Hello fellow mom-to-be! Thank you for visiting my blog. Let me formally congratulate you for having a baby soon!
The first few weeks of knowing you are pregnant is a roller coaster of emotions. Whatever you are feeling right now – mentally, physically and emotionally – is all worth it for the little life growing inside of you.
1st trimester is a critical stage as you navigate the start of your pregnancy journey. There are discomforts and anxiety. Many blogs talk about these things and we are thankful for them as they help us be mentally prepared for the journey. For the financial aspect of pregnancy – the lesser known and highly sensitive topic, please feel free to read this blog and the items listed below.
Note: Every pregnancy is a unique experience, some items in the list may vary and may not be applicable to every pregnant woman. This article is an information only for financial PREPAREDNESS in relation to pregnancy. It does not encourage pregnant woman to self medicate. The things I listed below, including the doses and frequency of the vitamins/medicine are from my personal 1st trimester journey. Consult your own OB-GYNE for professional medical advice.
Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.– Howard Huff
1. Pregnancy test kit
Probably the cheapest item in the list. There are various brand of pregnancy test kits in drugstores. The cheapest costs P60.
There are two types of pregnancy test – blood and urine. The most common type is the urine, the one that can be easily bought at drugstores. Pregnancy tests check your pee or blood for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which the body only produced when you are pregnant.
2. OB-GYN consultation fee
The average consultation fee of a private OB-GYN in Mandaue City is around P600.
For your first trimester, you will visit an OB-GYN for at least 3x for your prenatal visit. He/She will be the one to inform you what vitamins to take, laboratory exams you need to perform and your next visit schedule. You will also receive from him/her your first mother’s book and sometimes free milk samples too!
3. Folic acid
Good nutrition is important especially during pregnancy. Folic acid supplements are recommended for women who are pregnant (and even those who are trying to get pregnant).
Folic acid is a man-made form of B vitamin folate which is needed to help the development of baby’s nervous system and prevent neural tube defect.
Folic acid price ranges from P9~P10/capsule in drugstores. My OB-GYNE recommended I take the vitamins once a day for 100 days. The remaining vitamins will be carried over on the 2nd trimester.
4. Vitamin C
If you are not taking any vitamins C prior to your pregnancy, you may or may not be recommended to add this to your prenatal vitamins. As for me, I have been taking vitamins C as part of my daily vitamins even before pregnancy. Vitamin C costs P6.25/tablet taken once a day, daily. If you want to double dose, please consult your OB-GYNE if pregnant woman can double dose in case of an impending flu.
5. Progestin medication
Some pregnant women may or may not be given a progestin medication such as Duphaston (pamapakapit) as a treatment for threatened miscarriage.
My OB-GYNE recommended I take Duphaston 2x/day to for 30 days as I complained about cramp-like feeling in my lower abdomen. Duphaston costs P80/tablet in drugstores.
6. Pap smear
Pap smear is a routine gynecological exam in relation to women’s health, pregnant or not. A physician, usually an OB-GYN will check the cervix for any abnormalities or cancerous cell. In pregnancy, abnormalities especially vaginal infections or STIs are checked to be treated early.
Pap smear is usually performed by an OB-GYNE on your first pre-natal visit. The test costs P400.
7. Routine tests for pregnant women
On your first prenatal visit, the OB-GYNE will give you a list of laboratory tests you need to perform. The following are the most common routine tests for pregnant women:
- Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) – P205
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) – P535
- Glucose, Fasting (FBS) – P155
- HBsAg (Qualitative) – P255
- Urinalysis, Routine – P180
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) – P175
- Blood Typing – P185
8. Transvaginal ultrasound
At around 8 weeks, the OB-GYNE will recommend you to do transvaginal ultrasound or TVS ultrasound. Also, it is the very first time you will see a glimpse of your baby and hear a heartbeat.
OB-GYNEs used this test to determine the pregnancy milestone, due date, number of pregnancy (ex: singleton/twins), ectopic pregnancy, etc.
Transvaginal ultrasound costs P1,435.
9. Medical certificate
There are various uses of a medical certificate. If you are an employee of a company, you might need one to prove your pregnancy. Your HR will also require it if you want to avail the SSS maternity benefit. Medical certificate costs P100. Your OB-GYNE will provide one upon request.
10. Nutritious Food
Due to the various changes in the body brought upon by pregnancy, pregnant women are encouraged to eat nutritious foods all the time. Eating a healthy and balanced diet will fuel the pregnant body as well as the growth of the baby.
Eating healthy is not cheap. It takes conscious effort to choose only what’s beneficial for the you and the baby. If you are not used to eating fruits every meal, your expenses could balloon just by eating fruits 3x/day. Fruits are not the only thing you should be mindful. Pregnant women are also encouraged to increase their protein, calcium, folate, iron, choline and B vitamins intake to support the development of the baby.
Estimated Summary of Expenses
Pregnancy test kit: = P60
OB-GYNE consultation fee: P600 x 3 visits = P1,800
Folic acid: P10 x 100 days = P1,000
Vitamin C = P6.25 x 3 months (1 trimester) = P562.5
Progestin medication (Duphaston) = P80 x 2x/day x 30 days = P4,800
Pap smear = P400
Laboratories = P2,235
TVS ultrasound = P1,435
Medical certificate = P100
Note: The rates stated above varies per establishment. Foods are also not included in the total as it depends on the pregnant woman’s preference.
Generally, an overall lifestyle change is what a pregnant woman will face. Due to this shift, some expenses are essential to cater the needs of the mother and the baby.
You may need to shell out a little more money and take extra precautions when it comes to food handling, medication, travel, exercise, pets and animals.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The rates, contact details and other information indicated in this post are accurate from the time of writing but may change without trishaspan.com’s notice.
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