it’s positive! :)

let me share how we actually found out that i am pregnant. i want to blog our experience in hopes that in the future, our son will read this and will find it interesting as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

so here goes…

my last menstrual period (LMP) started on 7th march 2012. ย my OB told us to test on the 4th of April to find out if we were successful or not.

FYI – April 2 is my mom’s birthday and April 4 was my dad’s… since we planned a ‘grand’ party for my mom’s 60th birthday (with wine, lechon, huge cake and the whole shebang), i wanted to make sure that i wasn’t pregnant – didnt want to risk drinking while pregnant. (plus im a pee on a stick addict so i usually take a couple of tests days before my period is due lol)

so early morning of april 2, i tested and it was negative. i didnt really feel sad or disappointed then because i thought it might be too early to test anyway… so i just put aside the test kit and planned to throw it out after taking my bath…

a few hours later (around noon actually), i went back to throw the stick out and as i was about to, i hesitated… i thought i saw a hint of a second line! it was verrrryyy faint but it was definitely there! i went straight to my sister and to my husband to show them the result and to get confirmation that there was indeed a faint line. this has NEVER happened before.

i began researching and checking what this meant and i was beginning to get hopeful because everything i read seemed to point to a YES – POSITIVE. i also consulted some friends and they confirmed there is a faint line! (although a few warned me to be careful because usually a faint line meant that the fetus was not implanted properly – whether this is true or not, i dont know…)

i took several more tests during the day (yes i was THAT excited) but decided to keep mum about this first. we wanted to BE sure before we shared the news with my mom and other relatives.

so we went to my mom’s bday celebration. just to be on the safe side, we substituted all the alcoholic beverages with chamdor – a non-alcoholic sparkling grape drink. no one was the wiser :p i was about ready to burst with the news but i kept it in.

i decided to tell my mom before the day ends… thought it would be a great gift for her! ย so after the party, the three of us (sis, hubby and me) went around manila to find an open pharmacy (since it was almost midnight) to buy more pregnancy test kits. lol remembering that night makes me want to laugh! my sister, wearing a very nice red dress ran to buy a test kit from a small dingy pharmacy. she told us later on that people actually stared at her while she was buying haha maybe they thought SHE was pregnant? hihihi…

anyway, as soon as we got home, i tested again… i know you’re supposed to test with the first morning urine but my theory is, if the result gets darker as the day progresses then it doesnt matter anymore! :p so tested and got this result within a few minutes:

since it was darker than the first test i took that day, i was more confident in telling my mom. so we went to my mom’s room and i showed her the test kit. she was stunned! lol she was speechless for a few seconds and i think she said something in the line of “oh buntis ka na ingat ka lagi” (oh you’re pregnant now you have to be more careful). lol but i know she was happy with the news. i can see it in her face ๐Ÿ™‚

the following day… i texted my OB and sent her a pic of the test result. she suggested that i go for a beta HCG test to confirm my pregnancy… so on that same day, hubby and i went to st lukes for the test. we waited a couple of hours and finally got the result. it’s confirmed. im pregnant!!!!!!!!

4th April – we went to visit my dad’s grave… i brought my positive test kit and showed it to him – told him that this was my birthday gift to him as well and i was sad that he won’t be able to see his grandchild. i was crying so hard. i think i scared my hubby a bit :p (sharing: as we were about to leave my dad’s grave, a pregnant cat approached us! i don’t know if it was a sign or a coincidence but i took it as good omen. i felt so happy i gave the cat food to eat)

after visiting my dad’s grave we went straight to my OB for my first prenatal checkup! ๐Ÿ˜€ wooohooo can’t believe that we are finally pregnant and due on december 12 (121212)! i was so proud and happy, i wanted to tell everyone who would listen that i was pregnant lol. we actually posted in FB on the same day ๐Ÿ™‚ we just couldn’t wait to hit the 14 week mark, i just had to announce it! ๐Ÿ˜€

finding out i was pregnant for the first time really was one of the most unforgettable moments in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

ohhh and since im a worry wart and i worry about the pregnancy so much, i took several more tests to re-confirm that my pregnancy was progressing well. LOL

so that’s it ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you found this post interesting. and if you have your story to share, please dont forget to comment below. i would LOVE to read about it! ๐Ÿ™‚



our conception story…

as i still have 10 weeks to go before D-day, i thought i’d share my conception / pregnancy story – before epidural messes up my brain hehe.

hubby and i had been married since january 2008 but we decided (or i decided) that we would wait a few years before we try to get pregnant. we wanted to enjoy our “honeymoon period” and we wanted to wait for the right time… and that “right” time came around 2011. we were finally ready!

but i guess my body was not… it wasn’t as easy as we hoped it would be! it took us around 7-8 months before we got pregnant. yes, i know our conception story and what we went thru is NOTHING compared to other couples, but that doesn’t make it less trying and less depressing. ย every time i tested negative, i wanted to cry and give up! we did consult an OB-GYN and i believe she played a huge part in our conception story.

warning: the following might be a bit TMI (too much info), but i want it to be as detailed as possible in hopes that it help other couples who are also TCC (trying to conceive).

what we did:

1. i had several rounds of clomid ย – i think maybe 2 to 3 rounds, i can’t really remember now. but since clomid was making my uterine lining thin out, i had to take duphaston as well to help counteract the effects of clomid. if not, the egg will have nowhere to cling to. the clomid helped becuase i was producing 1-3 follicles (or eggs) each month but for some reason, we were still getting negative results. finally, my OB decided to switch to femara. my hopes went up because based on my research there was a higher success rate for those TCC with femara than with clomid. i think i had around 3 rounds with femara.

2. we had to go to our OB every month for follicle monitoring – that is, to check if around the 11th to 13th day of my period, my body was actually producing follicles for ovulation. basically, no follicle = no egg = no pregnancy. the follicle monitoring was done thru a procedure called a transvaginal ultrasound and though not painful, i still felt ‘intruded’ each time. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

3. i had HCG trigger shots every month, except on the month that i actually conceived, to help my body to ovulate and to release the egg/s for conception. my OB didn’t give me a shot on that last month because she had a theory that i was actually ovulating later than we thought… so giving me a shot on the 12th or 13th day won’t help. so she told me that we’ll try ovulating naturally… and i guess it worked ๐Ÿ˜‰

4. hubby also went thru a sperm count analysis on our 6th or 7th month of trying… and he passed with flying colors. actually our OB called him a ‘superman’ because his sperm count was off the charts (it was a LOT!).

aside from the medical help we got from our dear OB, i also did TONS of research on how to boost our fertility the natural way. some of the things i learned were:

a. charting your menstrual cycle really helps. keep track of your period, the length of your cycle and your symptoms during ovulation.

b. eating pineapple (especially the core) ย from your ovulation day to the day your period is due can help with implantation

c. vitamin E helps… my friends from SG actually suggested that we take Nature’s Way Vitamin E each day, i guess it helped because after the first month of taking it, we got pregnant!

d. have fun – doing the deed on a prescribed scheduled time and day takes away the fun and added to the stress. so try to make it as fun as possible for both of you. (i wont go into details here lol)

e. praying – we went to St. Jude every week to pray for a blessing. and as always, he heard our prayer.

we finally got our good news and one of the biggest blessing in my life in April 2012… that story, on how we found out and everything, ill save for another post ๐Ÿ™‚

hope you found this post informative! if you have more tips, please feel free to leave a comment below! ๐Ÿ™‚