Well, just like any other ladies I guess. "It" was late, and normally I couldn't care less coz' my menstruation cycle has always been irregular anyway. There were times I missed it by 2 months! So this time, like any other times, I ignored. It was the sore breast that alarmed me. My breats normally become sore and tender a week before my period, but this time, they were sored for 3 weeks and yet still no sight of my 'auntie' coming. I also noticed the increase in size *grin*
So one very early Saturday morning, I fished out the spare pregnancy test kit that I bought very long time ago, read the instruction and off I went. 5 minutes.....the result was out....POSITIVE. I went back up to the room, told hubby, chit chat a little while, then we both went back to sleep. LOL.
Later, found out the test kit has long expired. Bummer! Went out to buy another one, ran the test......POSITIVE!
Booked myself in to see my GP on the following Monday. He told me I was 4 weeks preggie, gave a lecture of what to/not to eat/do. I was then given 3 options in choosing my antenatal care through out my pregnancy:
1. Engaged a doctor in the hospital, but then you may have someone else to deliver your baby if the doctor you engaged is not on shift when you're in labor. FREE
2. Midwife. Get yourself a midwife to provide antenatal care including delivery. You would be refer to a specialist (free of charge) should your pregnancy has complications. FREE
3. Specialist. The gynae look after you through out your pregnancy including baby delivery. Cost is ~$3K for the whole pregnancy term. (0_0)!!
We chose the Midwife option since it is free and my GP doesn't think I need to engage a specialist considering my age.
Since it was still early stage, we kept it all to ourselves until I was in my 8th week. Then I told my parents. I wanted to keep it from everyone apart from family at that stage, but my morning sickness was bloody obvious and really affecting my work so I had to tell my boss and a couple of colleagues whom I work closely with.
As for my morning sickness, well I had the full combo! Nausea, tireness, bloated stomach and vomitting(more like gagging as nothing comes out but gasses). My gagging is really bad, it could happen anytime on each and everyday. I don't feel like eating, but yet have to eat for the sake of alleviating my gags. It was also because of all these morning sickness (I think), I became very emotional, grumpy and impatience. I 'barked' at anyone who stepped on me. LOL
I craved for things that are juicy and sour like fruits/juices. Seafood or anything oily would make me sick. Wuecccck!
There are also many things I cannot eat, and as a Chinese living in this foreign country, there are even more thing I need to turn my head away from.
Based on our Chinese old wives tale and facts, I need to avoid all seafood (except fish),Banana, barley and anything that is considered 'cold' to the body.
Then, according to the 'ang moh'(i.e kiwis) medical advise provided here, there are even more things to avoid:
-Anything that is raw or not fully cooked except vege and fruits e.g. sashimi, raw/half boiled eggs (there gone my beloved Tiramisu!), meat etc
-Anything that is pre-prepared e.g. sandwich, salads etc-Processed food (God knows what is considered not processed nowadays!)
-Sushi unless freshly prepared and eat instantly
-Ham, salami, humus, pâté
-Soft cheese unless it is cooked pipping hot
-Buffet/Chinese smorgasbord/anything that's cooked and kept warm to serve
...and the whole list goes on......
Basically, anything that is not freshly prepared and cooked pipping hot, I have to avoid. See, so many things cannot eat, I might as well go eat grass lah! What a real torture! (>_<)!
1st trimester was a tough period for me, and at times I felt like I had enough of all these nonsenses and regretting the decision of having baby. The whole pregnancy seemed like an evil act to me! (T___T)