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Pregnancy Diary: 34 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 34 Weeks and 4 Days (November 1)

Diary Entry | 28 October 2015

My first consultation at Shiphrah Bahay Paanakan! Since it’s located in Taytay Rizal and we live in Cavite City, we woke up and left really early like 5AM. We arrived past 7AM which is good because we were asked to be there by 8AM. When we got there, there were only 2 moms waiting. I was anxiously observing their “system”. I saw a record book with 2 categories: Graduate and Non-graduate, and I listed my name under Graduate not knowing exactly what are they referring to. Haha. Apparently Graduate category is for those moms who are finished with Shiphrah’s 10 seminars. So I quickly changed my listing to Non-Graduate.

There’s a lot of waiting time and we’re clueless as to how our visit there would pan out. At around 830AM, the 2 moms who I first met asked us to go to the seminar area. Apparently there’s a bible study first before the seminar. We patiently sat down and listened although good thing I personally didn’t feel violated about this. Right after the bible study, one midwife — Ate Belle, greeted us, who will conduct the seminar.

It’s the batch’s 5th seminar and it’s only our first! It’s the perfect timing though because the seminar topic is childbirth! During the seminar there’s this foreigner photographer/videographer who was covering the talk and the attendees. We were in front so I’m pretty sure we were captured on film for the most part. After the seminar, non-graduates were asked to go inside to lineup for our prenatal checkup.

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Pregnancy Diary: 33 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 33 Weeks and 4 Days (October 25)

Pregnancy Diary: 33 Weeks and 4 Days (October 25) ||| Photo taken at Blogapalooza 2015, with my niece Ira

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.

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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*

baby’s size:

Three chocolate croissants

my mood:

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!

my symptoms:

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?

Pregnancy Diary: 32 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 32 Weeks and 3 Days (October 17)

Pregnancy Diary: 32 Weeks and 3 Days (October 17)

Hey baby,

Your kicks are getting stronger and stronger. Mommy might feel pain, but as long as you’re growing and developing well in my belly, it’s all worth it. Mommy and daddy love you so much! 💕

Love,

Your momma Jaycelle

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Diary Entry | 19 October 2015

I was chatting with my ex-colleagues about pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood. This is when the seed of gentle birth was planted in my head. My friend specifically advice me to OWN MY BIRTH. She also asked me to join this Facebook group called “Gentle Birth Philippines”. That same night I requested to join the group, little did I know that it’s going to be the start of my more meaningful pregnancy journey.

baby’s size:

Pain d’epi

my mood:

For some weird reason, my fondness for my B is turning to annoyance. Sorry, B. Although I also don’t like this feeling so I am hoping that I resolve whatever it is that’s bugging me and start being fond of him again.

my symptoms:

Tender breasts. They’re getting bigger and heavier, and super tender!

Numbness / tingling. This pins-and-needles feeling usually happens in the morning, as soon as I wake up, I can feel it in my hands.

Leg cramps. This annoying symptom is becoming a regular every morning. One time my subconscious event know that I will feel the cramps so I immediately know what to do even if I just woke up.

Shortness of breath. It looks like baby is crowding my lungs so much!

Swelling. Even though I am sleeping with my feet elevated, this does not seem to go away. I guess I really have to buy a bigger pair of shoes, aside from wearing my Birks.

Abdominal pelvic cramping. This felt like I’m having dysmenorrhea.

Heartburn. 

 

Pregnancy Diary: 31 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 31 Weeks and 6 Days (October 13)

Pregnancy Diary: 31 Weeks and 6 Days (October 13)

Diary Entry | 8 October 2015

First time I unintentionally skipped my milk and prenatal vitamins. I ran out of stock and we were on a whole day meeting. Hope baby’s still ok for missing his needs for a day. #ALittleWorried

baby’s size:

Croquembouche

my mood:

My mood is generally bearable. Nothing out of the ordinary. I can say this week was light on me, on us, which is a breath of fresh air.

my symptoms:

Tender breasts. I hope this means I can produce tons of milk when baby’s out!

Numbness / tingling. Becoming a common symptom especially in the morning.

Leg cramps. This annoying symptom is becoming a regular every morning. One time my subconscious even know that I will feel the cramps so I immediately know what to do even if I just woke up.

Backaches. Sometimes I cannot bear the pain but in a few weeks time I know it will all be worth it.

Swelling. Elevating feet really helps.

Braxton Hicks Contractions. I was a little worried at first, but I’m learning to ride the “wave”.

Shortness of breath.

Dizziness. Very minimal, maybe because of the hot weather.

 

Pregnancy Diary: 30 Weeks

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Pregnancy Diary: 30 Weeks and 4 Days (October 4)

Pregnancy Diary: 30 Weeks and 4 Days (October 4)

Diary Entry | 30 September 2015

I’m on my 30th week! We had a routinely checkup to check my weight, blood pressure, baby’s size and baby’s heartbeat. All seems OK except that I already have edema (swelling) which usually appears around 35th week. Eeek! My OB reminded me to monitor my weight and not to gain anymore weight. My pre-pregnancy weight is 144lbs and today I’m already 172lbs. That’s 28lbs weight gain! My target is 30lbs until I deliver baby on December 9, which is my 40th week. I have 10 more weeks to go with only 2lbs weight gain allowance. Saddest checkup EVER! Doc said I may have passed the gestational diabetes test but I may be prone to high blood pressure by the time I go into labor. So that’s a scary thought. That’s a NO-NO! So we left the hospital while I was feeling defeated. All this time I thought I am on the right track with everything about my pregnancy. I guess I let some Jabee and McDo slipped their way through. Now it’s back to square one, I should be mindful of what I will eat and drink. 10 more weeks of foodie sacrifice and I will be able to hold my cute little baby in my arms. Now that’s a good reason to keep in mind. *smiles*

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