Few more weeks and a new wander begins—motherhood.
I have never put much thought on what age I should get pregnant when I was younger. Main reason why was, I care more on the fact that at 23, I had no boyfriend yet…so why would I think of babies when it seemed so far fetched? Lol. But don’t get me wrong. I had wanted to have a child. I am in love with babies and dreaming of becoming a mom someday.
Fast forward to when I turned 27 and having a potential life partner, getting pregnant had been a constant topic over casual conversations between family & friends. We’re not getting any younger. But it wasn’t something I’m pressured of.
Ideally, I want to do things the traditional way. Get engaged, married, then get pregnant. However, life has other plans for us and I couldn’t, for the life of me, think of being more focused on what other people might say about me and my situation than care about my condition and our future little bundle of joy. So yes, Mark proposed, we got engaged, then amidst our wedding preparations I got pregnant. No big deal. Our friends and family had been so supportive of us from the onset.
So now, let me share to you my pregnancy journey. I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant. I can’t believe how time flies that after 7 weeks, I will be giving birth already. It felt like the past months unfolded quickly but not without difficulties.
How we found out
Truthfully, I was looking forward to the day that my period was supposed to come. I have a regular menstruation and had never missed, with only one or two days delay. So when that day came and nothing came out, I thought this might be it. But I had to wait for a couple of days more because I was feeling the symptoms before having menstruation at that time.
A week later though, still nothing. And I knew in my heart that that was it. I am constantly updating Mark about the situation and we’re both excited and nervous at the same time. So I talked to my Tita and cousin (who both have little girls already) and advised me to have a pregnancy test already. My cousin gave me one and I promised to use it first thing in the morning because they said it’s more effective if you do it with your first pee of the day.
I remember how nervous I was when I did it. It was said that you have to wait for a few minutes before the results but the two lines were so vivid already the moment my pee came in contact with the stick. It was that evident that really, I am very pregnant. Lol.
It didn’t sink in immediately (up until now it’s not yet sinking in!), the thought of being pregnant, being really pregnant at that moment. It felt surreal and I don’t know what else to think. But one thing is for sure, Mark and I were so ecstatic. We’re welcoming and accepting this blessing with open arms.
A week later, we visited an OB Gyne Doctor, the same one as my Tita’s, which I’ve met already when I was helping her during her check ups. Though we already knew, the confirmation of Dra. made everything official. She asked me the usual questions like when was my last period, etc. She also gave me prenatal vitamins and the things we need to remember regarding my diet and daily activities.
I was also advised to do the TVS (Transvaginal Ultrasound) to make sure she’s really there. And that’s where we found out I was having contractions already! Like my body was expelling my little baby out. I thought of all the stress and strenuous activities I did prior to knowing my condition. We were alarmed, of course, and my doctor advised me to take a break from work. There and then, I decided to take an indefinite leave.
My first trimester experience was unforgettable. I went through all the ‘paglilihi’ phase. I mostly stayed in bed. I was feeling nauseous all the time. I don’t like the smell of garlic. I threw up almost every day. Looking back, I was just glad when second trimester entered.
I was feeling better at this point. I think this period went by so fast. I have done a lot of things and was active once again. This was the time when we’re organizing everything regarding our business. And I’ve been cleared from taking medicines to keep our baby from harm. It was also at this stage when I first felt my baby moved at my 18th week.
We also had a baby gender reveal at my 20th week. All along I thought my baby was a boy so it came as a shocker to me that she’s a girl! Mark was right all this time. ;p
Time flies fast, as we always tell, and indeed it is! I couldn’t believe I’m in my last leg of this beautiful pregnancy. Even if I’m almost always pasaway when in comes to food (been craving for sweets!!!!), everything was smooth. I didn’t have any infection, my blood sugar level is normal and the most important thing is, my baby is growing healthy inside me.
It was normal also for us to worry once in a while. Mostly, Mark is the worrier and paranoid one between the two of us but of course, I understand his qualms. After all, with all the negative news we read everyday regarding child birth, etc., we can’t help but worry.
We couldn’t wait ’til she’s born that’s why we decided to have a 3D Ultrasound at my 32nd week.
She moves a lot and though she’s getting heavier every day, I will definitely miss having Antonia inside me.
I’m nearing my 34th week and we’re getting really excited to meet her. We’re now preparing and buying stuff for her. Everyone in the family can’t wait to see her. I can’t wait to hold her in my arms and smooch her endlessly. :p
6 weeks to go!
Let’s do this!