The first comment that my gynecologist made when he saw the scan was, “You are definitely pregnant!” I find it amusing. I was really relieved when he said that it looks good. I remember the first check-up before I had my miscarriage in 2003. It didn’t look good. It was disintegrating; the ‘oval’ was not clear. I really thank God for protecting the fetus. I told my gynecologist about my diving experience. He didn’t think that it would have endangered my pregnancy. He even shared that he would love to go diving one day. He can swim. I also told him about my swimming lessons. For now, I need to take it easy on my swimming.
According to my gynecologist, at this stage, for any woman, the risk of miscarriage is 15%. The heartbeat should be detected at the 8th week. By then the risk of miscarriage will be reduced to 5%. After the 1st trimester, which is after 12 weeks, this risk is further reduced to 1%. That’s why it is so important to take precaution during the first 3 months. So, many ‘don’ts’ to observe:
- Don’t carry heavy things
- Don’t climb up and down the stairs too much
- Don’t climb up ladder, chairs, etc
- Don’t spread the news that you are pregnant (superstitious)
- Don't take cold drinks
- Don't eat watermelon/pineapple
I have stopped carrying Jordan. I was still carrying him quite a lot before I went to see my gynecologist. He had also advised me not to carry Jordan. All I do these days is hug and kiss him. Seng Chor does all the running and carrying. Seng Chor also showers him. I still play with him and read to him. Oh, my gynecologist even advised me not to go shopping - can't walk too much for the time being.
After sleeping the whole day, I still feel tired. Maybe it’s because of the medicine that I’m taking. I hope to be strengthened when I go back to work on Tuesday.
God’s timing is always perfect. My classes have ended – less stress, no need to stand for 2 hours. The peak season will not resume until October. Fantastic, right?