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Pregnancy Post: One-Month Countdown

When we found out we were expecting back in January, the idea that we would be welcoming a child into our family felt a long ways away. I was focused on me, my well-being, and my newly pregnant situation. Now looking back, the first trimester is a distant memory—a blurry few months of nausea, lethargy, and unproductivity, all looped in a cycle of a confused jetlag. And now that it’s less than a month away from baby’s birth, I’m all about baby and everything I can think of that she’ll need.

So far I’ve gained 10 kilograms, while baby is measured at 2.8, which according to the doctor is whopper! And that worries me a whole lot. I’ve always known I wanted to go the natural route and have been watching (for the most part) my food intake to avoid baby from gaining too much. Clearly this little one is a big eater. And now hearing and reading about how labor pain is pretty high up there on the pain index, trumping breaking one’s bones (yep!), I’m trying my best to prepare for a smooth of a delivery as possible.

While there’s no such thing as painless delivery (or is there?), I’d like to think I’m making a difference doing my Kegels and going to birthing class. And cutting down on carbs. Which is the absolute most miserable thing. And it drives me crazy that I never really used to watch what I ate, and now I’m having to eat less. But on the bright side, just one more month and I’ll get to eat absolutely anything and everything. I should start putting together a list.

My (lack of) sleep patterns continue to throw me off, and I haven’t gotten a decent night’s sleep in weeks. Among the bizarre dreams, baby’s boxing, heartburn, finding a comfortable position, and having to pee in the middle of the night, I have yet to crack the secret behind a proper shut-eye.

But good news—baby’s position is already head-down, and everything is looking normal and healthy. I’m hoping the doctor would soon be able to approximate baby’s true due date so we can really, really be prepared. Our hospital bag is all packed, and I think we have everything we need until the delivery. Except maybe the one very crucial item: a name. This is by far the question we get asked the most. And everyone thinks we are keeping it a secret but in truth we really haven’t settled on one we both really love and agree on. So, I guess that’s next on our to-do list.

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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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