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Pregnancy Diary: 18 Weeks

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Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks and 3 Days
Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks and 3 Days (July 11) ||| Top: Forever 21

One of the major reasons why I started this blog was to document special and memorable aspects of my life, which started with my little dates with my B when we were still dating as well as when we were planning for our wedding and marriage. And now, I am so excited to be starting this new chapter of our lives together as parents-to-be! What a better way to celebrate that than to document it here and share with you, our families and friends, who have been following our little corner here. I’m so ecstatic for our little family of two to start growing and to look back on this special journey and be amazed with every little detail that would probably be forgotten when things get a little chaotic once our baby is born.

baby’s size:

a croissant!

my mood:

I’ve been ravenous! My appetite for food increased or let’s say went back to normal. Headaches have been re-appearing in the scene lately.

my symptoms:

Vivid dreams, cravings, abdominal ache and pains, headaches, leg cramps, linea negra, backache, forgetfulness, bloating, breast engorgement, constipation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pregnancy Diary: A Look Back at My First Trimester

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Digital art. Fresh Start.
The blessing of pregnancy breathe a new life into our lives and relationship. It’s a refreshing feeling of a “fresh start”.

As of today, I’m 20 weeks and 6 days pregnant. I’m happy that I am done with my first trimester and already in the middle of my second trimester. As I look back on my first trimester, what I can remember mostly is how my body “gave up” on me. I’m always hungry, sleepy and easily tired.

My days were a routine of eating, sleeping, resting. On repeat.

My happiness.

I’m happy about the fact that I did not experience the somewhat horrible morning sickness. I’ve heard about family members’ and friends’ experiences about it, and that alarmed me long before I got pregnant. I’m happy about how hands-on my B was and still is, understanding what I’m physically and emotionally going through and helping me get through it. I’m happy how supportive and caring my family and in-laws are since our families and closest friends are the only ones who knew about our pregnancy, before we made it Facebook official.

It also amazes us how each week passed by easily. When we checked our pregnancy calendar per week it’s as if our pregnancy is zooming past us, not that we’re complaining though.

My worries.

Call me weird but since my first trimester went on as smooth as it possibly can, I got worried that my pregnancy was weird or that something bad is happening inside my belly. I think it’s called paranoid!

My First Trimester Symptoms

Mood swings. This is when I seemed like a crazy person crying over little things and laughing at the mundane, almost simultaneously. Imagine hot tears and hearty laughs.

Hot flashes. No matter what time of the day it is nor where I am, I always feel hot! I can take cold showers (which wasn’t my usual favorite) and hang out in the room while ac’s blasting, but I still feel hot.

Food aversions. I have heightened sense of smell like Wolverine. I puke on the smell of freshly cut onion or garlic, and sometimes the smell of raw meat cooking.

Physical changes. This is the awkward phase in pregnancy where I am not showing yet but I sure look bloated from a sumptuous buffet.

Urge to pee. I peed the most during this first trimester. I bugged B to accompany me to the loo countless of times especially in the wee hours.

First OB/GYNE. I’ve first consulted with my B’s aunt’s OB. Let’s just say it wasn’t the most enlightening doctor’s appointments we had especially for a first-time mom like me.

Cravings. This is not limited to food. I feel like my B is one of my cravings or pinaglilihihan because I could not bear not seeing him, hugging him, sniffing him! I also had random food cravings which seemed trivial now but what I remembered most was my cravings for Pancit Bihon.

Vivid dreams. These were dreams that can bag the award for Best in Cinematography but with weird screenplay.

Overall, I’m one of the lucky moms-to-be that went on a smooth first trimester. Here’s hoping to a continuous smooth sailing pregnancy until I deliver my baby safely. xo

 

Did you know? 99% of Filipinos suffer from food intolerance.

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Healthway Medical FIT

99% of Filipinos suffer from food intolerance. And so Healthway Medical introduces FIT, a test to detect food intolerance.

Reactions to certain foods are quite common. However, some reactions go unnoticed until certain abnormal manifestations occur – internally (physiological) or externally (physical, i.e. on skin). Where food ALLERGY has almost an immediate reaction, food INTOLERANCE, on the other hand, does not immediately manifest. Sometimes, it takes as much several months or as short as days for symptoms to be obvious.

According to Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor Ginny Sinense-Marksl, RND, food intolerance often occurs in people who eat normal or even very common food substance (rice, egg, dairy, wheat) that they are highly sensitive to. These foods cause inflammations in their body that could manifest as allergy-like reactions such as diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps and at times, skin rashes that almost never seem to subside. Also, it could be one of the major reasons why it is difficult to manage any weight problem.