BREASTFEEDING AND MY NURSING AREA

My sister told me way before that the secret to surviving breastfeeding (and doing it long enough) is to have a comfortable nursing chair. I believed her, but just really truly believed her now that I am breastfeeding. My son is only 2 weeks old, and breastfeeding has not been my easiest journey in this thing called motherhood. Now I understand why some mothers say breastfeeding is harder than birth itself. I mean, sure, my pain was intense during my […]

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HOW WE GIVE PABLO A BATH: NEWBORN EDITION

Someone sent me a personal message on Instagram asking for a step-by-step guide on how we give Pablo a bath. Luckily, at this post-partum stage (our baby is 12 days old as of writing) where I’m still having bleeding down there and generally recuperating from Pablo’s birth, my husband has taken most of the caregiving tasks such as diaper changing, burping the baby, and giving him a bath. I really am blessed to have a hands-on husband, and so for […]

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POST-BIRTH CONSIDERATION: PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

So, you’ve prepared for the birth experience you want. You have interviewed your healthcare provider and you are done with your birth plan. Have you thought about what you’ll do with your placenta? After you deliver the baby, your birth is not yet over. You have to wait for the placenta to come out of your body (in my case, we waited for an hour and it didn’t eject by itself, so I had to be induced again). Without any […]

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MY BIRTH STORY

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably know I’ve been preparing for a normal (vaginal delivery), natural (unmedicated) birth. As I always say though, I am aware that sometimes, things don’t always happen as planned, though what’s important is that you worked for it and tried your best. Of all things I did not in any way consider nor expect, it was how my labor started. This is my story with my firstborn, Pablo. ***  37 weeks – […]

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QUESTIONS FOR YOUR OB-GYNE/MIDWIFE

*photo from http://obgynmiami.com/obstetrician-in-kendall/ When preparing for your birth, it is important that you’re on the same page as your main healthcare provider (Obstetrician-Gynecologist or Midwife) in terms of philosophies and expectations. Here are the questions I asked my OB-Gyne during one of our checkup sessions. These questions helped me get to know my OB more – and to manage my expectations (as well as hers) for our upcoming work: which is my birth. Asking these questions and hearing my OB […]

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MY BIRTH PLAN

BIRTH PLAN: Many expecting women hear this term nowadays, but what exactly is it? A birth plan is a document that lets your medical / birthing team know your preferences for things like how to manage labor pain. Keep in mind that you can’t control every aspect of labor and delivery, and you’ll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that requires your birth team to depart from your plan (definition from babycenter.com). Basically, it’s a list of […]

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE PRE-NATAL YOGA POSES

Now that my pregnancy is about to come to an end, I’m sharing the pre-natal yoga poses I practiced during the latter part of my pregnancy (maybe on the 6th month onwards). I am sharing them with you because I believe they greatly helped me in keeping my balance and mobility (and sanity). Stretching really helps a lot! And believe me, the more hip-opening exercises you do, the less pain you’ll feel on your lower back and hip area. I’ve […]

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BABYMOON IN CORON, PALAWAN

For my 32nd birthday, my husband and I decided to fly to Coron, Palawan (airport code: USU/ Busuanga) with my niece and her friends. We were all together when we chanced upon an airline sale and decided to just book it even though I was pregnant. We were supposed to join them for five whole days just re-exploring the islands near Coron town (this trip was our 3rd time in Coron), but a few weeks before our trip, I learned […]

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PREGNANCY STRETCH MARKS

When I first learned I was pregnant, stretch marks was one of the very first things that came to mind. I mean, that’s mostly what I hear from people who have been on the pregnant road. When you join groups on Facebook or google about pregnancy, it’s impossible not to come across this topic. Thankfully, I had existing oils/ salves at home that were part of the recommended brands in forums. You can find that post HERE. Apart from that, […]

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A PEEK INSIDE MY HOSPITAL BAGS

Some of you have asked me if I have packed my hospital bag already. We’ve done it before I reached my 37th week, and we have two separate bags: one for me while I’m in labor (to post-birth), and the other for my baby when he’s born and I’m breastfeeding. #1: MY LABOR TO BIRTH BAG Please take note that I’m bringing things for my plan of a natural, normal birth (for the hospital we picked, we are eyeing the […]

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