I was wondering what other people's experience of the healthcare profession was during pregnancy? I have been shocked at how I have been dismissed and ignorwd, often with doctors talking over me when trying to explain something. It has left me increasingly frustrated and depressed.
It startes with extreme sickness to the point where I was being sick 30-40 times a day and was unable to eat. I was repeatedly told by doctors that i couldn't be that sick, that it was just something pregnant women had to deal with and to stop over reacting and to try ginger tea. It took 6 months of this before finally speaking to my midwife and getting diagnosed with hyperemesis and receiving the treatment I needed. Even now when I go to get more tablets I find myself having to say to doctors that yes I am still being sick and having them look at me disbelievingly and having to fight for the medication I need to function whilst they try and persuade me to do without.
On top of this I have also been diagnosed with gestational diabetes which I have been controlling through diet and exercise. However, contrary to my hyperemesis experience, in this case the consultants are really keen to put me on medication despite me managing to keep my sugar levels down through diet and exercise. Every week the consultants accuse me of lying about my results and (bizarrely!) I also get accused of smoking (which I don't). The only struggle I have had with the GD has been the morning fast measurement which is often higher than before I go to bed. As a result of this my last appointment I got told I had to take metformin or my baby would be 'big and weak and stillborn', again I was accused of lying about what I eat, when I eat and how much. I was told I was naughty, and then got shouted at when I tried to discuss the risks v benefits of metforming. At no point was my medical history checked or other medication that I am on.
I am exhausted and anxious and depressed at being repeatedly patronised, dismissed and accused of lying by antenatal doctors and consultants. I am concerned that I am now taking medicatio without proper checks being done and how this will affect my baby. I wanted a water birth but have been told that being on metformin means I can't have this. I am so utterly fed up with the lack of care. I just want to be treated like a human being! I don't know what to do anymore or where to go next.
Has anyone else experienced treatment like this when pregnant?
Thank you for reading and sorry for the rant!