Pregnancy Then & Now...

~ Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 11:06 PM ~

The table below is to recap and note down what are the differences between my pregnancy then and now...

Pregnancy in June 2008 - March 2009
Pregnancy in Nov 2010 - Now...
Working in IT line, constantly in meetings with users & vendors for the new IT system, apart from being in-charge of changing company's website & the legacy IT system
No longer working in IT line, a full-time mummy now catering to the whims & fancies of a 23 months old toddler who is ever so active and playful and cheeky.
What's good then?
* A more fixed eating time, breakfast, lunch & tea time snacks are pretty fixed
* The availability of squatting toilets in the office allows me to practise my squats (which I read in some pregnancy article saying it helps with your contractions)
What's good now?
* Hopefully able to maintain regular eating times (as my schedule  is pretty much determined by Ben)
* No squat toilets in the house so have to make do with squatting as much as possible while playing with Ben, at the same time, ensure safety to ownself as well (as in not to be overly crazy while playing with Ben)
Gone through 3 gynaes:
#1: Female gynae in a private hospital who we think is not capable & caring enough for her patients
#2: Male gynae in a private hospital (but has his own clinic) & who we think is capable & caring but  the charges are pretty steep
#3: Male gynae in a semi private hospital & who we think is capable, caring, soft-spoken & the charges are very low!
We wanted to go back to our gynae #3 but turns out he got promoted to be the dept head for O&G in Miri, Sarawak. So he's no longer in the semi private hospital anymore.

We are keeping our options open for other doctors in the same hospital though our current gynae check-ups are done at a private hospital.
Complications during 1st trimester:
Do not experience any morning sickness at all

Complications during 2nd trimester:
Weight not going up, got scolded by 2nd gynae to top up food intake. Guzzled full cream milk on daily basis on top of going crazy with McDonalds' and Wendys few times a week.

Complications during 3rd trimester:
Blood pressure touching borderline. Ordered by 3rd gynae to go for alternate days for check ups on blood pressure. On my last gynae visit, was told I had low amniotic fluid and advised to go for induced or to be C-sect in a week's time. Thank God contractions started on the same day & I ended up having natural delivery.
Complications during 1st trimester:
The first 2 weeks, food looks good but when I eat it, it felt like a lump and very difficult to swallow and eat on. Had not been having any appetite when I see fried food.

2 months + now, no problems with any food, nothing that makes me giddy or nausea or anything though I've been regularly eating chicken rice with roasted pork slice.

Have no idea what to expect in terms of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding? Bah... been there, done that... heck, still doing it!
Have no idea what to expect during labor. In fact, totally forgot all about my breathing exercise!
Images and memories of 1st labor flashed back the moment home pregnancy tested positive...
Contraction from 1cm to 10cm in 4.5 hours.
People said that subsequent labor will be faster than the one before... so I really hope this round we can make it to the hospital in time!
Natural delivery using Enthonox
Hopefully natural delivery again!
Worries about Labor, breastfeeding, babycare
Worries about Labor, breastfeeding during pregnancy, baby care as Ben is around this time...

And just a couple more things to note that I will not be able to do in a few months time:

* Lie down on my front
* Be able to look at my feet (thanks to my hubby who kept telling me to enjoy looking at my feet now!)
* Wear my favorite short pants (no wait... I already can't wear it now!)
* Get up from bed as easily as I can now...

And the things I'm so NOT looking forward to in a few months time:

* Heavy belly
* Cramps on my feet
* Difficulty in breathing as the belly gets bigger
* Heartburn
* Itchiness around belly and/or thighs as belly gets bigger (skins stretching you see...)
* Stretch marks
* Swollen feet
* Clumsiness and being forgetful

Please wish me luck and I really need all the support I can get in making my breastfeeding during pregnancy works! And of course, most important is I have a smooth and safe pregnancy and delivery!

Thank you for reading, have a good weekend and God bless you!

Comments (9) -

Catheryn  @ Pink Bibs

hey hey!

I am sure you will do alright!  And we all know, when you see the baby at the end of the 9 months big belly pregnancy, it is all WORTH IT Smile


Congratulations on your second pregnancy! reading your post was a recapitulation of my journey a year with two children, I can compare and feel that the second times goes easier mainly becuase of our experience from the first one....I hope you too will feel that way....many good wishes your way : )


Girl, I know that we live pretty far apart - but I totally support you and will be happy to send you virtual hugs when you need them Smile

It really is easier the 2nd time around!!  

Katie's so neat to see your lists compared from then and now.  Smile  I have been praying for you and will continue to throughout your pregnancy.  You are such a wonderful mother.  I know this baby will be blessed to have you!


Wow you are so detail! I didn't know squatting helps! But please try to take regular meals ok? Aiyoh please don't take too much of McD. LOL. Although I did take too during pregnancy because you sometimes have the urge. But don't take it on such a regular basis ok?

Oh ya and one thing I've learnt and I think it's quite true is try to take less cold drinks. I really gulped down a lot of cold drinks during my second pregnancy and regretted it because now my second one seems to suffer more whenever he gets the flu. He's been on the nebulizer a few times but his sister has never taken the nebulizer not once.

You are so lucky that you don't have any morning sickness at all. I had for both pregnancy! I second time around should be easier because we have the experience. But I do have like sudden memory loss when I had the second one. LOL. Maybe it's been like 2 and half years since I held a tiny baby. Smile Good luck to you!

P/S: sorry for the long comment

Mommy Psedornna

Congratulations on your 2nd pregnancy!!! You do it very well by full time taking care of Ben. When is your due date? I'm in my 1st trimester as well ^_^

About swollen feet, I will put 2 pillows below my feet when I sleep. It helps for my first baby.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Catheryn, SprigBlossoms & Aurie!
I hope so! Thanks for your comment support!

Hey Katie!
Thanks for your prayers!

Hey Carolyn!
I actually had double McD set hours before we go to hospital to be admitted! Thought it's going to be my last meal for a longgggggggg time, so might as well eat something that makes me happy! ;P

Thanks for your advice on the cold drinks, I do take them quite alot (guilty, guilty!) and don't worry about the long comments! I love reading comments from you guys! ;)

Hey Mommy Psedornna!
Congrats to you as well! I'm due in mid Sept. Still a long way to go! Actually come to think of it, my feet enlarged 2 size bigger during my 1st pregnancy and only reduced 1 size after delivery.


Congratulation! Don't worry too much, everything is going to be alright.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Aries!
Thank you for your comment support!

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