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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 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?