When I started telling everyone about my third pregnancy, responses ranged from excitement to nonchalance (perhaps shock?), and I did get many questions about it. Here are a select few which may help to shed some light, in case you were wondering along those same lines.
Was it planned or was it an *accident*?
This has got to be the No. 1 most asked question this pregnancy around. Most people are happy with 2 kids, and most people figured we were, too, I suppose given that we already have a boy and a girl and my *ahem* age, but here I am, knocked up all over again.
So the answer to this is that it was actually partially planned, I would say 50:50.
We initially were trying for a baby to be born this year end, but when our window period passed, we kinda forgot about it and let things be. About that same time, I started going back to the gym very regularly…and I would say that a healthier me made me conceive more easily.
Do you know if it’s a boy or girl?
At our last checkup, the OB-GYN could not tell for sure yet. Baby was lying on the back and it was hard to tell definitely. Perhaps during the next checkup in about 2 weeks’ time.
Are you still going to the gym?
Yes, I have been going rather regularly, although the frequency reduced a little during the first trimester, due to my fatigue and nausea episodes. I picked up the pace again in the second trimester but I have since freezed my membership temporarily (reason for this has nothing to do with pregnancy and will be revealed at a later date).
Bottom-line: Exercise is excellent for pregnancy; as a means to curb nausea, and a means to make mommy-to-be feel better about herself; but the important thing is to listen to the body and to know your own limits. Oh yeah, no jumping exercises though, but I had plenty of alternative options which I used.
Wow…it’s going to be tough handling two kids and a baby on the way? How are you going to do it? Will you be getting a maid?
We will take it one step at a time, I guess. At the moment, the prospect of it is rather daunting, I’d admit, but getting a maid is definitely the last thing on my mind now. However, I really wish I could do well working from home AND caring for the kids at the same time. It would mean the world to me.
Ethan is well on his way to being a very capable and independent young chap and Hannah will hopefully follow in his footsteps. I will certainly need a lot of help from them both to care for the baby too.
In fact, hubby and I had been going back and forth about whether or not to have no. 3 before I conceived; and when I asked him what the main reason was, his reply was,
“My love, we have so much LOVE to give…we definitely have more than enough to give our LOVE to a third child.”
Ain’t that precious? 🙂