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Grand Baby Fair 2015: Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015

January 29, 2015

It's the most anticipated event of all the soon-to-be-moms of the year!

The Grand Baby Fair Year 5 will be held at Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall on January 30 - February 1, 2015. Don't miss the fun of shopping for your little ones at great discounts!

Hearing the Heartbeat for the First Time: 2nd Trimester Scan

January 25, 2015
Pregnancy brings a lot of panic especially if it is your first time becoming a mother. But hearing that little thump!-thump!-thump! from the doctor’s doppler helped me to finally ease a little and enjoy the rest of this ride.



I am still in doubt that I am pregnant despite the first ultrasound that I had during my pre-natal check-up. I can’t still believe that my tiny tummy is carrying a tiny human. I guess it did not sink in yet because I still don’t see the famous “bump” that every pregnant women talks about.

At the end of my first trimester at exactly 12 weeks, we went again to my doctor for the usual 12 week-scan. My doctor asked me to lie on the bed so she could check if she can find the baby’s heartbeat. She pulled out her doppler and started doing her thing. Me and my partner were both anticipating this moment. Sadly, the doctor was not able to find it. She told us that the baby might be hiding or in a different position away from the doppler.

I felt really bad and scared as panic hormone overtook my pregnant body. We went home and I started researching on why the doctor can’t find my baby’s heartbeat, and I wished I did not do that. The more I searched on Google, the more I panicked. There is a rising number of pregnant women who would find out that there baby died inside their tummy without having symptoms whatsoever. Now, imagine my stress thinking the same thing is happening to me. Na-ka-ka-lo-ka!

I could not wait for the next month to have my scan. A friend immediately recommended to me Lagro OBGYN and Ultrasound Clinic where they do all sorts of ultrasound. She advised me to just go and have a normal pelvic scan so I can stop stressing about my baby’s heartbeat. Without any hesitation, me and my partner went to the clinic during my 15 week pregnancy to have a normal second trimester scan.

This is it! I need to know if my baby is okay….and If I am really pregnant. Yes, yes, I know it is stupid for me to still think that I am not. I gaze on the monitor as soon as the sonologist placed her ultrasound thingy on my belly and I just smiled. My baby is so big and alive! And I am still pregnant! Whew! The sonologist told me everything I needed to know about my second trimester scan and she printed out a photo of my smiling baby!

I found out that:

  1. I have an anterior placenta
  2. The baby is in breech position at 15 week-scan
  3. And I have a low-lying placenta and the baby’s feet is currently near my closed cervix


The sonologists advised us to go see my doctor the soonest so she can discuss to me the result of the scan. Me and my partner then decided to switch to another doctor that his family doctor recommended and hospital (from FEU to Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center).

We went to meet with our new OB-GYN who we now wanted to settle for this entire pregnancy. She is very accommodating and caring. She reviewed all my previous scans and laboratory results and then she told me that we can already check if we can hear the baby’s heartbeat via doppler. Yay!

So I lay on the bed and kept quite as she placed the doppler on my tummy. Alas! There is it! My baby’s heartbeat says Thump!-Thump!-Thump! Me and my partner smiled at each other as the doctor let us hear more of its heartbeat. I caressed my tummy and told my baby that I am happy that he/she is okay and I can’t wait to finally meet him/her.


Seeing the ultrasound and hearing its heartbeat brings out so much joy and love out of me, how much more when I finally get to hold m baby? 

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

How to Search for Your Birthing Hospital and OB-Gyne

January 16, 2015
Searching for your birthing hospital and ob-gyne can be a little overwhelming especially if you became an unpexpectant mother. But, don't you worry! I am here to help you out. It's all about RESEARCHING!




You just found out that you're pregnant, now what?

The first thing that you have to do is to have your very first pre-natal check-up. For some, it will matter to them to figure out their birthing hospital and the OB that will fit their needs as early as now. For others, they will opt to find suitable hospital and obs as they progress with their pregnancy.

Here are the things I found out and some tips that I was able to pick-up during my first trimester research:

1. You can always change your OB-Gyne. 

This is my first pregnancy and I am clueless If you feel like you and your current OB don't get along well, or you're just not at ease with her then that's probably a good sign to look for another OB. It is important for you to feel comfortable with her as she will guide you throughout your whole pregnancy.

2. Consider hospitals near your house.

This is no brainer! Look for hospitals near you so that you can easily hustle to the emergency room if you need to. Yes, even if you have a car. Less traffic, the better.

3. Ask your friends and relatives who gave birth or will give birth.

It is always nice to turn to your friends and relatives for an advice. For one, you will be sure that they are recommending a trusted hospital and OB.

4. Check women or parenting forums.

This is proven effective! (Because I found mine on the forum) When you are not busy doing anything, spend your time reading forums on the internet. What's best is that you can interact with your fellows mommas to be. Gain a friend and gain referrals to their OBs and birthing hospital, you can even compare birthing costs. I assure you, the moment I found the right thread eh sinulit ko na talaga. I was able to easily switch OBs and decide on birthing hospital with the help of the forum I found.

5. What is your budget?

Some of us may have birthing budget and some may not. Your budget can also determine which hospital you will give birth to as well as your ob-gyne's professional fee. I suggest, you ask immediately for the estimated birthing cost when you are inquiring for hospitals and OBs so you will have time to search for other hospitals and OBs that will fit your budget.

6. Check hospital facilities and OBs experience.

It is always good to check out the hospital where you are planning to give birth. Find out whether or not the hospital is equipped with proper machines or rooms in case an emergency happens to you while you are giving birth. There are some situations wherein you will be transferred to another hospital just because your current hospital lacks the equipment.

You may also want to research about your OB-Gyne. Ask her previous patients if they had wonderful experience with her or not. Most of the time, you'll be able to read about them on the internet. 

With my case, I found a few friends within the forum who vouched for my new OB, so I didn't have problems with her.

7. What is your birthing plan?

You may want to deliver your baby with your husband with you, or you may want to have somebody take a video or photo while you are giving birth. Some hospitals and OBs do not allow these kind of requests. If it is important to you, then you might have to search for a hospital that will allow you to do it.

Whichever hospital you decided to go and whoever OB you decided to settle for, always remember that both you and your baby's life will depend on it. Be sure that you are 101% comfortable and your mind is at ease when you have already chosen your birthing hospital and OB. :)

Good luck and share with me where you decided to give birth! 

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


Looking for My Birthing Hospital and OB-Gyne

Looking for your birthing hospital and OB-Gyne should be on top of your priority list and everything will sure to follow. When I found out that I was pregnant I know I need to get my first pre-natal check-up.


I live in Fairview, Quezon City so there are three hospitals that we can check-out:

  1. Fairview Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center - a new hospital beside SM Fairview
  2. Bernardino General Hospital - a general hospital beside North Olympus, Zabarte
  3. FEU Hospital


Me and my partner both wanted to check-out Fairview Commonwealth Hospital because it is new and my aunt just gave birth to her first child in this hospital. However, my partner's father suggested we consider FEU Hospital first because it is already a trusted hospital and we are sure that they can handle any case of emergency during labor time. He also referred us to an OB-gyne that he knew, so there! problem solved! We have an hospital and an OB - NOT!

We had a few problems with FEU Hospital when I went there during my first trimester:

  1. My OB is not as accommodating as I thought she would be. It is important for me to feel comfortable with her but I just didn't feel at ease with her.
  2. Interns were the ones who draw blood from my arm when I had my blood tests done and I didn't like it. My vein popped and I can really see that she was moving and inserting the needle with a vial the wrong way. Good thing another nurse stepped in which I would like to believe that really knows what she's doing. She used a syringe this time with my other arm and it made everything else easier. I had to fill-up more than 5 vials for the tests.
  3. FEU Hospital is overly expensive. We decided to ask a quote for a normal birthing cost and our OB told us to prepare P80,000 - P100,000 for an NSD and much more with a CS pregnancy. I was really shocked. Her quote for the NSD covers only me with all the basic things excluding the baby and hospital stay - in the ward!. (Here I thought, FEU will be much more affordable)

Hearing the quoatation ended my interest with giving birth at FEU Hospital. I just think it's too much.

I asked my aunt who gave birth at Fairview Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center how much she spent she told me that because she knows most of the people who helped her gave birth from back when she was still working in the Philippines that she only paid P20,000 all-in. Kaloka! Then I asked another aunt of mine who is having a very difficult pregnancy right now that her OB (hospital not included on the list above) only quoted P60,000 for NSD all-in. They told me that the price will always depend on your OB because of their professional fee.

That was it! I needed to switch and look for another OB and hospital within the vicinity of Fairview.

Luckily, I stumbled upon a forum at femalenetwork.com. There is a thread for Fairview Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center, FEU Hospital, and Bernardino Hospital. The forum is really helpful. They included the most suggested and affordable OBs around. So, I signed-up and talked to other moms and expectant moms who will give birth to the hospitals mentioned above. Most of them opted to give birth at FCHMC and Bernardino rather than FEU because it was too expensive for the as well. 

I met a good friend within the forum and we kept in touch on Facebook. She referred to me her OB who has her own ultrasound clinic in Lagro, who also happens to do clinic and labor at FCHMC. I told her most of my concerns including budget and she also told me the same things that she was worrying. She told me that it took her five OBs before she settled with her current OB and she didn't regret it. I asked her what's her expected birthing cost at FCHMC and she told me her OB quoted around P40,000 for NSD all-in. I got excited to meet with her OB.

She gave me all the details including the OB's schedule at her own clinic and also at FCHMC, as well as her experiences with her OB. She will be giving birth at FCHMC by the last week of January and we promised each other that we will share  our birthing experience as well as the costs that she will pay so I can prepare.

I am only 14 weeks pregnant so I still have a very long way to go. I decided to meet -up with her OB on January 26, 2015 and hopefully I'll settle with her. If things go smoothly as well, I would want to give birth at FCHMC because it's just 5 mins away from house.

I'll let you guys know how my appointment with this OB will turn out and I will update this thread. :)

Also, if you want to know the names of the OBs I've mentioned or you have other questions, do leave me a comment so I can personally email them to you. 

Helpful forum links:

  1. OB-Gyn Recommendations around Metro Manila: http://www.femalenetwork.com/girltalk/index.php/topic,252656.0.html
  2. Magkano ang binayaran nyo sa panganganak?: http://www.femalenetwork.com/girltalk/index.php/topic,275096.0.html
  3. Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center: http://www.femalenetwork.com/girltalk/index.php/topic,259115.0.html


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


The First Glance: Our First Ultrasound

I never thought that I will feel so much joy, love, and excitement altogether by just seeing the tiny human wiggling inside me.




They say that the first ultrasound will always be the one that will make you so emotional.

Me and my partner went to FEU Hospital: Women's Health Unit to have our first Transviginal Ultrasound as requested by our OB-Gyne during my 9th week of pregnancy. 
I was scared and afraid of what the tiny human might look like. 

Was it healthy or not? Does it already have its heartbeat? How big is it? 
I have so many random question running on my mind as I put on the lab gown and position myself to the bed. I was being talkative to the attending nurse as she helped me put up my legs properly. (Seriously tho, nakakangalay siya) I was already distracted by two other person in the room who are said to be a probationary nurse. The doctor came and she told me to relax and showed me a probe that will be inserted to me so they can view the tiny human inside. I got more scared as I thought she will insert the entire thing! It was about the size of the ruler and I just can't imagine how painful it might be. They laughed and told me that only 2 inches of the probe will be inserted, and that's when I calmed down.

She inserted the probe and it didn't hurt but it was really uncomfortable. My partner was inside the room and they were all looking at the monitor. I remember the doctor telling me that I should have emptied my bladder because they can see my pee. Haha! My partner kept on asking where the baby is as the doctor move the probe inside me. Suddenly he became excited as he saw the tiny human. The probationaries were also smiling as the nurse tells them how clear the monitor was. 

I became excited too told them I wanted to see it! The doctor told me that she will just take some measurements and pictures for printing. After a few minutes she flips the monitor to my direction and there it was, the tiny human is wiggling its tiny hands and feet! I seriously can't stop smiling! I didn't knew that it was in its baby form already.

The doctor showed me the cord, the embryo, the sack and everything else inside my tummy but I just focused my eyes on the tiny human. I wish I could touch it. It was really tiny! 
The doctor pulled out the probe and we waited for the results and the printout of the photos.

The feeling was so overwhelming! I can't wait for my next ultrasound.


FEU Hospital: Women's Health Unit
Transviginal Ultrasound: P1,500
Tip: You may want to be there as early as you can because there will be a lot of people lining up to have the ultrasound.

Pregnancy Must-Haves: Snug-A-Hug Maternity Pillow

January 12, 2015
One thing every pregnant woman knows is that you will be getting less of Zzz's as you go along with your pregnancy.


I don't know if it is the changing hormones, the urge to pee almost all the time (as in all-the-time!), or the growing bump that made me wide awake at night when I was about to hit the end of the first trimester.

Before I got pregnant, I'd hit the bed and be dreaming about zombies by 10PM and will be wide awake at around 9AM the next day. Now, I am on my 13 week pregnancy and I'd hit the bed as early as 9PM, fall asleep at around 11:30PM, wake-up at around 12AM to pee, go back to bed - sleep and wake-up again at 2AM to pee, go back to bed - sleep and wake-up again at 4AM with aching back and of course, to pee, I will go back to bed and wait for about 30 minutes to an hour before I fall back to sleep and then finally wide awake at around 7:30AM. Whew! That was a LOT of peeing!

As I progress through my pregnancy, I noticed every night that I'm not getting comfortable with the way I sleep or position myself to sleep. I'm a hugger so I have a lot of pillow on my bed. But, I felt like some of my pillows are too soft or too squishy to support my neck or my back. I was able to mentioned this to one of my best friends and she told me to get myself a U-Pillow. So, I Googled U-Pillow and found a lot of them available online especially on Instagram and Sulit/Olx.ph. They are a huge U-shaped pillow that supposedly supports your entire body and your growing bump while you are pregnant. It is really huge and expensive too! 

I tried searching for other kinds of maternity pillow that is easily available in the Philippines and that's when I stumbled upon the Snug-A-Hug pillow website. Unlike the popular U-Pillow, the Snug-A-Hug pillow is a C-shaped pillow that will also support your whole body and much much more. The pillow is designed to be used by pregnant women, nursing moms, post-op moms, and of course you can use it as an everyday pillow! Another best thing about this product is that it is made by a Filipina entrepreneur, o diba, love your own!

I saw a lot of good reviews and blog posts about the product so I didn't hesitate to order one. I contacted the owner, Minnie Ocampo - Jumaquio and I chose to have it delivered and paid via cash on delivery at my house. She was very nice and we had a smooth transaction.

I got my Snug-A-Hug Pillow in less than 24-hours! Talk about good service!

A Snug-A-Hug Pillow Set comes with the following:

  1. Snug-A-Hug Pillow
  2. Snug-A-Hug Manual
  3. Plain Pillow Cover - Color of your choice
  4. 1 Dust Bag
  5. 1 Carry On Bag

They were having a new year promo so I also got 1 free cute baby bag! Yay!

I immediately put on the cover and tossed it on my bed. I snuggled up and felt completely comfortable. I am used to sleeping on my back and they say that when you are pregnant, you are supposed to be sleeping on your side to prevent a certain vein from functioning. Snug-A-Hug pillow helped me sleep on my side; my back is completely supported as well as my neck. It is a perfect one whole body pillow. I experimented with a lot of sleeping position with the pillow and find it really easy to use.

I'm on my 5th night of using it and so far so good! I've been waking up less at night at getting more Zzzzzs. No more back and neck pains. So, if you're having the same problem like I am or you just want to grab a maternity pillow, do visit their website at www.snugahug.net

Here's a photo on my Snug-A-Hug pillow:

Snug-A-Hug Pillow with Gray Hanes Cover


Let me know if you got one too or if you are using a different maternity pillow! 

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