat me adequately. So I guess I took for granted the fact that my doctor already knew those things, so I didn't have to recount my medical history for a basic prenatal run through every single time he treated me. With that, here are some things no pregnant woman should ever have to explain to doctors.