Today marks the 12th week of my pregnancy, which is the last week of the 1st trimester. I’m now looking forward to the upcoming new changes and challenges that my baby’s about to give me on the 2nd trimester
Last week, some people (the more observant ones) noticed the tiny belly bump that I now have, I guess it’s already starting to show. For first-time moms though, like me, bumps don’t usually show until the 4th month.
Everything has been memorable for me since Day 1 — the day I missed my period, to the home pregnancy test, to the OB’s first advise, until the spotting and trans-V ultrasounds, and the 2-week bed rest. What made my 1st trimester really special though, is when I heard our baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and saw him/her on the LCD at the sonologist’s clinic…so tiny and fragile, but loved nevertheless
I’m lucky enough not to experience morning sickness (and I mean the vomiting and fainting and all), but recently, I’ve been having nausea and shortness of breath which happens anytime of the day, and more specially when I’m in enclosed spaces. I looked it up and saw that it’s normal because the internal organs are finding new positions to give way to the growing uterus, and sometimes they push to the diaphragm, making the mother short of breath. Also, the lungs don’t expand like they normally do when you inhale, so you get a smaller amount of air in when you’re pregnant. The digestive system gets a little messed up too — one day you’re constipated, but the next day you got LBM! On top of that, blood circulation gets a little slower when you’re pregnant, which also explains why pregnant women are always sleepy and lazy I always have fun finding things on the internet, reading articles, watching pregnancy and birth videos, and bugging friends who already have kids (special thanks goes to Mami Joy, ang bilis nya mag-reply pag nangungulit ako haha!). So far, I’ve learned a lot from this experience.
Here’s a message for our little one — Hi Baby, We’re now starting to find articles on the internet that will help us take care of you as you come early next year In the meantime, hold on and keep on growing, I promise to give you all YOUR cravings like french fries, pancakes, sinigang na bangus belly, and star apple (although we can’t find this yet, sa summer pa yata haay). We love you so much, and I hope you’ll be good when you’re out! xoxo Mama and Daddy (nagbubunong-braso pa kami kung Mama-Papa or Mommy-Daddy)