After 28 weeks of pregnanct, most doctor's offices will start having you coming in every other week until 36 weeks, where you'll be checking in with your OB-GYN or midwife on the regular—at least once a week.
This means a lot of time in transit to the doctor's office. A lot of time in waiting rooms. And a lot of time out of the office.
Here's how to make the most of your doctor's visits + balance them with work.
Have a point woman.
Ask a colleague to help keep an eye on things for you while you're at appointments, and ask that she text you if something urgent comes up. That way you won't feel the need to obsessively check your phone the whole time you're out.
Plan appointments in advance—and around your work schedule.
If you can, grab the first doctor's appointment of the day.
Alternatively, you could grab the last appointment of the day if that works better for your schedule. However, doctor's offices inevitably run further behind as the day goes on, so your best bet is to get in early.
Don't give your boss a play-by-play of your health updates.
One of us might have made the mistake of mentioning that the doctor wanted us to head to the hospital to check on baby's decreased movements. And our boss *might* have shouted “YOU'RE HAVING A BABY NOW?!?!?" in the middle of the workplace, turning dozens of heads and nearly alerting 911.
Pro tip: Keep the fetal play-by-play to yourself.
“I need to go to the doctor" is a good enough reason to leave work in your third trimester (and you are legally excused from work for these prenatal visits). Share only necessary details to avoid freaking out an office full of people.
Try strategy A: Respond to all emails.
If you're commuting on public transit or have an excess amount of time in the waiting room, try using the appointment as an excuse to finish one whole task on your to-do list. Helloooo unread emails.
Or strategy B: Take a break.
We wholeheartedly endorse using your time away from the office as a chance to just relaxxxxxxx during this exciting but demanding time in your life. If you have the ability to use those appointments as downtime, and not check a single email: GO FOR IT.