March 13

Preparing for your Prenatal Checkups

During the nine month journey, pregnant women will see their Obstetrician-Gynecologist at least once a month and more frequently than that when they reached the 28th week mark. It’s always best to come prepared to maximize your visit because chances are, you’ll be waiting in a queue for your 15-20 minute turn. Here are some basic things to remember:

Last menstrual period (LMP)– you will be consistently asked by this question all throughout your pregnancy not just by your OB but also laboratory personnel and sonologists. Your LMP will be their basis in calculating how far long you are and your expected delivery date. If you already have your prenatal notebook, better to write down there, but otherwise you can also write it in a small notepad and put it inside your wallet so you’ll always have it.
Questions Checklist – Most of the time prenatal checkups only happen once a month, so for the next 30 days you will definitely have questions or concerns that you might want to discuss on your next appointment. Better to jot it down right away! Place notepads or post its on areas around the house like at the refrigerator door, beside the telephone, your bedside table, etc.. in that way, you can easily write your thoughts down as soon as you think of them. Then the night before your checkup, collate all these lists and make a summary to bring to your appointment. Do not be shy to show your OB that you have a checklist. She will appreciate it more that you come to your appointments prepared.
History on hand – Aside from your prenatal notebook, it is best that you bring along the results of your laboratory tests and ultrasound results. Your OB should have copies of these on file but better to bring it with you always for instances when your OB is not in on your checkup and a reliever takes her place who does not know your pregnancy history or for reference during ultrasound schedules.
Battle waiting boredom – Checkups usually entail hours of waiting especially if your OB arrives later than usual because she performed an operation or is assisting a fellow patient in giving birth. Bring a bottle of water, some light healthy snacks or a sandwich just in case you and your partner gets hungry. It is also best to bring to keep you busy while waiting such as a book, a magazine or your Ipad.
Prenatal checkups are fun and exciting especially if you leave your doctor’s office anxiety-free and assured that you and your baby are in good shape.
February 25

Reading time Pregnant Moms!

Pregnancy brings in so many changes to a woman’s body and life. Aside from words of wisdom from my doctor, mom and mother-in-law, I educate myself by researching and reading a lot. Here are my trusted sources of pregnancy information:What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Even now on my second pregnancy, I still religiously read this book. It contains a month by month guide on what’s happening to your baby all throughout your nine month journey. It also has a question and answer type of discussion on common concerns during pregnancy, in which topics are very relatable. My second pregnancy is very sensitive and complicated so for the past 6 months I’ve been reading the portion about Common Concerns and ailments during pregnancy. Reading answers a lot of my questions helps ease my anxieties on the well being and condition of my unborn baby.

Babycenter.com Babycenter. Com is website which tackles everything from pre-pregnancy concerns to parenting big kids. For pregnant moms, they provide a week-by-week progress report of your baby and your body. I also enjoy reading forums especially when I have concerns about my complicated pregnancy. It enlightens me to know the actual experiences of other moms and it calms me to know that other moms where able to cope with the conditions I have.

 

Wikipedia.com
I know you may be wondering why I included this is in my list. Wikipedia is my source of information for particular medical terms that I hear from my OB-gyne especially now that my pregnancy involves a lot of sensitivities. I love reading about the technical terms as well as the history. Although, readers must be critical as well in checking the sources provided in the site if they are reliable so as not to get the wrong information.
Smart Parenting (SP) and Working Mom (WM) Magazines These two are locally published magazine designed for parents with kids whose age ranges from 0-6 years old for SP and 0-teens for WM. They also tackle common pregnancy concerns. What I appreciate most is that the magazine is especially made for Filipino families and therefore the topics are relatable to our culture and even provides discussion on some beliefs and “pamahiins”. It provides dangers and benefits, and even a little history on the pahiins which makes it easy for parents to understand the origin behind it. Those articles allowed me to see which ones are Ok to follow and which ones to let go totally. I don’t subscribe to any of the magazine though, because there are instances when rerun of topics are done.
With the great miracle growing inside our body, it is best to be armed with knowledge and information on how to take care of them before we can actually see them. Happy reading Moms!
February 14

Things not to stress about during pregnancy

I admit I’m one of those pregnant moms who worry about almost everything. Which is why the article below from babycenter.com helped ease my anxieties. I also added my comments on the items which I was able to relate to.

You can view the article at http://www.babycenter.com/0_what-i-wish-id-known-not-to-stress-about-during-pregnancy_1472865.bc?bclink=section&scid=preg_2_20120209:1&pe=MlVBSVRuSXwyMDEyMDIwOQ.._

BabyCenter moms look back on their pregnancy and tell you what to cross off your worry list.

“Don’t stress if you can’t get everything done that you had planned each day. The baby won’t know if the housework isn’t done!”

“It’s okay to tell co-workers that you’re not interested in their advice. Every pregnancy is different.” – Of course, as Filipinos, our culture is very different. It may be considered impolite to say that you’re not interested in their advice. Rather, just do not take in everything that is being given to you. Choose what and what not to follow. Each pregnancy is different so just listen to your instincts and to your body.
And if you start to get uneasy with the conversation, just say a polite “thank you” and change the subject.

“Remember, every problem has a solution, and confiding in someone who’s close to you or who you think can offer help or support is a step forward. Don’t be afraid to talk to your partner, OB, or midwife.”

“Don’t stress about how you look. You’re performing a miracle — growing a person inside of you — and that’s a fantastic accomplishment.” – I’m guilty of this! I’m trying my best now to follow the advice here

“If you trust your OB, let her do her job and follow her recommendations; if you don’t, find a new doctor who you do trust. You should never be afraid to call your provider with big and small problems.” – I agree. Together with your husband, your OB will be your partner for the next nine months and thus, you should be comfortable with each other. If you’re not comfortable with her or doesn’t fully trust her, then better find one whom you can work better with.

“Don’t stress about tough times with your partner. A baby tests any couple’s relationship.”

“Don’t stress about things like food or weight. Just be sensible. There’s no need to give yourself an anxiety attack over the pint of ice cream you just finished. Take it as your special reward for everything you’ve accomplished so far in your pregnancy, and move on.” – Guilty as charged!

“If you’re doing everything in your power to make healthy choices, don’t worry so much. Women have been having babies since well before we knew what to do and what not to do.”

“Mothers-in-law don’t know everything!”

“Don’t stress too much about things in the environment you think might harm your baby, like standing too close to the microwave or pumping gas. Remember, the vast majority of babies are born healthy.”

“Don’t worry about labor. It is what it is. Just educate yourself on your options, and be ready to make informed decisions. Beyond that, just take a deep breath and go for it. It’s not as bad as you think it’ll be.” – Yes, educating yourself not just in labor but also about pregnancy will be beneficial for you and your baby.

“Don’t stress about how the baby is fending in the womb. It’s a roll cage, but your baby is probably comfortable in there.”

“Every little twinge doesn’t mean something is wrong.” – I believe since we can not see the baby inside our womb, it makes us worry about anything and everything. It is always best to ask your doctor should you have any concerns. Better be safe than sorry!

“No matter what decisions you make, someone will always disagree. Try not to let the negative comments upset you, and if you’re really worried about something, talk with your doctor or a nonjudgmental friend.” – A good and trusted friend is one of the greatest blessings a woman can have during her pregnancy with all the hormones and emotions going haywire!

“There’s no such thing as a stupid question, especially for first-time mothers. Being pregnant and birthing a child are unique experiences, and a woman will never know what it’s all about until she’s actually done it herself.” – I agree!

“It’s okay if you don’t have everything ready for your baby. Newborns don’t need a whole lot in the beginning.”

“When I accepted heartburn, back pain, lack of sleep, and moodiness as a normal part of pregnancy, they didn’t seem to bother me as much anymore.”

“If you’re worried about being a good mom, you probably have nothing to worry about. My husband keeps telling me that bad mothers don’t worry about whether or not they’ll be good moms.”

“I had never really been around children, and I made mistakes, but as long as you love your baby and are careful with the important stuff, you can’t harm him or her with small mistakes. You’ll soon get comfortable with the routine.”

“Don’t stress too much over all the “rules” pregnant women now have. A bath warmer than lukewarm won’t lead to disaster. If you accidentally eat a soft cheese you’re not sure is safe, there’s no use worrying after the fact. Our mothers had fewer restrictions than we do, and we turned out fine.”

Hope this article helps pregnant moms! Have a happy pregnancy!