Monday, 27 July 2009 was my first visit to the gynae. To ease the anxiousness as first-time parents, second sister accompanied me and hubby during this session. We consulted her regular gynae, Dr Catherine Loo Ee Ching, a partnering gynae at Assunta Hospital along Jalan Selangor. The whole experience was pretty daunting, with lots of information to digest. I found out that I’m 4-5 weeks along, and my sac is the size of a tiny pea.
Dr Loo first asked about my family history, allergies, pregnancy symptoms and date of last period. Then I was quickly ushered to a bed where she conducted an ultrasound on my abdomen. Steve and I were shocked and glanced at each other the moment Dr Loo said, “I’m not sure if I’m seeing one or two now.” As the sac was still too small, nothing could be detected. To confirm a pregnancy, Dr Loo did a transvaginal ultrasound on me. Albeit uncomfortable, I was amused to see my uterus on screen and began to panick when the doctor surprised me again by saying, “I’m not sure if I can see a pregnancy here”. It was probably a game of hide-and-seek as moments later, the doctor detected a pea-sized circle, which according to her, was a good sign for a 4-week sac. I forgot to ask for a print-out of the scan, unfortunately.
After giving my urine sample to check for any infections, I was given an injection and 15-min vitamins drip to support my pregnancy. The total damage? A hefty RM635.25 and that was just the very beginning! We left the clinic with a bottle of Flavettes Vitamin C, probiotics, a packet of multi-vitamins and a pack of Duphaston.
On the way home after informing my boss of a 3-day MC, I picked up a book from Popular – What To Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel – to kick start my journey to motherhood. As for The Complete Idiot’s Guide, I got it last January at a great bargain!