Show us one person out there who hasn't told a little lie here or there. Whether the tall tale is something minor or something massive, we are all guilty of a few untruths in our lifetimes.
Lies run the gamut of severity. Some of them are crushing, life-changing slips of the tongue that change the course of friendships, relationships, and general life paths. Others cause no harm at all. Regardless of who the lie is told to and what it is about, there are generally consequences that follow. Sure some consequences end up being insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but other lies carry massive outcomes.
One person women should never lie to is the doctor, especially when they are expecting a baby. Doctors can only help their pregnant patients and their unborn babies if they have all of the pertinent information in their hands. If they are missing pieces of a puzzle, they are relatively useless to everyone. Sometimes pregnant women withhold information from health care providers, and whatever the reasons for the lies are, not disclosing whole truths to the people responsible for your health can be downright dangerous.
Here are 20 uncomfortable lies that women often tell their doctors.
17 "This Is My First Pregnancy"
We have all done things in our pasts that perhaps we aren't particularly proud of. Maybe your careless college years left you torn between motherhood and a career. Perhaps you chose less than amazing boyfriends when you were younger. So here you are decades later, happily expecting a baby and telling your doctor that you have never been pregnant before. Listen, ladies; your doctor has heard it all, telling her you were pregnant 15 years ago isn't going to rock her world. This information is not something to leave out of your initial pregnancy evaluation.
16 What Meds They Are Taking
There is nothing wrong with taking prescription medications while pregnant. Just because you are pregnant does not mean that you suddenly have to live your life as earthy green as humanly possible. Lying to your doctor about what medications you are ingesting could have dangerous consequences for your unborn baby, so it is always best to disclose all prescription medications to your doctor. Not all medicines are created equally, and some do not jive with pregnancy. Your doctor will know which pills have to be put up on the shelf until after the baby arrives and which ones will get the green light.
15 Whether Or Not There Are Problems At Home
During one of your first medical appointments during your pregnancy journey, your doctor will likely ask you if you are safe in your home. What they are getting at with this inquiry is whether or not there is someone in your life that is nonconducive to you or baby's health. Doctors are not trying to be nosey; they only have your best interest and your baby's best interest at heart. Remember, telling them if something is amiss might end up all for the best in the end. Raising a child in an unfit environment is not the best option for anyone. Typically those in the medical community will try and help you with in any way that they can.
14 If There Is A History Of Depression
Clinical depression is nothing to be awkward about. Millions of people get diagnosed with this mental health condition every year. They often seek treatment and can live fulfilling lives. Depression is not a life sentence, but it sometimes carries a bit of a stigma. If you are pregnant and choose to keep this condition from your health care provider, you might find yourself struggling more than ever down the line. Depression can worsen in pregnancy as well as after childbirth. If your doc knows that you are more likely to develop depression, they can make sure it doesn't spiral out of control.
13 When She Can't Kick The Habit
You really do need to stop bad health habits once you become pregnant. Lying to your doctor about your pre-existing vices could create real problems for your health and the health of your baby. Vices can increase all kinds of unwanted risks during pregnancy. Babies born to pregnant women with bad health habits are at a higher risk for SIDS and specific congenital disabilities. Tell your doctor if you are struggling and allow them to help you live your healthiest life for you and your child. It is never too late to quit an old habit, so never give up. Everyone's health will benefit from giving up an unhealthy habit.
12 Travel Plans
If you are considering a big trans-continental trip during your pregnancy, let your doctor in on this info. Don't keep it from them because you are afraid that they will ask you to cancel. Doctors will generally okay your travel plans, so long as your health or the baby's health is not compromised and so long as you are not about to pop. That said, different doctors have differing opinions on whether or not they allow their patients to travel during their last trimester. Generally speaking, most doctors are of the opinion that commercial air travel is okay if a woman is under 36 weeks pregnant.
11 That They Religiously Take Their Prenatal Pills
Just because you miss one of your tablets here or there, doesn't mean that you are being sent to Prenatal Pill Jail or anything significant. Your doctor isn't going to punish you or drop you from their practice for skipping prenatal, but they will still want you to take them. If you aren't taking them because you can't keep them down, they might have a solution that you have not thought about. Not every pregnant woman can tolerate the giant horse pills, especially if they have severe morning sickness. Instead of lying to your doctor about taking your prenatal pills, try discussing other options with them so that your baby can get what he or she needs to grow healthy and strong.
10 Whether Or Not There Has Been An Abnormal Pap Smear In The Past
Women pregnant and not are no strangers to the annual pap smear. They aren't the most thrilling part of being a lady, but they are essential to a woman's overall health. Sometimes a pap smear comes back as abnormal; this is something that you need to alert your doctor to once you become pregnant. Abnormal pap smears rarely cause a woman's cervix to shorten, but on occasion, it does happen. A compromised cervix is something that a doctor will want to know about so they can watch for any signs of preterm labor. With a shortened cervix, chances of preterm labor can increase as can pregnancy loss.
9 The Number Of Romantic Partners In The Past
Your doctor doesn't want to know your particular number because they are nosy. Trust us; they aren't going to run back to the staff lounge and share the juicy details of your many romantic escapades with the office nurses and doctors just for giggles. Give them some credit and let them know if you have been busy over the years. They want to assess our general health risk because that could affect the overall health of your pregnancy. It is generally assumed that the more partners you have had, the greater the likelihood is that there will be a health concern or two. Get over your embarrassment and share your history with a trusted professional.
8 That They Don't Take Supplements
Just because it's herbal doesn't mean it's good for you and baby and any ingesting of herbal supplements honestly should be reported to your doctor, even if you think it is unnecessary. Women often dismiss reporting herbal uses to their doctors, because they assume anything from the natural world is safe. That usually is not the case. Several herbs are considered to be dangerous to pregnant women and babies. Rosemary can increase blood pressure levels, Goldenseal can cross the placenta and adversely affect the development of the fetal brain and Black Cohosh, and Dong Quai can bring on uterine contractions. Always tell your doctor what herbal remedies you are thinking of testing out.
7 That They Aren't Experiencing Any Sudden "Flows."
Increased discharge in pregnancy? This development is a totally normal and pretty embarrassing topic to discuss with anybody, but sometimes it does need to be addressed with your baby doctor. While chatting about flow is awkward, not telling your doc what could turn out to be an amniotic fluid trickle is downright detrimental. Even if it's embarrassing, tell your doctor about any unusual flow that you experience. Any time it is sudden, heavy or oddly tinted, it needs to be addressed. You might get pink in the cheeks bringing it up, but your health care provider sure won't. Checking on things like fluids is part of their job, and for them, it is par for the course.
6 That They Are Excited About The Pregnancy
Not all pregnancies are planned or even wanted, yet some women plaster a smile on their faces and put a show on for their doctor. It's okay it to admit that you aren't super thrilled about being in the family way. Not everybody sees those two lines on the test stick and is instantly ready to become a mother. For some ladies, the transition into parenthood is more of a progression. Don't feel bad if you are not exactly jumping for joy over your bump just yet. Chances are you will come around on your own time. If your fears or anxieties are transforming into feelings of depression, your health care professional care probably hook you up with some resources to help you get into a better head space about the whole experience.
5 That They Have Been Following Bed Rest Orders
Doctor directed bed rest is one order that pregnant women need to follow no matter what. If your doc tells you to stay put, then do it. Nothing is worth risking your baby's health. If your blood pressure is through the roof at your next visit or you are contracting like crazy, and you swear you have been flat on your back, then doctors will start searching for other ways to control your health issues when all that might be needed is a bit of following the doctor's orders. If you have not followed the doctor's orders regarding bedrest, fess up and tell your doctor about it if they ask.
4 If There Has Been Spotting
Spotting can be a regular occurrence in pregnancy, or it can signal a much larger problem. Roughly 20% of pregnant women experience some type of spotting during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The thing about spotting is, only your doctor can truly assess where your spotting falls on the spectrum of possible issues. This is not a call that you should be making. Give your doctor all of the details regarding your spotting and let them be the judge of how serious it is. Even if you had spotting that suddenly stopped on its own, you need to tell your doctor about it. They might want to check some things out at your next appointment.
3 If You Are Suddenly Feeling Backed Up
No one wants to openly talk about going number two, with anyone let alone a doctor who you barely know. If you are having constipation issues in your pregnancy, then you should run them by your practitioner. The solution to your number two woes might be as simple as taking a stool softener or changing up your prenatal pill routine. Lying about not being able to go number two will only cause you pain, stress, and discomfort. There is very little worse than being backed up and heavily pregnant. Get over your embarrassment and get some relief because keeping this easily solved problem to yourself won't do anyone any good.
2 If Sickness Struck
So you spiked a high fever in your first trimester and then told your doctor you have been feeling healthy as an ox? Not the best idea. Any illnesses that might have occurred in your life should be brought up with your doctor. They can sometimes see flags where we can't. Keep them in the know. If you have had a high fever in addition to any other illnesses, then you will want to share this information with your health care provider. New studies point towards fevers being the culprit behind specific jaw and heart defects in babies, so it is best to share your ups and downs in health with the person responsible for your pregnancy health.
1 That Their Lady Parts Have Never Been Fresher
Any sudden changes in certain southern smells or comfort should be topics of discussion with your doctor, and there is nothing fun about bringing this subject up. Even if it is awkward, tell your doctor is something down "there" feels amiss. It could be nothing, but it could be something that needs medical attention. Certain infections that occur in the lady parts region can be dangerous for a mother's health and can negatively affect the pregnancy. If you think you have something going on down under, man up and tell your doctor about it so that you get it taken care of straightaway. Usually, this type of thing can be fixed in a snap.