This morning we kicked off the day by celebrating at Spiral Sofitel Manila‘s breakfast buffet.
Today marks my 21st week — hooray! We are 1 week past our halfway mark — that means we have 19 more weeks to go!
From our previous doctor’s appointment, I had the impression that today is the day that we will know Buchokikok’s gender — despite our baby’s gender, we love her/him very much, of course! But when we arrived at Doc Ana’s clinic for our consultation, she just checked my tummy for baby’s size which is just about right based on the age by week and she checked for the heartbeat which was not as fast as it was on our last visit. I think Buchokikok likes to give momma and daddy a scare! Haha.
Also, Doc Ana requested for a fasting, Congenital Anomaly Screening and Gender Determination scheduled end of August. She said it would be better to do all that between my 24th week until 28th week. In short, we’ll have to wait about another month to find our Buchokikok’s gender. It’s ok to wait as long as we know that baby’s ok in momma’s tummy.
Overall, baby and momma are healthy and well, but as of today I already gained 13lbs. My total weight gain goal for the whole pregnancy is 25lbs. That means I only have 12lbs credit until I reach my full term. I should strive to eat healthy at all times!
Momma’s happy as a clam for reaching our halfway mark. Grateful that we are on the right track!
Abdominal ache and pain. I got scared when I felt it one morning. But as my moms told me, it is normal because it most likely mean that baby is stretching in my belly.
Gaining weight. Yup, already having triple chin!
Increased energy. I’m taking advantage of this stage until I can! I heard I will feel heavier and lazier when I hit third trimester.
Abdominal itchiness. It’s starting to itch here and there but I am refusing to scratch it! No to stretchmarks please!
Shortness of breath. This depends on my lying position so I make sure I lay or sit down properly and comfortably.
Acne. I’m having acne but not on my face but on my belly.
White discharge. This symptom is getting more and more common. I need wider and longer pantyliners!
Backache. It’s persistent but also very common as the baby grows.
Hot flashes. This is due to my fluctuating hormone levels. It always feels like summer.
Huge appetite. I’m eating more and more as my belly grows — more room for baby, more room for yummy food.
Insomnia. This quite bothers me. Sometimes I’m already grateful for a 5-hour snooze.
Leg cramps. I’m advised to hydrate more!