What to do once you know that you are pregnant?

Pregnancy is a 40-week period. 3 different seasons, no coincidence with 3 trimesters. Your body will undergo various changes through the 9 months, so ensure that you know whats going on ‘inside’.

1. Get an appointment with a Gynae 

Everyone has their preferences. Instead of a private gynaecologist, we decided that Singapore’s hospitals were of a certain standard and to go the prudent route. 

2. Get a Referral letter from the polyclinic

This was our ‘passport’ to get the government subsidy. The hospital/gynae will have different packages. We went for the general one, because the truth is, most gynae end up NOT delivering their patients. It’s midwives. Being young and optimistic, we figured specialists would be around should there be any emergencies.  

3. Track your foetus’s development.

This is the part we looked forward to the most. It was at these regular checkups that we could observe our baby through the scans. Tiny hands and legs curled up made me cry as I watched a life developed inside me. 

Don’t be alarmed if he/she doesn’t first look ‘cute’. I remember my 1st baby’s scan. I cringed as she looked like an alien. My fears of her deformity turned to relief when I realised that was how an 8-week old foetus looked like with the huge head and less developed limbs. 

4. Watch your diet.  

I started eating nutritiously. Knowing that my body was now providing for the physical development of my foetus’s brain and bone development, I started eating more fish, broccoli and balanced my diet with fruits. 

Drink more water too. Where would the fluid forming the waterbed come from? On a scientific note, water hydrates, improves our mood and prevents constipation.

5. Exercise

We have seen pictures of heavily pregnant mother jogging. Simple rule. Continue with your exercises. Meaning, if you have NEVER run before you were pregnant, please don’t start. Yet, if swimming is something you’ve always enjoyed and done regularly, there is no reason to stop.

Being an active person, I continued walking to most places. That is probably the reason why most of my weight gain was from the foetus.

6. Take time to Rest

Listen to your body. Too many of us either listen too much to peoples’ advice or continue our own lifestyles. Listen to your body. Your body knows what you need best. 

Towards the 3rd trimester, I felt more tired throughout the day. My husband commented that I would lie down on the bed as soon as I reached home after dinner. While this was different from my usual independent self, I was unapologetic and found myself graciously accepting seats offers on public transport. Definitely a privilege! 

7. Get your partner’s support.

So many changes are happening inside us. And every mother is aware of the physical changes. Yet, most partners’ lives remain the same, so share with them and get their support.

I requested for daily massages and that was a way he could share in my experience of the pregnancy those he wasn’t carrying the foetus. 

Junia Tan

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Junia Tan is a mother of 5 amazing kids and she runs her own YouTube Modern Asian Mother.

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