Too late for pregnancy craving eh?

Its wee hours of the morning and I am craving for a fastfood breakfast. I want the egg, the rice, the sausage, the orange juice and hot choco… Huhuhu this craving is coming on a little too late at my 36th week 😭😭😭

 

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My Second Trimester Checklist

It really is the happy and all-changes-occur trimester!

From my weight to breast to bump – all things has double its sizes. Prior to pregnancy, I weigh in at 52 kg but comes my 25th week I have doubled to 64 kg! But I expected that as I mentioned in my first trimester entry that I am under the impression that I need to eat for two. Now I know better huhuhu…

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My First Trimester Checklist

A first time for everything!

I am blessed to part of the few who had it easy in their first trimester. For a first time mom I am very thankful that I surpassed such pregnancy phase without much problems or aches. I’ll say it wasn’t much of a physical but rather it impacts more of my thoughts (the reason I wrote: Thoughts of a First Time Mom)

It took me close to 2 months to really grasped the reality of my pregnancy as there really are very minimal symptoms to begin with. I took me not just one (which isn’t so great, see: My Disappointing First Ultrasound) but two visit to different doctors before we’re able to confirm my pregnancy. See: Our Honeymoon Baby is here! but after that everything runs in smoothly.

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My Third Trimester (the last hurrah!)

The third trimester feels… I’m now on my 8th month and I am getting really big. I listed my experiences and thoughts on everything that’s going on. Some are good and some a little inconvenient. Just seems to prove that everything has its up and down huh?

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Documents Needed for your Maternity Benefits

Note: This is for Voluntary Members only.

May it be for Philhealth or SSS, Maternity benefit is a big help to every mother. Just make sure that you have all the requirements and correct number of contributions in order to avail the benefits.

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Baby Shopping and Hospital Bag Checklist

Shopping and walking… Ahhh the things I love and hate these days, but overall I am excited to do this as this is a first time experience for me! Before whenever I pass by the Baby Company in SM stores I’ve always have that “I don’t belong here” feeling, but now its always my “check out what’s new here” hobby whenever I’m in the area hahaha😊

After browsing different sites and blogs of other Moms, I’ve streamlined and come up with my own shopping list. (I’ll be editing the list from time to time depending on how useful or not the items are). The entry serves as my hospital bag checklist too. So it you find the list kind of mixed up I’m sorry but as mentioned this serves a dual purpose for me.

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Bye Miss Piggy! 😦


*** August 31, 2016 – I have updated this post as I am now done with our baby shopping!

STUFF FOR SEB

  1. Diaper newborn size – I prefer Huggies dry comfort. I bought a 40 piece pack as they said that babies poo a lot on their first month! Guess I’ll be needing more. But I also plan to use a cloth diaper which can be washed and reuse several times and environment friendly too. Huggies dry is a good choice from the start. Seb didn’t have any allergies or reaction whatsoever. We tried Pampers and EQ just to explore our options but we’re happy with huggies dry and keeping it. Once we tried huggies ultra and though it was quite expensive compare to huggies dry, it was worth it! But to be practical and to save we’re sticking with huggies dry. —At 3 months our baby is now using their Large size.😱
  2. Mittens (Tie and Garterize) – I want to observe which one works best so I bought both to test which one fits longer and is not easy to remove. The tie mittens are better. But really, tie or garter mittens are quite annoying as they keep falling off and are hard to locate since they are small. But moms need them because newborn nails are long and sharp. Ouch! — As soon as Seb reaches his 1st month we cut his fingernails and since then we never use mittens anymore which is good because he gets to explore his hands now… by licking them😊
  3. Tie sides top / sando – for the clothes I bought newborn and up to 6 months sizes, as I was under the impression that babies gets big in a short span of time so I do not want to invest much in newborn sizes. They really grow fast or my baby is just fat hahaha! At 6 weeks his newborn size clothes and diaper are too snug for him already, so we’re leveling up to small. 
  4. Shorts
  5. Longsleeves
  6. Pajama
  7. Socks / Booties – same comment as that with mittens.
  8. Bonnet – the hush hush brand in SM company has the best fit so far.
  9. Baby wash – Cetaphil and Human Nature – I vote for Cetaphil especially for his Milia(s). — I looove Pigeon’s baby wash❤️
  10. Baby shampoo — I looove Pigeon’s shampoo too❤️
  11. Baby bath towel
  12. Cotton and baby wipes (unscented) – for me huggies wipes are good but pigeon wipes are great! We’re still testing other brands though… 
  13. Container with cap (for cotton)
  14. Bibs
  15. Receiving blankets
  16. Nappy cream – Human Nature (for rashes)
  17. Baby powder – I didn’t buy one as I read that it irritates the baby’s skin and seep into the folds of their skin resulting to allergies.
  18. Lampin – You need this!
  19. Burp clothes – You need this! 
  20. Onesies
  21. Swaddling blanket
  22. Vicks baby vaporub – I bought the pink one which is a new product especially for babies 3 months and up. 
  23. Net for mosquitos
  24. Baby carrier – We’re buying one as my baby is heavy!
  25. Stroller – I’m eyeing Graco Mirage Zigzag – I am torn between this and the Chicco Liteway because of its umbrella fold feature. Both are just the same price of Php 8,000. Hmmm, still a pickle… – Still has not buy one but really settled and focused on Chicco Liteway 2. 
  26. Crib with complete set of mattress, comforter and pillows (I am not yet sure whether to buy a wooden crib or play pen) – I think I am now set in buying a wooden crib as they say that it helps the baby  to learn how to stand faster. We’ll shop for a stroller and crib on the same day sometime this month 🙂 exciting! – Bought a playpen and it was the best decision ever! For its portability mostly. 
  27. Mosquito patch – We have plenty of these.
  28. Nail cutter
  29. Hair brush
  30. Changing mat waterproof
  31. Complete bottle set (I’m deciding between Avent or Pigeon with Peristaltic and wide neck) – I bought a 240 ml (good for 3 months +) 2 pcs peristaltic bottles and 2 pcs 1 month wide neck nipples. But I plan to exclusively breastfeed so the bottles are just a back-up. – Really useful as I bottle feed him with my breastmilk whenever I have an errand. The peristaltic nipple works as my baby did not experience nipple confusion.
  32. Manual breast pump – will buy soon. I am now using Pigeon portable battery operated pump and find it… weak.  —Bought a Farlin manual breast pump and its very useful and easy to clean and assemble.
  33. Cycles Laundry detergent – I bought the powder kind. 

 

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GRACO Mirage Zigzag Stroller priced at Php 8,000


STUFF FOR MOM

  1. Disposable under pads
  2. Nursing cover
  3. Nursing pillow 
  4. Disposable underwear – I bought the XL size in Watsons. This is a must! Very useful.
  5. Goig home outfit – dress
  6. Socks
  7. Alcohol
  8. Bath towel
  9. Ballpens
  10. Dress with front opening (for breastfeeding)
  11. Robe
  12. Nursing bra
  13. Nursing pads / breast pad – I bought the Pigeon breast pads. This is important because during the first days of breastfeeding your nipple is sore and it hurts when in contact with clothes.
  14. Liquid handwash
  15. Lip balm
  16. Mints / candy
  17. Nipple cream
  18. Bra extender
  19. Maternity pads and adult diaper – You will bleed a lot more than that of a period so stack up on these.
  20. Slippers
  21. Binder – This will be a splurge as I want the Wink Ultimate Postpartum Ultra Bikini worth Php 4,320 (check their website here!)
  22. Toiletries
  • Betadine feminine wash – The doctor prescribed me with GynePro.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Body wash / Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Comb and Hair tie

 

STUFF FOR DAD

  1. Change of clothes
  2. Pillow and blanket
  3. Phone / camera and charger
  4. Cash

 

Sorry for the low quality of photos 😦 Anyway, here’s a peak of our baby shopping.

 

Additional notes and reminder:

  • Pack your own food and drinks for convenience
  • Use ziplocks to pack and label everything
  • Advisable three bags in total, one bag each for baby, mom and dad
  • Keep underpads ready in your car
  • Wash baby clothes using baby laundry detergent (cycles)

 

Thoughts: I am excited to buy the Human Nature baby products as I’ve read several good reviews about the brand but I’m also planning to use Cetaphil because it is highly recommended by doctors. Anyway, It all depends on the baby’s skin reaction. As for the feeding bottles, this will just be for stand by as I am planning to exclusively breastfeed our son. As for the binder, well with the price it really is a splurge I hope it can do wonders to bring back my pre-pregnancy body. 

 

 

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My pregnancy must-reads with my doll as a model for my swaddling practice and my fun DIY english bulldog bookmark 🙂

 

So there goes my shopping and hospital bag checklist. I hope this is enough preparation so I’ll be ready comes delivery day. I may be ready materially but what’s really worrying me is the labor pain that’s about to come. I’ve been reading everything about childbirth and labor and knowing my turn is just around the corner… (heavy clouds above my head) but then just like any other storm, a very bright rainbow and Mr. Sun is always there in the end. This time it has a name – Sebastian Castaneda Hamoy 🙂

 

 

31 weeks tomorrow! Lord please grant me a normal  labor and healthy baby boy… – I got both and more ❤️❤️❤️

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Pre-Gestational Diabetes

Is there such thing?

Borderline, almost there, barely passed – these are the words that my doctor mentioned as she discusses and interprets my glucose tolerance test laboratory results. If you’ve read my post about my OGTT experience I assumed there that I passed and was elated when I thought I did 😦

But there goes the doctor’s order: see an Endocrinologist.

She multiplied my results to some numbers and next thing I knew my results are not within the average range anymore which resulted to my gestational diabetes borderline verdict.

Based from my research in different pregnancy forums I expect to discuss my meal plan, be on a diet and monitor my glucose level after every meal. Sounds depressing If you’ll ask me but then here I go again assuming hahaha 🙂

I will let you know and keep you posted after I see my Endo.

Anyway, for now I’ll be watching my diet and do some exercises!

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My GDM tools… Good thing my Dad have this for his own maintenance, imagine how much this will cost If I bought it only to be used during my GDM period 😦

 

P.S. Please pray for us to have a healthy and normal labor (cross fingers)

***Post Update as of August 30, 2016:

I’ve visited my Endocronologist last week and men! The patient line is long. I guess its just a proof that diabetes is a common illness nowadays. It took me close to three hours before its my turn. My doctor advised me to monitor my blood sugar within a week, and to change my diet as well, less white meaning white rice, pastas, bread and other carbs that breaks down into sugar. My ideal result should be:
Fasting < 90

1 hour after breakfast < 120

1 hour after meal lunch or dinner < 130
I noticed that my 1 hour post lunch is always high, playing at 115-120. Anyway, so far my results are within the normal range so I am hoping that I won’t be needing the insulin, I really hope not 😦

Tomorrow I’ll be having another blood extraction meaning another 8 hour fasting, which I tell you is beginning to be really hard this phase of the pregnancy. My doctor required to have the following laboratory tests:

  • FBS
  • PPBS
  • HBA1C

Hoping for good results as I am starting to really be numb of this blood extractions everyday, weekly… Sigh 😦

***Post Update as of August 31, 2016:

It’s a good thing that my HMO approved the laboratory tests even though its for GDM which is pregnancy related. Unfortunately, my blood extraction for the lab test was postponed 😦 So much for my 8 hours fasting… As explained the procedure for PPBS is that they’ll have the blood extraction after fasting then you’ll eat a meal and again have another blood extraction after 2 hours.

With just a month to go before labor, things are closely monitored now. Check up every two weeks and what seems an endless lab tests. Oh, I also read that you have to retake the OGTT six weeks post partum to test if you have acquired type 2 diabetes that sets after your GDM. I hope not please! 😦

 

*** Post Update as of September 5, 2016

I passed with flying colors to my lab tests! and my endo is very much pleased “Very good” is the term he used to praise my less carb diet… simply put, we’re both happy. I just need now to continue my diet, monitor my sugar and no meds! yehey!

Next stop, check up with my OB at 35 weeks…

 

 

30 weeks tomorrow and counting…
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My Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)

My OB has spoken. I am in for an ORAL GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST (OGTT), The basis? well first of, it is now a standard procedure done to all pregnant women in their 24-28 weeks. second, my family tree seems to have all bear the “diabetes” fruit and lastly, my weight gain betrays me 😦

The preparation is to fast for 8 hours without food and water which is fine by me since I am asleep most of the time, but since my clinic is inside a mall, I waited for it to open at 10 in the morning and so my fasting lasted longer than 8 hours, considering that the procedure took 3 hours to finish.

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Clinica Antipolo Hospital Tour

3 months before my due date, I opted to have a maternity hospital tour in Clinica Antipolo. The hospital is one of my options to have my baby come D-day. Its 25 minutes away from home and is fairly new considering it opened last 2012.

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Congenital Anomaly Scan at In My Womb Megamall

After reading other blogs and pregnancy articles to see what CAS (Congenital Anomaly Scan) is all about, it made me quite anxious and nervous as there’s the question of “what if something’s wrong?” But then just as about everything in life offers, we need to be prepared come what may…

Congenital Anomaly Scan at In My Womb Megamall | www.tribobot.com

What is CAS?

Congenital Anomaly Scan or CAS is a more detailed scan which is often done from 18-24th week of pregnancy to check if the baby is developing normally. This ultrasound takes a closer look at your baby’s every part of the body and also the sonologist look at where the placenta is lying in your uterus.

Prior to deciding if I’ll do the procedure, I did my research and asked my OB GYNE If I should get one, she told me that since I am not over 35 and is a low risk, meaning I do not have any underlying pregnancy issues that It’s totally up to me and she does not require me. But then being quite paranoid as a first time mom, I decided to go ahead and get one for two things: peace of mind and I want to see my baby thoroughly.

I decided to have my CAS in In My Womb (Megamall branch) due to promixity. The appointment thru text was a breeze and so come June 27 at 10:30am I was all set.

I am exactly at 24 weeks and 4 days during my CAS procedure. They asked me to fill up some form and waiver, and asked for a referral slip from my OB, then we proceeded to start…

The ultrasound room and viewing room for your companions are separated but not. Imagine that of an interrogation room in a police station without glass😊 sorry, that’s the only comparison I have in mind. Anyway, there’s a huge flat screen TV that reflects what is shown in the ultrasound monitor for everyone to see. I was not able to take pictures because: 1. No photo or video allowed inside the procedure room. 2. I am nervous.

The procedure lasted for about 25 minutes, that’s a whole lot of exposure for the baby! Good thing he was active even though I was not able to drink orange juice per their prep notice but still our baby is kinda shy to give us a long time to peek of HIS THING… He’s quite bored or sleepy I guess.

And going back to his thing… YES! HE is a wonderful BABY BOY!!! I finally have a little Eloy of my own❤️❤️❤️

The results are in: Everythig is fine and normal. Thank you God!

All data encoded are printed right after the procedure and will be given to you together with atleast 5 pictures. We only availed the 2D CAS because as per research, 2D’s see the organs much better but It was definitely a happy moment that we are able to see his face in 3D as the doctor showed it to us to get a clearer view that he has an intact facial features (no cleft palate etc.) We paid Php 3,000 for the 2D CAS.

To those who are interested to have the CAS and other services from In My Womb, here are their contact details:

SM Megamall branch – 5th level Atrium across chapel

0917-8my womb | 0917-8699662 | 638-9629 | website: http://www.inmywomb.com

Well, there goes our CAS experience and a subtle gender reveal. Hope I was able to help future moms whose also thinking of getting CAS and kind of persuaded you to get one too.😊

Me, turning 25 weeks this Thursday,

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