To a trauma survivor, these visits can be more than an inconvenience or a discomfort. They can be painful, and they can be scary. They can cause flashbacks, and they can make us relive our trauma. They can even retraumatize us.
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When you’ve reached peak discomfort and the doctor is effectively satisfied with how miserable and embarrassed you are, the OB begins to beg you to “please relax your legs”—a request that will be made repeatedly throughout the appointment.