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Pregnancy Must-Haves: Anti-Stretch Marks Cream

December 26, 2014
One of the best gifts I received this last Christmas came from my aunt which is this Mamma Donna Anti-Stretch Marks Cream from Chicco.


They say having stretchmarks when you're pregnant is inevitable. I say so too! 
But trying can do no harm especially if you got the cream for free. So, lather that cream on your belly!

I am still in my 1st trimester so my belly is not that big yet. People say that you have to keep yourself moisturized especially if you are thin as early as your first trimester so that you can avoid the ugly stretchmarks once your belly starts ballooning. 

I'm not a fan of lotions. In fact, I hate them. 

The only time I forced myself to apply lotion is when Dengue fever is invading the Philippines and anti-mosquito sprays is not yet invented in our country.

Luckily, this lotion is different. It doesn't have a smell that triggers my nasal allergy, plus it's not sticky! The cream is smooth and is quickly absorbed by my tummy. It is advisable to lather up in the morning after your bath and in the evening before you sleep. I only apply it on the evening because I apply an Argan Oil after I bathe in the morning. (I'll tell you more Argan Oil in a different post).

I'll keep updating this post for the review of this product. I haven't notice anything drastic yet because I'm still not showing any bumps.

Product Price: not available
Where to buy product: Chicco, Leading Malls in Metro Manila

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - 24 and pregnant

How To Tell Your Mom That You Are (unexpectedly) Pregnant

November 27, 2014
I was in my room, crying, holding on to my phone, waiting for the moment to Viber my mom and tell her that I took a pregnancy test and it came out positive.




Here in the Philippines we always try to be more conservative. It is and will always be a sin to God and everyone else to get pregnant before being married. It is alarming that we are already seeing a high rate of teen pregnancy and unwanted pregnancies in the country. But I have to admit I am no teen, but still young to be pregnant at 24.

When I found out that I was pregnant, I didn't hesitate to tell my mom immediately. I mean, who am I supposed to tell it to other than my mom? Some may opt to tell their siblings or closest friends first but for me, my mom need to be the first one to know. No matter how bad she takes it.

There is really no easy way to do it. Unless you are really expecting and super happy about finding out that you are pregnant. You just have to say it honestly and as fast as you can. Fast is always good. It lets you get it off from your chest immediately.

Here's what I did:

1. Don't hesitate

Your mom will be angry that's for sure. She'll probably curse you and tell you to leave house or even disown you. But you have to remember one thing, she is still your mom and you are her daughter. That will never change. Family is family and you need her now more than ever.

My mom is working in a different country so our only means of fast communication is thru Viber. 

2. Be completely and 100% honest of how you feel

Now is not really a good time to be brave and confident. Tell her how you really feel. Are you scared? What are you thinking? What crazy ideas do you have? What is your plan? How much help do you need from her? Your mom might just ignore you but continue talking to her and tell her everything that you need to say.

I told my mom how scared I am. That I am considering to abort the baby. I even asked her if she thought of the same thing when she was carrying me. She ignored me for more than an hour...

3. Apologize

Everyone forgives. Maybe not as fast as you want but they do.

I told my mom how sorry I am. I know I disappointed her. I am so grateful that I was able to finish college before this happened and even grateful and lucky that I always find it easy to get a job.

4. Don't rush her to reply

Your mom may need a little time to absorb all the things that you said. After all, it is twice as shocking to her than to you when you told her you are pregnant.

My mom ignored me for a couple of hours but she did called me afterwards. She didn't curse at me, instead she told me to plan things ahead with my partner, that abortion is not an option, that I am capable to raising a child and she never thought of aborting me when she found out she was going to have me.

5. Thank your mom for being there

After all the drama, tell her how thankful you are that she is there willing to help you cope with the changes and to give you an advice on things that you need to know about early motherhood.

I told my mom how much I love her and thanked  her. I know how broken my mom is but I also know how strong she is and I also do know that she was able to pass it on to me.

Whoever you feel like telling to first that you are pregnant, consider your mom to be the first person to know. Tell her as soon as you can. Because no matter how bad she might feel, no matter how broken she will be, she will still love and accept you. 

My mom didn't talk to me for quite some time. But she did warm up and helped me out with my cravings and how to properly take care of myself. We talked about my marriage plans, being a young mom, and all that things I was not ready to talked about. She told me that she is still in denial stage about me getting married and having a child. But still, she says she'll always be here to guide me.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - I'm 24 and pregnant

Seeing the Two Red Lines of a Pregnacy Test for the First Time

November 25, 2014

My breast were sore weeks before my scheduled period (Yes, scheduled. I'm always regular and on the spot with my period), I was having mild gastritis attacks (or so I think I was, because I've been diagnosed with mild GERD), I was craving food (but I always am craving sour, and spicy food days before my period arrive) Everything seemed to be normal except for one itsy-bitsy tiny thing....I'm 3 weeks delayed.


Duhn! - Dun!- Duuuhhhn!!!

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I haven't told my partner that I'm already having thoughts about being pregnant because I wanted to know for sure first before I really start panicking. So, I dashed to the nearest mall and went to Watsons Drug Store and grabbed one Blue Cross Pregnancy Test and met up with my man at the cinema. 

We were scheduled to watch Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 today. I was feeling very anxious and nervous sitting and emptying my bottle of water while he opened a bag of chips and when I told him that I'll just go to the toilet to pee. I stood up, grabbed my bag and went straight to the toilet. My hands were shaking while ripping the box. This is not the first time that I'm doing a pregnancy test, I've always done it and it always showed me 1 red line, always just 1 red line. I took a deep breathe and started to pee on the stick, waited for about 10 seconds or more and took a peek at the pregnancy test.

Why does this shows two red lines? 

My hands were shaking uncontrollably 
Is this thing broken?

I snatched the instruction manual inside the box and read it carefully: (even though I already knew what it meant)

One line = negative
Two lines = positive

Stop being silly! It's idiot proof!

It's positive...I felt like I was about to burst into tears. I hold on to the pregnancy test and went back to my seat. The only word I was able to say was "Honey..." and handed him the pregnancy test. I am lost for words. I don't know what to say and feel. I just want to cry, but I can't. He looked closely and once he realized what the pregnancy test says, he immediately wrapped his arms around me and hugged me tight and told me "Don't worry, everything is going to be okay. You don't have to worry about anything. I love you so much!"

I didn't say another word, I just nodded. For the entire duration of the movie my mind was floating somewhere. I am so scared. Seriously I have to repeat the movie.

The movie ended and we just strolled in the mall. He was very caring and sincere, I have to say something. "I have to tell mom tonight" I said. He told me that he needs to tell his parents too tonight. We both agreed and he took me home. I told him to keep the pregnancy test because I don't want it around me tonight. I went to my room, crying while holding on to my phone, waiting, just waiting for the moment to Viber my mom who's working in Vietnam and tell her that I took a pregnancy test and it came out positive.


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - I'm 24 and pregnant