Pregnancy Story
Motherhood, Pregnancy

Pregnancy: How I found out and What I did Next

I would like to share my pregnancy story with you which all started last February. I had a very regular menstruation period and it usually lasts 21 days only, most is 25 days. I was expecting my menstruation on February 23, 2016 when it should’ve been my 25th day.

So on February 24, 2016, my boyfriend and I went to the grocery store where there’s a Watsons. Luckily, there was this Buy 1 Take 1 Pregnancy test kit that offers early detection, as early as 1 st day of missed pregnancy. I took it as soon as we came home because I was sure I was pregnant. I went to the bathroom, and VOILA! There were 2 lines, clear as the skies. I was dazed so I told my boyfriend, yet he was surprisingly happy, ME? I was shocked. I did the second pregnancy test and both were positive! My life went crumbling down. That time, I was supposed to go back to Kuwait and my partner back to Australia.

We did not have a stable job and we were lost until this blessing came along. We believed that this was God’s plan and slowly we told our family and friends. Some were shocked, some were happy, some were a little bit off since they thought it was irresponsible of us to have a family while figuring things out. I did not care. What’s important was the baby I was carrying, the rest will follow.

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After two days, we went to The Medical City to have a confirmation from the OBgyne, since we couldn’t believe it. The OBgyne told us that the line is clear and there’s no room for doubt. Second, I was so sure of my last menstruation, as if I had this all planned.

She told me that it was conceived between Feb 03 and Feb 06
(THE BABY WAS MADE IN MORONG, BATAAN). Hahaha. We had a laugh when I said it loud. She gave us Duphaston 3 times for 2 weeks (to make the baby “kapit”) which, according to Google, it works by correcting the levels of progesterone, thereby stimulating the lining of the uterus to prepare for a pregnancy
and protect an existing pregnancy, and OBIMIN PLUS, a pre-natal supplement that has DHA in it.

It was so expensive thatwe needed atleast Php 250 a day plus ANMUM Milk. We tried our best and we transferred to another hospital that was nearer my house and I was happy I found Dra. Datu of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. She only charged Php 200 pesos for checkup which is really affordable, and was recommended by the most trusted receptionist I know, Ivy, when I asked for
a reasonable OB-Gyne. Dra. Datu immediately recommended me for Transvaginal Ultrasound, to see whether the embryo was inside the uterus. If it were outside, then it was ectopic pregnancy and could be risky.

I went right away, alone, since my boyfriend had to go Beijing and work. The procedure was uncomfortable but on the top of that, I WAS SCARED. What if it’s ectopic? What if it’s abnormal? What if’s were there but as soon as the OB- Sonologist said “Congratulations”, all worries were gone and came this cloud of
excitement for the next chapter of my life.I took a picture and sent it to my boyfriend to assure him that everything was
alright, Dra. Datu gave me additional vitamins. It was Iberet Folic (iron and folic acid in one) and Calciumade (Calcium and Vitamin D) and said to continue OBIMIN PLUS since it’s the only pre natal supplement that provides DHA. For all of these,
our running budget for supplements was 75 pesos, a big relief from Php 250 since we omitted the Duphaston.I had a very smooth pregnancy! I was still active. I did not crave anything in
particular, but suddenly, I COULD NOT EAT WITHOUT CHILI! I even bought a plant so I can harvest “sili” anytime! I was not able to take a picture of it because it died soon.

After ensuring my pregnancy, baby’s safety, multivitamins, and well-balanced diet (I need to thank my boyfriend Rene for making sure that during my pregnancy, I only ate healthy and non-processed food as much as we could) what I did next is go to SSS to ask how to claim my maternity benefit that WE ARE ALL ENTITLED FOR, whether we are working or JOBLESS at the moment. Turns out that as long as we have a 12=MONTH HISTORY OF PAYMENT, we are qualified for this benefit.

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