Someone’s Knocked Up

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… dass right, ’tis I! Obviously, this is a major milestone so I must blog about it: I’m pregnant. Although we’ve been trying for a baby last year, we weren’t really successful. It came to a point where we were okay with not having kids at all.

I will confess: I’m not too fond of children. I like kids in the sense that I’m not responsible for them if you know what I mean. So you can imagine how much I freaked out when I found out that I’m pregnant!

How I Found Out I’m Preggers

A few days after our last vacation, I started feeling sick as a dog. I have gastritis and the symptoms (stomach cramps, nausea, headaches, bloating, gas) were so similar to that of a pregnancy that I thought nothing more of it. I just took some meds to ease the pain. This went on for a few days.

A week after our beach trip, we traveled to the city to treat a few of our friends to a belated birthday celebration. I must’ve strained myself during this time because I started getting these cripplingass cramps in my lower abdomen. The pain was so severe that it woke me in the middle of the night for three consecutive nights. That’s when I knew this wasn’t an ordinary case of gastritis. Stomach cramps from gastritis are usually centered in the upper abdomen.

When we got back to the province, I asked the hubs to get a couple of pregnancy tests. I used the first one as soon as I got it (afternoon) and it came out really weird. The second strip was a little visible which I never saw before:

I was doubtful that it’s a positive result because 1) it could be an evaporation line  2) it’s so faint, 3) I took the test in the afternoon, not early in the morning and 4) I was living in denial.

So, the next day, I took the second test and came out with the same result (the bottom one is the old test)

My husband’s brother and sister in law are doctors so he showed the pics and asked for confirmation. Both doctors said I was pregnant. Did I believe them? No, because when you live in denial, nothing makes sense. Which was weird considering how carefully we planned this.

I insisted on going to the hospital for an ultrasound, a traditional one, and a pelvic ultrasound. It’s funny because the doctors thought something was wrong with the baby because I asked for an ultrasound. I had to explain that I wanted to be sure that I was, indeed, pregnant.

During the first ultrasound sesh, it was confirmed that I was pregnant. I was told that the fetus is in early weeks of development and a followup ultrasound (pelvic ultrasound) is needed for a more accurate look at the fetus. Here’s my little peach as seen using the ultrasound:

The pelvic ultrasound (or trans-vaginal ultrasound) yielded a clearer image of the fetus. The fetus is the tiny white dot you’re seeing in the middle of that black oblong thing called a yolk sac:

Above is a zoomed-in image of my little peach. The cool part? The heartbeat was already detected so early. The doctor said, “Ma’am siguro po maniniwala na kayo na buntis ka kasi may heartbeat na,” (Ma’am, maybe now you’ll believe that you’re pregnant because (the baby) there’s a heartbeat) while zooming in on the white dot. It was so cool seeing the heartbeat, it looked as if the white dot is dancing.

What I Learned from This Experience

After a round of ultrasound, I learned that 1) ultrasound is only reserved for delicate pregnancies or when there’s a problem with the fetus. I also learned that I went to the doctor too early. Most expectant mothers come for checkups at the third month of pregnancy. I was only 6 weeks preggers (1 and a half month) when I had the ultrasound and was told to come back once I enter the end of the first trimester (3rd month) for the tests and blood work.

How am I Holding Up?

The cramping stopped as the pregnancy progressed. Morning sickness was so mild, it’s almost unnoticeable during the first month. But nausea hit me like a Stormbreaker to the nose by the seventh week. I’m still having bouts of morning sickness especially in the mid-morning and the evening. I try to sleep it off so I don’t have to barf. I read a lot of stuff online and it seems that morning sickness will last until the 4th month of pregnancy so please pray for me.

As for food aversions, it seems I hate most types of seafood now, which is totally bonkers. I love seafood guys, we even had a seafood Noche Buena because of it. These days, I cannot stand sushi, sashimi, and kinds of seafood that are slimy. It boggles the mind because sushi is one of my favorite dishes. Unreal! Most days I don’t feel like eating but I do it because I’d be nauseous if I don’t.

So far, I haven’t developed a taste for weird food combos. I’ve been eating more fruits these days + taking vitamins and that’s basically all the self-care I do. Some days, I feel so normal that I forget I’m pregnant.

Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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