This is a discussion on money spent. within the General Pregnancy Discussion forum, part of the Pregnancy Forum category; Hi. I just joined the mummy forum, so technically I am relatively new. Still exploring. Heh. Wud just like to ...
Hi. I just joined the mummy forum, so technically I am relatively new. Still exploring. Heh.
Wud just like to know, anyone of you knows the estimated amt of money spent, from the start of pregnancy, til birth ??
for me, this is my expenses (estimated) from the start of preg..
From 4th week preg till 11+week, spent around 7-800bucks cause i had bad MS< need to go for jabs and drip. but if your preg is smooth or MS not that bad, usually each checkup is around 100++..
2nd tri onwards, took package $700, include monthly checkup, urine test, scan all the way till delivery. That does not include the 20th week detailed scan which cost around $100++..
On delivery fee, mine was around 6.4k, scheduled c-sect, paid around 2.4k cash.
the delivery fee, have to depends on your gynae charges as well as which hospital you're going for delivery.
what's MS ?? i just found out. so i'm kinda confused, cos i had to research up on alot of stuff, and still am researching up on it.
so the $700 package, covers from the 2nd til the last scan just before birth right ??
cos i'm prolly gonna just do the birth naturally. haha, c-sect sounds scary and painful. >.<
-urine test strip
from the 12th week onwards all the way till the last checkup before delivery.
diffe clinic gives diffe package prices and include diffe stuffs. mine are quite standard.. so we cant really give you the exact amount of what you need to pay.. mayb you can tell us which gynae you're seeing now? govt or pte, which hospital you're going to deliver at? so the other mummies can give you a clearer picture.
as for mode of delivery, sometimes is not up to the mother to decide. haha..
oooh. thanks to both !! like i've said, i have totally no idea. i just found out a couple of days ago, cos i missed my menses. i did a home test, then went to the doc's for confirmation. so.. i'm kinda lost. haha. still trying to plan. ;p
yup true. hopefully its natural !! hahaha
In terms of medical bills:
- $800 antenatal package from 1st visit
- $1800 cash when discharge from hospital (4bedder free upgrade to 2bedder, natural with epidural)
- Maternity wear $800 (had to buy clothes for work)
- Breast pump $800
- Baby items $3000 (inclusive of stroller, baby clothes, toys, milk bottles, playpen & misc items)
- Tonics like bird nest, etc (paid by my mum but I know the price cos I was the one who ordered $5000)
- New bras cos of the bigger boobs $200
Once baby born, alot more expenses. As they grow older, more expensive with school & enrichment/tuition.
Must be realistic to plan properly....
Admission deposit for 4bedded in Kandang Kerbau Hospital = $1000
Maternity clothes = buy a few only, rest all passed down from friends. I literally repeat my clothes from MOn to Fri Lolzzzz save $$$$. At home just wear oversized Tshirts $200+
Tonics = birds nests and Dang sheng (if you r carrying a boy only) I only drank 2 times during my 5th month and 6th month of pregnancy i think. ANd during beginning of 7th month, my mum brewed Dang Shen for me to drink coz she said it strengthens the baby's lungs and make the boy stronger. (i dont know i just drink lOl) $300
Delivery charges = i have posted before in detail of my hospital bill, let me dig it out
Help needed asap pls!
Baby supplies = milk bottles, diapers, breast pump $1000 +/-
Not counting in after baby is born and confinement period stuff.
you can get bra extension strips to sew onto your existing bras until after delivery you need to get nursing bras which double up as your daily wear ones for your bigger and fuller boobs hehe
Last edited by CanCanMum; 03-09-2010 at 11:41 PM.
hahaha. the ones about when they grow older i'm not so concerned yet. what is impt to me now, is when the baby is born. actually, when exactly am i supposed to go for my checkups ??
anyways, thanks for the all the replies, that everyone posted.
and usually checkups is done once a month until later part of your preg will become 3 weeks, then 2 weeks...
thanks alot !! any good gynaes to recommend ?? heh.
ooh. okie, thanks. do pple normally see seperate gynaes ?? like @ clinics, then deliver. or see the ones at the hospital ??
btw how much does your gynae charge per checkup ??
On your other qns on gynaes to recommend and typical costs and when to see gynae:
My two babies were delivered by Dr Jasmine Mohd at Kandang Kerbau Hospital. She's away on study but i think coming back in Oct.
Average amount per visit - really can't recall but i think about $100? I see her in the evening clinic so the charges are a little higher for after hours plus for scans plus ECG almost every visit in the 2nd half of my 2nd pregnancy.
1st pregnancy - was away from Singapore in first trimester so only visited Dr Chew when i was entering 2nd trimester. then switched to Dr Jasmine cos Dr Chew's waiting times are impossible. 2nd pregnancy, saw the doctor right after i tested positive on home kit. i was quite sure i was about 5-6 weeks but the scan indicated 3+weeks. by second visit 3 weeks later, confirmed i was 8+weeks 2nd pregnancy was more 'exciting' with visits every couple of weeks. but that's not the norm. typically, you would see the doc every 4 weeks until about 34-36 weeks when you would see the doc every week or two.
enjoy your pregnancy!! it's one of the most fulfilling times of your life
other than hospital packages, other expenses depends on how much you want to spend, really. but it would be wise to invest in quality products which will last not only the first kid but beyond (if you are planning for more )
can get hand me downs for clothes (but it's very hard to resist buying nice new clothes for your baby! haha! dont't even know how much i have spent on these). Other stuff, may/should get them new - car seat (get convertible. i made the mistake of getting a capsule thinking it'll last for 9-12months but my son outgrew it by 4months... paid $300+ for the first convertible for my son at Mothercare. Paid only $199 at Taka fair for my daughter's. Brand is the First Year and super comfy!); stroller (some mommies say can get 2nd hand but i think quite icky cos you dont't know the amount of droll and sweat that's collected in the nooks and crannies that you can't remove to wash. Paid about $1000 for 2 Maclarens and 1 combi. XT is super comfy but heavy. Combi has full recline and lightweight but a bit wobbly. volo good for toddler, is practical and lightweight), cot and mattress (must! can't remember how much these cost); breast pump (wait and see. you may or may not need it. I never thought i need it since i didn't think i would keep up with it for long but I now own two medela PIS... one for work and one for home. haha! first one imported from US and cost under SGD$500. Cheaper but more troublesome since shipping takes longer); steriliser (can't remember price for first one. 2nd one was $60/$70 at Carrefour baby fair)
Other things to consider:
confinement expenses - i DIYed for both babies with my mom cooking lunch for first one. 2nd baby - i just figured my way on what to cook/eat since my mom was looking after my son
sling - $40 approx if new. great for young babies
Ergo carrier - $200+ including sucking pads. i swear by this after my son hit 10kg at 5months. infant insert is another $45 or so. no need if you get sling
maternity clothes/bras/undies - woah! dont't know how much i spent on these...
nursing bra/nursing wear - i like the bras from mothercare. 2pcs about $79? very good support
medical insurance for baby after he/she is born
dont't mean to scare you but there are many other stuff not listed but they do add up. so bottomline is pick wisely and check for user feedback before investing in any equipment
and yes yes, try to go natural. very rewarding experience there's difference in NVD with and without epidural though so good to check.
Last edited by dujuanrosa; 05-09-2010 at 10:37 PM.