Showing posts with label feature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label feature. Show all posts

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:



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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
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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.

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 www.iamimeediego.com and her take on maternity fashion:

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When it comes to dressing up for my second pregnancy, I only have two rules in mind...one, 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.

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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! 


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