Showing posts with label Pregnancy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pregnancy. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Khaleid's Birth Story (and my failed VBAC Attempt) - Part II

 "There could also be an initial attempt to do labor but after several nerve-wracking pushes, the baby's head turns out to be too large or the mommy's pelvis too small to allow the baby to pass through. In all of these, there would be a gut-wrenching pain, from labor or otherwise, followed by a relief that when everything else seemed to fail, the mother would be summoned to the operating room for incision for her own good. These mothers would end up with a scar from the CS operation, but they fought a battle, and they fought hard."
                                                             - An excerpt from my very first VBAC Post 

After a long, arduous, and exhausting trial labor, my efforts were all for naught because I wasn't able to deliver through a varginal birth. In medical jargon, the failed VBAC was because of "arrest in descent, secondary to cephalopelvic disproportion".  In ordinary parlance, the baby's head was too big and my pelvis was too narrow.

But for me, the real reason was the Universe working its way to save me from a looming danger. I was wide awake during the CS operation, that's why I was able to witness why God refused to listen to my plea for a normal delivery. 

Upon opening up the previous wound, Dra. Guinto immediately discovered that my first CS operation had not just one, but two incisions inside! That would have been okay, except that while the first stitch was low transverse (which is the primary requirement before a VBAC is allowed), the other stitch was VERTICAL - a contraindication of VBAC (the kind of incision with a higher risk of uterine rupture). 

The reason why Dra. Guinto allowed me to try VBAC was because I was a qualified candidate - or so we thought. The operative record of my previous CS operation indicated a low transverse incision, which led us to believe that I could pull off a VBAC without any unusual risk. (I wrote about the requirements for a VBAC candidate here.

But that was where the problem lied -the record indicated only the transverse incision; thus, neither Dra. Guinto nor I would know about the second incision. As to why the operative record did not accurately reflect what was done inside my body was something I refused to ruminate. It was water under the bridge.

At 10:16 AM, "baby out" was finally announced by Dra. Guinto. I heard my baby's cry and I let out a sigh of relief. 

When Khaleid was handed to me, there were no tears of joy or music playing in my head or thoughts of magical moment. Of course, I was glad that we were both safe, but I was so ready to close my eyes to sleep. I was that exhausted. But I couldn't sleep just yet. Khaleid was immediately placed in my breast for the "Unang Yakap". With just a few attempt, he latched properly and our breastfeeding journey began.

At this point, Dra. Guinto and her team was still at me, re-doing the stitches from my previous operation. She figured it would take her hours to "improve" the old stitches. When I heard her making calls to cancel all her appointments that morning, it dawned to me how fortunate I was to have found a very competent doctor. It was a good call she made to discontinue my VBAC attempt. With the vertical stitch inside my body, who knows, I might be just one push away from uterine rupture.

At around 2:00 PM, Khaleid and I were wheeled into our private room, where Kristan had been anxiously waiting. Kristan was alone in the room since my labor began and I could just imagine the worry and anxiety that he had to go through for hours. He kissed me on the forehead and whispered how much he loved me and how grateful he was to me for enduring everything. 

After two and a half days, I was cleared to go home. I stepped out of the hospital leaving my hopes of a vaginal birth behind. It was not only the end of my VBAC journey; it also meant that we could not try for more babies. But that's okay - I had always believed in the greater scheme of things. I knew the Universe knows better than me. 

The most important thing was how blessed we were to have been entrusted once again with another being - to raise, to nurture, and to love. It was a wonderful, wonderful journey which ended so beautifully with me endlessly taking a whiff of my baby's scent and planting kisses on his cheeks to my heart's content.

You can read PART I here.
You can read all my VBAC-related posts here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Khaleid's Birth Story (and my failed VBAC attempt) - Part I

I gave birth to our second son, Khaleid Immanuel, in the morning of February 3, 2014 via an emergency caesarian section. I was hoping for a Vaginal Birth After Caesarian (VBAC) so I was a little frustrated that I had to be cut open once more. But in hindsight, I'll dare say I'm still lucky things did not go my way, as there was an unforeseen risk that could have cost me my life had I insisted on vaginal birth.

I had my last check up with Dra. Guinto on January 29 (Wednesday) and after an internal exam, she said I'd give birth within the next seven days. Thereafter, I had been having bloody show and contractions had been coming at irregular intervals. Despite the signs, I knew it wasn't time yet, so I went on with my routine as days went by.  

On Saturday, I was restless and anxious that I couldn't get myself a decent sleep. I was up until 4:00 AM, timing contractions that were still intermittent. On Sunday morning, contractions became a bit painful. That's when I knew I was nearing the D-day.

However, I was resolved to postpone going to the hospital until the pain becomes unbearable. I'd rather hurl invective in the comfort of my home than embarrass myself in the labor room. Besides, if I go to the hospital at the first sign of pain, and my dilation and effacement would progress slowly, I was afraid the doctors would become impatient and cut me up instead.

So with the thought of increasing my chances of VBAC, I went on to do the usual "palengke Sunday" with my husband instead of going to the hospital. I was wincing in pain in between haggling for the price of meat and weighing vegetables. After our errand, I stayed put and monitored the pain, which increased in intensity. And at the end of the long day, I managed to sleep through the pain.

I was awakened at around 1:00 AM because Zohan was coughing very badly. I got up to carry the poor kid and lull him back to sleep; when I realized my contractions were disturbingly painful. Although bearable, I knew it was time to hit the road. 

When we arrived at Manila Doctors, I was examined by the doctor and was told that I was already 6cm dilated. I was sent to the labor room where I would spend hours in labor pain. Dra. Guinto arrived soon enough and she patiently monitored my progress. Hours passed but I did not become fully dilated. At 8:00 AM, Dra. Guinto was already lecturing me on shifting to a caesarian operation. 

She gave me a final attempt and ordered me to try pushing. I gave out all my strength to do an epic push as if my life depended on it. To our surprise, I became 10cm dilated. At 9:00 am, Dra. Guinto said normal labor is a go. I was wheeled into the delivery room. Despite my exhaustion from seven hours of labor pain, I was grinning from ear to ear. This is it, I said to myself.

At the delivery room, the nurses and staff were in full force to help me push every time a contraction would come in. Since I had been waiting for that moment, I mustered all the remaining strength in my weary body to make strong pushes. Dra. Guinto said I was one of her powerful "pushers"; but it seemed that wasn't enough.

For an hour, I experienced strong contractions, to which I responded with even stronger pushes. But for reasons only my body could answer, my dilation would spring back and forth. Dra. Guinto could already feel the baby's head but since there was an arrest in descent, the baby just wouldn't come out. It also didn't help that baby's head was so big and my pelvic bone was too narrow.

At 10:00 AM, Dra. Guinto gave me last two chances to make a push before she would order an arrest CS. I began each push with a prayer. I took a deep breath and gave out the most powerful force I could give, but to no avail. The baby's head was already stuck inside with all the back and forth movements it underwent. The doctors were already concern with uterine rupture of my previous CS wound since I had been in labor for eight hours. The inevitable came and an emergency caesarian operation was ordered. I closed my eyes and accepted what I considered defeat...

(Part II here.)

Monday, January 27, 2014

What's Inside my Hospital Bag

I am officially 38 weeks pregnant, which also marks the start of my maternity leave. I'm less than two weeks away from my expected date of delivery but if it were up to me, I prefer to pop my little boy out already! But my last check up showed that my baby is still in a high position; so I have no choice but to keep myself busy in the meantime. 

As a result, my husband and I have been nesting like crazy, buying this and that for the house. We finally had the time to attend to the making of my requested birthday gift - a simple custom-made cabinet in our bedroom! We commissioned a carpenter from Bulacan, who copied the designs I got from different websites. We're so happy with the results, and we've been nesting ever since!

Of course, the preparation of my hospital bag is on top of the things that keeps me occupied. This is my second pregnancy so packing my hospital bag is an easier task now. I have eliminated so many items from my old list (the one I used with Zohan) since now I know which items are essential and which are not.

Here's what's inside my hospital bag (maleta, to be exact!)

For Baby:

3 sleeveless tops
2 overalls
6 pajamas
3 short-sleeve tops
3 long-sleeve tops
2 receiving blankets
3 pairs of Mittens
3 pairs of Booties
3 Bonnets
Curity/burp cloths
Alcohol, wipes and cotton
Lactacyd (Blue)for taking a bath

I also prepared a bag which will be given to the nurse in the delivery room/operating room. It contains stuff which they will use to dress up my baby once he comes out:

1 small-sized overalls (if he turns out to be tiny)
1 large-sized overalls (if he turns out like his Kuya Zohan, who's a 9-pounder)
Receiving blanket
Swaddle blanket

(Make sure to label the bag with your name and your baby's name so that the nurses/hospital staff will know where to return the bag with the rest of the unused items.)

For the Mommy:

6 maternity pads (I anticipate that we will only stay in the hospital for a short time.)
One pack of disposable underwears (since I do not expect myself nor my husband to wash my underwear for the duration of our hospital stay. I got mine from Watson's. It's pretty cheap but I have yet to try it if it's comfortable enough.)
6 cotton underwears, in case the disposable ones won't work
Nursing cover (I hope to nurse the baby as soon as possible; so to keep my visitors from being distracted, I packed my old nursing cover.)
3 comfortable dresses with buttons down for easier access when nursing. 
3 pajamas when I get cold
3 pairs of socks
Headband - my bangs is the last thing I want to mind when I'm in the pain and agony of labor (fingers crossed!)
One transparent envelope which contains the following:
Government documents and other forms (forms for SSS, Maxicare and Philhealth, original copies and photocopies of the ff: marriage certificate, Kristan's birth certificate and my birth certificate)
Hospital documents (admitting order, mommy check-up book, lab results from day 1 of my pregnancy onwards, and the entire record of my pregnancy with Zohan - in case they need to check my history for VBAC purposes)
ID and cards (Philhealth ID, Maxicare ID, Mercury suki card, SSS-UMid)

For the Daddy:
Clothes and underwear for a 3-day stay
Pillow and blanket
Gadgets - tablet, kindle, headset, chargers

That's it. These are all packed in one maleta, so that we'll only be lugging around one bag. The maleta has been sitting in the trunk of our car for almost two weeks now. We put it there the day I reached my full term.

I also have my usual hand bag which contains my phone, wallet, cards, make-up kit, wet wipes, keys, etc.. It's just waiting to be picked up from the corner of our bedroom when the time comes.

Aside from these, we also have gifts for Zohan. I got the idea from Anna's blog - to buy a gift for the older brother, supposedly coming from the baby. We will give the gifts to Kuya Zohan when we come home from the hospital. We got him play doh and coloring books and a small car - his interests of late.

We are more than ready for the D-day, at least insofar as the bags are concerned. As to when and how - we are eagerly and also anxiously anticipating! But at almost 39 weeks, there are no signs yet - no loss of mucuous plug, no bloody show, no regular contractions. So please help me plead with my baby - come out, come out wherever you are!!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Dutch Vergara

Brace yourselves for my cousin-in-law Dutch Vergara! (You must remember her from my feature of their romantic vintage wedding here.) 

She's always been the fashionable one - she's got the height, the body, and the taste. So it didn't come as a surprise that her maternity outfits look like they came straight from glossy magazines; I always knew she'd rock her first pregnancy! 

So have a feast with her buntis OOTDs and learn from her tips, too. Here's my darling Dutchie and her take on maternity fashion:


Dress for comfort and be stylish as well. I love wearing dresses because I find myself having to deal with constantly wanting to pee every 30 minutes. I wish I had a bigger bladder:) I get rid of wearing heels because of the pregnancy-induced clumsiness so I always wear flat shoes that have excellent support.

Maxi dresses are a must-have and it will be useful after the pregnancy.Spice up the dress with a skinny belt just around the empire waist so you can rock your baby bump. Just add a denim jacket over it and you will be ready to go! You can be ready for the day in a blink of an eye.

You can even wear these even when you aren’t pregnant. Your figure isgonna change rapidly, new curves and new size but don’t worry about repeating your clothes. I try not to buy so many maternity outfits, because I would rather spend on buying onesies for my little baby bear.

You can never go wrong with black and white. Its simple and classic.The elastic waistband trouser is my favorite. It gives room to my expanding belly.

Don’t hide yourself over baggy clothing or your husband’s wardrobe, celebrate your pregnancy and try to look as fabulous as always. You don’t need to spend a fortune but in case you have to, buy clothes that will grow with your body. Invest in :
  • at least one perfect pair of maternity jeans (or two)
  • a good bra for your growing breasts and comfortable underwear
  • tank tops, camisoles
  • Maxi dresses
  • Slip-on shoes

Hey, I've run out of mommas to feature! So please, hahaha! If any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

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!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Anna Patajo

Today, we feature Anna Patajo, a fellow lawyer and blogger. Her blog is one of my favorites because it's very relaxed, refreshing and informative. Go visit her site at and show some love :)

Just a side kwento - when I saw one of Anna's #themommycloset posts on Instagram (with the burger wife beater top, specifically) I was inspired to do a maternity fashion feature in this blog. So I really have to thank Anna, first for the inspiration, and second, for agreeing to be featured here. Thanks AAP! Hehe.

Without further ado, here's Anna and her take on maternity fashion:


Dressing up for this pregnancy has been easier for me because 1) it's my 2nd pregnancy, and 2) I don't work full time.  With my first kid, it was much much tougher because I had to come up with maternity corporate attire 5 days a week.  Most of the time I ended up looking really losyang - or like a really uptight stereotype school principal.  With this 2nd pregnancy, I knew better.  I limited buying maternity clothes - whatever I bought were mostly loose dresses I could wear with belts after giving birth, and I got a lot of stretchy maxi dresses which I can again wear after giving birth.   

During the first 2 trimesters, I wore my regular clothes - I just used a belly band for my pants and jeans.   I avoided loose and baggy tops and dresses because they make any pregnant woman look even bigger. I wore tight tops - I noticed that the more you emphasized and celebrated your belly, the leaner you actually look.  Now that I'm in my last trimester, stretchy midi skirts, form-fitting maxi dresses and long slim tank dresses are my best friends.

I'm sharing this because I love that burger wife beater top, haha!  It's from Forever 21.  I was 26 weeks pregnant in Outfit 2, and wearing a wife beater from Forever 21, Uniqlo joggers, and Melissa x Karl Lagerfeld flats.   Since I refused to buy maternity pants with this 2nd pregnancy, I found a great alternative with those Uniqlo joggers.  They're lounge pants actually but I can dress them up with heels if I have to - plus the waist is garterized, so I just wear it below my belly now.  (It's only Php 590 in Uniqlo, I believe, and comes in 3 colors, so bili na, fellow preggos!).  

I'm 27 weeks pregnant in Outfit 1.   I started wearing my tunic dresses as shirts at this point!   The chambray dress-worn-as-a-shirt is from Uniqlo, the belt is Calvin Klein, pants from Gap (worn with a belly belt), and sandals from Salt Water.

I'm 29 weeks pregnant in that picture.   I came from my baby shower.  I'm wearing a Basic House tank dress, bed jacket from Brown Belly, and the same Salt Water sandals.

When I have to go to the office, I wear this stretchy midi skirt from Gap, or midi skirts from Basic House, and pair those with tunic dresses in lieu of shirts.  Or I wear smock dresses (which I used to wear already before I got pregnant). Still no maternity wear.  I also live in Melissa shoes.  I just throw on a blazer or cardigan so I'll look more "lawyerly."


There you go! Thank you for the tips Anna. And again, if any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next Maternity Fashion feature! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finally found my (hopefully) VBAC doctor!

This is actually a late post because I already settled with an OB who's willing to do a VBAC at the onset of my pregnancy. But I'm quite hesitant to post specific details of my dream VBAC, baka mausog and all. 

Recently though, I realized that there could be other readers out there who may have significant experiences to share, and who, for some reason or another, stumbled upon this humble space of mine in the blogosphere. 

In addition, I was also inspired by my new-found philosophy that happiness is in the planning, so with the proper frame of mind how to manage in case all these preparations turned out to be nil, I had mustered enough courage to tell you about it.

I previously consulted two other OBs in my quest for a VBAC doctor. The first one was from UP-PGH whom I consulted for a preliminary determination of my chances. (At that time, I was not yet expecting. I wrote about it here.) Upon learning that I was pregnant, we went to the second doctor, who was from Makati Med. This doctor said she would only do a VBAC if she was the one who performed the prior caesarian. I never went back to her clinic.

Instead, I asked Zohan's pediatrician, Dra. Vienne Saulog, if she knew of a good VBAC doctor, and she recommended Dra. Valerie Tiempo-Guinto. I looked her up and learned that she is the Chief of the Section of Maternal and Fetal Medicine in UP-PGH and the Head of the Section of Maternal and Fetal Medicine in St. Luke's-BGC. How was that for a background?

So my husband and I decided to visit her clinic in Don Santiago Building in Manila, just right across PGH. At the onset, I already informed her of my preferred birth method and asked her of my chances. I took out all the medical records of my first pregnancy and she looked at my history. Through ultrasound, she examined the incision done inside my tummy to determine if its location would impede an attempt to do a vaginal birth. She also confirmed the findings of the first VBAC doctor whom we consulted.

After all the initial examinations, Dra. Guinto came up with the conclusion that I have a good chance to do a VBAC. I had been seeing her every month since, and each time, I would always ask about my chances. Thankfully, my pregnancy had been uneventful and her answer remained the same. 

I am very much comfortable with Dra. Guinto. She isn't chirpy and comforting and sweet - in fact, she's the exact opposite. She looks and sounds tough, almost aloof - but I guess when one is an expert at high-risk pregnancies, being calm, composed and detached is a necessary requirement. And that's exactly how she appears to me. Despite her lack of knack for small talks, she is very thorough in explaining things without any sugarcoating. And with the premise that I want to do a VBAC, she is exactly what I need.

I am now at my third trimester, week 29 to be exact, and it seems I'm all geared up for the delivery room. After a thorough deliberation, my husband and I have decided that I will give birth at Manila Doctors, where Dra. Guinto is also an affiliate doctor. I am looking forward to the empowering experience and with Dra. Guinto's help, I have a really good feeling this "push project" will push through. So help me God.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Maternity Fashion: How to Dress your Baby Bump in Style (Featuring Aimee Diego)

I couldn't believe myself when I typed down the title. I thought a fashion post was the last thing that could be found written in my blog because while I could be many things, being sartorially elegant was definitely not one of them. No matter how hard I tried to dress up, I would always find myself unconsciously going back to my simple, classic, if not boring, dressing style.

The dilemma worsened when I got pregnant, because dressing up a baby bump (fashionably) could be as elusive as a preggo's good night sleep. Even if I tried to find inspiration from the internet, there was no way I could pull off the suggested wardrobe pieces unless I magically turned into a pregnant Miranda Kerr.

So what's a girl to do? Well, I tapped some real talent - real women who I looked up to because they made maternity fashion looked so easy! And they sported looks that were actually comfortable and practical, yet aesthetically pleasing to the eyes - something that the rest of us pregnant mommas could draw inspiration from.

My plan was to do a one-time post featuring three of my very accommodating friends whom I coaxed to be featured in this silly post. But when Aimee sent me her photos, my eyes had a feast that I thought it wouldn't be fair if this would happen just this one time. So kindly indulge me as I would be doing a series of posts featuring my fashionable  pregnant friends. 

For the launch of this segment, and with much gratitude, here's Aimee Diego of and her take on maternity fashion:


When it comes to dressing up for my second pregnancy, I only have two rules in, to make sure I dress for comfort and two, to wear only what I have in the closet and not result to maternity wear. Not that I have beef against maternity wear per se. It's just that coming from my first pregnancy, I realized that those things are not just overpriced, but also have no use whatsoever the moment the baby pops out of your vajayjay. Or in my case, abdomen. Some of the cuts can also look unflattering and matronly. 

I'm sharing three photos of my myself and 8th month belly. No glam fashion shots here but just sensible everyday outfits, utilizing pieces that I already have in my closet.  

This is my standard work outfit. We're all about casual dressing in the office so we don't need to come to work in corporate attire. Ladies, just because you're preggers doesn't mean you should shy away from prints. If you're not comfortable with prints, instead of large ones perhaps you can go with the small prints which I think work best with the preggy belly. In this outfit, I wore a black dress with beige prints from Elle and threw on a black cardigan, a bazaar find. On my neck, I wore an Elena Bautista bespoke initial necklace which I won in a giveaway from The Soshal Network and to spruce it up a bit more, I added a two-strand necklace that I found in Forever 21. I like the key pendants as I feel that they are quite symbolic. One represents my 4-year-old daughter and the other one represents the little boy who is about to make his debut next month! My kids are my treasures and they hold the keys to my heart. Naks naman!!! Anyway, I paired the whole outfit with black flat swirly sandals from Forever 21. I'm grateful that my feet have not swollen into epic proportions. But yikes pardon the dry skin on my legs! What can I say, dry skin is one of the banes of pregnancy. haha.

This is my standard shopping/grocery day outfit. Here I wore a black ribbed tank top from Uniqlo (I like showing off my bump this way hihi), faded low waist jeans from Babo, Yosi Samra flats and to accessorize, I wore a beaded necklace that I bought in Palawan a few years back. When shopping, eco bags are a must! I have tons! This one is a collab by Chalk X Team Manila. I also have my trusty Longchamp bag that is spacious and versatile enough that it can be used as a working bag, travel bag, shopping bag, diaper bag and throw-everything bag. 

For a little lunch out with girl friends, this would be my standard outfit. I threw on a flirty floral top from Elle and paired it with my Simply Vera by Vera Wang dark wash jeggings. I know some people hate jeggings but that stretchable fabric is a savior for my growing thighs! On my feet (pardon the veins), I wore a pair of beige Marikina-made shoes that I found in Market! Market! I love how comfy and cheap these shoes are. As for the accessories, I kept it at a minimum and just threw on my small vintage Casio gold watch.


That was fun, wasn't it? And if any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next series of Maternity Fashion! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

All about my pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very beautiful thing - I will not argue with that. But I'm sure most mothers will agree that it isn't exactly a walk in the park either. Truly, it is a surreal feeling for a mother to finally see the little angel that she carried in her womb for what seems like eternity latched at her bossom. However, before a mother reaches that glorious end of the tunnel, she must undergo somewhat a series of "unfortunate events".

But, what's life without a little pain anyway?  After all, I believe that it is the concomitant sacrifice that makes the entire experience of pregnancy more meaningful.

Personally, I am thankful that the woes of my second pregnancy are lesser compared to when I had Zohan. (At least insofar as the first trimester is concerned.)There's no morning sickness, fewer food aversions, and lesser mood swings. However, the other familiar effects of pregnancy are here again. I'm having episodes of migraine-induced vomiting, I feel lethargic on most days, and my pimples did a MacArthur - they returned!!

My food cravings are not really unreasonable either. But last Monday, I woke up craving very badly for crunchy bacon. While I do not subscribe to the movie depiction of a pregnant woman's unreasonable cravings at the wee hours of the morning, I thought I deserved to eat what I wanted that day so I took the morning off to search for crunchy bacon. I headed to good 'ole Pancake House and had the entire morning to myself, slowly eating my food while tinkering with my phone.

This far in my pregnancy, that's the only episode of stubborn craving that I can think of. Of course, I eat citrus fruits like mangoes, pineapple, and santol, but these are fruits I'll take on any given day - pregnant or not. 

My weight gain is slow and steady compared to my first pregnancy. But that's partly because I am more conscious of what I eat. I have mentioned about my determination to do a VBAC (here and here); that's the reason why I have been watching what I eat. My OB says a big baby means we will not be trying a VBAC, so that's my inspiration to be obedient.

17 weeks pregnant

On the vanity side, I have not shopped for maternity clothes. I'm thinking of reusing my old maternity clothes, all of which I left intact at home. I also ditch the ugly but reliable crocs that I used during my first pregnancy. (Thank you crocs, you've been a big help!) This time, I consider style over functionality and settle for this Melissa shoes - flat, comfortable, and formal enough for attending hearings. I don't think it can accommodate my swollen feet until the ninth month though. Anyway, let's just cross the bridge when we get there. 
And of course, there are perks of being pregnant! I can take the "reverse ride" at the MRT. (When you ride at Trinoma to go southbound, you have to take the stairs to go to the opposite side. But if you're pregnant, the operators will allow you to enter the train after all the passengers have alighted, so you won't have to tire yourself. That means you're inside the train as it makes a reverse. Cool, right?) Until now, I take the public transportation so this reverse ride is making it more convenient for me. 

I can use the VIP lounge at the malls for free; I can take a cab without going through the long line; I get a nicer treatment from other people in general; and I have an excuse to grow big and add on pounds. And lest I forget, the baby in my tummy and I get a kiss each from Kuya Zohan every night before going to bed. Hands down, that's my favorite part!

That's it, pansit! I am now on my 18th week, and I hope it will continue to be uneventful from here until the end of the tunnel. (And pray with me for a safe VBAC, please?)
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