Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Expecting the Stork

Indeed! It was more than confirmed! Our little family of three is expecting a fourth member soon!

I was three weeks delayed when I decided to do the home pregnancy test. I was confused to see the result, few minutes after I dropped the urine sample on its pee hole, one line turned faint red (two lines mean positive). I immediately went out the house and find the nearest pharmacy to buy a new pack, just to corroborate the result. Several more minutes, the outcome: the other line was still blurred, but one thing is for sure, there are certainly two lines on that strip.

It was a blissful initial response, a new baby is a blessing. I chat with Honey, and told him about the good news. He called me right away and he was like laughing, crying, and kinda shouting, (didn't know how the heck he did that, though, LOL!). He's been wanting to have an addition to our family.

However, the next moment was a bit scary. FYI, I still have the IUD in me that is supposedly good for five years, there is only 1% risk for me to be pregnant. I was only using it for almost two years until I found out about the pregnancy. An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small object that is inserted through the cervix and placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. They affect the movements of eggs and sperm to prevent fertilization. They also change the lining of the uterus and prevent implantation. So if I got pregnant while the IUD is in place, the fertilized egg might have settled in fallopian tube since it prevent the egg and sperm to fertilize inside the uterus, which if happened is an ectopic pregnancy. We also learned that the risks of miscarriage, and/or pre-term delivery are also there while this device is still inside me or if carry away.

We sought the help of an experienced, one of the top ob-gynecologists in St. Lukes, Dr. Elsi Badillo-Pascua. She had me sonographed, and GOD is so good, the fertilized egg is inside the uterus, so the risk of ectopic pregnancy was immediately eliminated. It just so happened that the IUD was dislodged that causes my gestation. She then opted to keep the IUD inside to prevent further complications. It will just come out together with the baby. She relayed that she have had several same cases in the past, and they were all had a healthy and sound pregnancies even if the IUD was still in.

She also made clear that the danger of miscarriage/pre-term delivery are always there in any kind of pregnancies. She said that as long as me and my partner remain non-promiscuous and pure, the risks of infection is not feasibly high. I felt appeased after that conversation.

What did I learn from this? Hmmm... Internet as a research source is not really something you can hold on to. I mean, horrible stories I've read, who have had the same plight with mine, and the frightful experiences, only made me feel more miserable. Until I've talked with the specialist, and found out that mine is no lesser different from the normal pregnancy.

All I have to do is to enjoy this new life in me, though I wasn't expecting it to come this soon (that is why I chose the 5 year old IUD, hahaha), just the same this angel is a blessing we welcome with all our hearts. And most of all, the joy this new baby is giving my husband as early as now, is immeasurable, he is in the cloud nine up to now, hahaha.

We are expecting the stork to visit next year of May. So, welcome aboard sweety! I hope you will enjoy your stay on Mom's womb. I'm just so happy that we did not lose you! Love yah!

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