According to me, Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase of a women’s life and I am pretty sure that most of the mothers would agree with me on this point. 😊 Let me just recollect and try to share all those cherished moments which are still deep-embedded in our hearts.
On 3rd February 2019, I tested for pregnancy using the pregnancy test strip for the first time and waiting for even 2-minutes to get the final results seemed as long as a lifetime. After 2 minutes with the appearance of two red lines confirmed that I am on the way to the most magnificent journey ‘Motherhood’. My husband was still sleeping, so I woke him up with the best surprise and he was on cloud nine after receiving this news. We already started weaving wonderful dreams around our unborn. 😊 Whole of our family was so happy and our baby started getting so many blessings already.
After that, we first visited to the gynecologist and while doing initial checkup, doctor asked us to go through some blood tests and ultrasound scan. We could not hold our curiosity and same day we went for the scan. And guess what. that was the first time we heard the heartbeat of our little one and we both were overwhelmed and couldn’t hold our tears as we felt the existence of a new life within me for the very first time. That we wanted to record, but doctor doesn’t allow us for that due to government regulations.
So, after going through my scan and blood test reports, my gynae informed me that I am already on the most precious journey of my life and she suggested to take good care of my food intake during my 1st trimester, as I was iron-deficient from starting till the end 😊. From the 1st day, my husband took great care of me, my health and our little one in the best possible manner, as we were living in Noida far away from our family. So, our parents used to provide their love, support and guidance over calls and frequent visits.
As I am a working-women and I continued working as an IT professional during this phase too, my job expected longer sitting hours, along with mental and physical stress. Though my husband used to pack different boxes having fruits, juice, sprouts, nuts in morning time, while I used to prepare lunch. Moreover, he would keep on reminding me over messages and calls that I had to eat after every 1 hour. 😊 Though I was not being able to finish everything daily, but seeing the size of my lunch bag, all of my colleagues got suspicious that there is something different with me. :D 😊 Morning sickness, body pain, lethargy, increased trips to washroom, food aversions, sleeplessness etc., caused a little bit of discomfort, but all of this is normal during pregnancy, so I can say that, it was an enjoyable experience and overall a healthy pregnancy for me.
When my first trimester ended, we started planning for going on a BABYMOON as we always wanted to go and make this time period more relaxing and memorable. Though, when we went for our scan after completion of 4th month, my gynae told me that due to some medical condition, we should avoid long travel plans so, we had to cancel our plan because safety was the utmost priority for both of us. So, my hubby arranged a small get together of friends in the comfort of home where we announced that ‘WE’ are pregnant. We really enjoyed a lot. 😊
There were so many special events like first kick by my champ inside, having a 4D scan and returning home with photos which couldn’t contain our happiness on our first encounter with our baby. After completing 8 months of pregnancy with multiple ultrasound scans and blood tests, the countdown of the arrival of our little munchkin started. My gynae had already told me that baby has turned upside down and taken its position for birth increasing the possibility of a normal delivery provided I was strong mentally and physically.
So, we started planning for a Maternity photoshoot, though we were really anxious about it in the beginning, until we met Mr. Shubhannkar Dey and his team. First, they visited our home for providing us demo and even minute details which made us really comfortable to go for such a photoshoot. I was just in the last week before the delivery, when we went for this photoshoot and even, we changed different dresses in the meantime to make my shoot memorable. 😊 But Deys Photography team was so patient and cooperative that we didn’t find it hard to manage even when it rained so heavily just before my shoot was scheduled to happen and even, they agreed for a 2nd photoshoot and did the remaining shots at other location which was closer to my home. 😊 So, the best memories were captured into beautiful clicks and a superb album.
On 13th September 2019, which was my last official working day in office before my maternity break, after having our dinner, we went for our routine walk. After coming back, I started feeling nauseous and heaviness around my belly. We consulted our gynae Dr. Manju Gupta over phone about the symptoms, so she said that I might go into labor anytime now and she asked to notice the movements of the baby and also, the duration and frequency of the pain.
I remember, I didn’t get any sleep till 3am when I didn’t feel the baby movements for quite a long time. So, we finally carried our baby bag with us and we left for Jaypee hospital as soon as possible around 3.45am. We just reached half way to the hospital where I felt our munchkin’s kick again, which was so relaxing for us. Though, we still went to hospital for an internal checkup at emergency ward. The gynae available in night shift told that dilation might take next 1 or 2 days, so we came back to home as she suggested. On the way back, we were discussing that it would have been great co-incidence if our baby comes to this world on 14th September, then how amazing it would be since, my husband’s and my DOB is 14th itself (14-14-14). Who knew at that time, that it is actually going to happen! 😊 After coming back, we took a short nap as we all didn’t sleep whole night.
So, it was 14th September 2019 (the D-day 😊) ‘s morning, that I started feeling uneasy and pain in my lower abdominal area which was coming at an interval of half an hour. The intensity of the pain kept on increasing with every wave and time gap kept on decreasing. Thanks to mom, she was there for the constant support and guided us when to go exactly to hospital. We started around 4’o clock from home as the pain was slowly becoming intolerable for me and reached hospital in half an hour.
When we reached the hospital and junior doctor did internal examination and said that I have already gone into labor as the cervix opening was already 8cm. She induced the pain injection, but during examination, my water broke and doctors asked me to hold off with the pain and delivery. I was quickly taken into labor room, where within less than half an hour exactly at 6.37pm, I had a normal delivery and my husband and mom waiting outside heard the baby’s cry and it filled everyone with tears of happiness. 😊 That was the first time, when the pediatrician showed me the baby and I burst out into tears. 😊 Though his entry into this world and his first sight, made me forget all the pain I underwent for 12 hours. He also came early to celebrate his grandmother’s birthday which was just next day i.e., 15th September. My baby had a wonderful welcome to this world by his dad, as he got the car and house beautifully decorated with balloons and decoratives, which our son would cherish when he is grown up.
It is said that with a baby, a mother is born too and I can say yes it’s true. And now, we are on to another fantastic journey i.e., Parenthood which will continue for the lifetime with our little champ Ekansh Garg (Kanika + Akash). 😊 😊