Monday, October 15, 2012

Having a baby in Mexico

I'd like to start off this post by thanking each and everyone one of you who have sent me messages congratulating me on our pregnancy. Truly, your blessings and prayers mean the world to us.

I am now carrying a baby the size of a lemon, 3 inches long...Haha so funny all these pregnancy apps compare your baby to fruit. I love it. In a few days baby graduates to a naval orange, at 4 inches long.

When I first found out I was pregnant I really wasn't sure. The process here in Mexico is so different than in Canada. Heck, we tried to find some early predictor tests and they were nowhere to be found. We went to Walmart, Costco, and a few other pharmacies - nada. All they had were these ancient type tests. No fun, so we had to wait a little longer than I wanted. Turns out the pharmacy in Galenia has them, but the pharmacy was being renovated, and was closed when we needed one!!

Once the HPT confirmed I was indeed expecting, off for the blood test we went. A couple of hours later, and some $700 pesos I received an email with my pregnancy results. Positivo!! Called my obgyn, and he wanted to see me for an u/s? I couldn't believe so early...Typically in Canada you'd go back for betas, and they won't do an u/s until you're in your 13th week or so. Not in Mexico, I had an u/s every week from that day forward. So cool to see the changes in size from week to week. Also, when speaking to my girlfriends in Canada they were slightly envious. They all wished they could have had their ultrasounds earlier. I did have to remind them that in Canada they are free, and here you pay!! It adds up quickly let me tell you!!

Hubby and I are currently exploring our birthing options. We still have a ways to go, but you need to plan these things. If we deliver in Cancun, it will go through our insurance. We will have a deductible, but there are many packages for us to choose from. I will have to post them here one day.... You can book a presidential suite, down to a regular room. Crazy. Also, your obgyn will most likely be your delivery Doctor. Not like in Calgary as it depends if they are working that night, however again it's free. Not here. Hahaha. There is a pattern....

I do have an obgyn in Canada as well that I am seeing, and she has agreed to work with me regardless of where I end up delivering. Seeing as that I am constantly travelling back and forth, I needed this option. We are 95% sure we will deliver in Mexico, but I am looking into any complications for my babies Canadian citizenship. I know they are legally entitled, but what will be the cost? A long delay? That won't work.... As soon as I am cleared baby and I are going to Canada to visit the familia!!

Okay, well I am really making this a long post. I don't want to bore you all with the small details, but in case others out there are curious....I wanted to make sure I posted about my experience.

Ciao for now!!


Mommy with Commuter Husband said...

We are interested - keep the details coming!

Mexi-can Me. said...

This is something I am really interested in (as you know) because it is a decision we will have to make in the future!

Thanks for sharing!!

ElleCancun said...

Mommy - Okay!! Great to know, will keep things coming!!! Thanks :)

Milena - Yes, I bet you are interested (YAY!!)!! I am definitely trying to find as much info regarding timelines for the babies citizenship. I think we should call the Canadian Consulate in Cancun...That is where I"m going to start next :)

Gringation Cancun said...

I love hearing all the details. :) From what I've heard, package deals for having a baby in Cancun are surprisingly cheap. Wonder if it's true hahaha

Mexi-can Me. said...

I think thats a great idea Lauren! I remember reading that getting citizenship for babies can take 6 weeks or so, so its not too bad. Let me know what you find out!! :)

ElleCancun said...

Thanks Laura :) You know what? Perhaps for people who are used to paying for such costs, it's cheap. I know for a fact its' cheaper than the US. LOL. However, Canada is free, everything is free!!! Most of the packages are around $30,000 pesos.... I'll post them up soon!!!

Milena - I just sent an email off to the Consulate in Cancun. I'll see what they say, and be sure to post about it!!

KfromMichigan said...

Keep the updates coming amiga. I'm excited for you.

Cdn Cat said...

Congratulation on your great news! I really wish the health care system was the same in the rest of Canada as it is in your province of Alberta. Unfortunately for me a huge chunk of my hard earned money goes to the taxman every week and subsidizes our health care system here in Ontario.
Oh well at least here it hardly snows compared to Alberta during the winter months :-)...can't have everything!

I'm the Mami said...

Ooooooo my goodness girlllll!!

(Thisis me squeeling from behind my iPad)

I MISSED your big announcement, eeeeeeeee how exciting!!! Yayayayayayauauauauauauayayayay for babies! Lemon sized ones! :)

Will definately be reading along here are you update. So so so happy for you both!,!

ElleCancun said...

Kay - Thanks so much amiga :) Appreciate it!!

Cdn Cat - Thank you!! I think it is the same in the rest of Canada....What I mean by "free" is that there are no additional expenses. Trust me, we are taxed for it...Just like everyone else. However, in countries like US, Mexico where healthcare isn't covered, you still have to pay taxes. At least ours is going somewhere that I can see , and use to my advantage. There are positives and negatives to both. I just like that I pay $0 for bloodwork, ultrasounds, cat scans, surgeries, etc... Problem is for those who have serious issues and must wait in the system. That doesn't happen with private health care if you have the funds!! Anyways, that is exactly how our healthcare system works in Alberta! It is subsidized, and comes off our pay checks! I just don't see it... It would go somewhere else, if it didnt' go to healthcare!!

Mami - Thank you so much!!!! I appreciate all the excitement, gets me super excited all over again!!!! I'll have lots to update I'm sure the further along I go!!! I can't believe how fast, yet slow this is going!! LOL!!!