Milestones In Pregnancy
Pregnancy, a milestone by itself, comprises of various other mini- milestones which are, now,celebrated and enjoyed in all aspects. My pregnancy consisted of the following milestones –
27 January, 2020
Positive Pregnancy Test
Peeing on a stick and making it official, life suddenly changes. I experienced joy, shock and even fear to see my pregnancy test positive. It was perhaps the beginning of an adventure.
Sharing With ‘The Father’
My husband wasn’t at home when I did pregnancy test. It was in the morning when he was getting ready for work and I had taken a day off. After doing the test, I placed the pregnancy stick on the dining table (along with his breakfast). It was the most memorable moment.
Vomit and nausea, occurring day and night, are clues that we might be pregnant (after a missed period). I felt sick, experienced nausea and wanted to vomit out everything, but I was also thrilled to confirm my pregnancy.
The home test is fine, but deep down in my mind it was difficult to believe that there is actually a life growing inside me. However, the ultrasound scan made it real and magical. Hearing my baby’s heartbeat was so beautiful and satisfying.
I remember the day I shared this news with my close friends and extended family. I was showered with lots of attention and love from that day onwards. Till then, only our families knew about my pregnancy. But I felt as if I became attention seeker since then (in a good way for sure).
New Baby Advice
Plenty of tips and advices knock your door when you are pregnant, about the things you should or shouldn’t be doing. Some of them are valid, while others not at all. I heard everything that everyone said, but I knew what I wanted to do (the right thing obviously).
Aversions & Cravings
It literally happened to me. I began to gag at the mere sight of tea and chapatti (I was in love with tea before that day). To my surprise, I craved for bananas and sweets (which I never liked). It was impossible to believe, but it did happen.
Initially I was confused if it was gas, butterflies or bubbles. Sometimes a nudge from inside made me feel uncomfortable. But once I understood and encountered this experience, I realised that this was the most amazing and strangest feelings in the world. Ahh! how can I forget my baby’s kick.
Switching to weekly appointments is fun and weird at the same time. Just to make sure everything is going on fine and the baby is doing good, prenatal care is a must.
Buying maternity clothes was an external proof of my pregnancy. Also buying the first outfit for baby was exciting and emotional too.
This take time, after all you want a unique and best name for your child. Shortlisting names was a task we did every evening. After a lot of effort, we finally cut down the list to two names, one each for a boy and a girl.
Making my home ready for a baby (especially my room) was a task. It requires all planning and decisions of what all we need and how to arrange everything. I imagined it to be easy, but it was definitely bigger than that.
Packing for the hospital is exciting. Perhaps, it requires focus as to what all will be required in the hospital during those 2-3 days.
A dull ache at first or a bad cramp, contractions lead to pains. In a way, our body prepares our body and uterus for the future labour.
Finally, the day arrives for what we had been waiting and planning for during those nine months. The baby may be born any day now, so prepare yourself for a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Fun begins when we hold our baby for the first time.
The fourth trimester is important too. It is all ‘baby’ talk everywhere, but you need to take a nap too and take care of yourself. In the end, baby’s smile is all worthwhile.