“I have good news for you, Kira. You’re pregnant.”
Kira sat there looking stunned. Tears welled in her eyes. Finally, she had heard the words she had always longed to hear. Finally, God had answered her prayers. She couldn’t wait to tell Joel the exciting news. “Wow,” was all she could say at the moment.
She had missed her period and had been experiencing symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and breast tenderness. She went to the drugstore and bought a home pregnancy test. The results came back positive. Excited but wary, she immediately called her doctor’s office and made an appointment to go in to find out if she was pregnant. He did blood tests because hey can pick up hCG earlier in a pregnancy than urine tests can. Blood tests can tell if a woman is pregnant about six to eight days after she ovulates.
“Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, counting from the first day of your last normal period. I will give you a pamphlet which gives you all the information you need on the different stages of pregnancy so that you will know what to expect for you and the baby. It is very important that you have medical checkups and screening tests which would help to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. Typically, routine checkups occur once each month for weeks four through 28, twice a month for weeks 28 through 36 and weekly for weeks 36 to birth. Since you’re older than 35 which puts you in the high risk pregnancy group, you will need need prenatal care more often. I recommend that you get your prenatal care from an Obstetrician. I will refer you to Doctor Allison Kim, an Obstetrician-gynecologist in your area. She’s one of the best prenatal care providers I have the pleasure of knowing. You will be in very good and capable hands. Here’s her information. Get in touch with her as soon as possible.”
Kira took the card from him. “Thank you, Doctor Singh.”
He smiled. “Congratulations and all the best to you, your husband and the new addition to your family.”
“Thank you.” She stood up. It felt so surreal. She shook his hand and left.
As soon as she got home and removed her gloves, boots and coat, she went straight to the bedroom and knelt beside the bed. She lifted her face up, the sunlight hitting her on the forehead and she prayed. She thanked God for answering her prayers for a child. She mentioned Hannah who had been barren and had prayed earnestly for a son; Sarah who rejoiced when she finally became a mother even though she was past the age the child-bearing age. And she thanked God for Joel, her wonderful husband and soon to be father. She asked God to bless the fruit of her womb. When she was finished, she felt a great sense of peace.
Joel should be home at any moment. She had taken the day off to go and see the doctor. She hadn’t mentioned anything to him because she wanted to make sure that she was pregnant first. And now that she was, she couldn’t wait to see his face when she told him.
Smiling, she rose to her feet and had a quick shower before getting dinner ready. As she busied herself in the kitchen, she rehearsed how she would break the news.
Two hours later, when she heard his key in the lock, her heart began to race. She went to meet him in the foyer. His face broke into a big smile when he saw her. They hugged and kissed before she helped him off with his coat. “Something smells wonderful,” he remarked.
“I made something that I know you would really like,” she said as she followed him into the bedroom.
“I can’t wait to see and taste what it is.” He removed his jacket and then, his tie. “So, how was your day?”
“It was great. I went out for a bit because it was so nice and sunny and mild. I watched Pride and Prejudice again and did some reading. How was your day?”
“Busy as usual. It’s always great to come home to my beautiful wife.” He leaned over and kissed her on the lips. “I’ll take a quick shower before we have dinner. Would you like to join me?”
She smiled. “I’ve already had my shower. I’ll go and share out the dinner.”
“I’ve never seen you look more beautiful than you do tonight,” he remarked when they were sitting around the table having dinner.
“Thank you,” she replied, beaming.
“And you’re right about this dinner. I love it!”
“Good.” She was very pleased to hear that. It was her first attempt at making Shakshuka with veggies served over brown rice.
For dessert, they had a slice each of a low fat Apple Cake chased by hot chocolate.
When they went into the living-room to relax while Joel sat on the sofa, Kira remained standing. Heart thudding, she asked him, “Do you notice anything different about me?”
He looked at her. “You’re glowing.”
“Do you know why I’m glowing?” she asked.
“Did you buy more lingerie?”
“No. I went to see the doctor and guess what?”
He gaped at her. “You’re pregnant?”
“Yes!” she began to laugh. “We’re finally going to have a baby, Joel.”
“Oh, Honey.” He jumped to his feet and hugged her. “I’m so happy.”
“Are you all right?” he asked when he drew back from her. His gaze ran anxiously over her.
“Yes. I couldn’t be better.”
“What made you decide to go to the doctor?”
They sat down and she told him everything. “I didn’t want to tell you until I was absolutely sure,” she said.
“I’m dazed and excited at the same time.”
She touched his face. “I know. It still feels surreal. As soon as I got home, I thanked God.”
“Yes. He has always been faithful to us and His timing is always perfect.”
“Matt is going to be an uncle.”
“Yes. He will be so thrilled.”
“I’m dying to tell everyone but I read online that most expectant parents waited until at the end of the first trimester which is around the 13th week to share their news because the risk of a miscarriage occurs in the first trimester. I have faith that I won’t miscarry but I think we should wait before telling everyone else. Besides, it will be our special secret for a while.”
“All right, Honey. We’ll wait.”
“So, how would you like us to celebrate the good news?”
“Is it safe for us to make love while you’re pregnant?”
“I read online that pregnancy sex is not only safe but it’s encouraged.”
“Great!” He stood up, took her by the hands and pulled her to her feet then he led her to the bedroom where they spent the rest of the night.