The joys of my first pregnancy

Name: W

Age: Mid 20s        

Pregnancy concerns: Spotting during early weeks of pregnancy, high possibility of delivering a big baby

I still remember the day I found out I was pregnant. Upon realising that I had missed my period, I quickly did a test with a home pregnancy kit. My husband and I waited anxiously for the line to turn blue, and were overjoyed when the test showed a positive result. However, I started to experience spotting a few days later, which made me worried that something could be wrong.

I booked an appointment for my first antenatal check-up at week 6 with my gynaecologist. We got to hear our baby’s heartbeat for the first time during the visit, and found out that my spotting was due to an ectropian cervix. This meant that the spotting was caused by the shedding of the outer layer of the cervix. The gynaecologist told me that as long as the spotting is not caused by the shedding of the uterus, there was nothing to worry about. She then prescribed Duphaston to help regulate my hormone levels.

An accidental fate

Unfortunately, I met a minor car accident during week 7 of my pregnancy. I was rushed to the hospital immediately to make sure that everything was well with me and my baby.  Thankfully, it was nothing serious, and my baby’s heartbeat was still strong. My gynaecologist ordered a hormone support injection to prevent further complications; I had to do this twice a week throughout the first trimester of my pregnancy. The hormone support injection is usually given to patients who experience threatened pregnancy symptoms such as cramps, spotting and bleeding.

My husband and I were blessed with more good news during my OSCAR scan for Down Syndrome at week 13. Apart from knowing that our baby was growing normally, we also found out that we were expecting a boy (our baby had his legs wide open during the scan). My gynaecologist also gave the green light for me to stop the hormone support medication and injection, since everything was progressing well for both me and baby.

Halfway through her pregnancy, W’s gynaecologist told her that she was at risk of delivering a big baby. Find out what this meant, and how she sailed through the rest of her pregnancy until the birth of her son…