Where should I start? Our first trimester was a rather interesting one. I was unaware of your existence most of it.
I have a long history of irregular menstrual cycle that is every 2 – 3 months. This may be due to several reasons like hormone imbalances, extreme exercise, stress, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid disorders. An irregular cycle can also make it more difficult to get pregnant.
With you, I did not have a single bout of morning sickness. I even thought I had put on weigh as my tummy was not as flat as before. I went into a hardcore workout mode for another 2 months. Exercise which was once a breeze became challenging and I was out of breathe – so were you.
My mom and I found out about you at about 10 weeks when you were about the size of kumqat – a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom. Looking back to the weeks I was unaware of your existence, I could have lost you at countless incidents. Ignorant mom-to-be. But HEY! You were unbelievably resilient in my belly baby.
Many friends and kind strangers guess you are a baby boy. I have a feeling you are a little boy too, call it mother’s instinct. If you are a girl, I will be equally pleased my little baby girl. There are still a few weeks until we meet. Taking care of you and teaching you how to take good care of yourself sound like the most fun and rewarding thing I could possibly do in my life.
Everyone is so excited for your arrival. I am spoilt with many maternity and nursing wear to breastfeed you with ease and comfort. We also did so many activities together like hiking in Hong Kong, catching concerts together, muay thai, boxing, photoshoots with you growing in my belly.
It is crazy how much you have grown in the final trimester and making me hungry every 1 – 2 hours. Sometimes you seem to forget that we have eaten 30 mins ago and has the audacity to kick me. You are a food monster and I love it. You were not so big at around 5 months and I got very worried when the ultrasound scans showed you had only 2 umbilical cord vessels instead of 3. After a detailed fetal anomaly ultrasound scan, it is safe to say your vital organs are developing well. Look how tough you are surviving on 2 cord vessels!
I can’t wait to meet you, my unexpected blessing.
Love you already,
Our journey together in a nutshell
Rocking my #20weeks baby bump during the 5 hours hike on #maclehosetrail. The fresh air and hiking is doing the baby so good. I have always been active in #yoga, spinning, #muaythai and whatnot. This pregnancy did not stop me from what I love to do – jab, cross, roundhouse, downward facing dog, #namaste. So this 5 hour #hike is truly a test of endurance and stamina. Glad to say baby and I completed it! 😍😄 #happymommyhappybaby #janiqueeltravels #hk @discoverhongkong
You know that feeling you get when you’re at a club and you hear the first few beats of your favorite song? You grab a hand and yell, “We HAVE to #dance to this!” 🎤🎶🎧 Then you dance, because you are #alive and #happy, and for three minutes, nothing else matters. Now what if a #pregnant woman strut her way onto the dance floor next to you? What would you think? Last week, I was that pregnant woman. I had no idea what to expect. I assumed all necessary precautions. I wore flats, not five-inch heels. 👡👠 All venues were smoke-free. I sang, I danced, and I sat when I needed to sit. I drank water throughout the night. I avoided drunken mobs. No one outwardly condemned me even when I saddled up to the bar to order a drink (for my friend). Instead, I was complimented a few times on what a good sport I was. Being the token oddity, I even had people approach me to dance, all in good fun! What a great head bobbing, feet shuffling, hip shaking weekend. 😁 #girlsnightout #22weekspregnant #omgitsababybump @1altitudesg
#6months #pregnant and still #dancing #ceroc. 🙌 No complicated footwork, fun and easy to learn. Loving the #bodywave. If a #preggo can do it, anybody can. 😉
Psst! Classes happen every Tuesday 7:30pm at Blu Jaz Cafe. For more info, link on bio. 😘
#keepfit #momtobe #cantstopdancing Ceroc Ceroc Dance Ceroc Singapore
Posted by Janiqueel on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
I have been punching and kicking way before #pregnancy. 👊 So it’s safe to continue with necessary moderation as I grow bigger. During the first trimester, I was unaware I was expecting (plus I had no #morningsickness). I arranged a session with my personal trainer after a month of being away and I told him I felt #fat. Well.. I should have known better not to. 😆 #Strengthening and #conditioning were gruelling for a few weeks. The day I told him I was expecting, his jaw dropped and kept apologising to my unborn child. Ever since then, he would bring nutritional snacks for me during our session. #rofl #feelingthelove 💓 #maybeseekingforgiveness 😂
#throwback #6monthspregnant #fitpregnancy #muaythai Vanda Boxing Club
Posted by Janiqueel on Monday, December 19, 2016
The bun in the oven is excited to wish everyone a #merry #jolly #christmas. 🎀🎁🎄🎈🎅 This little one gave the sonographer a tough time capturing a good picture. Very #active on the #ultrasound scan. Clenching fist, stretching legs, swaying arms, wiggling about. Non-stop. I do not have the answer to the question probably on your mind – #baby #boy or #girl? It’ll be a #surprise until I’m due.👶 Make a guess. 😂 . . #momtobe #25weekspregnant
This is #helluva ego boosting #book for babies. #nightlyaffair 😂📖👶 . I have been reading to the little one in #utero for about a week now. 📚 At about 6 months along, sounds are extremely clear from outside the womb. From week 25 forward, a baby’s primary connection and information to the outside world comes in the form of sound. 🎶 By this point, the #soothing, #rhythmic sounds of a simple story should be quite audible, although the tones and cadences of the voice are more important than enunciation of the actual words. . . #prenatal #reading #babybump #bonding #26weekspregnant @albertwhitman 📕
Grooving at @oasispoolparty. 😂
#poolparty #29weekspregnant #nomondayblues #keepcool @hoteljenog @nir_infamous Oasis Pool Party Oasis Urban Pool Party Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore
Posted by Janiqueel on Sunday, January 15, 2017
Kick starting #CNY with a #workout at #8monthspregnant. 💪 No #aching back, no swelling legs, no #stretchmarks and sleeping amazingly well! #blessed 😇 It’s no secret – #keepfit during #pregnancy. Funny how #gym peeps were astonished at my #babybump whenever I turn around cos I don’t look #pregnant from behind. #surprise 😂 #fitpregnancy #momtobe #lasttrimester #exercisedaily
A happy dance for beating my personal best – 60 seconds handstand at #8monthspregnant. The #babybump would never know he/she was upside down.
#lasttrimester #shakeit #momtobe #fitpregnancy
Posted by Janiqueel on Thursday, January 26, 2017
To end the last day of #cny, I brought the #33weeks #babybump out for a #morning #workout in my @springmaternitynbaby pink yoga pants and white seamless bra top. 💪 This silky-soft microfibre top with 4 ways stretch fabric has moisture-wicking material for added #coolness and absolute #comfort in body movements. Great for expecting moms as we feel #hot #allthetime. 🔥 #moreontheblog www.janiqueel.com or link on bio. #fitpregnancy #lasttrimester #momtobe #keepfit
The baby seems to have very good taste in music. Kept kicking me throughout the #concert. I guess you’re dancing to the music just like me. 😍😘 #30weekspregnant #lasttrimester
Bryan Adams Summer of ’69. #asisboxoffice #getuptour
Posted by Janiqueel on Friday, January 20, 2017
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