I decided to do a Q&A on Twitter with the hashtag #AskSarah. A lot of the questions and requests that came up were if I could write about my pregnancy journey and talk about my experiences! So here we are.
I wanted to share with you the lessons I’ve learned from my first pregnancy that I am now “using” during this one. These include even the funny symptoms I felt with each one. Keep in mind that all pregnancies are different and you shouldn’t compare yours with anyone. We just have to learn from experience or from people we trust. Let’s keep it fun!
Early signs of weird cravings
I remember being on vacation in Europe with my mom and now fiancé during my first pregnancy, but I didn’t know I was pregnant yet! I was requesting for them to find me Lechon manok (roasted chicken) at 9:00 in the morning. Literally early cravings.
This time around, the cravings brought me from the land to the sea. I am craving shrimp. Shrimp—and lots of it! Specifically, dim sum dipped in a lot of chili, soy sauce, and calamansi. I also find myself craving for iced tea—peach iced tea to be specific! It’s strange because I have always been a fan of good old water rather than soda or sugary drinks.
Pain in the ass early symptoms
During my first pregnancy, I had to deal with Puking. Every. Time. I. Get. A. Headache. Add that to skin breakouts!
Now, my symptoms are a little different. I get really moody and sleepy and find myself annoyed at the most little things. But I do meditate to stay zen and happy!
Late pregnancy symptoms
Oh boy, you name it, I had it when I was pregnant with Zion! My back ached all the time. My feet were so swollen that I couldn’t wear my usual shoe size. I had an insane appetite, too—and yes, I got big. But even though all this, I had such glowing skin (during my second trimester of pregnancy). I guess what they say about the pregnancy glow is real!
It’s quite different now. I didn’t vomit. I am able to distinguish real baby movement (at around 16 weeks onwards) from abdominal pain (round ligament pain). I can also feel his heartbeat around the same time when I place my palm on my lower abdomen! It’s the loveliest feeling I share with Chard and Zion.
What I loved about being pregnant
Let’s be fair, being pregnant wasn’t all so bad! During my first pregnancy, my hair and skin were so healthy! Maybe it was because I ate well, but the glowing skin is one of the things I absolutely loved.
My first pregnancy was hard because I was away from the Philippines (away from Chard, my friends). This time, I get to be with everyone I love! My partner, my son, my family and friends are all here to heap on love and support. My mind is more relaxed being more knowledgeable from my first pregnancy. I am a bit more prepared, but of course, that doesn’t mean it’s all easy peasy.
When I found out I was going to be a mother for the first time, I learned to appreciate and love my mother even more for everything she has done for me. As I went through all the difficulties a first-time mom could go through, I am glad and blessed I had her and my partner by my side. I learned to be tough, to chose my battles wisely. My heart grew bigger as I learned that loving has no limits and that is what Zion has taught me.
This time, I am learning not to sweat the small stuff, to let go of toxic people that are harming my happiness, to meditate and focus on all the blessings and my happiness. When you have a little miracle inside of you, it’s better to channel your energy to be and stay positive!