Pregnancy hormones

Thanks for all the congratulatory messages, it means a lot!

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this new pregnancy thing, alternating between sublime OMG I’M HAVING A BABY kind of euphoria and a terrifying OMG I’M HAVING A BABY kind of distress. Mostly the second part.

While I like the part about having the baby come out, I’m not too keen on the 9 months of pregnancy. I have friends who make pregnancy look so easy. They get that beautiful pregnancy glow. They get curves in all the right places. They get nice shiny hair and perfect skin. And they spend their entire pregnancy prancing around in size 6 designer maternity clothing.

Me, I get 30 kgs of curves added to my ass, which means I have difficulty getting into a size 12 and have to lumber around feeling downright miserable.

I’m hungry all the time but when I look at food, I immediately want to throw up. I’m exhausted but when I lie down, I toss and turn for hours before falling asleep. Most days, I just want to curl up on the floor and wait for time to pass me by.

Just two days ago, I had 30 minutes to grab a quick breakfast with the husband before he left for work. Being the third day of the Chinese New Year, most of the food places were still closed.  We settled for this coffeeshop along Beach Road but when we got in, we realized that only one stall was open and that my only options were kaya toast and soft boiled eggs. The husband was all spritely, like “sure, let’s eat here, everywhere else seems to be closed” so I figured I’d just grab a Milo and then go for a proper breakfast after he left.

But as I watched him enjoy his eggs and toast, I basically lost it.

“What kind of a ridiculous coffeeshop turns on all the lights and then only sells drinks? And who eats stupid kaya bread for breakfast? It’s not even a real breakfast and the smell is making me want to vomit. Baby needs noodles or rice or a piece of steak. They obviously hate my baby, it’s like they’re trying to starve me, amirite?”

The husband just sat there calmly and when I was done with my tirade, he was like “is this going to be like the *ice-chips incident?”

The “ice-chips incident” is a complicated one that will require another post but it is what we say when we refer to a pregnancy meltdown of epic proportions.

“No, it’s not like the ice-chips incident at all. Are you saying that I’m overreacting?”

“It could be the pregnancy hormones.”

“It’s got nothing to do with hormones. Baby is hungry and all I have to eat are half-cooked eggs. I’m going to need some real food. Do you want the baby to be malnourished?”

“I think the baby is going to be just fine. But you should go eat something nice later ok.”

“I’m not even sure I’m going to make it till later. I might pass out from hunger while driving and then it will be all your fault.”

“Definitely ice-chips.”

“I’m going to poison your eggs when you’re not looking.”

I made it to the noodle stall in Tampines without passing out but when I got there, I felt too nauseous to eat, so I went home and had a second milo, feeling all sorry for myself.

On the plus side, there are only 2 more weeks of my first trimester left and if the previous pregnancies are anything to go by, it’ll be a lot better then.

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  • Reply Ai Sakura January 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    my first trimester was kinda bad too… I didn’t get morning sickness or vomit at all throughout my pregnancy, but I was tired all the time in the first tri. Luckily I stayed just 15 mins walk away from work then so I would walk all the way back for a quick 30mins nap, then trod grudgingly back to walk again haha..

    hope it does get better for you from the second tri onwards :) have you thought of names yet? ;p
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    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Yes!! We’ve actually had the names a long time ago. Hailey if it’s a girl and Travis if it’s a boy. :)

  • Reply Elynn January 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I totally feel your pain!! Puked for 5mths when i was preg and felt like dying!! Nevertheless, pls take care.. Tri 2 will be better

    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Yeah, I’m really looking forward to my second trimester. It was very good for my past 2 pregnancies, I could still chiong in Bangkok’s Chatuchak market for 8 hours when I was 5 months pregnant..

  • Reply Wenaili January 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hang in there! I was a Merlion until 5 months n once I hit 8 months, indigestion & heartburn were driving me nuts. Pregnancy was tough !

    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Oh man, the third trimester heartburn. So not looking forward to it.

  • Reply zhing January 27, 2012 at 11:51 am

    aik!!! i missed your announcement!! but congrats, guy!!! :)

    wow! three times the blessing!! i came from a family of three so i can safely tell you that the kids will have sooo much fun growing up! xx

    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks babe!! Haha we’re gunning for 4, but you’re right, 3 is already a lot of fun.

  • Reply Amy @ The Q Family January 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Boo.. Hopefully it will pass for you soon. I’m one of those moms you love to hate. No morning sickness at all but the weight gain is still there. 10 years later. :)
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  • Reply Jayne January 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Congratulations!!! :)
    So is the age gap between #2 and #3 any similar to mine this time? haha. Kate and Alex are 2y 8m apart. Take care, tri 2 will def be better.

    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks Jayne!! I think mine is a bit longer but you’re one super mama! Seeing you manage 3 on your own gives me hope at least. :)

  • Reply jen January 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    i absolutely know that feeling! :)
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    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      hopefully it passes soon :)

  • Reply Jillian January 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Congrats!!! Hang in there the first trimester will pass soon, I remember feeling that way with no.3 as well.
    We are in the home stretch of our journey, giraffe is about to make his/her appearance any day now and I’m so over being pregnant!
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    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Haha all the best!! Can’t wait to see your new baby pics!

  • Reply leslie January 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Wahahah reminds me of my pregnancy too… Felt like a total alien in SOMEONE ELSE’s body… although i don’t puke at all my whole body has gone nuts. If i don’t eat meat in any meal, my tummy feels empty (as if i’ve not eaten at all) and I swear it’s screaming at me ‘hey you, can’t you even eat some REAL MEAT?!?’
    Hang in there… a few weeks more hopefully you’ll get to enjoy your fav foods again!

    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      U had meat craving too?? I keep thinking of beef, it’s terrible!

  • Reply DancingMommy January 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Congratulations Daphne! I’m so happy for you. I had really bad all day everyday morning sickness into my second trimester, so I feel you!

    Lil Dragon, bake well and treat your mommy nice nice!
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    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks babe!

  • Reply Momof2 January 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Both my pregnancy, I had about 13 weeks of morning sickness. The husband had to eat everything that I can’t eat and he put on so much weight after that. Ha ha

    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Hahahah poor husband! These days I pick at my husband’s food instead of ordering a whole meal because I usually can’t finish anyway.

  • Reply Angela Yeo January 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Congrats n Jia you!

    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Angela!

  • Reply Elaine January 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    You have it that bad and still you keep at it. I take my hats off. I remember going through numerous similar episodes with my husband when I was pregnant too but its because I had gestational diabetes but he kept forgetting and wanting to go into pizza-pasta places or similar carbs only places and I would lash out “do you want baby to die??” I’ve only ever had one but I heard that different pregnancies can be very different so here’s hoping that this one will be different in a good way for you. :)
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    • Reply Daphne January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Yeah I heard so too! Hopefully it gets better soon. :)

  • Reply Christine January 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Daphne,

    Congratulations for the baby no.3!

    I am on my second month now, first pregnancy, and all the symptoms have not been so easy on me thus far. Vomiting, nausea, lethargic feeling, fluctuating appetite, etc… It’s really all a lot of work.

    All the best with yours and take care.



    • Reply Daphne February 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Christine!!

      And congrats on your baby too, so exciting! Take care of yourself k! :)

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