Good idea, bad idea: Taking 2-year-old to gyno exam?

I called last week to schedule my annual gynecological exam with my midwife. I was surprised when they said she had an opening for that Friday. I hadn’t planned to schedule it that early because I wanted more time to lose holiday weight, and I wanted to do it when the 2-year-old was at mother’s morning out.

But I decided not to procrastinate and took the appointment.

I brought books, Bendaroos and snacks to keep her busy while we were waiting and during the appointment.

She was a little bit loud in the waiting room but not too bad. She liked watching me pee in cup and also enjoyed me stripping all the way down to weigh myself. (Don’t need any excess weight on that scale.)

When the nursed pulled out a needle to draw blood the baby asked her “Is that an allergy shot?” She’s used to going to the allergy clinic with me. But then she cried when they pricked my finger.

My 2-year-old was fairly obsessed with the stirrups on the exam table. She kept bossing me to put my feet in them even though I was naked. I held her on my chest during the actual pelvic exam so she wouldn’t be scared. She kept trying to look over my knees at what the midwife was doing.

I ran into a friend with a newborn at the doctor’s office that day. She emailed me later that the baby slept up until the time she was naked and then she ended up juggling the baby the whole exam.

Have you ever taken your baby, toddler or older child to your gynecological exam with you or do you avoid it like the plague? How did it go when you took them? Were they scared during any part of it? Did any part fascinate them? (I’m pretty sure my toddler will grow up to be a midwife! She liked those stirrups a lot!)

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January 26th, 2010
9:29 pm

Kids beyond nursing INFANTS have no place at any type of Doctor’s visits for the adult. Not safe for them, not right for the other patients, nurse, or doctor. I expect full attention when it is my turn, not the running, screaming, crying, eating, etc that many parents seem to ignore or not plan for. Think of others!


January 27th, 2010
12:47 pm

Maybe six months and under. I’d be totally freaked if they started looking around…


March 23rd, 2010
11:24 am

My Dr when my children were you used to do our check ups together at the same time, so we saw everything. I don’t think it was a big deal and they don’t either.