here's another pregnancy update

Since I’m getting closer to my D-day, I’ve been seeing my ob gyne every week. If I remember it right, this weekly pre-natal visit started when I hit my eighth month. During the first few weeks of my visit, ob gyne just did some routine check—measuring the size of my belly and checking on the baby’s heartbeat via Doppler. What else is new? I've been getting my usual verbal reminding from ob gyne about my almost uncontrollable appetite. Like a recorder, she’s been constantly telling me to eat in small meals and that I should stop eating before I feel “full”. Oh, I don’t know why, I don’t have special cravings for a certain food like most pregnant women but I believe I have a crazy appetite. If I should get pregnant again, I will no longer submit to my appetite, no more overeating. It’s such a struggle when you’re pregnant and putting on too much weight. It’s an excruciating experience especially during the later weeks of pregnancy. Why? First, it’s harder to get up with a really bloated stomach. Second, putting on a lot of weight puts a lot of pressure on your legs; makes it harder and more painful and tiring to walk. Third, you definitely wouldn’t want to hear “I-told-you-so” from your husband. Fourth, because of that extra weight, you get a lot more of that awful stretch marks and varicose veins. Fifth, they say, it’s harder to go on normal labor when you put on too much weight, especially if the baby inside your womb has grown bigger. Well, good luck to me! I believe I’m still not overweight at 136 pounds. What do you think? I expect to grow a few pounds more on my next visit, though.

Yesterday’s visit was a little terrifying. Ob gyne performed her first internal examination on me. Yes, with a sterilized glove, she inserted two fingers inside my vagina and up towards my cervix. I said it was terrifying because, although I had known a week earlier that I’d go through this on my next visit, I didn’t know it was painful. I also didn’t expect that her fingers would go deeper towards my cervix. All right, it wasn’t really too painful, just tolerably painful. Well, I thought I’d better get used to it. I’m expecting that I’d go through this again. Hmmm, just right now, I remembered my experience with the transvaginal ultrasound. All the things women had to go through to ensure a healthier and well-monitored pregnancy!


  1. I can understand why the doc keeps harping about the weight. Sure, overeating isn't healthy for both you and the baby, but how many pounds are you "overweight" by? If it's about 15 - 20, then that's okay. Remember, most of that is your baby's weight too. Now if you're overweight by like, let's say, a 100 lbs., then that's something else.

    Did the doc mention that you can practically lose 95% of that weight when you breastfeed? After Pauline is born, you'll drop most of it. Sure, a little pot belly will be left (unless you're lucky enough not to have one), but that'll probably disappear within a year or two. LOL.

    Varicose veins, I was told by my doc is also hereditary, but it can come from crossing your legs and not elevating them during pregnancy. My mom was petite during her pregnancies and got it bad, so I doubt weight had much to do with that. She told me she probably gained about 20 lbs. when she was pregnant, but got those veins anyway.

    As for the internal exam---wow, you're lucky. I had one nearly each time I visited the doc! A male doctor to boot.

    D-day is approaching. I suggest you eat foods high in fiber / iron to make sure you're not too weak when your princess arrives. Just stay away from saturated fats and sweets. ;) You'll do fine.

  2. jo good thing there that the IE is done only in the later months of pregnancy. in FR prenatal visit is not complete without IE, well later i'm used to it.

    we are in the same boat jo, i gained some weights. it's always tempting to eat more than usual. hayyy pregnancy life. good luck jo on the big-D. sure everything will be smooth and normal.

  3. haay hapit na jud mugawas si bb. :)

    jo, unsa na imo YM add karon? same ra gihapon kadtong OSI?

    naa ko ask nimo sa YM. let me know how to contact you. thanks.

  4. hi bchai, thanks! i guess i'll do pretty fine then. and yes, i'm looking forward to be able to breastfeed my baby pretty soon. hehe it must have felt a little awkward at first to have a male doctor do the IE on you. :)

    shan, good luck to the both of us! do send us updates soon.

    hi net, i've already sent you a ym invitation.


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