The past three day were full of excitement for me and my hubby, Ej. Last Saturday, I had to wake up for my OGTT or the Glucose Tolerance Test. It is a procedure usually given to patients to test for diabetes and of course, just like me, it is given to patients who are pregnant. Fasting should be done before taking the test. My last meal was at 10:30 pm, Friday evening. I went to St. Lukes Global City at 7:00 in the morning.
Luckily for us, not a lot of people were there that early. When my number was called I paid and went to the blood extraction room. BTW, the pathology department of St. Lukes is on the second floor. There is no need to call for an appointment. Just go there with the advise from your doctor. Okay, so when it was my turn, they took blood from me. This is to set your baseline. After which, they had me drink this orange flavored liquid. I heard so many horror stories about it, but it wasn’t that bad. It was like drinking Royal True Orange without the fizz. They then gave me a sheet of paper and told me to come back after an hour to extract my blood again and then to come back an hour again after that. In total, they extracted my blood thrice.
The results would come in four hours after so we had to get it around 2pm. When we got it, the results seemed pretty okay. I had to have my doctor interpret it for me come Monday. We then went to the Mommy Mundo Bazaar were we had a blast looking for things for our baby. We couldn’t buy yet though since we didn’t know the gender yet. It sucked to have to control yourself while going around. I had a great time though talking to friends and meeting moms.
This is me (in yellow) with Janice Crisostomo Villanueva (the lady behind Mommy Mundo), Eliza Santiago-Ypon (PaintersWife.com), Neva Arboleda-Santos (ManilaMommy.com and also my sis-in-la with Dan and David), Ginger Palma Arboleda (that’s me!) and OliDex Sy (Quirks Marketing Philippines) at Rockwell Tent.
I was there at around 3:00 pm but we had to go home immediately, since I was having a terrible headache. I had the headache for two days. On Sunday, I pretty much rested the entire day. I hated it since I wanted to go out and do stuff, but my headache was killing me. I was pretty excited though to know the gender of my baby and to go through my Congenital Anomaly Scan (CAS), since I wanted to see my baby. The last time we had the ultrasound was on Week 12, which seemed like a long time ago.
My appointment was at 10:30 am, but the nurses in the Women’s Health department of Asian Hospital really said that this is just an approximate time, since the women before me were having their CAS, too, and it normally takes a longer time than the normal ultrasound. It takes longer since the doctor really has to check each and every body part of the baby and see if these are functioning well. I was called around 11:30 am.
We (Ej and !) went inside the room. The doctor followed inside after a couple of minutes. She then placed this cool gel on my stomach and used the Ultrasound device. Right when it touched my tummy, I saw my baby’s feet in the monitor. It was so cool! The images were so clear. I got to see the fingers, liver, heart, eyes, lips, spine, toes, etc. The doctor was gracious enough to explain and point out everything, as in literally EVERYTHING, to us. She even explained what the Congenital Anomaly Scan was and its importance.
She mentioned that the Congenital Anomaly Scan is an ultrasound (2D) scan that is normally done best during 20 weeks to 26 weeks of pregnanacy, when the baby is not that small nor not that huge. They need it to be this size, since it is easier to get the baby into a position where they can check each and every part of the baby’s body. Some doctors (Obstetricians) may require you to undergo the CAS, while other doctors believe that it is not necessary. Some patients too may not want to undergo a CAS since they believe that they will only get depressed if they find out that something is wrong. Personally, I would really want to know anything that is happening to my inside of me. If there would be an immediate cure or something to prevent further defect, I would want to know.
Yes, knowing the gender of the baby isn’t the only purpose of the Congenital Anomaly Scan. It allows you to check the head circumference, the position of the baby, to check if the baby has a cleft lip, if the spine is covered, if the heart is pumping well, if kidney’s are in tact, etc. The doctor had to measure the length of the bones in the legs and even the bones in the arms. While the doctor was measuring, my baby was kicking her as if to say “This is my space, lady!” haha!
The doctor then asked if we wanted to know the gender and we unanimously said “YES!”. She scanned the area of the genitals and we found out that…
BABY PA is a GIRL!
Yey! I could dress her up and I could place those cute little headbands that they have for girls!
We waited until 3:00 pm since my OB arrives at that time. When I was called into the hospital, I was weighed and then I went inside her room. I told her that we knew it was a girl. She congratulated us and then went through my scan. The first thing she noticed that the baby was in breech. She told us that we needed to correct that before the baby became too big to spin around. She doesn’t recommend External Cephalic Version (ECV), where the doctor turns the baby, because their is a risk that we injure the baby or destroy the umbilical cord.
She explained some reasons why the baby may be in breech:
1. The umbilical cord may be too short
2. The pelvis of the mom may be too narrow that the baby finds comfort in putting the feet instead of the head below
3. The baby loves the mother’s voice. Some moms love reading to the baby that the baby finds comfort in her mother’s voice.
I believe that in my case it may be number 3. I love talking to my baby and I love talking… PERIOD, so that may be it.
Anyway, the doctor advised me to play classical music and have speakers near the “you-know-where” area so that the baby will find it’s way to the music and eventually, she would have her head at the bottom.
The next thing that I have to watch out for is my sugar levels. It’s actually alarming, not because it is high, but it’s too low.
As you can see, in my doctor’s handwriting, I should have been in those levels, but unfortunately, I’m way below. I need to eat more complex carbohydrate… wheat bread, wheat crackers and fruits. I gained 5 pounds from my last check up, so that’s one pound more than what I should have gained. The doctor thinks I should stop with taking maternity milk already and take prenatal vitamins.
So these are the two things that I have to work on — my baby’s position and my blood sugar level.
We don’t have a name yet, but we’ll let you know once we have decided what to name Baby PA. Here are some updates on Baby PA:
How far along? 23 Weeks and 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: 22 lbs (from 132 to 154). This is my official weight from my doctor’s clinic. She again mentioned that I should only have a weight gain of 25 – 35 pounds for my pregnancy.
Maternity clothes bought? None yet since my last update.
Stretch marks? None… but I feel my tummy getting itchier, especially while sleeping at night! 🙁
Sleep: I sleep at around 12 midnight and wake up at 8:00 am still.
Miss Anything? Yeah, having an easy time tying my rubber shoes’ shoelaces. Now, it feels weirdly ‘hard’ to tie my shoelaces.
Movement: Yes, especially last night when Ej and I tried playing Vivaldi’s Autumn Mvt 1: Allegro. Ooooh, so sossy!
Food cravings: None, but i’m always hungry.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing anymore… but I’ve been having headaches. 🙁 boohoo!
Have you started to show yet: Yes, I think I’m showing already. All of a sudden, my tummy expanded.
Gender prediction: We know it’s a girl!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In… slowly moving out
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy… but I still feel “hot” often.
Looking forward to: Buying stuff for my baby! Yey!
Here’s a picture of Baby PA sucking her thumb!
’til my next update!
P.S. I’m thinking of creating another blog for my Mommy adventures. What do you think? 🙂