My Pregnancy Journal – Second Trimester <14-27 weeks>
January 30, 2014
We went to UST – ER due to spotting. Actually, constipation is present during pregnancy and being constipated is normal for me (even though I already seek medical attention to this) but today is different. I know that something is wrong, and I haven’t recalled if I’m already done with my “time” with the water closet then I was shocked with blood spot at the rim. I immediately call my husband to assist me since I’m already nervous and I can’t stop trembling from fear. My husband gave me a drink and tries to calm me then we went to our bedroom. I lay down for a couple of minutes to check if the spotting will stop.
It was very mild but the spotting continues so we decided to go to Hospital to check if our baby is ok. It’s my first time to experience this spotting and I know that this is not a good sign.
I wear my jacket since it’s already 11:30 pm and we walk not less than 5 minutes to the main road and hire a cab. It’s already midnight yet the traffic is still worst in Manila. I’ve prayed for our safety and for our baby’s health.
We arrived in the Emergency Room of UST Hospital. I positioned in a wheel chair will we wait for the resident Ob-gyne and while the scheduled nurse interview us.
I lay down in one of the bed in the ER then the doctor check me. My spotting stop but I have an infection. I’m still shaking with fear because she uses some instrument to check me between the legs. The doctor asked me why I’m shaking. I answered “It’s cold here”, the doctor did not agree with me and reply with “weh? Ninenerbiyos ka eh ndi dahil sa lamig kundi sa takot”. I try to calm myself.
In the brighter side of this story was our first hearing of our baby’s heart beat, the doctor use a Doppler.
Since my Ob-gyne resides in Pampanga, she refers me to one of their resident Ob-gyne that is covered under my health card. I have 2 men & 3 women for options. I prefer woman then pick a name using minimini-minemo… if you know what I mean. Anyway I choose Dra. Cynthia Fernandez and hoping that she is as nice as my Ob-gyne in Pampanga.
The doctor prescribe some medicine like Duphaston & Isoxilan so that my baby will hold tight 🙂 and Neo-peno vaginal suppository for the infection. Then schedule me for follow up check up on Monday.
While my husband dealing with the bills (amounting 1,263 pesos for 2 hours inside the ER), I waited near the reception. After we finally settled our bill and walk outside I suddenly collapsed. Then I remember being called in my name as my husband asked me what happen. I replied “hinimatay”, and then my husband replied, “alam ko hinimatay ka… bakit? May masakit ba sayo?”
Again, I was placed in one of the bed to rest. Then they checked my BP. My husband asked me “ok ka na? magbabayad na naman tayo kung tatagal pa tayo dito”, I relied “ok na ko. Kaya ko na”. Then we left the ER and take a cab back home. It’s so sad that my health card did not cover our expenses.
February 1 – 16, 2014 complete bed rest & sick leave from Office
From 7 weeks to 17 weeks
February 3, 2014
Today is my follow up checkup due to my spotting incident last Thursday. I was referred to Dra. Cynthia Flores-Fernandez of UST Hospital. She examined me and proceed with a Pap Smear test.
What is Pap Smear?
A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It is not a diagnostic test, so having the test done regularly is essential. A Pap smear identifies women who may be at high risk for having precancerous or cancerous cervical changes.
What to Expect During the Pap Smear
A lubricated speculum will then be inserted into the vagina. Remember to take deep breaths and to relax. This will also help the vaginal muscle to relax, making the exam less uncomfortable.
Using a small mascara-like brush or swab, a doctor will take sample cells from the cervix. This is done by very gently rubbing of the cervix with the brush or swab. Some women have no sensation when this is done, while some experience mild discomfort.
The sample is then placed in a tube with a special preservative or a slide and then sent to a lab for processing.
After the sample is taken, the speculum is removed gently from the vagina.
Remember that while the Pap smear is an effective screening tool for cervical cancer, it is only effective when done regularly. Be sure to ask your doctor how often you should have a Pap smear. Pap smear frequency varies from woman to woman, based on age, health, and previous Pap smear findings.
Then use a Doppler to hear the baby’s heart beat and do some measurement too. She required me to have blood & urine test prior to our next meeting. She prescribes some fiber capsule to help me with my constipation in addition to intake of lots of water & rich-fiber fruits like pineapple etc.
And gave me my Prenatal Record Book
February 8, 2014
Returned to the UST Hospital for laboratory test as requested by my Ob-Gyne.
- Complete blood count (CBC) with platelet
- Blood group + RH type
February 15, 2014
Consultation with Dra. Fernandez of UST Hospital. Check heart beat & measurement. Prescribes Prenat (Ferrous sulfate + folic acid) & Obimin (Multivitamins + minerals). Offer to use stretch mark cream to reduce or eliminate its occurrence while i’m still in my Second trimester – Palmer’s Massage Cream.
She required me to have a GDM screening or Gestational Diabetes Screening prior to our next meeting since based on my laboratory test, high rate of sugar was seen. And to repeat my Urine test.
February 18, 2014
And I feel my baby’s light movement like kicks etc. 🙂
February 17, 2014
I follow the tips on my prenatal book – to drink Cranberry juice to reduce/eliminate urinary infection that will benefit me and my baby.
February 20, 2014
Since, everybody (colleague) says I’m one of the sexiest preggy they’ve seen… Selfie muna bago magbihis ng pambahay 😛
February 22, 2014
Checkup with Dra. Lansañgan of San Fernandino Hospital for updates
Inform the occurrence of spotting etc.
Prescribed continuous taking of Caltrate Plus in addition to Ascorbic Acid & Dra. Fernandez Obimin & Prenat.
Inquire if applicable to have a prenatal massage – Yes
Inquire if applicable to attend Prenatal yoga & workshop – Yes
As Dra. Lansañgan check my baby’s position (Suhi – meaning footling breech baby) & heart beat using Doppler, she advised me not to have a “hilot” or massage to change the baby’s position. And minimize consumption of salty & sweet food to lessen the growth (paglaki) of the baby in my womb.
February 23, 2014
My hubby downloaded classical music for baby’s lullaby. Some of the research shows it helps babies brain development. Hoping for the best 🙂 May pang sound trip na si baby 🙂
February 26, 2014
I went to SM Department Store and asked for Mom’s checklist (things to buy for Baby). First time MOM and I’m so excited!
March 1, 2014
I avail The MOM Card =)
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•Earn reward points, get discounts or free gifts every time you shop at Baby Company.
•You can earn points by presenting your Baby Company Mom Card to the cashier at the start of any purchase transaction in any Baby Company Store. P50.00 is equivalent to 1 point.
•Celebrate motherhood with us through our special events, symposia and educational talks.
How to Join:
• To qualify for membership, you must be 18 years old and above
• Present 1 valid Identification Card
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• Fill-up the personal information form and submit it to any Baby Company Personnel at any Baby Company store to claim your Mom Card.
March 2, 2014
Schedule GDM screening or Gestational Diabetes Screening & Urine Test @ UST Hospital
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. If untreated, gestational diabetes can cause serious complications for your newborn. Babies of untreated mothers may grow too large (called macrosomia), increasing the risk of problems during birth, such as injuries to their shoulders and arms, and increasing your risk for requiring a cesarean section or other assistance during delivery (such as a forceps or vacuum delivery). Your baby may also experience a sudden, large drop in blood sugar after birth. Your newborn baby may also have a higher risk of developing jaundice and breathing problems.
What is the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test for Gestational Diabetes?
The oral glucose tolerance test is used to screen for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a specific type of diabetes that can develop in some women late in pregnancy (usually after the 24th week). Women who develop this complication do not have diabetes before becoming pregnant.
When is the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test for Gestational Diabetes performed?
The test is generally given between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. If you have had gestational diabetes before, or if your health care provider is concerned about your risk of developing gestational diabetes, the test may be performed before the 13th week of pregnancy.
What happens during the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test?
The oral glucose tolerance test involves quickly drinking a sweetened liquid (called Glucola), which contains 50g of glucose. The body absorbs this glucose rapidly, causing blood glucose levels to rise within 30 to 60 minutes. A blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm about 60 minutes after drinking the solution. The blood test measures how the glucose solution was metabolized (processed by the body).
What do the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test result mean?
A blood glucose level of 140mg/dL will identify 80% of women with gestational diabetes. When that cutoff is lowered to 130mg/dL, the identification increases to 90%. If your blood glucose level was greater than 130 mg/dL, your provider will likely recommend you take another diabetes screening test that requires you to fast (not eat anything) before the test. During this second test, called the 100-gram oral glucose tolerance test, your blood glucose level will be tested four times during a three-hour period after drinking the cola-like drink. If two out of the four blood tests are abnormal, you are considered to have gestational diabetes.
As instructed by my ob-gyne, I have to do a fasting for 8-10 hours before my glucose test. But sad to say I exceed the limit of required time. I ate 8 pm at night and went to the hospital by 7:00 am, and after the process (payment, etc.) the laboratory medical staff had me by 8:00 am = 13 hours. The Doctor explained that I have to repeat my fasting (9 am – 4:30 pm) and be alert with their specified time. So we went to nearby fast food (KFC) and eat then visit my mom in the OPD (having several tests for her eyes). Since she will be there up to 5 pm (every two hours medication for observation), me and my hubby went home to rest since it will be difficult not to eat Lunch and/or Merienda. I rather sleep and come back to the hospital.
By 3:30 pm we travel back to the hospital and by 4:41 pm, my first blood extraction was done. Then they gave me an Orange liquid drink and will have my second extraction after two hours. We wait outside the laboratory since it’s very cold and I can’t help myself to stop chilling. My husband in consideration for me also has his personal fasting… but can’t wait till second extraction was done eat his biscuit & drink water. I’m so envious in the people I see who chew sweet food – like cake, ice cream, cookies, etc. And can’t help na maglaway 😛
So I went back to the laboratory 5 minutes before my second extraction for their preparation. I’m so afraid of blood extraction. There is this incident that I almost black-out, so I called my friend and ask her to pick me up in the clinic. I found out that I have to look on the other side where they will do the extraction and bite my face towel/handkerchief. Then I’ll be distracted and will not notice the needle and the blood. But on my second extraction, the medical technologist failed to finish extracting some blood. She mentions that my vein disappears and asks for help with the other technologist who is busy asking me question about my pregnancy/baby. So the chill of being afraid suddenly covers my whole body. They are busy with the needle and my arm, while asking me if it hurt. I pray the ending of this nightmare. Finally they are done with the second blood extraction. After 3 hours I’ll have my result but since it’s already late and I’m starving, I’ll have it prior to my scheduled consultation with my ob-gyne.
March 6, 2014
Inquire for a Birthing Class with Chiqui Brosas for April 2014 Class.
April 6, 13, 20 & 27 (4 consecutive Sundays)
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Rate: P4,900 for the whole session (couple)
“YES2BIRTH/ Month you will join/ Names (include your partner)/ OB/ Hosp./EDD (est. due date)/ Mobile/ Landline Home & Office/ Email/ How did you 1st learn about Chiqui Brosas (pls be specific, ex. ref. by OB (give name), relative or friend, search engine (what did you type), reading material (name which one ex. Baby Magazine, Mommy Pages, etc.), TV (name which show), hospital (who referred, which hospital & what department ex. information, doctors clinic flyer, birthing suite station by nurse, etc.), FB, Internet forum ( ex. W@W)…/What’s your FaceBook email/
Text SMART: +63920-905-27-37 (for texting only)
Call GLOBE: +63917-477-06-28 (you may call Dorz)
March 8, 2014
Schedule checkup with Dra. Fernandez of UST Hospital for updates
The result of my Oral Glucose Challenge Test is negative, as per my ob-gyne I’m already in the border line which is 140.40. But the sugar in my urine test shows ++++. So I have to restrain myself from eating sweets – ice cream, cakes, etc. for the whole duration of my pregnancy.My PAP SMEAR also indicate negative possibilities of cervical cancer… good to know!
By Mar 22, I’m schedule to have my Congenital Anomaly Scan & Gender Reveal Ultrasound. Hoping for the best =)
March 8,15, 22 & 29 2014
thanks to thebinondomommy.blogspot.com/mommyginger.com for information.
See my post:
Labor & Pain Management/ Prenatal Yoga (part 2) – CANCEL
Baby Milestones – CANCEL/ Prenatal Yoga (part 3) – CANCEL
Preparing your finances for the baby – CANCEL/ Prenatal Yoga (part 4) – CANCEL
Cancelled by Manila workshops due to limited participants!
March 10, 2014
I started a fb voting post for my baby’s gender reveal =P
I’m so excited!!! What do you think? Is it a Boy or a Girl?
March 11, 2014
March 13, 2014
Inquire for a Birthing Class with Rome Kanapi for April 2014 Class.
March 30, April 6, 13, 20 & 27 (5 Sundays) + May 1 (Thursday) = 6 sessions
Venue: Ateneo University, katipunan avenue, quezon city
Time: 1:30-4:30 pm
Rate: P5,000 for the whole session (couple)
Now I’m undecided between Chiqui Brosas & Rome Kanapi… I’ve learned both have good review in the internet & blog from previous client. So my gut says that I’ll attend Chiqui Brosas’ child birth class since it is maximize to 4 session – good thing for busy person like me =P lol! Hoping to learn and prepare myself for the D-day!
March 14, 2014
Trying to learn about Breastfeeding =)
Here’s a good website : http://www.breastmilkcounts.com
March 14, 2014 – 22 Weeks!
March 22, 2014 Prenatal Yoga & workshop @ Babyland (part 2)/ Canvas Baby Things at Babyland
March 23, 2014 SPA Day Out – try Mother to be Package for me and Gentleman’s Package for hubby
March 29, 2014 Schedule for Ultrasound (CAS & Gender Reveal) and follow up check up with Dra. Fernandez of UST Hospital
March 29, 2014 My new baby book
April 2014 – 25 weeks!
My LINEA NIGRA or the dark vertical line that often appears between the belly button and the pubic area.
April 6, 2014 Started Childbirth Classes by Chiqui Brosas (part 1)
April 6, 13, 20 & 27 (4 consecutive Sundays)
Venue: 11 Annapolis Wilshire Plaza, Unit 1101 across Fountain International School
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Rate: P4,900 for the whole session (couple)
April 8, 2014
My pahabol na paglilihi… biglang nag crave sa Continental Breakfast in the most alanganin na oras – 5 pm.
April 10, 2014
One of the shortcoming of being pregnant is being limited to reach literally your feet… it is very difficult to wear your socks and shoes especially tying your shoe lace. Thanks to my ever supportive husband =)
April 12, 2014 follow up check up with Dra. Fernandez of UST Hospital
Back to Prenat/ Molvite in exchange of Obimin
April 13, 2014 Childbirth Classes by Chiqui Brosas (part 2)
April 19, 2014 Holy week Getaway – swimming din pag may time =P
April 20, 2014 Childbirth Classes by Chiqui Brosas (part 3)
April 26, 2014 SMART Family Day @ 8 Waves
April 27, 2014 Childbirth Classes by Chiqui Brosas (part 4)
See next post for my Third Trimester 😀