25 January 2011, by Mandy Loh
I suppose there’s just no escaping some pregnancy bleahs…
I had a really terrific 1st trimester, and during those first few months, I was so gleeful that I was free from morning sickness and many other associated discomforts of pregnancy. In fact, almost all the articles and books I read said that the 2nd trimester would be a wonderful time compared to the 1st. So I was expecting to be totally on top of the world during this period.
Unfortunately, weird stuff started to happen to me IN the 2nd trimester! Last Monday, during an informal work meeting, I suddenly felt like I was going to pass out! My vision started to go from technicolour (it was a very colourful office) to a dull black-and-white, I broke out in cold sweat, and my hearing got all muffled (like someone stuck a fishbowl over my head). It was highly freaky. Thankfully, after some sips of water, and a trip to the ladies, things slowly went back to normal.
Of course, I called my gynae right after the meeting to find out if this was any cause for concern. She diagnosed it as a case of a sudden dip in blood pressure, and that it was pretty normal mid-pregnancy. Also, because I did not actually pass out, she did not consider it too serious an issue, and I just needed to monitor and let her know if it occurred again. She also prescribed some multi-vitamins which Tim swung by to pick up, and that was it!
I was pretty paranoid for a few days after that, worried that the fainting spell might hit again. In fact, when I went for a swim the next day, I didn’t dare to venture into the deeper end, and so I just circled around the shallow half of my pathetically small condo pool. I felt like a shark trapped in a fishtank!
And then something else struck yesterday – yet another Monday. I woke up to the delightful feeling of heartburn in the morning, but shrugged it off as one of those things that would inevitably happen. I had read about it in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” anyway. So I got ready as usual, and went on my way to work. As I was running a little late that morning, I decided to hop into a cab. BAD MISTAKE.
I’m not saying all cab drivers drive like maniacs. Just some. And I just so happened to have the wonderful luck of getting into the wrong one. Mind you, I was already suffering from heartburn even before the cab ride. So after a couple of swerves, rapid accelerations and sudden stops, I turned a most definite shade of green. By the time I reached the office, I felt so horrid that it took every ounce of energy to keep my breakfast and the remains of last night’s dinner within my system. To my relief and that of colleagues seated around me, I managed to keep everything down and slowly got better during the course of the day.
But seriously, what’s going on with all these Monday morning ailments? I’m just hoping and praying that next Monday isn’t going to be quite as eventful. Actually, make that every other day please!