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Doctor's Appointments Can Be Frequent and Disruptive

With upwards of a dozen appointments, the time lost can have long-term effects on a woman's goals.
Doctor's Appointments Can Be Frequent and Disruptive
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In order to ensure proper prenatal development, doctors urge expecting mothers to come in for frequent visits, especially during the second and third trimesters. Toward the end of the pregnancy, the frequency of visits increases to once every two weeks and then once every week in the final months. Women with high risk pregnancies—such as geriatric pregnancies or pre-existing conditions—may have to attend even more frequent doctors appointments. Women can expect to see their doctor more than a dozen times during their pregnancy. For working women, this schedule can be extremely disruptive. Factoring in travel from work to the doctor's office and back, plus wait times, and the actual appointment itself, women are forced to lose 2-3 hours of their work day for a doctor's appointment. This problem is magnified for women who live in rural areas or working-class women—two groups who have less choice over where and when their doctors appointments are. That can also mean longer transportation times which in turn means more life disruptions. This loss of time, especially at high-pressure jobs, can be hard to catch up on. It may allow other colleagues to advance or to take on additional clients.
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