Monday, May 14, 2012
This Time Around
Can't believe I will be almost half way of my pregnancy. Time surely flies with my belly getting bigger and bigger each week. For those I cannot tell you in person, YES, I am pregnant and the due date is 10/3, but we'll try to schedule a c-section 1 week before, so probably around 9/27. (and the gender is............ at the end of this post)
Another baby, another trial. Don't want to think too much, I guess I can never be fully prepared. Who am I kidding? It's a miracle Keke survives with all my parental mistakes and mishap to be honest. This time the pregnancy seems a lot more easier compare to the first one. So far, I am not all swollen up, not gaining as much weight as last time. Finger cross, please don't go back to the HELLP syndrome that I had last time. HELLP syndrome is a group of symptoms that occur in pregnant women who have H -- hemolysis, EL -- elevated liver enzyme, LP -- low platelet count. I was diagnosis with HELLP in my last OB check up at 37 weeks (everything was normal until the last week), was rushed to the hospital to perform an emergency c-section to get Keke out in order to prevent me from having seizure and liver failure which can be life threatening. The whole episode was still like yesterday to me. The nurse counted 1,2, 3 and I'm out. Next thing I knew was Vincent telling me the baby was born, but I thought I was dreaming at that time so I kept asking him "Is this over?" incoherently. Then I slept more with nurses coming in and out to take blood pressure and seizure level every hour. The next day, I finally held Keke in my arms, while my head was still spinning "What had just happened?"
Because last time I was under general anesthesia to deliver Keke, I did not participate the entire delivery process. To me, it's more like Keke just suddenly pop out from nowhere. Albeit this is my second pregnancy, I am still an amateur in so many ways. My prayer is that I can make it to full term with no complications this time around.
When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may have questions about environmental exposures such as paint fumes, over the counter and prescription medications and more. I know I am. I found OTIS ( organization of teratology information specialists) very helpful in answering all of my questions. Their number is 877) 311-8972 and the website is www.otispregnancy.org. Hope this little piece of information serves some moms well.
Finding this picture funny, poor mom.