Sunday, March 4, 2012

Opening the Pregnancy Book

Hello, March!

As scheduled, when I am about to cross my pregnancy's first trisemester, the most critical period of the pregnancy, my Gynae finally opened the Pregnancy Book yesterday morning.

Wonder what the so called Pregnancy Book is?

Pregnancy Book is generally a personal maternity record given at every booking appointment with the Gynae. It is basically a piece of card folded into two, with lots of tables in it and contains overview of the mother's pregnancy progresses (including the monthly prescribed medications/vitamins). The book is for the mother to bring home after the Gynae's visit and we ought to bring it with us to subsequent antenatal visits.

Here's a little further explanation on what happened to me yesterday when I was about to get my first ever Pregnancy Book. After I checked myself in to the nurse in the hospital yesterday, even before the Gynae arrived, the nurse asked me to take a urine sample and then, she weighed me. Prior to this, during my monthly Gynae's visits, none of this was ever done - the Gynae only did the ultrasound scans on my tummy.

Moving on, when it was finally my turn to see the Gynae, she measured my blood pressure and wrote all the numbers into the Pregnancy Book. The Gynae explained that from now on, I have to bring this Pregnancy Book whenever I see her every month; must not lose the book as it's going to be one of the important documents to settle my child's birth certificate paperwork later on; and even carry the book whenever I travel long distance as medical record in case I have to urgently see doctors when I am away.

My first Pregnancy Book.

As written in the Pregnancy Book, at 11 weeks and 3 days gestation age:

  • I have gained 2,5 kg to date
  • I have normal blood pressure at 100/60 
  • I have no diabetes problems, as diagnosed from the urine test.
  • My baby is doing well, although I forgot to ask the exact height/weight of the baby thus far and am unable to read the Gynae's writing on the baby's current measurement stated in the pregnancy book

Also, yesterday my Gynae has started to prescribe me with pregnancy multivitamins and edible fish oil/DHA (to ensure the baby is as smart as his/her mother, at least!) which I previously did not take. During my first trisemester, I only took folic acid and progesterone pills regularly (although I stopped consuming the latter a couple weeks ago).

My pregnancy multivitamins and fish oil capsules for the next 30 days.

Last but not least, here's the picture of my unborn baby taken yesterday. He/she was resting when we did the ultrasound scan, so the baby didn't do much water ballet shows for us to watch like the other day

In yellow circle: Baby at 11 weeks and 3 days.

The Gynae's showed my husband and me the baby's beating heart, spinal bones, facial bones, hands and legs. I discovered that Daddy was so mesmerised to see his unborn son/daughter 'jumped' a little inside the uterus for the first time! Magic?

My next Gynae's visit will be at the end of this month and I really hope that we could find out the baby's gender by then. #prayinghard

Doctor bills: RM 123 (for the Gynae's consultation fee, urine laboratory test, multivitamins and fish oil capsules).

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