"You can give birth in a taxi..."

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 11:57 PM ~

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Was what I'm hearing at my 33 weeks pregnancy check up. Detail story as below...

Today our gynae was caught up with some appointments and was not able to attend to a few of his patients (including me... the last one for the day) and one of the nurse on duty asked me whether I mind seeing another gynae for today instead.

Thinking that it's already going to be 5pm (the clinic closes at 5pm) and I really don't want to reschedule my appointment, I just said 'Sure, no problem!' and went ahead to see this lady gynae.

So anyway, the gynae went through my records and then we did the 4D scan, confirming again that Spicy Baby's gender is indeed...

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XX (aka GIRL which reminded me I forgot to announce it on my blog! Whoopsss...), that her weight is now almost 1.8kg and everything is normal.

Then the gynae also asked me whether I had taken the MGTT (glucose test) which I did at 7 months pregnancy and she asked me what about a TT, and I went 'Huh? What is that?'

Now, for those of you who are as blur as me (I really have no idea and don't remember taking this when I had Ben though my hubby told me I did), here are some info I found on the Net:

* "Tetanus is acquired through exposure to the spores of the bacterium Clostridium tetani which are universally present in the soil. The disease is caused by the action of a potent neurotoxin produced during the growth of the bacteria in dead tissues, e.g. in dirty wounds or in the umbilicus following non-sterile delivery." Source: http://www.who.int/immunization/topics/tetanus/en/index1.html

* "The Tetanus Toxoid (TT) vaccine is given during your pregnancy to prevent tetanus to you as well as your baby. Antibodies formed in your body, after the vaccination, are passed on to your baby and protect her for a few months after birth. It also helps prevent premature delivery. " Source: http://www.babycenter.in/pregnancy/antenatalhealth/testsandcare/tt-vaccine-expert/

Back to the gynae... she then explained that it is an injection given to prevent tetanus, for example, we can get tetanus if we got wounds or cuts from rusty materials and non-sterile environment. She also explained normally if I give birth in hospital of course everything is sterile and I wouldn't need the shot, but what if I couldn't make it on time to hospital and had to give birth in a taxi or somewhere that is dirty?

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Which then brought us to my post title today... when she said 'so with this shot, you are protected and can give birth in a taxi' (Ermmm... woohoooo???)

So anyway, after finding out that there is no side effects or anything, I went ahead and got the shot. My left arm is still aching-kinda like someone sucker punched that aching area.

Other than getting this TT shot, there's nothing much to report for my pregnancy update for now. As for Spicy Baby's preparation, I've already dug out Ben's old baby clothes and will be rewashing them all again. Hubby's gotta get a new wardrobe for Spicy Baby by then.

Till then, thanks for reading and pray for my smooth and safe pregnancy & delivery!

Vitamin C can Cause Harm...

~ Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 8:37 AM ~

What has Vitamin C gotta do with my post today? Well, I have chosen prompt #4 ("Share a joke that always makes you laugh.") from this week's Writer's Workshop and will explain further in details...

You see, few years ago while I was still working in the IT line, I had the privilege of working in the same place with my best friend, although we were both supporting different subsidiaries, but because we were both in IT department, we were so lucky to be in the same floor and seated on the same cubicle row, just 1 table apart.

So anyway, one day I popped over to her cubicle and offered her one of this:

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Just a cute little Vitamin C tablet which I had just taken few seconds before I went over to her place.

To be honest, I am not much of a health freak person, my idea of staying healthy is to take vitamins like this. Exercise? Ermmm... nope... Eating vegetables? Ermm... nope... So yeah, this bottle of Vitamin C has been a daily intake activity of mine during my working days.

I had just managed to tell her "Hey, try this out!" and was about to tell her to pop it into her glass of water first when right in front of my very shocked-till-they-turned-into-gigantic-sized eyes, I see in really-really-really-slow motion... of her taking the vitamin C tablet off my palm and popped it straight into her mouth. I repeat...

Straight - into - her - mouth....

I could only managed a gasp, still stunned at what I have seen when she immediately started putting one of her hand to cover her mouth. I did managed to see the top surface of her tongue started bubbling...

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Yeah, you see the bubbling picture above, instead of the water bubbling in the glass, imagine the vitamin C tablet bubbling in her mouth!

Yeapp.... what a memorable mental image... You see, before I could tell her that the tablet is a water soluble type, my friend happily popped it into her mouth thinking it was one of those latest sweets or candies around (I used to have this big basket of candies on my desk for my colleagues to take for free)

So anyway, after a few seconds of rushing to grab some tissue papers for her to spit out the tablet into, we managed to keep the situation under control, of course, throughout the whole incident, we were like laughing non-stop and yet panicking at the same time.

Oh man.. I hope she will forgive me for putting this out for the whole world to read but this has always been one of the funniest memory I have (and cherished!) till today...

** This post is written as part of this week's Writer's Workshop.

Forgetting How to Breathe...

~ Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 8:41 AM ~

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2 more months to go before Spicy Baby's arrival!!!

And I'm really, really, really starting to worry - especially when I realised now that I actually forgot how to breathe! (As in breathing techniques during the labor...)

Oh man... I am in trouble...

I read through my post (in my old blog) about my supernatural childbirth with Ben and, nope... clever me did not note down what I did for my breathing techniques during the labor. Ah heck...I need to dig out my antenatal class notes - which was taken 2 years ago!

Seriously, I totally forgot about the breathing techniques even when I was in the midst of giving birth to Ben - thank God my hubby was next to me to remind me the techniques!

Of course, this time round, I kept telling and reminding my hubby to REMIND ME the breathing techniques when the time comes cos' I'll be sure to forget it even if I memorise it by heart now.

I just hope I won't go to this level...

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