Our Gynaecologist for Baby #2 – Dr Claudine Tan | Thomson Women’s Clinic

So they say every pregnancy is different… so true y’all. I had an easier pregnancy while expecting Mister I with minimal morning sickness and less body aches. I only started to experience body ache 2 days before his arrival. With the current pregnancy, morning sickness lasted longer (about 16 weeks), in fact it felt like all day sickness. My sleeping pattern also changed. I find myself wide awake till 12am and waking up at 3 or 4am for no apparent reason. Apart from the pregnancy symptoms, we also did many things differently for this baby. One of them which I feel is probably the most important part of my pregnancy journey, is picking the right gynaecologist for us. 

What are the factors you consider when selecting your gynaecologist? For me, the following points were put into consideration before actually meeting the gynae :

  • How much information I can obtain regarding the gynae on the Internet or via word of mouth
  • Gender of the gynae (since I wanted a female this time) 
  • Proximity of the clinic from home 
  • Which hospital the gynae delivers at
  • Cost 

Only after getting the information on the points above, I have somewhat shortlisted my preferred gynae. Then comes the following :

  • experience with the gynae during consultation – this is critical as my husband did not really like the attitude of our previous gynae 
  • Waiting time at the clinic
  • experience with the clinic assistants 

After much consideration and experience during my first appointment with my preferred gynae, I was certain I had found the right one for us – Dr Claudine Tan from Thomson Women’s Clinic.

Here is my experience thus far. 

Getting more information about her services and charges was the easiest compared to the other 2 gynaes I had shortlisted. I had read a good number of reviews about her before calling up to enquire about her charges. The clinic assistant who picked up my call was very friendly and informative. She shared the consultation charges, package price after 20 weeks and delivery charges very openly over the phone. Although she had provided me with the charges, it was made known to me that the charges may vary each visit depending if there were other tests involved that day or if we purchased any supplements. 

Experience at Thomson Women’s Clinic (Serangoon) 

Our first appointment was scheduled on a weekday as her weekends are reserved for mamas who are closer to their due dates. I did a pregnancy test, took my weight and pressure before seeing her. In fact, now that I’m already in the third trimester of pregnancy, the longest time (out of all the visits) I spent waiting to see Dr Claudine was only 15 mins at most. This beats my previous experience hands down. Back then, the waiting time at my previous gynae’s clinic was at least 1 to 1.5 hours even though we were given an appointment time.

We had a pleasant first meeting as well as subsequent visits with Dr Claudine. Her chirpy and approachable persona made it easy for us to share past experiences as well as ask any questions we had in mind. She does not hard sell any services, for instance the Oscar test or Whooping cough immunisation (which we decided not to do in the end). What she did was tell us the availability of relevant services and we can go back to consider before giving her our decision during the next appointment. 

We were initially set on delivering our baby at Mount Alvernia where we delivered our first boy because of the inconvenience of parking at Thomson Medical. After speaking with Dr Claudine, we agreed to deliver in Thomson Medical as she assured us that we only need to go to the hospital once, which is on the day of delivery. It is after all the hospital she is most familiar delivering in. To save us from the hassle of going down to the hospital to book the type of room we would like after delivery, she asked for our preferred room type during my last trimester to reserve a room for us. She even prepared the admission letter for us in the event that the baby decides to arrive earlier than expected. It really set our minds at ease knowing she has gotten the nitty gritty details covered for us prior to  the day of delivery. 

Charges for Visits 

The part which many people are most interested in… I would say the average bill size for us per visit is approximately $200 depending if we purchase supplements or if any additional test was conducted. I do have the detailed charges but it would be a long list for me to share them here. 

Overall Thoughts

Without a doubt, we are very happy with our experience with Dr Claudine Tan and her team and will definitely recommend her to those looking for a professional gynaecologist!

Baby Incoming!

In just 2 months or less, we will be welcoming an addition to the family. Isaac is over the moon about it since he has been asking for a sibling more than a year ago. As work is out for me this pregnancy, I have been spending most of my time with Isaac, which is great, because we get more alone time together before the baby arrives. We have also been preparing Isaac with the arrival of the baby by making sure he feels just as important as us with the new responsibilities coming by letting him be involved with the naming as well as pick out the first set of clothings for his sibling. This sweet little boy has also been telling me how he is going to help with the diaper change and singing / playing with his sibling. The 4 year age gap between the siblings is really perfect in my opinion.

Based on our experience with Isaac, who decided to arrive at 36 weeks, I started to prepare for the baby’s arrival earlier this time round. I remember how we had nothing ready, except a crib for Isaac when he was born. He did not even have a name until we saw his face! This time round, I grabbed some really cool pre-order deals for baby’s bath and skincare products at 50% off the usual price from the baby fair happening beginning of July 2019. At this point, I can’t think of anything else that I need to get since we have pretty much everything from Isaac. I have started looking out for milk bottle and diaper reviews now since these are going to be the necessities.

One thing I have yet to sort out is the celebration of the baby’s full month. Searching for a suitable venue is always a pain. From the people I have spoken to, half of the response were – “Wah, must be fair. Should do if Isaac had a celebration.” The other half said “No need la, second child already.” Of cos, these are only opinions. Ultimately, the decision lies with us. Personally, I feel that every birth is worth the celebration regardless of which child he/she is. If time and energy permits, I would do it. The number of people celebrating their child’s 100th day seems to be getting more common, so that might be an option for us. Especially when the chances of me looking less of a zombie is higher at the 100th day. That being said, even if we end up not doing the full month or 100th day celebration, it does not mean that the second child is less important. It really is just because the dynamics of life is different now that we have an elder child to care for and energy levels might just be lower. We will play by ear.

Nonetheless, we are very excited to start a new chapter in life as a family of 4 soon!

20 Pregnancy Beliefs and Myths

When you are pregnant, you tend to attract a lot of advice from people around you. Here are some of them I have heard before… some are pretty amusing!

1. Do not announce your pregnancy until after the first trimester. This is probably the most common one I know of and is also practiced in other countries.

2. Try not to look at animals or your baby will look like one. Pregnant women are encouraged to look at photos of cute babies in order to have a beautiful child herself.

3. Do not shift house or move the furniture as it affects the Feng Shui at home. It is believed that if you relocate, it may affect the Fetal God and lead to miscarriage. If there is a must to move, the pregnant lady should not witness the move.

4. Always satisfy your pregnancy cravings or the baby will be born with birth marks. Meaning, if you were craving apples but it was not satisfied, your baby will be born with an apple shaped birthmark. Another one about this is that the baby will always be drooling during babyhood. Well, I did not have any cravings when i was pregnant but my son was a drool-y baby. *shrugs*

5. Do not cut or sew anything on the bed as this may lead to birth complications or defects.

6. Do not drill or saw anything especially on doors at home as it affects the Door God and in turn will not block out the evil spirits from entering the room

7. Do not attend any funerals or weddings

8. Do not change the position of the bed as the position is critical to the health of the baby

9. The colours of the food you eat will affect the colour of your baby. If you drink more white milk than chocolate milk, your baby will be fairer. (This one amuses me since everyone knows the colour of the skin is really due to the genes).

10. Pregnant women should always stay happy. Their mood during pregnancy determines the baby. If the mother is unhappy and cries during pregnancy, the baby will be a crybaby in future.

11. Pregnant women should carry a sharp object with them at all times (like a nail) to ward away evil spirits.

12. Avoid setting up the baby’s crib or pram before the baby is born. It is not auspicious to have an empty pram in the house.

13. Do not visit a house that has been vacant for a long time to avoid exposure to spirits that may have been living in the house.

14. Pregnant women should not get a haircut as it symbolises cutting off their life force (the baby).

15. Did your partner gain weight? If he did, the baby is likely a girl.

16. Drink coconut water during your last trimester to birth a clean baby.

17. If you are expecting a baby boy, you will look radiant and beautiful. If you are having a baby girl, the baby will drain your beauty.

18. Raising your arms in the air will cause your umbilical cord to tangle.

19. Some people believe that it is bad luck to receive or open gifts for the unborn baby.

20. Rubbing the pregnant belly too much will lead to a spoilt child.

Do you believe in any of those above? Also, are there any other beliefs that you know of?  If you do, feel free to share them with me.