Tag Archive for Prenatal checkup

Now on My Second Trimester

 

I am on the 15th week of my pregnancy now. Yes, I have gone through the sickening first trimester stage but there are still cravings and little nauseous stories every day, so I am not completely okay suffering-wise. Lol. However, I do feel and look very pregnant now, and the hormones are certainly making me thrilled and overjoyed each day that passed.

 

On my 13th week, my OB-GYN ordered for a dating ultrasound and we were given 6 sonogram images of our little peanut to bring home. Say hello to the 4th member of our family (fourth being that this is our second child):

Our 13-week-old little peanut!

Oh how precious, right? I can’t help but be thrilled every time I hold my tummy and realized that there is one precious creation within me. Simply amazing! The experience, the second time around, is equally exciting. And the even better thing this time is, the happiness is not only from me and the husband, but from the big sister as well! When we got home from the ultrasound, Ate Triz had to pick the phone up and dialed her Lolo and Lola in Las Vegas broadcasting to the old folks that she got to see her baby sibling on the screen and she was so thrilled! :D It’s still surreal for her, but she always tells me that she needs to be acting as a good big sister for her little sibling. Oh… I feel so blessed with this daughter of mine!

 

I got brokenhearted though last week when my doctor’s clinic called me to tell me that the ultrasound result showed that everything was normal, except that I have a Placenta Previa case. This happens on rare occasions when the placenta, which is usually attached to the upper part of the uterus, away from the cervix, lies low in the uterus, completely blocking the cervix. The reason I have this is because my uterus has shrink since I gave birth to Triz over 5 years ago. But, my doctor assured me that it’s not a problem; that when the baby grows bigger, usually, the placenta will return to its proper place before the due date. And if it doesn’t, Cesarean delivery will be the option during childbirth.

 

It does sounds scary to me, but I trust and I am positive that everything will turn out well for me and the baby. So far, there are no symptoms that I feel could be cause(s) of worries and next week is another appointment to see my care provider so we’ll see if there is anything to be worried about. My best consolation is that my housemates are 100% caring of me that as much as they could, they don’t want me to do anything straining and draining. At all rate, I am lucky and blessed, that despite the pregnancy blues, I am still a happy preggy! :D

My 52nd entry to the 366 Blog Photo Challenge

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My Pregnancy Care Update

 

I am making a post regarding my pregnancy care in order to document what I’ve gone through because I believe that in the future, this will be a good journal for me to look back to when my kids are already grown-ups. I hope you don’t mind. :)

 

I am starting my second trimester now as I enter the 13th week of my pregnancy. As much as I look forward to leaving the morning sickness and the first trimester blues behind, I can feel that they’re still here to linger for a while. I still am suffering from heartburn, minor headaches, and unpleasant appetite. I am just thankful that the husband and Ate Triz are very considerate and helpful.

 

Last Wednesday, I had my 12th week OB-GYN appointment and it was awesome to finally meet my new doctor, Dr. L. Jamison. She is wonderful and I am glad I’ve chosen her!

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St. Michael's Hospital where I go

As for all the vital signs I was checked on, everything was normal and my blood pressure is just okay, although the systolic is a bit elevated. I’ve had a pelvic exam and a pap test and we got to listen to the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. It was amazing and wonderful! Ate Triz was ecstatic because the Doctor let her turned the fetal monitor on and off and she couldn’t get enough of the fact that she was able to help the doctor making us hear the baby’s sign of life– the 160 beats per minute heartbeat!

 

I shouted about such experience at Facebook right after we got home to share the good news to our family and friends and it is awesome to have everybody around us so happy for us. Indeed, babies are a precious blessing!

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Motherly joy!

I went for a lab test for gonorrhea and chlamydia which are a requirement here in the state of Wisconsin and yes, those needle pokes are sure not fun, especially that 3 vials of blood were drawn from my arm; nevertheless, I am all for it because I know everything is for my own sake and the baby’s.

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NOT Fun, I know!

I was also ordered for a 24-hour-urine collection to test my Creatinine and Protein level. It was my first time to do such test and it was rough. I realized that every state varies in its health laws and policies because with my experience with Triz, I didn’t have to go through this.

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The urine collection kit

Well, yesterday morning, my OB-GYN’s clinic called me to tell me the results of all the tests that I underwent last week and the good news is, everything is normal and negative. That means I don’t have anything to worry about as long as my health status continues to stay this way. Thank you, Lord!

 

Tomorrow, I will be back to see my Doctor for an early ultrasound she scheduled for me for the dating. Nope, no gender determination yet until between 16 to 20 weeks along; just for the dating. Dr. Jamison said she needs to do an ultrasound because my uterus has somewhat shrink (LOL) and she wants to validate the due date that my period gives. That having said, tomorrow’s appointment makes me excited again, because I know that we’ll get to see the baby in the sonogram machine, even though we won’t know the gender yet.

 

In all this, I am very grateful to God for keeping me and my family intact, healthy, and happy. We can’t wait for summer, but we’re taking our time! :)

 

My 36th entry for the 366 Blog Photo Challenge

BPC #28/366: My Pregnancy Planner

 

I am entering my 12th week of the 40-week-pregnancy cycle and so far, so good! I look very pregnant already and I can feel the daily peaks of the pregnancy, too. I am looking forward to leaving the morning sickness blues already, but then, the heartburn is still lingering. There are little back pains to endure, but it’s okay. I don’t want to feel pain-free and very normal while pregnant as those blues are what makes the entire time worth treasuring, right?

 

On my 7th week, I went to my very first Prenatal checkup. The Nurse Practitioner at my OB-GYN’s clinic handed me my Pregnancy Planner after the over an hour of examination and this folder contains all the important details that I should be grasping all throughout this expectant stage.

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My Great Expectations Folder which is my Pregnancy Planner

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I am the type of person who keeps little stuff for as long as I can, and I still have my Pregnancy Planner from over five years ago when I was pregnant with Triz. Looking back, it is a good thing to compare the lists and the important things that I’ve experienced then and what I go through now. Motherhood is such a wonderful privilege and truly a blessing, isn’t it?

 

This coming Wednesday will be a big day for the three of us. Triz has been waiting for this day since my last checkup because we will get to listen to the heartbeat of the baby for the first time as I undergo lab tests as well. Praying that everything is just normal and that, my new OB-GYN will be as good as the one who I was seeing and who dealt with me wonderfully before.