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In the meantime, I'm just finishing a rotation in emergency pediatrics at the Children's Hospital, waddling away between patients. There are definitely pluses and minuses to being a pregnant resident…
• Being Sick: There's nothing like draining a massive abdominal abscess in the ER when battling morning sickness. Eek. During my surgery block at the start of my pregnancy, I spent many moments sneaking to the bathroom to puke between surgeries or patient consults. It was nasty. Yet it was still one of the best rotations I've had to date. The teaching was terrific and I kept thinking, well, if I'm still enjoying medicine between pukes, then I've got the right career.
• Doctor Appointments: Yes, even us doctors have prenatal appointments. Often booking them around our schedules seems impossible and as a resident, you're often worried that you're missing a teaching session, or leaving early, or arriving late. Everyone says "the health of the baby matters most" and I believe that, but when you're an overachiever, you often have a serious fear of missing out on some remarkable learning opportunity. At the end of the day, you just have to accept it and let it go. You can't be perfect at everything every moment of the day.
• Comments on Your Body: It is never appropriate to comment on a woman's body, but it's even worse when your pregnant and every week someone says: "wow, you're getting so big!" Yeah, no kidding, I'm pregnant. Babies grow. Or share their inner observations, such as: "should you really be drinking that coffee? They say coffee in pregnancy causes ADHD." Excuse me? Really? Who is "They"?
• Peeing: Like all the time. Sometimes I'm sitting there listening to a patient story and I have to excuse myself because the urge is just distracting. Since my second trimester, I haven't made it through a drive between Drumheller and Lethbridge without having to stop to empty my bladder. And I hate stopping when I'm doing a distance drive.
• Fearing the Worst: I've been told multiple times during this pregnancy that when you're in
• Baby Moves: Somehow when you're pregnant, you never feel alone. Even at
• Connecting with Patients: This is my first pregnancy as a physician. I had my daughters prior to my medical studies. I've noticed that being pregnant helps the patient-physician relationship. Perhaps simply because despite all the books available, motherhood isn't something you study and memorize. It requires life experience and makes it easier for patients to relate to you and they genuinely respect you more for what you're doing, especially being pregnant and seeing them at
• Sleep: It's easy to justify the need for extra sleep when pregnant. Of course, you need the sleep, but you really never feel guilty for napping or sleeping more than you usually would on your days off or when post-call. It's also easier to catch short naps between consults when on-call because you can basically sleep anywhere, anytime.
• Maternity Vacation: As crazy as this sounds, when you're a resident, especially one with a family already, logging in 70-90 hours per week on clinical rotations, the prospect of maternity leave is like a holiday for your brain.
• No Period: enough said.
Again, I apologize for the lack of blog posts of late and they may remain scattered over the coming months as we adjust to this new life and routine. If you're interested in contributing a story to the blog on a health issue or a patient experience, let us know!
In the meantime, just keep in mind that if your appointment is cancelled last minute, it's likely because Rithesh had to fly off to Calgary for little baby Ram's arrival. Sadly, as active and present as he is in utero, he's unlikely to come when it is convenient for everyone.
Here Comes Little Baby Ram
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