Second trimester: Hold your horses, Dear!!

kuweAfter experiencing miserable first trimester, the second trimester was a blessing. The nausea was finally gave way, the vomitting almost entirely gone. By this time I can almost eat anything, just like before the pregnancy. As the result I gained weight of almost 4kg each month. The obgyn finally gave a warning. She said to avoid getting too much weight too fast for there was a risk of having pre-eclampsia. She then monitor my blood preassure making sure that there was no hypertension and later on checked for signs of unusual swelling. The obgyn then told me that for the rest of the pregnancy I should only gain half a kilogram (1 pound) for each week.

I went home and search the internet for pre-eclampsia and found these information:

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.
Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy), though it can occur earlier. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Preeclampsia, Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are closely related conditions. HELLP Syndrome and eclampsia are other manifestations of the same syndrome. It is important to note that research shows that more women die from preeclampsia than eclampsia and one is not necessarily more serious than the other.
Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year.
source: Preeclampsia Foundation

Boy, I never thought that indulging myself would mean such a terrible risk. Afterwards, I tried to eat properly. Tried to avoid junk food, sugary beverages and all kinds of salty snacks. It was a real challenge for I loved them all. But then again I’ve got a baby inside of me, and I should be eating righ for the both of us.

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