1. From 57 kilos gained into 71.8 kilos. Give me enough time how to lose these excess. You want to know the exact time? Well that I don’t know.
2. Had a continuous bleeding for 2 weeks when I was on my 2nd month. That was really scary.
3. I’m not a fan of milk, but I forced myself to drink it. It’s for the baby anyway.
4. No particular cravings! My husband was lucky. But somehow there were days I simultaneously ate mashed potato, chicken, green apple and ‘biko’.
5. Not a shopaholic person. So I only bought 3 maternity pants, 1 top and 2 dress and 3 used pants as gifts. I wore my husband’s boxer shorts and t-shirts when at home. This is the survival way of the ‘kuripot’.
6. Unbelievably, I was able to survive in construction site supervision from my 5-8 months of pregnancy.
7. Coffee is my best friend, my addiction. But amazingly I never drink even once when I knew I was pregnant. Again, all for the baby! Sacrifice is the word.
8. My urine sugar went high on 7th month so I need to slow down my carbohydrates——rice all I can’t!
9. Undergone thorough cardio examination to make sure my heart is perfectly fine when delivery comes.
10. We prayed for a baby girl and we were answered! If it was a boy we could have named him Shaun Nigel. J
11. No sickness all throughout my pregnancy. I thank God for a healthy bump!
12. From almost every month of ultrasound, we only saw our baby’s face once. Perhaps she wanted to surprise us who she looks like.
13. The day before my little one popped out, I did more than 2 km walk and exercised which helps in opening the cervix. Tadaaahh! The following day became the big day!
14. My husband and I begged our baby to come out any time when our applied leave date arrived. And she listened—-21st of July as requested!
15. Having my first pregnancy, they said 3 hours in labor and 22 minutes in normal delivery was fast and an achievement!
16. I wanted to look okay and as if nothing happens (at least) so I put on some concealer, pressed powder and lip shiner before labor and right after delivery! Crazy right?
17. I have high pain tolerance, and I thank God for giving me a higher one during my encounter on the most indescribable labor pain. They said the true essence of being a woman is to conceive and give birth to a child. To really give value to that, I took normal delivery without painless medication. Good thing I endured.
18. I have an amazing husband who reasonably controls and monitors me in the entire pregnancy stage and even supported me on my big day. Yes, before he becomes a stage father he’s already a ‘stage husband’ if i may say. :)
19. I gave birth to a 7.7 lbs (3.575 kilos.) healthy baby girl at 1:22 PM on July 21, 2013.
20. Positivity cannot solve your worries and problems, but prayer is. Praying each day while pregnant really eases your worries on your baby development and health. And while on labor and delivery my memory verse was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13.
21. The value of pain is measured not only on how you cope with it but also on why you need to pass through it. —-baby Zia Gabrielle is worth the unspeakable pain.