"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

Monday, March 29, 2010

37th Week of My Pregnancy: 9 month Prenatal Check-Up

I had my nine month prenatal visit to my OBgyn this afternoon. Before, we usually go in the morning but we both decided to be there a little late. We are both feel sleepy and lazy to go early in the morning.

We've waited like forever to be served, there were many patients this afternoon ahead of me. If I am not mistaken, we waited for one and half hour. The nurses got my weight and blood pressure. They told me to get my urine sample, as the usual procedure... My weight is now 76.2 kilos (before was 73.1). I couldn't remember my blood pressure but I am sure I've got low blood pressure this time. It is because of my super late sleep or irregular hours of sleep.

We thought that my last prenatal check up was this afternoon. Apparently, the doctor told us that our last visit to the doctor will be on April 12, a week before my due date.









I've undergone sonogram again (as usual every visit). The doctor said that the baby is doing fine, she is now 3.28 kilos and I may give birth any day soon because the baby is in full term already and she's in head down position which means ready to come out hehehe. Which simply means to say that if she will arrive tomorrow, she will no longer be a premature baby because she reached more than 36 weeks of gestation. But I believe, it is safer if she will be born on her 37 or 38 weeks.

She is very, very, very active inside my womb stretching her body, kicking and moving. She also experience hiccups almost everyday. I noticed that my body is so much heavier now, it is difficult to stand up from sitting position, long hours of walking, and long time sitting. I have difficulty of sleeping, it is not that I am not sleepy because I really am, like right now. But my baby's movement keeps me awake and stay awake though I feel sleepy. I had short naps in the afternoon but that doesn't help. I have 5-6 hours of sleep every morning because I can't sleep at night :D.. I usually go to bed at 3 or 4 am already and wakes up at 8 or 9am. Although, I tried to sleep I still couldn't. Last time, I went to bed at 9pm, but it is still the same because I was able to sleep at 3am.

My husband was thinking of having the baby on the 12th of April, Monday. He would like me to have induce labor on that day because his vacation will be over too soon and he needs to go back to work by the 3rd week of April. He doesn't want to worry about me waiting for him to come home and take me to the hospital. He was thinking to have me induced on my next pre-natal appointment.

I am a little afraid though, but I am constantly praying so I may have strength and take my fears away. "I will be fine... Our little Sofia will be delivered safely and she will be healthy", I told myself.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

36th Week of My Pregnancy



It is 36th week of my pregnancy this week or 9 months but according to what I've searched online and what the doctor has told me, full term pregnancy is at least 40 weeks. Babies who are born on 36 weeks and less have high risks, thus considered as pre-mature. I am praying that my pregnancy would at least be 37 weeks and few days so that our little Sofia will be healthy and will be delivered normal.

So technically, I still have to wait for another 4 weeks or one more month on my due date. I couldn't be able to sleep at night. I usually fall asleep at 3 or 4 am already. During the day, I have short naps but that wouldn't help to rest. Whenever I go to bed early like 9pm, I still feel restless and will be able to sleep late, too. It is because my baby keeps on moving and stretching inside. She has no more enough room in there. Then, I always feel her hiccups everyday. I've searched it online and it is just normal for babies to hiccups because they possibly swallow amniotic fluid and they are practicing their breathing as lungs are already developed.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Preggy Pictorial @ 8 mos and 2 weeks

I woke up one morning and decided to take pictures of me for my 8 mos and 2 weeks pregnancy as souvenir... something to look back after giving birth. My due date is fast approaching and I am getting so excited to hold our little one.



When I took these photos, I literally just woke up! as in... I haven't washed my face, brushed my teeth, combed my hair and ate breakfast yet (laughs)



I don't know, but I was in the mood for preggy pictorial that Friday morning. Yeah.. it was taken last March 12. My sweetheart was not there, he took a walk around for his morning routine exercise. He has no work for it is summer vacation here in Bangkok. I am glad because I will have more time to be with him everyday.



I set up my digicam on self timer mode about 10 seconds to take a shot so I can prepare for my best pose (of course! who wants to look ugly in photos? hahaha)



This is one of my favorite shots. I like it becausse it looks natural, not much effort yet I've captured my right angle and it turned out sexy notwithstanding my weight hehehe. That is why I changed the template of the border and added caption. As a result... Awesome! I chose this as my new profile picture on Facebook :D



These are the pre-natal vitamins I always take every morning. One is multivitamins and the other one is folic acid. I used to take ferrous sulfate and calcium lactate during my first pregnancy... Evidently, my doctor advice me not to take those because each pregnancy is different. Instead of taking calcium lactate medicine, he told me to drink fresh milk and include dairy products in my diet such as cheese, butter/margarine, yogurt, eggs, and a lot more.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

34th Week of My Pregnancy: Discomfort and Challenges


I have a headache today since this morning when I woke up in bed. The last few nights, I could not be able to sleep again not only because our little one is kicking hard from the inside, but because I can feel that my tummy is getting hard every now and then. They call it "contractions". I wonder what is wrong with me. I saw my left foot and I noticed that it was swollen. Although, it's not that serious. Maybe because I stayed all day at home in bed finishing my cross stitch and I did not go out for my walking and stretching exercises. I really got so lazy.

Good thing... my hubby is there for me to prepare food and assist me about my special needs hahaha I am feeling so spoiled when I am with him. He cooks delicious food or sometimes we dine out. He takes good care of me. I don't need to tell him what to do, he has got initiative to do things for me... and I love it! :D



I need his support specially these days that my due date is getting near. I am feeling so many discomforts and challenges like sleeping too late, Braxton Hicks contractions every now and then (tummy's getting hard and a little painful at times or called false labor), headache, toothache, leg cramps, painful back, hips, waist and specially my lower abdomen (puson in tagalog term).

My only consolation is to think that our little one is doing fine, she is very healthy because I am feeling her movements, hiccups and kicks. I am counting a little more weeks and I can carry, kiss and hug our little Sofia.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

33rd Week Of My Pregnancy: Pre-Natal Check Up & Ultra Sound

I had my doctor's appointment last Monday, March 1 and it was a holiday here in Thailand. It was a Makha Bucha Day (Substitute Day). It is nice that my doctor was there as I thought he would spent his one day holiday with his family.

When we got there, it took us an hour to wait for the doctor because he had to attend someone in the operating room. I was afraid, in my mind, it could be a caesarian operation... geeezzz.. I don't like it. I hope I won't be that worst when my time has come.

My husband guessed that I would be 75 kilos more. But to my surprise, I was only 73.3 kilos. I am not sure enough if that is a normal weight for an eight months pregnant. However, if I am overweight, I am pretty sure my doctor would advice me to start dieting (laughs). I am happy he didn't say anything about my weight, I assumed it was a good news for me not to undergo a caesarian soon. I am not alarmed, why should I? Should I be alarmed? No... I am not overweight. When I was at the Thai Immigration last Friday, I saw a weighing scale with a coin slot machine. It only need 1 baht coin to operate. I weighed myself and it turned out that I was 73.9 kilos, that was because I was super full in lunch hehehe.

I handed my USB to the doctor so as to save my sonogram (ultrasound)result there. I should have thought of bringing my USB for my 6 month pregnancy check up but I always, always forgot to take it with me, or too lazy to prepare things in advance... (perhaps).













To be honest, I am not satisfied about the doctor's interpretation/impression on my sonogram because he has limited english vocabulary. I am not saying he couldn't understand and speak english, it's just that he could not interpret it in english perfectly. Like when, I look at the ultrasound (image # 4 while he was explaining it to us, I wasn't convinced that it was a nose or lips because it look like hands and fingers than a nose and lips. I can't see why the nose is far from lips :(

This is one thing I didn't like about my male doctor, the fact that he's not telling all the details about my pregnancy like my water or fluid level is normal, my weight is fine and everything. Perhaps, if I have a female doctor... I wouldn't have any confusions like this. First of all, it is sensitive to discuss that my breasts are itching and I have my milk already, or even ask this: what should I do to prevent myself scratching my itchy boobies? But I am happy when he told me that my placenta is in a normal position, and the baby's head is down in a vertical position. Unlike, the last time we visited that she was in a horizontal position, her head was on my right and feet were on my left.

It is difficult to communicate with Thai doctors here indeed as they have limited english vocabulary but I have got no choice because there are no other doctors there who could speak any better than him. Language barrier is really a big problem. How I wish, we won't deal any problems during my labor and I am keeping my fingers crossed, whew!.

I wish I could ask for more questions but he looks busy all the time that he need to attend to many patients. I started thinking to list down all my questions in my mind so I am ready the next time we visit him. My next and last check up will be on March 29, 2010 and it is also a Monday.
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