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It was the time where you received lots of advice to start prepping and welcome your newborn. I heard them a lot, but it did not push me to get things prepared until I was in Week 34. That was when I started to look for the basic necessities for labor, confinement, and of course, welcoming the newborn into our life.
Nonetheless, the third trimester was quite a roller-coaster ride to me. When I began my third-trimester journey, I encountered a few things:-
Experienced heartburn in the middle of the night
During my third trimester, I experienced it three times. And most of the time, it happened either because I had heavy meals or had some indigestible food. It was quite a nightmare as I was not able to sleep at all. All I knew was my chest felt 'heavy' and there was lots of air in it. It got worse when the little one started kicking.
Things to know: #1 Do not overeat. Eat in moderation.
Experienced increase in body weight
Ideally, one should increase around 500gm per week, 2kg per month. However, in my third trimester, my body weight increased 2kg in a single week and that alarmed my doctor. Worried that I might face pre-eclampsia, I had to visit the nurses in Klinik Kesihatan for at least three days a week, to monitor my blood pressure and body weight.
Then, I had to meet the nutritionist who guided me on my food and drink intake. For instance, I should not drink full cream milk but to take low-fat dairy. I should not eat so much rice but to have a handful only (even though I would feel hungry).
Thankfully, after the whole session, my body weight maintained pretty well. Alas, what a journey!
Things to know: #2 You can only gain 500gm per week, 2kg per month. Not more than that. Or else, you might risk facing pre-eclampsia.
Ouch! The drop in my hemoglobin count
Okay, this was really dangerous! For pregnant woman, our hemoglobin count must be at least above 11. When I was in my first trimester, my hemoglobin count was creditable at 13. However, in my third trimester, my hemoglobin count saw a drastic drop. At first, it dropped to 10.9 that my doctor gave Obimim supplement to me.
Despite the given supplement, it dropped further to 10.7, which resulted in mild anemia. It was dangerous as this could bring harm, not just for the mother but also, the baby.
After seeking advice from my friends and doing lots of research, my husband and I came out with our ways. With the consent of doctor, I stopped taking Obimim but only consumed a dose of Blackmores, dedicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Then, I took Floradix liquid (15ml twice a day) to boost my iron absorption.
The husband put on the master chef hat for 3 months where we had chicken breast, broccoli, and occasionally, salmon to boost my hemoglobin count. We stopped taking any soy-based food such as tofu and soybean; and not even oyster sauce, soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. Apparently, all these were the culprits to the drop of my hemoglobin.
And within two weeks, my hemoglobin count started to improve. It went up to 11.1 and later, to 11.6. By the time when I was ready to deliver, my hemoglobin count was at 12.8. Praise Lord for that.
Things to know: #3 Monitor your hemoglobin count seriously.
Took Tetanus jab
For first-time mum, we are required to take twice, with a month gap in between. At the beginning, you would feel some discomfort and experienced a slight swollen at your arm. Nonetheless, the beauty of this is you can get your Tetanus jabs for free in Klinik Kesihatan.
Things to know: #4 Sometimes, doctors and nurses may forget about this. Just remind them about your Tetanus jab if you have not gotten one in your third trimester.
Start counting the number of times that baby kicked
I always got panicky when the baby was extremely quiet during certain times of the day. When that happened, I would usually ‘disturb’ the baby by pushing my stomach to the left and right, hoping that it would give a slight kick. And it worked most of the time.
Things to know: #5 Count the number of times that baby has kicked could be both a blessing and stressful. If the number of kicks is low as compared to the other days, you are advised to go to the hospital.
Get comfortable with your gynecology
Like I shared in my earlier post, I went to Putrajaya Hospital. My gynae was Dr.Hazim, the Head of Gynecology. I met him when I was in my Week 28 and Week 34. As my due was supposed to be in Week 40, he scheduled an appointment for me at Week 39, in case the little bubs was not ready to see the world yet.
In my second appointment with Dr. Hazim, I asked several questions on the processes since we were strike with the Covid-19 wave again. Despite having a long, busy day, he patiently answered all my questions and that was when I knew that I would be in his good hands.
Things to know: #6 Build the chemistry with your gynecology as this would greatly help during your labor. Imagine that they would be the ones to be with you during the labor. My husband was not able to join me in the labor room due to CMCO compliance.
Above all that, start counting the days till the arrival of your newborn. With so much excitement, anticipation, and nervousness, these became worthwhile when you carry your baby on your arm and listen to their cries in the labor room.
Ps: This is based on my personal experience.