Wednesday, September 30, 2009

11 +6

I'm on my 11th week and 6 days - just one more day and I'll be saying goodbye to my first trimester. In general, I am already feeling better but there are still days that I feel really bad with nausea, gas, acidity and vomitting. Not as often as before though.

I had my second visit with the midwife last Monday and I was given a good news that my little one is developing well. We also heard the heartbeat of the baby and my little kung fu started kicking from time to time a few seconds after the midwife put the instrument to hear baby's heartbeat on my abdomen. It might have felt the cold creme that was applied on the instrument and didn't like it. I was in between tears and giggles while listening to the heartbeat and the loud thugs from the kickings.

Today, I attended a short seminar (about 2hrs) for pregnant women in the first trimester. The midwife who sat in the seminar told us a loooot of things about pregnancy. Too much information for my head and maybe and maybe too much words for my hungry tummy. I do am glad to attend the seminar though as it gave hubby and I useful information about pregnancy and what to expect. I also feel better having surrounded with other pregnant women sharing questions and experiences in this important part of my womanhood. Plus we were given another box of gifts :)

I also get to consult the midwife about the future long travel my hubby and I will be doing in a month-time. The midwife was honest about the risk of doing long travel but considering that I haven't seen my family for almost 5yrs, she said that the depression, anxiety and/or frustration about not being able to see them while I am pregnant may be even worse. So she gave us advices about what to do while traveling and what to be aware of. She also asked me to go back days before the travel for them to check if there's any problem or just to see how my pregnancy is doing. She also asked me to go back and see them right after I come back from the long Philippines. They want to make sure everything is fine. Lastly, she gave me a numbet to call for any question or doubts I may have.

So far, I am glad with the service and attention I am getting from our social security here. I hope that this continues until my delivery :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Silent Prayer

A candle and a silent prayer for those affected by the typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

First Glimpse of the Miracle

The day has finally come for us to have a visual of the little Spanish Pinoy/Pinay. It was such a marvelous experience to say the least. As this is our first time, we never knew what exactly to expect. Based from pregnancy articles I read, at 10weeks, the size of the baby should be like a walnut... so we thought we'll see something like that with the ultra sound. I remember the series Friends where Rachelle got pregnant and when they did the first ultra sound, Rachelle couldn't even decipher where the baby actually is. So, I imagined something like that.
To our utmost suprise, we actually saw little Spanish Pinoy/Pinay constantly moving around. At the beginning it wasn't moving that much but the doctor wanted to get a view of its side profile but little rascal doesn't seem to like this, so the doctor asked me to cough a few times. The baby suddenly jumped and moved around some more this time. With the arms moving around the top of the head as if dancing some 70s step and the legs constantly kicking like the movement of someone swimming.
We can't contain our emotion to finally meet our little one through a digital image. As I stare at the monitor trying to record everything I see in my memory, I noticed my little one's little toes. My little one has little toes already! My heart was simply over-filled with joy. My husband in between tears, kept on exclaiming an excited laugh everytime our little one made his movements.
The only disappointment we have is that we were not given a copy of the images. The doctor said they are not allowede to give copies of these. Had we know this beforehand, my husband could have made some photos using his mobile... but too late for that.
Then again, we are overjoyed just seeing how our little one move and seem to be enjoying the environment where is.
I was asked to go back tomorrow for a blood analysis. This will determine the risk for Down Syndrome. The thought of that is a little terrifying but I am positive about my little one... seeing how he dynamically moved around, there is no doubt, he'll be a healthy baby :)
I'd like to look for a private clinic where we can do another ultra sound and provide us copies of the result... I hope we find one and won't charge us an arm and a leg.
See you soon, little one!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cravings

With less vomiting, I started to get more appetite to eat... and started to have different cravings. Sad part is that many of my cravings are not available here in Spain. Hubby gets frustrated too as he doesn't want me to get frustrated not being able to eat what I want... but both of us are helpless. I guess it's something I have to live with being pregnant and away from my beloved Pinas.

The other day though, I suddenly had cravings for Jamon Serrano. The famous Spanish cured-ham. I was never a big fan of it but I like it just in a normal way. It actually cost me big guts to get used to it. At the beginning I felt like it is raw and had icky feeling eating it. People here couldn't believe why I don't see it as something mouth watering. I must say, it does have big fame as Spains' national treasure. It is more than just a Spanish delicacy. There is nothing more Spanish than a Jamon Serrano. And it is also widely appreciated by other countries and is considered as a very expensive good outside Spain.

Anyways, it was a big surprise when suddenly, I craved for Jamon Serrano. It took me a few minutes to really assimilate that it is Jamon Serrano I am craving for. I told hubby I want some Jamon Serrano. With eyes wide and mouth open for a couple of seconds, he said "Really?". At that time, we were at my in-laws' house so he asked his mom if they have Jamon Serrano. Then we all laughed together.

How obvious it is that I am carrying a half Spanish little one in my tummy. Making me crave for something that can never be more than Spanish but Jamon Serrano.

Then my husband exclaimed: "Wait till he makes you crave for rabbits!!" (I don't eat rabbits.... I consider it as a pet and not food!!! Although here in Spain, it is a different type of rabbits... not the ones we have at home that are really cute, fluffy and white... they are wild rabbits from the forest... but even so, I can't and won't make myself eat rabbits!)

So I told hubby... no, not with rabbits! I will have a big fight with this half Spanish if he makes me eat rabbit... just can't be! He can eat all the rabbits he wants if he wishes to but not while inside my tummy!

And we all had a good laugh.

Monday, September 21, 2009

10th week

I'm on my 10th week of gestation now. I almost wouldn't like to say that I am feeling better as every time I blog about this, nausea would suddenly hit hard on me and I would start vomiting like crazy. But yes, compared to last week, I am feeling a better. I still have the queasiness all day, I feel dizzy from to time and most of all, I feel sooooo tired like as if I've climbed a mountain. Lately, I am feeling some pains in my abdomen as well. I've read that this is normal though. Uterus is growing bigger and thus the ligaments that supports the uterus is stretching causing the cramp-like pain. I just need to watch out for spotting and stronger pain as it may be a pre-term contraction. So far, no spotting and pain is nothing near unbearable. Inspite of having all these symptoms, I still feel good as I haven't been vomiting for a week now. I had to increase my medicine intake from one pill a day to 2 pills a day, otherwise, by afternoon, the vomiting is uncontrollable again.

10th week... just 2 more weeks and the first trimester is over! I really wish things will be a lot better by the second trimester. I'll be having my first ultrasound this coming Thursday. I can't wait. I read that the first ultrasound should have been done by the 7 or 8 week. At this time, possible problems can already be detected. I am quite worried that I wasn't asked to an ultrasound during that time of my gestation but I just have to be positive that there's nothing wrong with my little Spanish Pinoy/Pinay. Just 3 more days and I'll have my first glimpse of this wonderful gift.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Where's The Lady In Me?

There had been small changes in my body due to my pregnancy. These changes I have heard and read from other pregnant women and women who have been pregnant. But one thing I wasn't warned about is that the sounds that one can only hear from men and boys when they are full from eating too much or when they just gulped down a whole bottle of beer bottoms up, will be my very own too! I remember how I would get annoyed with my youngest brother when he'd fake his loud burp and would do it over and over again to get an ewwww! reaction from her sisters. I would often reprimand him and then he'd do it in a less frequent manner and would tell me that he's not faking it this time (but I can see the sinister smile in the corner of his lips).

Back to my horror. My digestion process has just probably overly slowed down that's why my stomach's producing too much gases. I can hardly control myself from not making too much noise whenever I have to burp. Sometimes I am even caught by surprise. I must admit burping as loud as I can gives me a big relief from this gas causing me to feel soooo bloated and sometimes even causes pain in my chest. Of course in public I try my best to be as discreet as possible... but I don't get the same relief.

I am never a girly person and I don't consider myself as a very fine lady (nor mahinhin) but this, this dinosaur-like sound that comes out from me, it's beyond me.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sept 12

Yesterday was my birthday. I was overwhelmed by greetings from family and friends. I feel so blessed. My cute hubby surprised me with his very very artsy happy birthday banner posted one of our living room window. Very original and comes from the bottom of his heart, I must say. I couldn't stop my tears from falling from laughing too hard.. er, from being really touched by the gesture :)



When I saw it, I was surprised and my husband started to blush and very sheepishly, he said "I too can make a banner. I did all my best to make that banner! And look, the color even matches the window." (history: he said he can also make a banner because I did a big banner for her sister's birthday celebration last month).

I couldn't stop laughing from utter joy from my cute husband's work of art dedicated to no one else but me.

After that, we went to my in-laws and had lunch with them. I did get to blow my candle :) I love my little cute cake(s)

It was hard to think of a wish as I've already gotten my wish.... it was a very wonderful advance birthday gift from the Mightiest. In less than 7months time, the little Spanish Pinoy/Pinay will be here with us filling our house with joy.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Struggle with Clothes

As early as now, I have certain clothes that I cannot wear anymore :( particulary my jeans! I love wearing tight enough jeans so now that my hips have grown a little bit wider, it's already uncomfortable for me to wear those jeans. They press my bloated tummy too much and I don't want that for my little one. My chest have grown bigger as well (no, I am not complaining about that... in fact, I am loving that part of new me... from nothing to something har har har), so I have some button down blouses that just looks awkward on me now.

Calls for a little little shopping shopping? Yummy. Just a couple of comfortable casual dresses promise. I do have to save up for the little one's things soon! Just so I won't look like I wear a uniform for wearing the same set of clothes every time I have to go out :-D

Friday, September 11, 2009

9th Week

I'm on my 9th week today. Physically, nothing much has changed on my body but inside, everything seems to be on a revolution. My hormones are exploding like fireworks. That's probably the culprit why I feel so bloated and feel like a big machine for producing gases. Not to mention my mood swings! My husband can give all the details about it.

On the other hand, my baby has already grown to a size of a grape! Should be around 2.5 cm already. Now my little one looks like more of a baby (than a tadpole hehe) that after some more months, will already be in my arms. The earlobes should now be visible from the outside and has started to form from the inside. My baby will be hearing me soon. I better start talking to him in my mother tongue. I really would want him to learn our language and be proud of his cultural heritage :)

The little Spanish Pinay/Pinoy has now formed its nose at this time as well. My husband and I always argue about this. He want's it to be small like mine and of course, what would Filipinos wish for, but a bigger nose? :) But seriously, we know we'll love that nose small or big.

Just barely 12 days to go and I'll have my first eco. We are really excited about it. My only worry is that my husband won't be able to join me on that day. That's going to be really sad! But I am keeping my fingers crossed and my heart positive. We'll be seeing little Spanish Pinay/Pinoy for the first time and hearing the heartbeat... It'll be wonderful, I can already imagine.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Better

The last 2 days has been better. Yesterday, I reduced my medicine intake from 2 pills (one in the morning and one at night) to just one pill. I wanted to check if taking just one pill a day plus wearing the sea band all day will be effective. So far so good. I do think that the sea band helps a lot. I try to remove it at night though, to rest my wrists... I am getting marks due to the pressure from the sea band.

It does get itchy too after removing the band. But it's just something very minor compared to the relief it gives me from nausea. Viva acupuncture!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bitter Defeat

I am weak. After another big battle with nausea and vomiting, I gave in to taking the medicine. Last night I took one and another the following morning after breakfast. It did help. I was nausea free the whole day except around the night... it was just slight nausea though. I feel queasy but not the usual feeling accompanied by dizziness and feeling weak. In general I do feel better with the medicine. I guess I just have to have faith with my doctors that the medicine doesn't have side effect.

In addition, my hubby bought the wrist band that apparently helps with nausea. It is normally used to fight sea-sickness or nausea caused by any type of traveling and also for nausea caused by pregnancy. According to the manufacturer, this has been clinically tested to be effective... so we thought maybe it's worth trying.


I immediately tried and placed it on my wrist. It has to be worn in such a way that the button is pressing against the Nei-Kuan point.

I put them on immediately and after a while, I do feel a little bit better. Is it pyschological? I am not sure. I'll know as days pass. I've read much about this and many even doctors are saying that this has been proven effective for 70% pregnant women... so I am really hopeful about this. As of now, I drink one capsule of cariban at night and another in the morning. Once I feel better, I will stop taking the medicine in the morning and will just take one at night... and if I still feel ok, I will completely stop taking the medicine and will just keep wearing my sea band. I do hope this works as I really prefer not to take any medicine at all.

Now I look like Erap Estrada.



Sunday, September 6, 2009

Worst Nausea

The past two days has been really difficult. I was doing good with nausea and acidity following a strict diet but something went wrong... I suffered a lot for the last two days. Vomited a lot and felt so dizzy and weak. Hubby was desperate and was trying to convince me already to take carivan. The medicine that the midwife has suggested for me to take to fight nausea and dizziness. I've been trying to be strong about it as I really don't want to take any medicine during my pregnancy (even though they have indicated that this is completely safe for the fetus, I still couldn't take any minute risk :-S ). Hubby tried to research for natural ways to fight nausea and dizziness and here are a few he found and I tried.

1. Lemon sherbet. It helps calm down nausea. I hate lemon sherbet or lemon ice cream (nor lemon cake... not that this also helps. I just want to make a statement). But it does help! At least for me, it seems to have its charm calming down my nausea.
2. Sparkling water. It also helps calm down nausea. It may have a downside of causing more gases (one of my problems too) but so far, I didn't feel like I am having too much gases due to drinking sparkling water.
3. Cotton waste bands with acupuncture button for the wrist. These are available in pharmacies. This is normally used by people who gets sea sick or has motion sickness while on a bus, car, etc. But according to experts, this may also help pregnant women with nausea. It seems like the acupuncture button that puts pressure on a certain part of the wrist also controls the part of the brain that perceives nausea. I haven't tried this one since my husband forgot to buy it when he went out for the lemon sherbet and sparkling water. He did go to the pharmacy but he only remembered the medicine. He bought it just in case all the other natural options we have will not help.

I hope that the natural ways we have tried continue to be effective and that I wouldn't have to resolve to the medicine. So help me God.

Friday, September 4, 2009

2nd Month!

I'm officially on my second month... just one more month and the pains and hardships of my first trimester will hopefully be at lot less if not gone totally.

I have been a lot better for the past 2 days due to the strict diet I was following but today something went wrong. I feel so nauseated the whole day and I actually came to vomiting by the afternoon. It's taking my whole strength away.

But I'm on my second month! My baby has grown more for sure and now, is moving a lot more. Although I am not feeling it at all yet, I know my baby's there moving, changing position and tumbling. All right, maybe not tumbling :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Slight Pain in the Abdomen

I've started feeling pain in my lower abdomen as well as a little bit down below my belly button. According to experts, this is normal as by this time, my uterus has started to grow and is putting pressure in my ligaments. The only thing to watch out is if I start to have spotting; which so far, I haven't had any... so everything's normal and looking good so far :)

Strict Diet

I'm on strict diet. This is to avoid too much gases and acidity that I am normally experiencing everyday. Lately it has been really tremendous that I suffer all throughout the day and worst at night. It doesn't allow me to sleep well. I don't want to take medicine for this as our doctor told us the lesser (or none at all) medicine intake, the better for the baby. So, I chose to follow a strict diet instead and a couple of tricks to help me combat too much acidity and nausea. These are the things that my midwife has suggested:

Avoid fatty foods

Grill food instead of frying or better yet, just steam and/or boil them

Try to eat more salty food - this helps with nausea. Later on after the first trimester and I'm feeling better, we'll start controlling my salt intake.

Do not eat in big quantity. Eat five times a day in small quantities instead.

Do not talk while eating. Chew the food slowly. Do not drink water while eating.

Avoid citrus fruits

Avoid coffee and chocolates

More calcium intake. I have grown to be lactose intolerant so I am taking soymilk instead.

In the morning, before getting up from the bed, have something solid to eat (preferably soda cracker). Then stay on the bed on an upright position for 30mins and then slowly get up. This helps combat nausea.

Try to seep in a slightly seated position - put enough number of pillows on the back to raise upper body. This helps control acidity to go up the heart and throat and cause discomfort.

I have been trying to follow this for a couple of days now and it does help. Although I still have enough gas, it's not too much to give me pain in the chest and back. Acidity has subsided as well. There are times that I don't feel the acidity at all. Nausea has tremendously improved too. No more frequent vomitting but from time to time, I still feel a little nausea. In general this regime has been helping me a lot. I hope I don't get tired with the limited type of food I can only eat. I have never put myself on a diet so it's a little bit hard for me to control my cravings for junk food... but I'm getting by :) All for my hubby's guisante :-D


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More Prenatal Checks

Some more dates with the healtcare!

Sept 24 - Prenatal checkup with the ob/gyn
Setp 28 - Another check up with the midwife
Sept 30 - Prenatal seminar at noon and prenatal dental check up in the afternoon

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

7 Wonders of 7 Weeks

I'm about to memorize the tile patter in our bathroom already with my frequent bathroom trips - be it because of nausea or bladder getting easily full. But I know all these are worth it as these are all due to my little one rapidly growing in my yet little tummy.

I learned that at this week, my little one is the size of a coffee bean!.. he's not a guisante (green pea) anymore as what my silly husband calls my little one. But no, he refuses to stop calling him guisante... he's really silly deep down to the bones ha ha.

I also learned that by now, my little one's arms and legs are already forming. I can't wait for those little hands to grab my finger...

Another wonder of this week is that my baby's brain is now rapidly maturing. I'd like to know what's going on on the little head.. what's he thinking... what's amusing him...

Could he be moving now? Yes! this week, little one has already started to move around! You haven't even completed your arms and legs and you're already moving? Just how can you do that, little one?

During this week, all the important organs such as hair, eyelids, nostrils, tongue, intestines, pancreas and nipple follicles have also started to develop already. Aren't those just too many for a coffee-bean-sized little one? Amazing!

They said that by this time, the head is growing bigger and is slightly bigger than the trunk. My poor angel looking like a tadpole? :-O Don't worry my little one.. just take your time developing and forming... you'll be more than wonderful once you have completely developed and ready to meet the world.

Lastly, at this phase, my little one is about to enter the second phase of this gestacion... he'll pass from being an embryo to a fetus! Yay! :) My baby's really growing so fast... soon he'll be going to school... and would like to decide on his own.. aww, stop.

First Prenatal Checkup


I just had my first prenatal check up. It was a nice experience. The midwife who took my health information and pregnancy data was really nice. She gave us advices and answered our questions willingly.

The result of my blood and urine analysis all came out good. I need to do several checks more. One for the dental check up, one for the ultra sound, another one with the midwife... and another one for prenatal "chat". I suppose they are going to orient me together with the other women about pregnancy. I can't wait to do all those. And this time, I was given something that I can take for acidity... if it becomes too unbearable.. .as well as something to help me ease down vomiting. Yay! I'll try not to take anything as much as I can... only during desperate times... I don't want any minute risk for my sweet little baby :).

I have this little book now to record all the check ups and data about this wonderful experience. This is provided by the hospital... the only thing about is... it's in Gallego!!! The local language in the province were we live in... why not in Spanish I ask... oh well.




At the end of the check up, we were given a box full of welcome freebies for the baby. We were thrilled :-D





Isn't that sweet?



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