Showing posts with label Dra. Vienne Saulog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dra. Vienne Saulog. Show all posts

Monday, December 9, 2013

32 Weeks - and other pregnancy news

I hit the 32nd week this week - only 8 weeks to go and I'm ready to pop! 

Again, I'm happy to share that everything is okay thus far. But that's not to say that this pregnancy has been totally worry-free. 

In fact, during my last check up some two weeks ago, my OB informed me that I lack 10 lbs. from my ideal weight gain. (I weighed only 118 lbs. when I should be hitting 128 lbs. already.) 

Also, my amniotic fluid is in "high normal" mark. According to my OB, the amniotic fluid indicates the baby's urine - which if too much or too little can present problems. She discussed a number of reasons why the baby and the mother's system produce too much amniotic fluid, like possible cases of hydrocephaly, a rupture in the baby's intestine, and Down Syndrome, to name a few. 

Of course, I was worried and anxious to know if there was any trouble with my baby. But she said she found none of the symptoms of those cases during our Congenital Anomaly Scan. "Some woman just carry with plenty of amniotic fluid, and you might be one of them," she said. Anyway, she added that I'm at "high normal", which is still within the normal range.

I've also had a number of routine tests completed. My OGTT came back negative for gestational diabetes. We did the Congenital Anomaly Scan and the result was normal, too. Thank God.

Unfortunately, I've been gobbling down sweets and caffeine these days :( I know, it's bad for me and the baby. But I seem to grow a sweet tooth and an enormous appetite everytime I hit the last trimester. (Same thing happened when I was pregnant with Zohan.)

Also, I've been waddling and finding it more and more difficult to move around. Unfortunately, my calendar of hearings is extremely full and unforgiving up until January next year. (My maternity leave starts in February.) Taking the stairs, riding the MRT/LRT, hailing an elusive cab, walking with folders on hand - all of them have been giving me a hard time now.

I'm trying to slow down, but how does one do that with a fulltime work that includes being out in the field? And also, in other news, Zohan has entered the "terrible two" phase and I am constantly at the receiving end of his tantrums and kicks and wailings. So, goodluck to me.

Anyway, here's my photo at 32 weeks:


Taken at Baby Kloud's Baptism. 32 weeks in this photo.

That's it for now. Maybe the next update will be about my delivery. Wohooo! I hope everything goes well as I progress towards the D-day. So excited!!


Monday, May 14, 2012

I'm saying goodbye to google..

...and saying hello to Dra. Vienne Saulog! Yes, I am now a step up to being an Alpha mom for having secured a trustworthy pediatrician for my son.

If you tolerated my ramblings long enough, you'd be aware that google was helping me raise my son. When to start with solid food? Google. What food to give him? Google. Was it okay that he didn't poop regularly? Google. Where were the branches of Anthology shoes? Google. Okay, that last one didn't count.

Well, you gotta give me some credit before you convince yourself how irresponsible a mother I was. Zohan had a pediatrician ever since he popped out from a stitch. His first pedia was the one who caught him from the labor room, while his second pedia was based in the husband's province. They both charged cheap, sure. But the problem with them was, they would only give the required vaccine shot for the month, collect the fees and wave goodbye. Too bad for them I was a first time mother who expected pediatricians to be as detailed as babycenter.com. And so, there I was in their clinics, with an expectant ear and a ready wallet, agitated to listen to what I would pay for. As luck would have it, our check-ups would be as simple as shot-pay-goodbye, EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. (There's gotta be something that they could tell me because I need to keep this blog alive!) 

So, the search for the new pediatrician began. I always had Dra. Vienne Saulog in mind, because of the good reviews made by Maqui here and Maggi here. I was holding off visiting her clinic because I decided to complete Zohan's vaccines with the silent pedia, who, in retrospect, charged cheaper for vaccines compared to Manila-based pediatricians. I figured that there was really no rush because Zohan had been a well-baby (according to me!), so we waited until his 8th month. (Henceforth, his scheduled vaccines would only be boosters and would not be as often, and as expensive, I hope, as the vaccines he have had for the last 7 months!) 

Last 14th of April, we visited Dra. Vienne's clinic in One Health Center in Paseo de Magallanes. We camped in her clinic with Tita Eda, Tatay, Ninang Joyce and Ninong Enzo. I was asking the entire block in lawschool if they wanted to tag along but apparently, they had busy lives. 

It was all good except that we waited for two minutes, and two hours! In her defense, Dra. Vienne said her rounds in St. Luke's took longer than usual because of her scheduled out-of-the-country trip. But because she was just as talkative as babycenter.com, I forgave her. In fact, she was too accomodating to answer my ten-point questionnaire that it took us almost an hour to finish. She was very meticulous to the point that she checked up the little boy's every nook and cranny. She also asked if Zohan could recognize his name already, and the atribida nanay that I was, hurriedly said yes, he can! I called him Zohan! Zohan! I was practicing telepathy and tried to control his mind to look my way. But the kid pretended he didn't hear me. The husband, the sweet person that he was, tried to save my face and called out Zohan! Zohan! But the little boy decided, this one time, that he would not respond to his name, and would continue playing with the toy he was holding at that time. Nuninu, ni nu.

At any rate, Dra. Vienne was a welcome relief from the previous pedias that Zohan had. I would highly recommend her because finally, I would be getting my money's worth. Possibly even more. 

With all these toys, he wouldn't mind waiting!
As of our last check-up, Dra. Vienne Saulog charges P500 for consultation fee and holds clinic in the following:

One Health Clinic in Paseo De Magallanes, Makati City
8538663
MWFSa 3:00 pm-5:00pm
Tue Thurs 2:30pm-3:30pm

Asian Hospital
7719334
T TH 4:00pm-7:00pm
Fri 9:00am-12:00noon

St. Luke's, BGC
7897700 loc 7737
Mon-Thurs, Sat. 9:30am-1:30pm





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