I’ve had my scan. The doctor was amazing and he understood my worries perfectly. I told him I wanted something very quick as I just wanted him to look for major things I needed to be aware of just in case it was safer for Tres to be born in a hospital. I also warned him that we didn’t want to know our baby’s sex in case he accidentally told us.
This was the fastest scan ever. He took photos of the brain, heart, spine, and kidneys, and then, once the procedure was finished, he started looking at the photos and taking his time to make all the appropriate measurements. Before he started doing this he told me everything seemed normal and he hadn’t seen anything worrying.
Tres is growing healthily and all the parameters are within normal limits. He weighs approximately 1kg which is what he should weigh.
This ultrasound scan has been very reassuring.
I’m starting to have a bit of heartburn. I can feel the acid creeping up from my stomach to the bottom of my esophagus. Heartburn is quite common, especially from the second half of pregnancy. As the uterus grows the rest of the abdominal organs are moved. The stomach is pushed upwards. This new position makes the valve between the stomach and the esophagus stay open and some of the stomach acids may cross this valve giving us heartburn.
When this happens I try to change my position. Standing up usually helps. I drink water with the intention to dilute it. This takes a bit of time sometimes and it returns again when I sit down. Although I try not to take anything unless it’s absolutely necessary heartburn can be very debilitating. Talk to your health care provider if this is your case. There are antacids specifically designed for pregnancy that may be of help in stubborn cases of heartburn.
A couple of days ago I was having lunch with my husband. We were having tacos. He was adding chilli sauce to his and I wanted to add it to mine. I was salivating at the thought of it and I could feel this was what my body wanted.
Then I stopped myself and thought: “Ire if you’re suffering from heartburn, do you think adding chilli sauce to your food is a wise idea?” I then discarded the idea for a moment, I told my husband what I was thinking, what was going thru my mind. I was trying to see if it was just an “I like my tacos hot” or actually my body telling me “this is what we need”.
Then I thought, do I always add chilli sauce to my tacos? Do I enjoy tacos without it? Yes.
So, even if it sounds like crazy advice to follow, I believed my body was telling me what to do. I took a leap of faith and I added the chilli sauce.
I enjoyed the tacos very much and my heartburn hasn’t come back since.
Please, don’t take this as I’m saying chilli sauce is good for heartburn, nothing further from the truth. I’m just saying that taking the time to listen to what our body is telling us may be a wise thing to do.
Our intuition is there to help us and it’s especially strong during pregnancy, birth, and after. Taking it into account and following it is the advice I’m giving you. You’re the person who can best understand your own body. Allow space to listen to what it tells you.