Finally!!!! Words cannot describe my feelings when I saw the two lines on the pregnancy test kit. Was just too excited and touched. Friends around me know that we have been planning to get a second child and I was so blessed because we don't have to wait too long :D I almost wanted to buy a Fertility Monitor home already hahaha.
I did the test right after I was back from a business trip to Jakarta. To my surprise, it was positive! I literally screamed in the toilet out of joy. But that doesn't stop me from driving back to Melaka to see my son at 9pm after a long and tiring day of travel. On my way back, the excitement subsided and I started to think about the 1,000 questions that I need answers for, with regards to our second child. When I finally reached home at 10.30pm, (after kissing and hugging my lil man) hubs and I went out on our own to have supper. Well actually we needed the privacy to share our happiness together! I already sent him the photo of positive result before I reached home and I am sure he would be as happy as I was (or more).
My first prenatal check up! Since I gave birth to lil man, I have always recorded my menstrual dates with a mobile app, so I can easily track my last menstrual date this time. According to the date, I was supposed to be at Week-6 pregnancy so I was very excited to visit the doctor as I thought there would be heartbeat already. However, the ultrasound scan showed that the baby is still very small - about 4 weeks old according to the size (due to my irregular menstrual cycle recently and perhaps late ovulation). So the doctor advised me to come back again one month later, when the baby is around 8 weeks old, if there is no unusual signs (e.g. bleeding). I was proud to tell the doctor that I have been taking Folic Acid for 3 months, which is important to prevent the baby's neural tube defect. Well, after all....I am an experienced mother now! *flip hair*
Knowing that I am only at 4-week-pregnancy kinda worries me...the doctor was also frank that I am at an unstable stage now, so I should take good care of myself and avoid lifting heavy stuff. Phew! I wished I did the test much later! I was 7-week pregnant when I found out about it last time. But life goes on, and especially with a small baby inside me now, I need to be positive! First thing first, I stocked up groceries and started cooking at least one meal a day to control my food intake. I stopped taking coffee and avoid sugar after I found out that I am pregnant. Not gaining too much weight is my secondary concern, so I need to be careful of the nutrients that I am taking into my body.
Pregnancy symptoms? So far I am only feeling tired and (most of the time) sleepy. No morning sickness. No food craving. Thank god! Oh ya, I am also feeling very bloated and having diarrhea for few days. But I have visited my gynae and it stopped. I guess it's the hormonal change that causes the digestive system to respond differently. Everyone is different in their pregnancy and each pregnancy is also different, so I can only guess....and pray! Lil man gave me the smoothest pregnancy journey that every mother could ask for and I hope it's the same this round.
I have been thinking about exercising during pregnancy because I gained so much weight last time (20kg!) and I think I am ready this time because I have been working out regularly for the past one year, so I am physically and mentally prepared to exercise while pregnant. So, after asking "permission" from hubs, I hit the gym for the first time during pregnancy, even when I'm in my first trimester! I didn't want to push myself, just want to be active and try to maintain both my leg and arm muscle. It's important to train on our legs because they will need to support the extra weight that will come soon. So I did some cardio and lower body & arm exercises without weight. Felt very good after the session and it gave me confidence to continue doing it!
The 1,000 questions remain unanswered now but I just want to focus on the changes in my life and make sure that I live well to grow the baby inside. That's it. Leave all the problems for later, at least after I hear the heartbeat. Till then, I will remain positive and hope for the best. :)