Diary Entry | 24 October 2015
As I was browsing “Gentle Birth Philippines” FB group, I came across this topic about this famous birthing house called “Shiphrah Bahay Paanakan”. Mommies who gave birth there were raving about it so much that it piqued my interest, so I started researching about it.
On my Google search, I found a blog post that started it all. After reading that mom’s gentle birth experience, I felt a calling that THIS is also how I want my own birth experience to be. Her words are so powerful and resonated with me deeply. I eagerly searched for Shiphrah’s contact details to find out if they can still accept me even if I’m already on my last trimester. I anxiously called and spoke to one of the midwives. She advised me to pay a visit the following Wednesday. I was asked to bring all my prenatal medical records. I felt a bit excited. It felt as if I’m entering a whole new world, a new territory.
Diary Entry | 23 October 2015
Changing from one sleeping position to the next is a challenge with my heavy bump and aches of my bones.
This is such a trying and emotional time for me. I haven’t been well for about three days now and husband and I haven’t been sleeping well for two days now because of the many arguments we engaged in.
We sleep without patching things up. Not our agreed upon relationship habits. *cry emoticon*
It’s been a roller coaster week. Ever since the seed of gentle birthing was planted in my head, I have been researching like crazy!
Pelvic girdle pain. This is very common especially in the last trimester. Good thing mine is a minor ache — a few twinges, a general feeling of heaviness and stress in my pelvic region.
Shortness of breath. My technique here? Proper posture. It gives my lungs a little more room to breathe, literally.
Tender breasts. Look but don’t touch, darling. Haha!
Tingling hands / carpal tunnel. Very common in many expecting women especially those who work at computers.
Leg cramps. Tip: Straighten your leg and gently flex your ankle and toes back toward your shins several times.
Swelling. Yup, I have fatter feet in the evening.
Backaches. I avoided lifting heavy loads, or I do it slowly. Better safe than sorry.
Abdominal ache and pain. I experience “growing pains” around my middle tummy area.
Uterine tenderness. It’s a feeling of soreness in my womb.
Constipation. I need to increase my fiber intake. Maybe 2 pears a day?