During pregnancy, you will be having regular appointments with a doctor. It is important that you know how to make the most of each visit.
Doctors are very busy and will have a short allotment of time for each visit. Studies have shown that the average length of an appointment is 13 to 16 minutes. That gives very little time to get the attention you need.
Also, it has been determined that doctors will interrupt you within 12 to 23 seconds if you are speaking.
So how do you get answers to your questions?
Here are some ideas to help.
- Have a brief and pleasant greeting and then get to the point!
- Be honest and prepared with your concerns.
- Write out your questions. Make a concise list for each visit; 3 is probably a maximum number to expect to have answered.
- Do not wait until the end of the appointment to ask about your concerns. Ask right away as you begin.
- Keep questions short. Practice asking the questions before the appointment, so you can express yourself well.
- If you find this difficult, take someone with you so they can remind you of what you want to tell the doctor, and what the doctor tells you in reply. Another person in the room ensures that the doctor listens to you.
- Finally, if you do not get the care and attention you need, then it is best if you find another doctor who is a better fit for you. You hire your doctor, and you can also fire your doctor!
Good luck with your next doctor’s appointment!
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