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October 31st, 2012, 08:54 PM
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Did anyone else get any pre pregnancy blood work done? And if so, what did they check out? The doc got me to get sugar, iron and thyroid levels checked, full blood count, chicken pox and rubella immunities checked and I asked them to check CMV exposure while they were at it. Luckily my immunities to those three are there so that's good to know seeing as im in childcare. Is there any testing you would want to get done before falling pregnant?
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November 1st, 2012, 12:59 PM
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To be honest i never really thought of it! Then again i have had many tests done already.... thyroid, glucose, insulin, etc etc. but it wasn't pre-pregnancy related. More just general health check-up.
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November 1st, 2012, 09:11 PM
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I went t othe doc and said "im going off the pill and im worried about CMV because of where i work, is there anything else i should check?" and thats what he got me to check. Its probably easier fir me in Australia though because doc visits and blood tests dont cost me money.
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November 3rd, 2012, 10:09 AM
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No real testing over here, just stuff done while pregnant. I'm not immune to Rubella, but after about 7 of those booster shots it seems like I should be. Just never took.
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November 3rd, 2012, 12:05 PM
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Oh you are so lucky to have free healthcare! It costs a fortune here!!
Uhm, what is CMV?
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November 3rd, 2012, 05:02 PM
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Free if you can find a doctor who bulk bills but the ones who dont are about $50. I dont know what it costs over there. CMV is cytomegalovirus (unsure if spelling is right). Because i work in childcare im at a bigger risk for it. just produces coldlike symptoms for the person who catch it but can cause lots of defects and even kill a baby if you catch it while you are pregnant. Kids are.usually the big carriers and.pretty much everyone has had it when they were little. Probably being overly cautious but i would be devastated if anything happened
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November 4th, 2012, 04:19 AM
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Yeah i can imagine! I would be cautious too...
A normal GP would charge you about $40 per consult and gynae's are around $110 and up. (Aus Dollar that is..)
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November 5th, 2012, 11:10 PM
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Our non bulk billing GPs are about the same then. I'm not sure about the other, I haven't been to one before.
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