third trimester

June 23, 2011

We’re officially in the third trimester! It’s going by very fast and very slow at the same time. It’s anxiety and excitement all rolled into one weird feeling.

Since yesterday, the baby has been more active than usual. It’s as if he just learned how to do cart wheels and is constantly practicing. We’re now past the soft nudges and flutters, he’s definitely using all his might and exploring a lot more now. It’s still surprising sometimes but overall I don’t mind. I’d rather feel him moving than worrying about not feeling any movement.

Last Sunday, we went to our first birthing class with Chiqui Brosas-Hahn. There were probably 20 other couples there, all expecting their first babies and all due around the same time give or take a month or two. Overall, I had a very positive experience and I thought the class went well. It gave us a good idea of what to watch out for and what to expect. The classes last for 3 hours and occurs one day (Sunday) a week. We have 3 more classes to go so I’ll write a separate post on the birthing classes soon.

So far, it’s still early but the third trimester is the most uncomfortable one. I go to the bathroom way too often to pee. My belly feels so heavy all of a sudden. It’s harder to find the right sleeping position at night. It’s harder to sit comfortably. It takes a lot more effort (and grunting) to bend down when I have to pick something up. To top it all off, I’m hungry all the time! Oh wait, that last one is not new.

As of this post, I should be around 28 weeks and 2 days buntis. Approximately only 12 more weeks left. Next week, I’ll go to Makati Med for OGCT – Oral Glucose Challenge Test – to see if I’ve developed gestational diabetes. I hope I’ll pass!


morning sickness

March 7, 2011

All the pregnancy books refer to morning sickness as a common pregnancy symptom. In fact, it’s supposed to be one of the signs that you are pregnant.

So far though, I haven’t really experienced any morning sickness. Early on, in the first month or so, I had some nausea and coughing fits that almost led to me throwing up but that was really as far as it went. I guess I’m lucky because I don’t have to feel the discomfort of daily puking and I’m not losing any of the nutrients in my body that the baby needs in order to grow.

It’s making me a bit more worried though since I feel so normal and un-pregnant. I told the doctor about this during our visit last week and although she seemed quite confident that nothing was wrong, I guess she saw the worried look on my face and decided to take out her doppler to look for the baby’s heartbeat. After a few worried minutes of hearing nothing, she managed to locate the baby and we were able to hear the fast heartbeat. Whew. It made me feel so relieved that I seriously considered (only for a few minutes) to buy my own doppler so I can hear the heartbeat every day and make sure that the baby is still there.

As of this post and by my own calculation, I should be around 12 weeks and 6 days buntis. The first trimester is almost over!


February 17, 2011

I’m always sleepy lately. I think I get plenty of sleep at night even if I get up once or twice in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. But somehow, it’s not enough and I get sleepy in the middle of the day too.

Maybe it’s the missing coffee in my bloodstream or it’s just all in my head but I just feel like I have less energy and definitely more tired. This is a mystery to me since all I do lately is rest.

Right now I’m 10 weeks and 2 days buntis.


February 16, 2011

I haven’t really had any cravings that are out of the ordinary. Before I was buntis, I already had all sorts of food cravings and it’s still pretty much the same now. I haven’t had any of those middle of the night cravings for green mangoes with bagoong – although that does sound very yummy right now. yumm.

The only weird thing related to food that’s happened is usually at around dinner time, I lose my appetite. The horror!! I’ve always had an appetite! It’s only been really bad for a couple of nights and usually, the appetite comes back.

Also, I don’t really know if this is new or not but now, when I get hungry, I’m REALLY hungry. Like someone cut a hole where my stomach is supposed to be and air is just passing through.

As of this post, I’m probably around 10 weeks and 1 day buntis.


bathroom breaks

February 13, 2011

Ok, so we thought it would be cool to live in a loft. Apparently, it’s not the best thing to have your bed up on the loft when you’re pregnant if the bathroom is downstairs. This is what I’ve learned so far:

1. Pregnant people pee a lot. I used to sleep like a baby all night and I never had to wake up for a bathroom break. Now, I get up in the middle of the night once or twice to go to the bathroom.

2. Buntis or not, It’s not a good idea to go down stairs while you’re sleeping. Technically, it might be called sleep walking. I thought I was awake enough but the rule should be that eyes should be open at all times when going down stairs!

3. Buntis or not, it’s definitely not a good idea to skip steps while you’re going down stairs and your eyes are closed!

As I write this post, the bed is still up on the loft. We don’t know where to put it! We don’t know where to put the baby! We don’t know what to do! <insert panic attack here>

P.S. Today, I’m 30 years old. Which means I’ll be 48 when the baby is 18 and 51 when it’s 21, 61 when it’s 31, 71 when it’s 41…ack! <insert another panic attack here> Today, I am also 9 weeks and 5 days buntis.