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August 23rd, 2012, 10:37 PM
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I cannot wait until my insurance kicks in Oct 1. I called a place where they give free ultrasounds, and talked to them, but they don't do any before 12 weeks.

Normally I'd be okay with that. *However* one of the medicines my daughter takes for her PH says in big caps "pregnant women should not handle this medication" - directly on the bottle. It is advised if you are pregnant to, if you MUST handle the meds, wear gloves and a mask the entire time but they urge you over and over again to please let someone else handle the med. Now I do that as much as I can now that I know that I am pregnant, but there are just some times when I have to handle the med.

At first I was fine with the idea of not seeing a doctor for a quite a while. Actually I still have no urge to see a doctor. I just want to get an ultrasound done to make sure 1. the bean is alive in there and 2. It doesn't have like...two heads... or something.

The medication can cause very, very severe birth defects, and I'd been handling it all month because I was positive I wasn't pregnant!

Nothing I can do but wait until October, and hope everything's okay in there... Frustrating though.
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August 24th, 2012, 05:30 AM
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I'd be going to a Dr soon. If there are that many warnings you might want to figure out the severity of complying with the gloves and mask. Maybe it's not that big of a deal or maybe it is and you'll have to wear them each time....
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August 24th, 2012, 06:23 AM
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they cannot tell on ultrasound right now if the baby has any defects anyway. that's why they do the "anatomy scan". Contrary to popular belief the "anatomy scan" is not to find out the gender of your child, it is to make sure it has all it's parts and that there aren't any abnormalities. That doesn't happen til 11-13 weeks.

Also.. if your insurance doesn't kick in til Oct 1st, are you sure you're going to be covered? Pregnancy is considered a "pre-existing condition" to lots of insurance companies and if you're pregnant before insurance kicks in, they don't cover. I would call to make sure
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August 24th, 2012, 06:31 AM
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Maybe call and explain the situation and express your worries? I hope you are able to get in soon.
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August 24th, 2012, 07:33 AM
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My mom works at an obgyn office and handles the insurance and billing. She told me that most insurance companies do not consider pregnancy a preexisting condition.
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August 24th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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I can understand your worries for sure! Just don't handle the medication from here on our and hopefully everything will turn out to be OK. Try to keep yourself busy to make the time pass.
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August 24th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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insurance will cover it. i triple-checked on that! and like I said...there are some times when I *have* to handle the medication. Its something that DD must take twice a day every day, regardless of who is around to give it to her.

Thanks for the information about the anatomy scan. Didn't realize that. Still would be nice to hear a hb or something!

I have spoken with the speciality pharmacy about this, and they've urged me not to handle the med unless absolutely necessary. Yeck.

Well, you do what you gotta do, right? I just wish DD was old enough to get the pill outta the bottle by herself.
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August 24th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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Sorry for the frustration!

Do you/could you at least wear gloves each time (and preferably a mask, too)? Some organizations even recommend double-gloving, if that makes you feel more comfortable. You can get them pretty cheaply. Also, maybe you could invest in some of those cheap little medicine cups--rather than touching the medicine, you could pour one pill out into the cup, and then hand that off to your daughter. And also wash hands really well after handling. I work in a chemotherapy pharmacy, so I know all about taking precautions when handling hazardous meds.
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August 24th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Oh girl! Hang in there. Chances are your baby is okay!
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August 25th, 2012, 05:15 AM
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My midwife's office won't do anatomy scans until 18-20 weeks, and unless there is a particular need, that's the only ultrasound they do. And definitely finding out the gender is only an added bonus. They are checking for abnormalities and certain markers.

As for insurance, if it's in the US and through an employer, there can not be per-existing conditions. The pre-existing condition clause is only for individual coverage, and that is also waived if you've had prior coverage within 62 days of starting a new policy.
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