A labor of love
Being pregnant at 35 is totally different being pregnant at 21.
As we age, if will be harder to conceive and to carry a baby. I never thought I will still be given another blessing from God at this point of my life. My two kids are already teens. So when I found out that I will be having another baby, I was in mixed emotions. I became thrilled, excited, happy and also felt a sense of hesitation.
My journey was never easy, my first trimester was hard, I had fever that lasted few days and had to take more medicines other than my vitamins. Feeling nauseated every now and then. My three visits with the doctor, never heard my baby’s heartbeat. I was so worried but the doctor said it was normal.
So, I hoped my second trimester will be easier.
Second trimester, way harder. I had cramps, allergies and contractions. I hardly can’t move.
I was advised by my doctor to have bedrest and limit physical movements. I was so worried because it was too early to have contractions and I don’t want to lose my baby. But I was able to hear my baby’s heartbeat and that gave me inspiration and strength to go on.
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Third trimester came, it was the hardest part of my pregnancy.
The mere fact that my tummy gets heavier and bigger, I had allergies again! That means I had to painstakingly take the medicine that makes me super dizzy whenever I take it. I had very, very long contractions that I had to visit my doctor every now and then. I was injected with several medicines for my baby’s welfare.
Then, my doctor said baby was so still inside my tummy which is not good. Uh, oh! She said there should be movement, so everyday I had to go to the clinic to check on my baby’s movement. I had to go back and forth. And frankly, it was not that easy to move!
I can still remember terrible nights, backaches! The feeling that I wanted to pee all the time.
After a week, my doctor already said I had to be confined in the hospital for at least a week to monitor my baby. The first night in the hospital was really painful, I had chills. Then morning came, I was monitored at around 9 in the morning. They put a lot of wires on my tummy to check baby’s movement and to note the number of contractions.
Before lunchtime, the doctors decided I had to undergo emergency CS. My situation was not good.
So, I underwent caesarian operation. I gave birth 2 weeks earlier than the expected delivery. Baby was born at eight months. Baby had pooped inside and she had pneumonia so she had dextrose and was put in an incubator.
To sum it all up, it was really literally a labor of love.
My pregnancy journey was not the ideal one but eventhough it was really hard, I never gave up.
I drew my strength from my husband who was there all along. Took the journey with me and never left my side. He was present all the time. My mom who was so supportive too, my two sons were there too helping me out and lastly, my little inspiration, my baby girl who’s inside my tummy who never gave up too! We did it together!
I am really grateful and thankful to God for the blessing. It might not be a wonderful ride being bumpy and humpy but it was worth it all along.
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