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full time working moms: how did you schedule prenatal appts?

  1. ElbieKay

    pomegranate / 3221 posts

    Originally, my OB was about 15 minutes from my office, so I would just make an early appointment and get to work a little late.

    Then I switched to an OB who is 45 minutes from my home, in the opposite direction from work. (I live in NJ and work in Manhattan, and I decided I did not want to deliver my baby in Manhattan.)

    My job is relatively flexible, so I would just work from home, take calls from the car on the way to my appointment if necessary, and honestly just work a little less that day. I switched docs at the end of my second trimester, so I was already really pregnant and not really caring so much. Not my finest quarter at the office.

  2. catlady

    grapefruit / 4988 posts

    I'm lucky because my OB is only about 20 min from my house. Usually I try to get the earliest appointment I can make (she often runs late as the day goes on) and I use a "work from home" day that day and then work through lunch and a little later into the evening to make up the time. When appointments go really long, I take a half-day off.

  3. Truth Bombs

    grapefruit / 4321 posts

    I chose an OB who was 5 minutes from my office. I just went. No one made me log the time away as long as my work got done for the day which it always did.

  4. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts

    I only work 20 minutes from home, and my OB is close to home. I either do morning appt and get into work 1-1.5 hrs late, or lunch appt. I rarely do after work since I have to go home to parent!

  5. Mrs. Blue

    blogger / pomelo / 5361 posts

    WAIT. Hold the boat. I did NOT know you are pregnant!!!! EEEEEK!!!!!!

    So, I tried to get my appointments either first thing in the morning or close to lunch where I could use my lunch break. It stinks. Especially in the beginning when you're in the bloodwork, early ultrasound, appt with the nurse, appt with the OB, etc., etc. phase. It stinks, especially when you don't want everyone to know yet.

  6. Mrsbells

    squash / 13199 posts

    @Mrs. Pen: for my first pregnancy I always chose the last appointment of the day and that gave me more control. I could come in early, work through my lunch and leave a few hours early. Coming in late in the mornings just didnt work for me and would have been too stressful. There were times I would schedule appointments in the middle of the day and take a longer lunch than usual

  7. hellobeeboston

    honeydew / 7235 posts

    i always booked the earliest appointment , usually 8 or 8:30 am... sometimes I'd be a little late to work but it wasn't bad and didn't disrupt the whole day. they're also usually running on time first thing in the morning.

  8. krispi

    clementine / 911 posts

    My dr and hospital were fairly close to home but in the complete opposite direction from work. When I was pregnant, I worked 1 day a week from home. I scheduled most of my appointments during lunch on my work from home day and worked later if needed to make up the time.

  9. Modern Daisy

    grapefruit / 4187 posts

    This was tough for me. My ob was by my house and only open from 8:30-4, and I have an hour commute to work. So I actually asked my boss if we could make an exception for my prenatal appointments since regularly they would make me take pto hours. He did the most frustrating thing ever and just never gave me a clear answer.. So I went to his boss. My boss was pissed that I did this but I was pregnant and needed an answer! They ended up agreeing to it, but it kind of soured me towards my job a little because if I were a man it wouldn't have been so hard to get approval for a special situation like that.

  10. Modern Daisy

    grapefruit / 4187 posts

    Oh and I also scheduled the first appointment in the morning and RAN my pregnant butt to the train afterwards. I was usually in by 10 which wasn't too bad since I also have a work iPhone!

  11. teacherbee

    cherry / 106 posts

    I scheduled the very last appointment of the day and left right right after the dismissal bell rang and the kids were on the bus. The dr. is 30 minutes from work and I was normally 5 minutes late but he normally ran a little late too so it was fine. I just had to let my administrator know because we are supposed to stay after school for half an hour (I stayed every other single day last school year for an extra 2+ hours doing work or volunteering for what it's worth).

    For my ultrasound I had to book the day off work as a sick day because the hospital is 1.5 hours away and the only appointment I could get was in the middle of the day. So, no leaving early and taking a half day or rescheduling it for a more convenient time. Again, just needed administrator approval and they were understanding. Stinks to have to use a sick day but that's the only option for us.

  12. Mrs. Pen

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21616 posts

    @Mrs. Blue: bahahaha you win best comment but yes! Just over 10 weeks

  13. BSB

    hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts

    I prefer to take the first appt and work late.

  14. pinkcupcake

    cantaloupe / 6751 posts

    @Mrs. Pen: congrats!! I always chose the first or last appt of the day. I worked from 8-5, so an 8am appt meant I could make it into the office by 9:15, and a 430appt meant I could leave at 4pm and only use an hour of sick time.

  15. gilmoregirl

    persimmon / 1273 posts

    I'm a teacher so that schedule helps. I work about 45 min from my dr, so I can get an appointment around 4:45-5 and not miss work.

    But my drs office is a bit of a baby factory and has late hours, which is one of the reasons I opted to stay there for my second baby.

    Some things are trickier - ultrasounds usually involve time off, but at least there's fewer of those for me. With blood work I can usually get it sent to a lab with some Saturday hours. I think I did that for my glucose test last time too.

  16. ALV91711

    pomelo / 5619 posts

    At the time my home & OB were about 45 min from work. I usually took late appointments and left early. They didn't open until 9:30 which was 2 hours after I started work. Some appointments though I couldn't choose the time, the OB's office just scheduled them in order for the day and you got what you got. I hated that because I usually got something around lunch and would have to take half a day off using flex or vacation time b

  17. Mrs D

    grapefruit / 4545 posts

    My OB was 45 minutes from home (50 mins from work)...I took the 7:30am appointment...I was usually to work by 9:30...then I'd just work through lunch and maybe stay a bit late those days - but not always! It wasnt a big deal until the end when its every 2 then every week!

  18. Alba4

    nectarine / 2951 posts

    My boss was flexible- and I'd schedule appointments on the days I didn't teach last period.

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