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    Hi @LisaMaria. It's all so confusing isn't it? So this is what I learnt from the GP yesterday (also first time meeting her as I don't have a GP) and from some googling.

    GP has sent a referral to the women's hospital and I can now choose what form of care I want. But they won't see me until after 20 weeks either.
    At 12 weeks you go for a scan (mine won't be at the hospital) and then wait for your hospital appointment at about 20 weeks.

    My understanding is that shared care means your GP does your blood work, measurements, weight, general check ups instead of going into the hospital to do it. You have a few midwife appointments (I think 2-3 throughout the last 20 weeks)

    I've heard my particular hospitals midwife led care is excellent. Although the more I read on shared care The more convenient I think it will be. And I think in your case since you don't have a women's hospital anyway you probably won't lose out on anything.

    My GP is 2 minutes down the road and I don't have to pay for parking. I can book appointments when it suits me rather than the set days that the hospital offer.

    Maybe do some reading on your particular hospitals program and see how you feel. Also maybe start looking for a really good GP you feel comfortable with?

    These decisions feel like such big ones right now. It's hard to know what the best thing to do is.

    Good luck, let me know what you decide.

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    Yeah its all very confusing, thank you for the information! I think I will try and find a GP that specialises in pregnancy care I did come accross a website with a few names earlier, after hours works well for me also as I am already having so much time off the last year. 20 weeks just seems like such a long time to start at the hospital but I guess between seeing FS & the GP in the meantime I will be fine. I always thought you would just see a midwife the whole time through who tells you everything to do and organises everything, silly me!! I was actually considering going private and paying, because the costs of the birth & stay at hospital seemed do-able, but when I spoke to the hospital they said if the baby needed to stay there it would be $1000 per night. So if it i premature and needs to be in for a month I could be up for $30k whoa! So public it is!

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    Lisa Maria you should check with your health insurance provider on what cover you have for bub. I know I am covered for bubs stay as we have family cover and pregnancy, I just have to add the new bub to the policy within 60 days of the birth. However, I know some providers ask that you add the Bub before the birth to ensure they are covered. If Bub needs nicu care then they would often be transferred to the children's hospital (public) but some privates so have some level of special care depending on the medical needs.
    I would definitely call your insurer to ask all those questions instead of what the hospital say as they deal with so many insurers and all their rules are different.
    I'm going private. I'll see my OB monthly and get a scan in her rooms at every visit. From 34 weeks it becomes fortnightly, then weekly from 38 weeks. I will get a referral for the 20 week scan to go have the full scan done. I'm also booked in for the nipt test at 10 weeks.
    It's really up to you but make sure you get the correct information before you decide

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    @SoReady I dont have health insurance! When we first started TTC we found out there was a waiting period of 1 year, we thought it would happen straight away and there would be no point getting it just for pregnancy especially as we may not make the waiting period, 3 years later trying naturally and 1 year IVF later and at least $20k we still thought we wouldnt make the waiting period lol. Dreaming!
    @A&S I ended up calling a womens clinic nearby that specialise in pregnancy and shared care, feeling a bit more organised now.

    Has everyone told family about your pregnancy? I am 7w6d today and hubby doesnt want to tell his family (parents) until 12week scan and he thinks this is normal and safer but I want to tell my family sooner. His family is huge with 5 bros & sisters and it will spread quickly. We dont want to tell mine and have his parents find out by accident somehow. He is making me so worried that I am going to have a miscarriage when he talks like that though. Maybe I am being the one who is unrealistic?

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    Oh Lisa Maria, I get it. Then yes it could be expensive to go private. I got the receipts from my insurer last time and it was about $18k that they covered for my hospital stay plus we had out of pocket expenses of just over 5k for OB, epidural etc.

    As far as telling people, dh was the same first time around. We waited til our 9 week scan with OB before telling parents and a select group of close friends. Then we slowly told more people over the following weeks and everyone else after our harmony test results. This time, anyone that has seen me knows as I can't hide my belly already. I'm 9 weeks tomorrow and will tell dh parents this weekend and mine next Thursday when they arrive. All our friends are coming to DS birthday party next weekend so the cat will well and truly be out of the bag then (bang on 10 weeks).
    I say, do whatever you feel comfortable with. We were nervous last time as we had lost the 2 pregnancies before that one. This time I think we are more relaxed. Maybe you could just tell parents and wait to tell siblings?

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    I've got cold and can't take any drugs 😩 Panadol just isn't cutting it!
    anyone have any home remedy tips that might help??
    I've tried placing my head over steamy hot water, have drunk lots of fresh lemon and ginger tea. Anything else I can try?

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    It's the worst barca07!! I had one two weeks ago and still feel congested. I did suck on butter menthols. I know you can have the medicated lozenges like strepsils but I found at least the menthol helped clear my airways a bit. And I just drank lots of rooibos tea to keep warm and keep my fluids up. I hope you feel better soon

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    How are you feeling? @Barca07 What a terrible time to get a cold :-/ I use Vicks and put heaps on my chest and wear a full sleeve shirt to keep the heat in when I go to bed, also under the nose helps me sleep. (Hope its safe while pg) I also use Sinus flo to clear out my nose when I have a cold (also because my sinus' play up) but you can always use the old home method teapot, salt & hot water. I find doing this before bed helps alot. Hope u feel better soon x

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    Thanks soready and lisamarie!

    Still not feeling the best, but on the mend

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    How is everyone? I hope your cold has disappeared @Barca.

    I have a question about food, how careful are you ladies with what you eat? I'm so careful that it's bordering on crazy I think. We are so lucky to be pregnant again and even if there is the slightest risk, I'll avoid it. So WWYD? My friend has invited me over for morning tea with leftover fruit platters, sausage rolls and cake (from a party)... I'm even worried to eat the fruit unless I wash it.... It's been chopped, covered and in the fridge. Am I completely mad? I feel like it sometimes 😞


 

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