Motherhood is a very sacred identity for me; she is a daughter, a woman, a wife, and later on, a mother. A mother is someone who radiates unlimited love and is someone who will do anything to protect our child. This is indeed not an easy job, it's even exhausting sometimes, because a mother works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This is the nature of motherhood: a gift of nurturing, caring, and having superhuman love towards my baby. I can't wait to experience this new chapter of my life soon as I welcome my first baby to this world, to my family.
I still remember the feeling when I realized I was pregnant. I was so excited and surprised – the feeling is like winning the lottery. I started to wonder, what will my baby gender be, what would be a nice name for him/her – and I just wish that my baby in the womb is growing healthy and safely. I would keep a copy of the ultrasound photo in my own pregnancy journey album, and I aim to share it with my child next time.
I dislike the fact that as I go into the different stages of pregnancy, it affects my emotions and feelings. I would feel nausea and even vomit, experience back pain, and not being able to smell/eat some food during the first trimester. I was also very worried that I would miscarriage at the early stage as I lose about 3-4KG. I was also always anxious about the tests – always worried if my baby has any health complications or issues. I am constantly worried and fearing for my baby’s health.
In contrast, I love listening to my baby’s heartbeat and feeling my baby's movement in my tummy. It was a miracle and it was such an amazing experience! Every month, I will take my bump progression photo. Bigger tummy = stronger baby! My husband also insist on having
In contrast, I love listening to my baby's heartbeat and my baby's movement in my tummy; it was a miracle and such an amazing! experience Every month I will take my baby bump progression photos ( tummy getting bigger and bigger)= my baby is growing up stronger. My husband is the one who always tells a bedtime story to my baby, which can truly enhance their relationship; I love it so much!
The most challenging moment during pregnancy is the need to control my diet. I had a high blood glucose level during my pregnancy. I had to test my blood sugar every 2 weeks. Even now, I still taking medication to control my blood sugar and will have to continue taking it until I give birth. This is quite irritating for me, and definitely, the hardest thing to go through. I am constantly worried, stressed and nervous about my health because I know it will directly affect my baby. Now that I am in my third trimester, I find it hard to sleep as well, many times, I would just wake up middle of the night for 2-3 hours for no reason at all.
My advice for ladies is to take care of your body, know your body well, especially your own menstrual cycle. Make sure you also monitor your period every month to ensure that you have a regular cycle (having the same number of days apart every month). Do not hesitate to visit a doctor immediately if you find your period irregular. I would also suggest couples to go for a thorough body checkup before having their first child. It is important to make sure your health is in tip-top condition, as it would also be easier for you to get pregnant. Last but not least – having a positive mindset is very important! For parents who find it difficult to get pregnant, don’t give up easily, believe in miracles, just like I did!
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