“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a carriage”… or so the saying goes! In reality, however, there is something important that we simply can’t skip over: the expenses that come with being pregnant these days! Unless you live in the boondocks and do not need a doctor to aid you in the process of growing and delivering a baby, you have to understand that “Baby don’t come cheap.” It’s time to get your head our of the prenatal cloud (for now), and if you don’t know exactly what to save up for, here’s the big payout, nine months before baby’s big day out!
The cost of making your OB-Gynecologist your new best friend depends on where he or she does her clinical practice and how in-demand they are. Each visit will cost around 300 to 700 pesos, and you will need to have at least five prenatal visits. Usually, once you reach your eighth month of pregnancy, you will have to see her more often. If you have a more sensitive situation, this will also factor in.
Since you are growing a tiny human being, special aid is necessary in the form of prenatal medication. Two doses of tetanus toxoid vaccine (costing an average of 250-300 per shot) is recommended, plus a daily intake of iron (5 pesos per day) and folic acid (10 pesos per day). Calcium supplements taken in the form of capsules or powdered milk (700 pesos for an 800 gram box) will also be a part of your daily diet. If you opt to go the non-medicinal route in terms of your calcium intake, you’d have to include more vitamin-rich veggies in your diet, and we all know broccoli doesn’t come cheap.
According to Dr. Evangeline F. Casas, FPOGS (St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City), here is a comprehensive laundry list of medical exams and lab work that pregnant women have to undergo:
First Trimester Estimated Cost: ₱6,000-7,000
- Blood typing with RH typing: ₱75-120
- Urinalysis: ₱80-150
- Random blood sugar or fasting blood sugar or a 75 gram OGTT or Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (depending on risk of patient for diabetes): ₱1,500-2,000
- Hepatitis B surface antigen: ₱600 and up
- VDRL or Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test: ₱400 up
- HIV test: ₱2,000 (or free at HIV testing centers)
- Transvaginal ultrasound: ₱1,400
- Papsmear (if patient had no recent test done): ₱150-300
Second Trimester Estimated Cost: ₱6,250
- At 22-24 weeks, mother may undergo a congenital anomaly scan: ₱2,700
- At 24 weeks, repeat 75 gram OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test): ₱1,500-2,000
- At 28 weeks, urinalysis: ₱80-150
- 2D Ultrasound with gender determination: ₱1,400
Third Trimester Estimated Cost: ₱7,600
- 3D or 4D Ultrasound: ₱2,000-3,000 and up (*optional)
- At 32 weeks, repeat 75 gram OGTT (if previously normal): ₱1,500-2,000
- At 35 weeks, Group B Steptococcus screening test: ₱2,500 and up
- At 36-37 weeks, CBC and Protime: ₱300
- At 36-37 weeks, PTT (Partial Thromboplastin Time): ₱500
- At 36-37 weeks, urinalysis: ₱80-150
Inevitably, your body will change… unless you’re that incredible mom who still has her six-pack abs at eight months. This means that you would have to buy maternity dresses, looser fitting bottoms, bigger underwear, and if you want, a belly supporter. You can get a dress from a clothing company that specializes in maternity clothing for under 700 up to almost 2,000 pesos, depending on the design. You may also scour the internet for other options, especially from hardworking stay-at-home moms who man their own maternity and nursing wear businesses.
A pregnancy journey is not complete without the worries, and some moms opt to turn to how-to books like the classic “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and the like. If you find it hard to absorb the information through books and prefer a more hands-on approach, you and your husband can opt to take Lamaze classes. These are made available for parents-to-be to learn about basic breathing and stretching exercises, labor stages, and other information that you can take with you to your delivery date. A class usually costs 6,000 pesos for six sessions per couple. Prepared childbirth classes by Chiqui Brosas-Hahn cost about 5,000 pesos for a series of sessions in childbirth education.
Take note that these costs depend on your personal preference as an expectant mother, and you can customize your birth package based on what you feel would be best for you. This list doesn’t even include the actual delivery and hospital fees yet!
It will seem like a daunting task and can get overwhelming, especially with the hormones acting all crazy. Just remember that if a pricey pregnancy is not for you, there can be other options that can be explored to lessen the costs. The important thing is to keep both mommy and baby healthy and happy, and possibly, the pocket too!