What are the Most Common Prenatal Costs?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 11 September 2019
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The most significant category of prenatal costs is often those for health care. Clothing for the pregnant mother and the newborn baby are likely to require a great deal of money. Furthermore, most women tend to see a noticeable increase in their food bills.

Many people fail to properly calculate prenatal costs and may find themselves shocked or in financially stressful situations as a result. A substantial portion of prenatal costs will be utilized for standard health care. This includes doctor's visits, laboratory tests, and related procedures such as ultrasound imaging. People who are covered by insurance or government health programs bear significantly less financial burden for this category of prenatal costs than those who are not covered. It should be noted, however, that some aspects of health care may not be included in a person's coverage and may require out-of-pocket payments.

Prenatal health care is usually expensive when a woman has an ideal pregnancy. If she experiences any complications or has any conditions which require special treatment, she will generally be subjected to much higher costs. In any case, the price for prenatal vitamins throughout the term of pregnancy should also be added.


When women are pregnant they tend to experience substantial growth and their body shapes often change. Few are able to wear the same clothing all throughout their pregnancy as they did before they became pregnant. Many women are conscious that their prenatal costs will include certain types of maternity clothing, but it is common for expecting mothers to forget to calculate certain items such as undergarments or shoes.

Food is another of the prenatal costs that may be overlooked. In the beginning of a pregnancy, a woman's appetite may diminish. Later, however, it is likely that her appetite will be significantly greater than before she conceived. As a result there may be drastic increases in the portion of her budget used for food.

Preparing for the arrival of the baby is another of the major prenatal costs. This is especially true for people having a first child or who have allowed a great deal of time to pass before conceiving again. There are several categories of items that parents tend to find necessary to have on hand before the baby arrives.

First, there may be costs to outfit a nursery. Even when a nursery is not allotted, items such as a crib, highchair, and car seat are usually needed. Second, expecting parents are likely to spend a great deal of money on clothing for the child. A third and broad category can be referred to as child care items. This can include bottles, hygiene products, and baby monitors.



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