Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When I was around 30 weeks pregnant with my son, my family and I had planned to fly to San Francisco to take our daughter to a museum. I asked my obstetrician ahead of time if it was ok for me to fly. She said, no problem. She’s also a good friend, and she asked me if I wanted her to check me first. I said that I wouldn’t want her to treat me any differently than any other patient, so no.
In the evening, after we returned from the museum, I had a little bit of bloody discharge. I called my ob, and she told me to fly home right away. It was the first time I’ve ever been wheeled through an airport; my husband pushed my wheelchair while I held our daughter on my lap.
When we got home, I went to my ob’s office, and she discovered I was four centimeters dilated and having regular contractions. I hadn’t even felt them! She admitted me to the hospital right away and put me on medication to stop my labor. She also gave me steroid shots to help mature my baby’s lungs. She put me on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy.
—Diane Truong, MD, FAAP, a mom of one daughter and one son, a pediatrician in a multispecialty group practice in Southern California, and co-founder of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician-moms.