Our lil’ dragonlady is about 2.5kg now, up from 2.2kg at 32nd-week check. Initially I thought the weight gain may be too quick. But after importing some of the old posts of my pregnancy with Thaddeus, I realized my gynae is right! 2.5kg is an average weight. Thaddeus was about 2.7kg at 34 weeks.
I’ve mentioned before that this second pregnancy is very different from my first. The wide array of symptoms I had to go through for the first pregnancy was difficult, but thankfully, does not affect baby’s growth. For this second pregnancy, I may not experience that many types of symptoms but for whatever I have, they are a whole lot more severe and worrying.
First, the OSCAR results which still worries us even after they adjusted the risk. Then recently, I have been experiencing very intense aches and pain in my back and pelvic areas. The pain can get so severe, I would break out in cold sweat and have to stop whatever I am doing. I was walking around so slowly because of the pain, I had strangers asking me if I need help. Totally feeling like an old woman!
Last week, I suddenly developed very bad swelling in my feet, which sometimes spread all the way to my knees. It gets so bad I can’t even bend my knees to get onto my bed. My legs feel like an inflated balloon, threatening to burst every time I exert pressure on them. My ankles especially, become painful to touch. This really scares me because I have never experienced anything like this before.
At 34th-week check, we discovered protein in my pee and looks like there could be some infection too. Had to do an additional urine test for the lab and would get the results at my next check-up.
Based on all these symptoms, I went to do some reading up and discovered that I may be at risk of having preeclampsia. Yes people, I have more to be worried about again. Because I cannot sit/stand/walk/lie down for too long, my gynae put me on hospital leave so that I can get as much as rest as possible.
In other baby news, we finally arranged for the cot bed to be delivered so that Thaddeus would have some time to get used to it and not feel like his babysis took his bed.
We got Thaddeus a lighter-weight and slightly more spacious stroller as well. We’re keeping the Stokke for dragonlady since she won’t be able to sit in baby chairs when we dine outside in the early days.
Next, to check on the breast pump and the other necessities I would require post-birth and during confinement. And to sort out all the handmedowns for dragonlady!