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Chronicles Of A Mom – To – Be!! Woo Ho!! Part 4

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By Shwetha Kalyanasundaram

With a husband slogging away across the seas, handling a pregnancy alone can be a daunting task. It has been hard to stay positive about this pregnancy. As much as I am thrilled, I do end up mind-fighting nasty little thoughts that something may be or go wrong.  Panic attacks do suck sometimes!

So here I am, typing away furiously on my tablet, waiting outside for my NT scan. So what exactly is this? NT stands for Nuchal Translucency. This screening uses a high-powered ultrasound to measure the clear or translucent space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby’s neck. Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid at the back of their neck during the 1st trimester, causing this clear space to be larger than average.

And boy! This was fun in its own way. The scan doctor did have her time getting the li’l peanut in position to take the necessary measurements. My mother-in-law and I had a ball of a time watching the peanut dance in my womb. Dear Husband, looks like this is an indication of the times to come after November!!

And results of the scan, the li’l one is doing absolutely perfect! All the tension, stress and anxiety that had been building up prior to the scan just disappeared instantly. And to top it all, to sit and listen to the beautiful sound of the tiny heartbeats echoing in the room, that moment is truly priceless!!!  I melted inside, and my eyes welled up with tears of happiness.  This is definitely the icing on the cake.

And finally with the first trimester behind my back, it’s time to visit the salon, to transform from a Planet of Apes resident to a more beautiful pregnant self. Your body definitely pays for the privilege of pregnancy. And this calls for a lot of pampering. Aaah, a day at the spa works wonders on your body and adds the extra glow that lasts (this in addition to the glow on a mom-to-be’s face)!

And now that I’m totally relaxed after a fun day, it’s bout time for me to sit with my eyes closed and imagine a beautiful, peaceful scene with my fantasized baby-to-be, wrapped in my arms – tis being my only solution to my panic attacks!

So it’s time to say good-bye to my first trimester and to all you folks! Brief y’all soon…

Disclaimer: As much as the above experiences are my own, I have definitely referred from my pregnancy bible “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and other pregnancy blogs on Google for certain details and reasoning.

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Chronicles Of A Mom – To – Be!! Woo Ho!! Part – 2

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OF SICKNESS AND FIRST LOVE

By Shwetha Kalyanasundaram

April 2nd 2013 will be the day my husband and I will never forget, the day the big P-moment was announced to us! First a sense of incredulity followed by a wave of joy and now an imminent feeling of fright and anxiety.

First thought after all the celebrations – to add this moment as a life event on Facebook (We love updating our timelines!). But we chose to keep mum for a while, at least till the end of the first trimester (We didn’t want to jinx the whole baby thing; rather the elders in our families didn’t want us to!).

Well, pregnancy does have its share of wonderful moments that are precious but there is also a cartload of less than fabulous symptoms!

The first and foremost is the “morning sickness”, which certainly doesn’t live up to its name! I definitely spent most of my mornings (afternoons and nights included) hugging the toilet!

Secondly, the “heightened power of smell”! Do I blame the hormones that magnify every smell that comes my way for this??? The foods that I used to go gaga have me gagging at the very sight of them now.

Phew, “exhaustion” features onto the list as well. Guess building a baby inside you is a far more tiring than working out in the gym (lol! Bet my husband’s reading this…my only chance to brag; ha ha ha!).

And not to forget “lost sleep”! Insomnia has struck me while my husband snores away to glory (Duh)!

And last but not the least, “mood swings”! As much as my body is working hard to nurture the tiny bundle of joy inside, the pregnancy hormones are definitely working overtime to take control of my body? No rather control of my mind! One minute I’m happy, the next minute, weepy; one moment deliriously happy, the next moment disproportionately pissed! I’m definitely riding an emotional roller coaster!

All the grumbles roll away the moment you see the tiny peanut growing inside you for the first time in your ultrasound!

I fell head over heels in love with the baby nut! The most intimate moment and the first of many! The first picture of our baby will definitely occupy the center space in our baby book!

So what happens next? My second ultrasound called the Nuchal Translucency (NT) scans. I can’t tell you how excited we are to see how our little peanut has grown and transformed.  And as I enter the second trimester which seems like the next big milestone, the worry that everything is good – seeing that our baby is doing alright as I enter the next phase of pregnancy has definitely set in! Nevertheless, am looking forward to all that comes with it.

 Will keep you all posted! Adios till then!

For the first part look here