Being a new mom, every change in my body felt strange. Sometimes I can’t figure out if they were still symptoms of pregnancy. At one point, I just told myself that all these weird things happing to my body are because of that little bean growing inside me.
You’ve probably read about these pregnancy symptoms. Although every woman experiences pregnancy differently, I think there are a few that most of us (if not all) will experience. Like, passing out gas a lot, feeling tired and just lazy, and peeing A LOT. The best change, though, was having these two gorgeous breasts. I mean I’ve always had a good set of breasts, but getting pregnant really made them round and full. 🙂
I’d say that I was one of those lucky pregnant women who had it easy in their first trimester. I had no trouble with food (probably the reason why I gained 5 pounds in my 10th week; you’re only supposed to gain like a pound or two). There were times that I felt like throwing up, especially during meal times. But I think that I was just hungry. After eating I felt fine. Most of the time, I felt normal. Sometimes I feel so normal that I wonder if I’m still pregnant. I have to keep reminding myself that in the first trimester, you really can’t feel anything major that will tell you you’re pregnant. The baby belly hasn’t come out yet. You won’t feel any movements. But you can’t also forget that you’re pregnant and do something crazy or harmful to your baby.
I’m in my 15th week now. Everything, as I mentioned, was going somewhat smoothly, except that time when I experienced what every pregnant woman dreaded and hoped never to experience. I had a spotting incident. Most of the time spotting during pregnancy is normal. Usually, it happens earlier in your pregnancy (what they call implantation bleeding). Mine happened in my 13th week.
There were no signs. I just had to take a pee and when I saw my undies, there was a big enough amount of brownish discharge, big enough to be alarming since I never had a spotting incident. It was the scariest thing. I suddenly realized that I was taking this whole pregnancy thing for granted, not taking care of myself more, that I might have put our baby at risk.
I never got to ask our OB why I had the spotting. I was so nervous and keen on hearing my baby’s heartbeat that I didn’t care about anything else. The next day we had an emergency check up with our OB and heard Light’s heartbeat for the second time (play the audio below). Hearing it that time, when things could’ve gone bad, was the happiest feeling. All is well with Light. I was given one week vacation (bed rest), and had to take some additional medicines.