I know many had it worse that I do but this pregnancy has been HARD. With C, I had an aversion to pizza and that’s it, no being sick AT ALL. Oh and cankles well into the third trimester.
With no. 2, I am still nauseous even in my second trimester. While I don’t have my head down the bowl puking my guts, this whole feeling-like-hurling thing is new to me. My palette has gone nuts; nothing I eat seem to satisfy my unidentifiable cravings. I have lost a few pounds because of these afflictions.
The medical care which I am paying A LOT MORE for is crap. The American medical system is the worst I have ever dealt with when compared to HK and SG. When I was pregnant with C, I was working for Macquarie which had a Cigna International plan for all non-local employees. I paid a grand total of HKD 6,667 (for an upgrade to a super duper coverage) to have all my scans, delivery fees and hospital bills covered. There was even pre-biling which enabled me to walk out of
Hotel Matilda Hospital (I had a private room with a terrace that had 2 sun lounges up on the peak) without paying a single cent.
In the States, I have paid about USD 1,500 to date on top of my monthly insurance payments. I still have to pay another USD 1,000 out-of-pocket costs before full coverage kicks in.
Costs aside, I miss my obgyn. Dr. Edmund Hon has the best bedside manner of any doctor I have ever seen; he is comforting and never once felt pre-natal vitamins (other than folic acid) was essential as long as I eat a balanced diet.
I don’t know if it’s an American thing, the doctors seem
overly keen to promote certain brands of multi-vits (must be the kickbacks from the drug companies). Their bedside manners are NON-EXISTENT. And despite paying a shit load of money (hello $30 for a pee test, $50 to draw my blood), they don’t offer you an ultrasound at every visit (“oh the sonographer is not in today”). I cannot believe they go to med school and cannot operate an ultrasound machine and has to wait for a specialist. WTF!
Guess what? I had to go to a different diagnostics clinic to get my nuchal transluceny and blood test done. The sonographer there disagreed with the EDD I was given by the obgyn but Miss I-am-just-an-obgyn didn’t think there was a need to revised the EDD. Oh well.
Onto better thoughts, we have names! Our detailed scan is in 2.5 weeks, we will hopefully find out if baby will be a Callen or Ava (current front runner for a girl’s name because Mr. P thinks Colette is too French).