Pinky to Mommy: The First Trimester

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As I typed the title of this post, I still can’t believe that in a few months, I’m going to be a Mommy! It has been quite a while since I last posted something on this blog but I figured, hey, this is a great way to make a comeback right?

So yes, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my pregnancy announcement and I am very excited to finally be in this stage in my life. Like most women, I always pictured myself as a Mommy and I also love children so much. In fact, I wanted to be a Mommy at 25, which is around the same time my Mom had me, but I know God had better plans and he knew the perfect time to give me this amazing gift.

 

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Am I Pregnant or Not?

It was late in December last year that I started feeling “weird” but I dismissed it as an effect of stress. The thought of being pregnant was already in my mind but because I was too busy with other things, I didn’t really pay much attention to the signs.

Early in January this year, however, I really started to notice some changes in my body, especially with my breasts. This prodded me to buy a pregnancy test kit and well, just give it a try. I didn’t really had high hopes for a positive result because I’ve been through this process so many times and I didn’t want to be disappointed again.

When I first took the test, it turned out negative like I expected. I continued to take the test for three straight days because I bought a couple of kits but they all turned out to be negative, so I stopped and told myself that hey, this pregnancy thing might just be all in your mind. One morning, I saw one test kit left in my drawer and thought, oh well, I might just use up this one. So, I did.

It didn’t show a second line the moment I dropped the specimen so I just proceeded on taking a bath. As I was about to grab the soap, however, I glanced at the kit and it had a very faint second line so I hurried and went back to the room to take a closer look at it. Yes, it had a second line – a very faint one.

I didn’t want to get my hopes up yet, especially because some pregnancy test kits can show false positive results. That night, I went to Watsons and basically bought one of each brand of pregnancy test kit that they have available. Yeah I know, I was like a manic woman grabbing everything on their shelves but hey, I wanted to make sure.

I was expecting my period for January 12 and I am lucky to be one of those who really have an accurate 28-day cycle. I bought the test kits on January 9 and decided to use them every morning. Each time I tried, the second line became clearer and on January 11, the two lines were as clear as daylight.

 

I Am Pregnant! What Should I Do?

After getting clear positive results from the test kit, I immediately called my Ob-Gyne’s office for an appointment. Dr. Hipolita Libre is a fertility specialist and one of the best Ob-Gyne’s in Cebu, and she is also one of the nicest doctors I know.

I went to my appointment on January 16 and she was so happy to hear the news that I was pregnant. I was around 4 weeks pregnant that time so she didn’t perform any ultrasound yet and just ordered some laboratory tests to be done to make sure that I am in the best health for this pregnancy.

She told me that she had to see the ultrasound before she can really confirm my pregnancy so I was kind of excited and nervous at the same time. I was scheduled to go back a month after, which was a looong wait for me.

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The Dreaded Morning Sickness

I’ve heard so many stories about what women go through during their pregnancy and yes, I studied Maternal Health Nursing for a good semester, so I kind of had an idea of how things will go – or so I thought.

Of course, I wanted to be one of those women who barely had any morning sickness when they were pregnant. Who doesn’t dream of looking and feeling great while expecting, anyway? But I knew the moment I found out that I am pregnant that this one would not be as easy as I wanted.

Around my 6th week, I started feeling so dizzy in the morning and it would last the entire day. I also felt incredibly tired even if I didn’t had much to do but I figured, okay, this is fine because my body is still adjusting to the pregnancy. I was working so getting up every morning was really a struggle.

My 7th week came and the nausea intensified. I also lost my appetite and would start vomiting several times a day. There were days when I wouldn’t want to eat at all because I felt horrible but I knew I had to eat something for my baby. My morning sickness got worst on my 8th and 9th week and for someone who’s working, every day was really a battle I had to win. What helped me push through, however, was the thought that everything I was feeling was proof that I have a baby growing inside me.

The Announcement

When I found out that I was pregnant, of course, it was natural for me to want to break the news to the family right away – but I didn’t because I wanted to make sure first that the baby is well before I make any early announcements. I wanted to be absolutely sure this time.

They say that it’s better to wait for at least the first 12 weeks before announcing the pregnancy and it was my plan. I had to break the news earlier to my Mom, however, because I needed someone to ask questions from.

We officially announced the pregnancy to everyone when I reached my 10th week!

Is That My Baby?

I was scheduled for my second prenatal checkup last February 19 and counting up the days to it was torture, to be honest. Since it was my first ultrasound, I was excited and anxious at the same time because it could either confirm the pregnancy or not.

I went to the doctor’s clinic feeling nervous. She looked at my laboratory tests first and said that they were good. Then, I was asked to lie on the examination table and she measured my belly. After that, she did the ultrasound and you could only imagine my joy when she said oh, there’s your baby! After she took all the necessary measurements, she let me look at the monitor so I can capture the baby moving on video. I almost cried when I finally saw my little one in my tummy moving.

My first trimester is done and I am feeling a lot better now. My appetite is back and I’m slowly appreciating food now that I don’t vomit anymore. I still have bouts of morning sickness every now and then but it’s a lot better than the last few weeks. In fact, I always feel hungry now but I try to eat small, frequent feedings so I won’t feel bloated.

My baby bump is also showing and I love it! My Mom came over and bought me a bunch of dresses that I can wear because like she said, I have to look good while I’m pregnant. In her own words, “Bawal ang losyang na buntis.”

I am still in awe every time I look at my bump because this is definitely the biggest blessing God has given me so far and I am already so in love with this little one. Stay tuned as I continue to chronicle my pregnancy!

 

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