Wednesday, August 8, 2012


My first trimester of pregnancy has not been a walk in the park.  I have been experiencing the classic symptoms, i.e., nausea, vomiting, food aversion, cramping, bloating, gastritis and ultra sensitive olfactory sense.  The odd thing is that as opposed to the more common "morning sickness," I begin to feel sick later in the day and become worst at night before *my* bedtime (I'm a night owl).  Blessed wife I am, my husband has been very supportive and fully hands-on in taking care of me and attending to all my needs and quirks.  However, when retching and heaving at 3:00 a.m. proved to be no fun at all and total energy sucker for me, he called up the local women's health center, and we scheduled an acute visit with an obstetrician the following day.

During the OB visit, I understood how strong pregnancy hormones are in that they reduce the ability of the stomach to empty its contents at a very much more slower rate explaining the conglomeration of symptoms I have.  I was given reassurance with regards to that, and the doctor even said that babies who cause nausea and vomiting are usually those who latch on pretty strong.  To curb my nausea and vomiting, I was advised to take doxylamine (sleep aid) and vitamin B complex, other than diphenhydramine (Benadryl) which I had been taking for the past weeks.  At the end of our visit, the doctor ordered an ultrasound just for baseline and to make sure that there's only one and not two (or more) babies inside ;)

Sheer bliss!  That's what I felt when I saw the black and white reflection of the 7.7-cm miracle inside my tiny womb.  I couldn't describe how happy I was to have caught an early glimpse of our first bundle of joy, and I will never forget how amazed and dumbfounded I was of God's greatness, realizing that behind all my weird and difficult symptoms the past 10 weeks, He has a wonderful masterpiece in progress.  Something tells me that the next 30 weeks of my pregnancy are going to be extra exciting :)

"Before you had a name or opened up your eyes,
Or anyone could recognize your face
You were being formed so delicate inside
Secluded in God's safe and hidden place...

You are a masterpiece, a  new creation He has formed
And you're as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn
And I'm so glad that God has given you to me
Little lamb of God, you are a masterpiece...

- Masterpiece by Sandi Patty"


  1. Hey there! I have been wondering about you and hoping you were okay. Thank Godness good news! What a blessing indeed. God is good! What an exciting new this is soon-to-be-mama. I hope you get to feeling better soon as some pregnant women do get sick like the whole nine months. I hope it is not in your case and you will be able to enjoy pregnancy even more. Especially when the baby starts moving. Exciting! I was lucky enough that I had such a great pregnancy on both and all I had to do was eat early in the morning and the rest of my day was fine. Anyway, great news! :) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  2. Masterpiece, indeed! I have to stop by here to know the details of your pregnancy. Sorry about the morning sickness. I empathize with you because I've gone through that with my two pregnancies. However, such phase are beautiful memories to cherish when the future becomes the present and the present, the past. Like I have said, lilipas din yan and everything will be extra exciting and worth it. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful baby blessed with awesome parents! Congratulations to the two of you, KM and hubby!

    I love that song "Masterpiece" by the way! The lyrics you posted made me sing the song now. :))

  3. oi...congratulations! finally! i haven't seen you in the BPC, kaya pala... after the first tri, it will be extremely exciting. wish you a very safe and easy pregnancy! by the way, that's my favorite song!!! i always play that album of Sandi Patti when i was pregnant with my eldest and sang that song to my babies, it makes me cry too... love that song...visiting...

  4. Reading your post made me recall my experience with Bella. Be grateful for the experience for you will surely miss that. That is all part of the process. Just embrace it with open arms to make the situation easier.

    I am so happy for you and Doc Vince. Finally, an angel is on your way. Be safe always. Mwah!

  5. yay! Sis KM congrats to you and your hubby :-) this is very exciting news Sis :-) I wish you in your pregnancy, sending good vibes that the morning sickness won't be long :-) I am blessed that I do not dwell with morning sicknes with my kids but every pregnancy is different. Enjoy every moment Sis :-)

    I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo very happy for you and your hubby...please continue to share the new bundle of joy with the Happiness Is miss that meme :-)

    All the best,
    Sis Jess

  6. Ikaw Buntis kung makapag blog hop ka WAGAS! Akala ko ba hinay-hinay lang sa blogging?

    3 blog posts in less than a week plus walang bukas na comments sa mga blogs? Hehehe

    I'm grateful actually but take care of your health. Mas importante kau ni baby kesa sa PR ni Mr. G. Hugs!

  7. Reading your experiences made me feel more excited for you, Karen as opposed to what you said na baka matakot ako. Hahaha! Di pako nakakarelate but i am sure you're going to enjoy your journey as a mom soon.

    Dahan-dahan sa pagbblog. Ang usapan natin 1 post per week. Nakakailang posts ka na ba? Lol!

  8. Awwww Congrats! Super saya naman at magkakaroon na kayo ng little bundle of joy! Kaya pala nasa hiatus mode ka! So Happy for you!

  9. Congratulations mommy Karen! As i read your story it made me remember my preggy moments with my daughter Reese,they called the vomiting and nausea morning sickness,but for's an all day and night sickness.I throw up all day,feeling tired and weak.And i have to take a long leave from my work because i can't even stand up for along time..But all of those nerve wrecking experiences fade into ashes when i first saw my baby.The first time i held her in my arms was magical..i just stared at her the whole night!
    Your life as a mom has just begun,cherish each moment and just enjoy everything.Be happy always okey..

  10. sabi nga nila congrats :))

    naimagine ko lang ganu kahirap yung mga physical symptms, buti hindi ka required na magbedrest, ganyan..

    i remember at the time, wala akong symptoms whatsoever..naman nagdive pa ako nun, slide for life, zipline, luzon - visayas - mindanao tour, work, puyat at gala.. at the very delicate time of first trimester.,

    delikado pala ang walang symptoms na ganun, buti na lang malakas kumapit si baby :)

  11. congrats te...:-) ganyan talaga. magiging mommy ka na. at magkakapinsan na si astin... dati sabi pa naman nya sakin, "mommy bat wala kasi akong pinsan," ang sagot ko lang, "tanong mo kay ate mae." ngayon may sasagot ka na sa kanya pag tinanong ka. kasi may pinsan na sya! yay!


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