"Pregnancy is a kind of miracle. Especially so in that it proves that a man and woman can conspire to force God to create a new soul."- Robert Anton Wilson

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding” – Erma Bombeck

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Knocked Up : It's A Baby GIRL!!!





My pre-natal check up schedule for this month was this morning. That was a moment of truth for us and we’re excited to know about our baby’s gender. I forgot to bring the USB drive to save the ultrasound result in there. I am 23 weeks and 5 days pregnant now. Two more days and I’ll be 24 weeks, which means I am nearly on my 6 months. I’ve gained weight this month, as expected. Last month was 65.1 kilos and now I’m 68. My blood pressure is still normal.

Today, I was advised by the doctor to take an anti tetanus toxoid booster. I was nervous because the one thing I hate about visiting the hospital is to be injected whether extracting blood or giving a booster. It sucks but I need to. I was just lucky because the nurse was kind enough to inject me so light and easy that I couldn’t almost felt that she was done. I didn’t feel any pain and that was so quick. After the injection, I felt the effect of the medicine running through my veins and I started to feel the pain like I was punched on my left arm (laughs).

Based on the ultrasound, our baby’s gender is a girl. While looking at the monitor, I glanced at my Sweetheart’s reaction. I knew he was excited to see the baby in my womb through the ultrasound. We are happy to know that the baby is healthy and active in my tummy.

I requested the doctor to give me a medical certificate stating that I am not advised to travel for my visa run every after two months because I am nearly 6 months pregnant. It’ll take effect from January 1, 2010 onwards up to May next year. My due date is on April 22 or 24, so it won’t be possible to travel the day after my baby is born because I need to rest for at least a month. I asked for a medical certificate because I don’t want to go for a visa run for a long travel anymore since my tummy is getting bigger and I am afraid to risk my baby’s health and mine.

My visa will expire on January 1st next year, which would be this coming Friday already. I am going to go this Thursday in Cambodia to extend my visa run and to show my medical certificate at the embassy so they would allow me not to do the visa run anymore next time until April, 2010.

When we get back home at 3:30 pm, we’re already starving so I made food for our late lunch. I took out the marinated pork in the fridge to grill. I asked him what name we are going to give for our baby daughter. He likes the name “Samantha” which means told by God and listener and suggested to use my name for our daughter’s second name. I don’t know why he likes my name to go with our baby’s first name (laughs), but he’s really persistent. If, I were to ask, I love the name “Sofia” which means wisdom. The origin of the name is from Spanish (Sophia) http://www.babynames.com/Names/name_display.php?id=3643

I am happy that we are expecting a girl because I know that I could take care of her more because I am aware of the needs, emotions and anything about a girl. My daughter, Nikki is also excited about her kid sister. I’m sure they will get along well because they are both girls. They’ll absolutely share something in common. Finally, I’m happy because I know our baby will become daddy’s little girl when she arrive soon.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Knocked Up : My 23rd Week Starts Today




This week is my 23rd week of my pregnancy (5 months and 3 weeks). Today is Wednesday, 23rd of December, a day after tomorrow will be Christmas day already. It feels wonderful to have a new life inside me and starting a family with someone who really loves me (and I love him, too).

I am getting more excited because we will be informed by the physician about our little one’s gender on Monday (December 28). It doesn’t matter if the baby is a boy or a girl, as long as he/she is healthy and normal. I am just excited on what name are we going to give him/her, what kind of clothes are we going to buy, the scrap/baby book design, etc. I hope and pray whatever his/her gender, he/she is safe from harm inside my tummy.

Since three weeks ago, I have been feeling the movement of my little martial arts inside me. I also started feeling slight contractions but the doctor’s said that it’s quite normal. I even researched online about what I was feeling and it’s the same thing- it’s normal for five months pregnant to feel contractions as the muscle is stretching and preparing to expand for the growing baby. Couple with that, I experienced muscle pain and sleep discomfort from 21st week up to this time.

My little solutions to these challenges are:

1. Just mere relaxation/rest whenever I feel contractions;

2. A 30 minute walking exercise everyday will do to help my blood flowing all over my body to avoid muscle pain and to keep me healthy;

3. Monitoring my food intake, maybe I am lacking any vitamins and minerals in my diet. Couple of weeks ago, I ate beans (vegetable) three or four times a week and that’s not balanced diet anymore. As a result - muscle pain or leg cramps (specifically, my left leg). I must eat plenty of vegetables (all kinds not one kind) and fruits, too.

4. I must not sleep more than 8 hours a day and avoid sleeping in the afternoon so that I can avoid insomnia and be over weight. Also, I can sleep or very sleepy during the night, if I have sleeping problem.

5. Include dancing and yoga in my daily exercises in the morning when I wake up. Sing a song everyday and listen to wonderful, peaceful and happy music for relaxation.

6. Lastly, I should maintain a healthy, happy, smiling, laughing and positive physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual attitude everyday. Let all stresses be GONE. There is more to life than worries. Must think of a “SOLUTION” (or better solution) not worries. Any problem will not be solved just by worrying things.


23rd Fetal Development

I got this image below from baby center.com with the explanation as to my baby's developmental changes by week. I found it interesting.



I am feeling sleeping discomfort every night, the only way that is comfortable for me to sleep is on my left side... that is with a pillow right behind my lower back, and a pillow or bunched up blankets between my legs. I also like using a thin pillow for my head-so my neck isn't strained. Although I always seem to wake up on my back..lol I roll right back over to my left side.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Knocked Up: My 22nd Week Experiences and Our Baby Boy's Name





I should have started this self journal since two months of my pregnancy. But I didn’t know how to start it because I was not so sure about it until I missed my period for two months. My Sweetheart even bought me a pregnancy test, the first month and it turned out to be negative. On September 19, 2009, I decided to go to the hospital with a close friend of mine for a pregnancy test and doctor’s consultation. I was overjoyed by the announcement of the physician that the result is positive. I went home with a smile on my face and told him that I am pregnant. I didn’t know then if he’s excited as I am when I told him but he just hugged and kissed me instead. I thought that was really a man’s gesture to “say nothing at all” as it is common to them to hide their true feelings.

I attached the video link above to remind me of the fetal development of my little one inside me. Last Saturday, we've decided to choose "Ryne Ernest" as our baby's name. Ryne pronounced as "Ryan" the spelling is like that because he said that is a first name (how they spell it) in America and Ryan is considered as the last name like Meg Ryan, for example. Ernest will be the second name (from paternal grandfather's name) and both names are not common name here.

Since last week, I started feeling my little one moving around my tummy. It feels like the baby is moving his/her feet or jumping inside my womb. I couldn't sleep better than before because I got so jumpy and made me smile that I could feel him/her. Yesterday, I felt left leg cramps in the afternoon so I took a walk for about 40 minutes going to Tesco's (a supermarket nearby) and back home. I feel discomfort sleeping at night and I don't think it's a mere "insomnia" which I thought it was. This is something I could not explain about my body. I know my mind wants to rest but my body is feeling discomfort.


The image above is from baby center.com, which shows about my baby's position in my womb.

During my 4-8 weeks, I felt that my boobies were swollen and itchy.. Well, it is continuously getting bigger and itchier up to this time. I am afraid of stretch marks around my breasts, though. So I am controlling myself not to scratch at all. However, whether to scratch or not there is always a stretch mark as proof that our skin expanded and after giving birth it'll shrink back to normal (weight loss after birth will reveal the ugly stretch marks). For now, I don't wanna think about the ugliest part of pregnancy :D ... just hoping and praying that our little one is healthy and normal. I believe that is more important than keeping my skin good looking.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Knocked Up : Keeping Myself and Our Baby Healthy




After I have learned that I am indeed pregnant, I told and promised myself to take an extra precaution to have a healthy baby.

Here are the basic things/activities I usually do to keep us both healthy:


1. Nutrition and Supplements

I am not a big fan of meat (especially fatty pork) but I really have to eat it because I need to have a balance diet for every meal to keep myself and the baby healthy. There’s no problem about vegetables, sea foods and fruits because I love to eat them everyday. Good thing, my Sweetie can cook good and healthy food for me. Now that I am on my 5th month, I eat a lot more than before. Like I can eat 2-3 servings of rice. But, the doctor said it's normal because I am eating for two now.

During my first trimester, I had food cravings like ice cream, fruits, something really sweet, pizza and pasta. But I always keep in mind to eat nutritious food that will contribute to our baby's growth and development; I don't want him/her to be malnourished or having birth defects later on... (I hope and pray not) I was told by my mom and paternal aunt not to eat too much or control the amount of my food intake (especially carbo, salty, sweet and fatty foods) if I want to have a normal delivery for my baby. Otherwise, I'll be having my caesarian cut to expect on April (geeezzz! I hate it!).


2. Pre-natal Health Care

It is very essential to have a pre-natal check up once we confirmed that we are pregnant. So after my pregnancy check-up, my Sweetheart and I discussed about which hospital am I going, for my monthly check up. I am so proud of him as he would like to be present for every monthly check-up. He starts exercising his responsible fatherhood and I am glad that I have chosen the right guy and father to my baby.

My 1st pre-natal check up was October 19, 2009 (a month after my pregnancy test cum check-up). I weighed 62.8 kilos, my blood pressure was normal (118/71). November 16 was my follow-up check up and my weight was 65.1 kilos already (wow! I gained weight). Blood pressure was 103/64... not bad.

On my first and second month consultations, I was ultrasound to see if the baby's healthy and to find the exact weeks and length. I glanced at my Sweetheart and he looked happy, while the doctor was pointing at the monitor explaining that the baby is in good health.

I have a monthly urine exam and I am glad to have a normal results. My three (3) blood tests were all negative. Those were for HIV/AIDS, syphilis, and hepatitis B tests which were all taken at the same day on October 19, 2009.

My OBgynecologist is Dr. Wanchai (he's a Thai) and the hospital is Nawaminthra. We decided to choose this hospital because it is just 5-10 minutes away from our home, more accessible both by vehicle or walk. It is necessary to choose a hospital nearby so anytime unexpected happened to us, pregnant moms; we can just arrive easily at the nearby hospital and be treated immediately. Well, of course, it is difficult to find a good hospital near us to meet our standards. Because, we also need to consider the budget, cleanliness or sanitation and services. I am glad that the hospital we have chosen meets them all. The location is near, hospital bill/check-up charges, laboratories exams, medicines are really cheap as compare to others, cleanliness/sanitation is excellent, and services are really great. Plus, the doctor and some other nurses can speak english. Isn't it wonderful? I strongly believe so!


3. Iron and other supplements

I was advised by my attending physician to take one multivitamins and one folic acid after meal every morning. The supplements are superb and I have no allergies taking those medicines. I used to take calcium lactate tablet and iron capsule each day on my first pregnancy but I found out that it is just the same nutrients as what I am taking now.

Iron is good for pregnant women. About 30 mg of iron every day is essential. Why? Because iron is needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. Red blood cells circulate throughout the body to deliver oxygen to all its cells.

Without enough iron, the body can't make enough red blood cells and the body's tissues and organs won't get the oxygen they need to function well. So it's especially important for pregnant women to get enough iron in their daily diets — for themselves and their growing babies.

Iron can be found in various kinds of food like red meat, eggs, salmon, tofu, dark green leafy vegetables and many more.


4. Fluids

I am drinking more liquid intake than before as I frequently urinate, thirsty at times and to avoid urinary tract infection (UTI). I need 8-10 glasses of water everyday. Plus I have to drink soya milk twice a day. I also like fresh fruit juices. I am fond of drinking black soya bean milk is good for the body, a good source of calcium and protein. Calcium is needed to make the bones and teeth strong. Especially now the baby is also getting calcium from me. Drinking enough water everyday can help prevent constipation and dehydration.


5. Exercise

Likewise, it is a must to have a daily simple and easy exercises. There's no excuse for pregnant woman like me to ignore the importance of daily exercise. Walking exercise is a common activity of most preggy mom because it is costless, easy to do, and inevitable. Of course, I can't just sit down, sleep or stay in bed long time. It is not healthy and when I tried not to move, I experienced leg cramps, muscle pain all over my body, back pain, dizziness and headache. Walking or simple, easy and safe exercises will not cause harmful effects to my body. Infact, exercises is good for the heart, mind and body (that applies to people from all walks of life).

I usually go out every morning and/or in the afternoon just to walk around. It is great that the supermarket and the wet market are just 5 minutes walking distance away from home. It helps because if I wanted something to eat at lunch, all I need to do is buy stuff there, go home and cook it.

Sometimes, if I feel to really move to the groove, I would play my RnB dance hits (to the tune of right round, poker face, don't cha, my humps, etc) via mp3 or my laptop then, I am ready to dance and perform a basic routine exercises (leg, arms, head, hips, shoulders, rotation, etc).

I also considered light household chores as one way of exercising. Like, instead of machine wash, use my hands to wash our soiled clothes. It is fun, easy, and clean exercise. By hand washing, clothes are cleaner, smells good, colored clothes are protected, delicate clothes are prioritized, white clothes are really white hahaha and cost efficient.

Exercising during pregnancy has been shown to be extremely beneficial. Regular exercise can help:

* prevent excess weight gain
* reduce pregnancy related problems, like back pain, swelling, and constipation
* improve sleep
* increase energy
* improve outlook
* prepare for labor
* lessen recovery time

Low-impact, moderate-intensity exercise activities (such as walking and swimming) are great choices. Of course, not all pregnant women can opt to have an exercise like what I am doing. It depends if the pregnancy is not delicate, then, it is good to follow what I am doing. But if not, doctor's advice is still the best. S/He might advice or provide some exercises designed for delicate pregnancy.


6. Sleep and Rest

It is very, very, very important to have enough sleep and rest. I cannot just do the household chores all day and all night. But, they said too much of something is bad as well. So we must remember not to sleep long time too because we need to balance between rest/sleep time and exercise time. In my own experiences, as my tummy becomes bigger, I find it hard to sleep comfortably. So what am I doing to make me sleep soundly? First, I tried to take a shower at night, it feels really good to sleep neat and clean. Second, I will relax myself and clear my thoughts. Third, I will choose the very comfortable position. Lying on either right or left side with my knees bent is likely to be the most comfortable position in pregnancy.

Now that I am 5 months and 2 weeks pregnant, I can feel the baby is moving inside me whenever I tried to sleep. Sometimes, I feel so jumpy because I don't expect the time when the baby moves around inside me. It make me smile and happy, knowing that my baby is healthy as I could feel his/her move. Sleeping with soft music (love songs, instrumental and classical with minimal volume) is good to make your mind at peace and your baby inside too.


7. Some things to AVOID during pregnancy

Alcohol and Nicotine

I must be responsible for what I eat, drink or anything that I will put in my stomach that will harm our baby. Good news! I don't drink and smoke ever since. I mean I know how to smoke and I know what the alcohol tastes like... but, they are not my game. I am aware but I simply don't try them to be part of my life and it is a CHOICE. I wanna have a healthy life style so that I have a long life. Thanks to God, I am not sickly too. I don't need to take any life time medications everyday. It is one benefit of eating a balanced diet (vegetables, fruits, sea foods and meat-once in awhile).

Recreational/Illegal drugs

I don't use and I hate drugs (marijuana, shabu, cocaine, heroine, etc.) because any of them can damage the brain and internal organs. In pregnancy, this is really a no no because the baby might have a birth defects or health problem.

Caffeine

I am a bit guilty of this, as I am a coffee drinker. I love Starbucks a lot! But now, I sacrificed this habit of drinking brewed or dark coffee rich in caffeine for my baby. The doctor said, I can drink coffee but I must limit it to one cup a day. Same goes with the tea, colas and other soft drinks with caffeine. If I am craving for a coffee, I choose the decaffeinated ones, limited to one cup and must not be everyday. I gave up drinking cola and soft drinks.

Food Borne Illnesses

Although eating plenty of healthy foods during pregnancy is good for the baby, I also need to avoid food-borne illnesses, such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, which can be life-threatening to an unborn baby and may cause birth defects or miscarriage. This is very scary!

Fish and shellfish can be an extremely healthy part of pregnancy diet (they contain beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and are high in protein and low in saturated fat), I should avoid eating:

* shark
* swordfish
* king mackerel
* tilefish
* tuna steak

These types of fish may contain high levels of mercury, which can cause damage to the developing brain of a fetus. When eating seafood, limit the food intake and should not be everyday. Most importantly, we must know the advisory about "red tide" because if not, both the mother and the baby will die. When choosing a shellfish, I would pick those shells that are moving and those clumped shells because they are good quality of shellfish.

From the moment, I have learned about my pregnancy, I started thinking not only for own good and safety but, primarily my little one's. I love myself, I love my sweetheart, I love my baby, I love my family and I love being pregnant!




references:

image and other info borrowed from this site
http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_newborn/pregnancy/preg_health.html#
http://www.babycenter.com/

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

21st Week of Fetal Development

I've got this helpful info from baby center.com



Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you're having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you're feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester may bring with it a new crop of complaints.

That's not to say you won't have some minor glitches to deal with now. For example, increased oil production may contribute to the development (or worsening) of acne. If that's the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap or cleanser twice a day, and make sure that any moisturizer or make-up you use is oil-free. Don't take any oral acne medications — some are very hazardous during pregnancy — or use any topical acne products without first checking with your practitioner.

You're also more prone to varicose veins now. As your pregnancy progresses, there's increasing pressure on the veins in your legs; higher progesterone levels, which may cause the walls of your veins to relax, can make the problem worse. You're more likely to get varicose veins if other family members have them. Also, they tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you age. To help prevent or minimize varicose veins, exercise daily, prop up your feet and legs whenever possible, sleep on your left side, and wear maternity support hose.

You may also notice so-called spider veins (a group of tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin), particularly on your ankles, legs, or face. They may have a spider- or sunburst-like pattern with little branches radiating out from the center, they may look like the branches of a tree, or they may be a group of separate thin lines with no particular pattern. Though they may be a bit unsightly, spider veins don't cause discomfort and usually disappear after delivery.

...Thanks for this info, I will take care of myself and the baby inside my womb.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Five Months/ 20th Week Of My Pregnancy



Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)

He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

source: http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-pregnancy-20-weeks_1109.bc?intcmp=timeline
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