I have not mentioned much about my pregnancy as I was really lazy, so shall just summarized it in one post. Will talk about some rantings, and what I discovered during my journey. This post was written during my eighth mth, as I assume during my confinement, I might not have time to blog.
First Trimester (1- 3 mths) – Excitement
Well, this is the time when your emotions are thrilled when you find out about you are pregnant. You wish to tell the whole world, but do not wish to jinxed it. So you only tell your family members and friends whom you know would stand by you if anything were to happen.
I didnt really spot or had any major situation. Except once when I did spot a little but was something minor. I was late for my monthly period, and was tested for pregnancy which was positive. You can imagine the whole lot of things that can go through your mind. You cant tell your family as you weren’t sure. It may or may not be. The curiosity seriously kills you. My hubby was at his best containing his excitement, as he didn’t want to be disappointment, so he didn’t say much but just said, “if it is, dear, I will be most happy”. When we see the doctor at polyclinic to get referral to KK Hospital, we were told to wait till 4th week of the pregnancy, to be very sure its pregnant. What!!! that’s like another 3 weeks!! So we waited and waited and waited. And honestly, we got a little impatient and did again the pregnancy test, still positive. Okay.. we can be quite sure. Finally the day came, with the doctor confirming it. We spread the news.
I started with mild nasausness, which was able to be contained with seaband, ginger lemon tea (works like magic for me). I was not vomiting yet. Some cramping for a few days which was normal.
Once you confirmed you are pregnant, just get the book “what to expect when you are expecting”. It seriously cleared alot of doubts for me. As your body is going through serious changes.
So here are some questions mum-to be might ask: (well, at least I asked about it during my pregnancy).
1) Can you travel? Is Japan safe to go?
I traveled to Tokyo, Japan for a business trip for about 4 days. And yes with doctor’s approval. I only refrain from eating sashimi, which I read was not good for pregnancy as its raw. I avoided all raw food throughout my pregnancy. Its a lifestyle choice. My friend told me she ate raw sushi but only those very fresh. Well, I can’t tell if its fresh or what, I rather not risk it. Its up to you. Reason being as there is bacteria and parasites. I actually avoided all raw food, from half cooked eggs to slightly uncooked chicken (those chicken rice meat with a little bit of redness near the bone). I am that careful.
Japan is safe to go. Well, I am only there for 4 days, so I guess if there is radiation, I am still fine. I was only paranoid about radiation. So I actually chose my food carefully, but honestly, when I was there, all the food look so good that I just ate anything except raw food, which was so tempting, with the glistering salmon staring at me…
The only thing I wish to caution is the flight seat. I was trying to sleep on the plane, and was in awkward position even though I had 2 seats. When I reached home, I had really bad backache, I couldnt really move my lower body. Your hips are actually expanding to make space for the baby. So try to sit in comfortable position and chair.
2) Can you eat medicine?
Even though during my 3 weeks of uncertainty, I avoided eating medicine. Thankfully I wasnt sick during that time. I would try all natural homemade methods such as honey with lemon, gargle salt water, drink warm water and all. Try and keep myself in good condition. I feel that during the first 3 mths its best to avoid if you can.
I had a really bad flu, sore throat and cough during my 7-8th mth, and had no choice but to eat medicine for fast recovery as I was coughing very badly. The GP will not give you antibiotics but only those super mild medicine suitable for pregnancy, thus it would take you much longer to recover than those stronger medicine he would give a non-pregnant person.
Second Trimester (4-6mth) – I feel like shit
Mid of third to 5th mth
Smell and vomiting became common. Ginger lemon tea didn’t help. Heart burn started. Bad mood. Short breath while talking, stomache starts to show. No appetite. Lost weight.
Honestly not much recollection during this period as it was not pleasant. Other than the scanning of my little one.
Oh at fifth mth, we were able to scan the gender of baby. And it is (drumroll….) a little boy! The doctor was so funny, he said the baby was head down, and his legs were wide open, it was undoubtedly a little boy.
I drank bird nest and codyceps during my 5th – 6mth the most. I do not recommend more than that. Most of the pregnant mums I know who drank longer than this period had their baby really big. But of course, that’s different for every mums.
Third Trimester (7-10mths) – Finale
I am the happiest here. Its like life is wonderful again, birds start chirping, flowers started blooming, sun is shinning!!! Food is all good! All I think about is food and sleep. As my baby bump is a gettting heavier…
Started to buy baby’s stuff, which is all very exciting….. how is it that baby’s clothes are so adorable!!!!!
Only sleeping is kind of uncomfortable.
The little boy is moving alot and its evident when you can see his little hand and i think his bum, moving across your stomache. As space is getting tighter as he grows bigger, his movements can be felt more and evident on my baby bump. I love it when he moves.
Questions you might ask:
1) Can you eat durian? Coconut, Drink Barley?
Well, what I was told is eating durian, can increase the baby weight if your baby is growing too slowly. As for me, my baby was growing quite normally, so I only ate for the cravings. But once, I made a mistake to eat when I was already quite heaty, I fell sick for 2 freaking weeks and had to pop pills to recover. Not worth it. But the good thing was at my next check up, baby was still growing healthily and at the normal range. A good size. So i stopped eating durian. I realise during my 7th mth onwards, I was getting heaty. At my eighth mth, i started drinking homemade barley or young coconut (Malaysian type only) to cool down. I read that Thai coconut is not so good as they inject sugar. (not sure if its true) but I can only find the Malaysian coconut at the foodcourt near my hse.
2) Contractions: Fake or real?
Well, during your last month, you would have your antena up in the air for any slight movement or happenings. From a little bleeding to pain in the stomache.
Well, rule of thumb if you suspect contraction, its damn bloody painful that you cant talk. It would be like for a shot period of time, then ease and then it comes again. It gets stronger and stronger as time goes, and closer intervals..