I went for my 32 weeks growth scan on Friday. It took longer than usual because they have some emergency cases coming in to do the scanning. On top of that, we were slightly late. Appointment was supposed to be at 10:50. We only arrived at 11:10.
Anyway, the scan was okay. The baby weigh 1.9kg and he is at 49 percentile. At 20 weeks growth scan, he was 70 percentile. I’m okay with his weight as long as he is healthy. I can’t remember his head circumference and diameter. He has not turned downwards yet. His position is like an inverted-C. His head is on my right side, his butt is somewhere on the lower left with his legs at my pelvic.
For the doctor consultation, Khalil did not came in as he needs to rush off for his Friday prayer. It was standard procedure. I then went for my ward admission briefing. Chose my ward and all that boring paperwork stuff.
After 32 weeks, the appointments will be 2 weeks apart instead of 1 month. I think for the next few appointments, Khalil need not attend. It is just a 5 minutes consultation. They checked your vital statistics and asked you how you are feeling and if you have any questions. Most of the aches or pains that I’m facing is part of pregnancy and is nothing dangerous. Alhamdulilah. So, basically, there is nothing much to ask or discuss. I’m glad I went for subsidized route because I’m only paying $33 for this kind of consultation and it is fully reimbursed by my company.
After the appointment, I went to Clementi to meet the husband who was praying at Darusalam. We then went to JP for our much-needed date. Hahahahha! Ate the Christmas Seafood platter at Fish&Co. Not recommended! We genuinely think the seafood platter for 2 is sooooo much better. After lunch, we went to watch the Big Hero 6. Sucha entertaining movie. Love it.
Over the weekend, we organised a family chalet at East Coast. The whole of Saturday, I was having this period-like cramp, backache and pressure at my pelvic. It was quite uncomfortable and painful. But, the pain was not that excruciatingly painful. Just like your bad menstrual cramp.
However, in the afternoon at around 5pm, I have heavy brownish discharge and even some fresh blood spotting. Told the husband and he told me to call NUH delivery line to enquire. I super love his attentiveness and his concern. Hahahaha! So sweet. I called NUH delivery line and they advised me to monitor the spotting and baby’s movements for a few hours. If there is still spotting or lack of movements, to come down to NUH for a check.
And so I did, monitor. The baby move normally so I was very relieved. However, I still have that cramps, backache, brownish discharge and some spotting. So, the husband called NUH delivery again at about 9pm. They told us to make our way there for a check. Not wanting to alarm my mom and the makciks there at chalet, we told them we need to go somewhere and went NUH senyap2. Hahahaha!
All along, I was having these cramps and backache. At times, I need to bend over to let the cramp wave away. In the car, we were very chatty. The husband asked me whether I remember how to breathe properly tak kla nak give birth. I just rolled my eyes saying that I will not give birth lah. Contractions don’t feel like this. Mesti lebih sakit.
Anyway, he still showed me how to breathe. Pant-pant-blowwwww. Pant-pant-blowwwww. Pant-pant-blowwwww. Hahahahhahaha! Kelakar giler!! I was laughing like mad ah at his semangat face. Biler antenatal class, he was not participative. Then, in the car, smangat demo with his face all! Hahahaahha! It was so funny!
He then parked at the A&E side. I don’t know why he parked it there. Supposed to park at the Taxi stand area. Since, he left his car unattended at A&E, we have to take the wheelchair. I insisted that I can walk but he told me mesti pakai wheelchair. Kecoh giler bocs I was resisting while holding my tummy and he kept insisting and trying to open that wheelchair. HAHAHAHA! Kecoh seh kiter.
He was actually excited nak tolak that wheelchair and look so important. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I was really embarrassed since it was my first time being wheeled in wheelchair.
Good thing I was in the wheelchair because we were lost! I was directing him to Clinic G because dah biaser gi Clinic G. Then, we realised we should be heading to Delivery suite not Clinic G. Nasib I was not in pain. It is a great dry-run for us.
When we went for the antenatal class, they direct us from the Taxi stand and not from A&E. So, kiter mcm lost trying to make our way. He then asked this staff and he showed us the way to the delivery suite. I was trying to hide my smile pasal the whole thing was so funny and Khalil was having loads of fun acting oh-so-important and pushing me in wheelchair with people looking at us. Hahahahahaha!
Dah sampai delivery suite, the staff wished us a smooth delivery. I was like looking at Khalil and trying not to laugh because I was not going to deliver.
The nurses there were already expecting us and told us to go to Delivery Suite 11. TShe briefed me to go toilet to pass urine and then lie down without any pants in the bed. And so I did.
We went through some normal paperwork and she put on the device to monitor baby’s heartbeats and my contractions. Baby’s heartbeats are strong and normal. Alhamdulilah. I was having some minor contractions.
The doctor then came in to do some tests. Too bad the doctor on duty was a male. Tapi, no choice. Anyway, it is a good dry-run for us. There was also this young female doctor. I think she is a student doctor. There were also 2 nurses in the room.
He touched my stomach then proceeded with the test. The nurse informed me that she need to switch on the light down on me. Super love their bedside manners.
He used this clamp to clamp me open then insert the cotton bud. There, in front of me, 3 ladies looking down at me with a male doctor doing the tests with my husband sitting by the bed. Awkward moment!
1st cotton bud swab test: To check whether I will be going into labour within this week. He placed the cotton bud in a test-tube and waited for the chemical reaction aka results. Result: negative. So, I will not go into labour anytime soon. Alhamdulilah.
2nd cotton bud swab test: To check whether my water bag has leaked. If the cotton bud turns black, means that there is a presence of water bag liquid. Mine was dark brown.
He then proceeded to do a VE to check for any dilation. Okay, I was very scared of VE because I heard horrible stories of it. VE was uncomfortable but not painful. Just uncomfortable and weird. It took about a few minutes. Maybe I was not having real contractions and in labour, that was why the VE was not painful. Maybe it will really hurt if in labour. But, I hope not. In sha Allah.
Glad I went through that because it cleared one of my major fears of childbirth. My cervix has not open yet. Alhamdulilah!
Back to the water bag swab test, he said the result is dark brown because of my brownish discharge. He then asked us when was the last time we had sexual intercourse as it may causes the result to be dark brown too.
Hahhahahahahaha!!! I answered him and let me tell you this, both doctors were trying to hide their smiles. I looked at the husband as he had that stone-face although he told me later dier pon malu. The doctor then informed us to refrain from such activity as it causes contractions to happen. I feel like some teenager caught making out in school by the Principal. Embarrassing much!!!
So, mystery solved! Spotting is not from my uterus or anything serious. Most probably from the vaginal wall tissue and contractions are not due to premature labour. Due to some happy chemical! HAHAHAHHAHA!!!
Khalil called my mom to update her that we were at NUH but everythings okay.
The doctor wanted to monitor us for an hour. So, they left us alone in the room. Hahahaha! I was still having my minor contractions but I was very relaxed pasal I know everything is okay.
The husband dah kepo2. He touched everything in the room! He kepo2 at the machine where they will place the baby. Opened some boxes. Showed me the vomit bowl. He switched on the TV. He even switched on the light above the bed which they used to shine down on me! He checked out the toilet, the birthing stool and bouncing ball.
Seriously he was bouncing all over the delivery suite and I was telling him to just sit down and keep still. He then went to my stomach and told Babylove not to be uptight like Ibu! Hmph! Hahahaha! He make everything so fun! It was a fun experience, indeed.
The doctor confirmed we are good to go home. Fun part over!
From the delivery suite, we walked to the Kent Ridge carpark. Since it was late, the corridor was really quiet and empty. Guess what the husband did? He imagined we were in some Resident Evil plot and there were some zombies hiding. I was supposedly injured since I was walking so slowly (still having minor contractions, rmbr?) and he was trying to save us from the zombies. Hahahhaha! I love him so much! He make the whole thing fun and I forgot about my pain because I was so amused by his antics and was laughing like mad too.
I thought of going home since I was still having my minor contractions. Tapi, mcm party-poopers kan kla tk overnight at chalet and make everyone worried about my spotting and contractions. Anyway, Khalil need to help out with the carrying of stuff on Sunday. Tak kan nak tinggalkan bulat2.
So, we went back to chalet and continue eating. Hahhahahaha!
Sucha happening weekend! Anyway, we will be waiting for the bill to arrive in our mailbox. -__-. Pleaseeeeee, jangan mahal pleaseeeee.
They don’t bill us on that day since it was already at night and the personnel in not on duty.
Take care people!