What you can do for your child’s brain development during pregnancy

  Posting this article written by nutritionist Mary Jude Icasiano for my future reference (in case God grants us Baby # 2 someday) and as guide to my friends and blog readers who are expecting a bundle of joy 🙂 Happy pregnancy, mommies!   As an expectant mom, you want the best for your baby. That is…

Tips for traveling when pregnant

I was 3 months pregnant when my family had this Singapore-Malaysia vacation. I was blessed to have a healthy pregnancy two years ago. I’m thankful that pregnancy didn’t hinder me from working as well as doing the things I love. Are you pregnant but must travel? 🙂 Below are some of the things I did…

MooMa Newborn Kit, a must-have for every new momma

It’s been more than a year since I gave birth, but the blissful feeling I had when I gave birth to our first born is still fresh in my memory. It’s one of the most breathtaking moments of my life.  And yes, I can’t deny that despite the annoying new parent eyebags I developed, having…

Event Announcement: Smart Parenting Baby Shower 2017

When I was pregnant with Baby Tash, I enjoyed the perks during last year’s Smart Parenting Baby Shower.  So I encourage moms-to-be to join this fun and empowering event. Event Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 Registration: 12:30 pm Event Time: 1:30pm to 5:00 pm Event Address: Ballroom CDE, Crowne Plaza Manila, Galleria, Ortigas Center, Pasig…

Giving birth at Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center

In choosing the birthing hospital for my first birth experience, my husband and I considered four important criteria: up-to-date facility, cleanliness, credibility of healthcare professionals, and reasonable cost of maternity package. While it was very tempting to consider the usual popular and expensive hospitals, my husband and I believed that quality of service couldn’t be…

My (First) Labor and Childbirth Story

In the morning of the 4th of December 2016, I woke up early and hurriedly brought my dirty clothes to the washing machine. With belly about to pop and without a household help, I had to finish all the chores really fast—laundry, cleaning of our unit, washing the dishes, folding and keeping newly washed clothes. …

Preparing the Hospital Bag

The last few weeks before your due date will certainly be nerve-racking.  You’ll be torn between thinking about the sweet arrival of your precious baby and thinking of how awful labor could be. Well, that’s part of the whole pregnancy story.  We, women, couldn’t do anything about that, so we just need to focus on…

Free Pre-natal Yoga

Since I enjoyed my first ever pre-natal Yoga experience during Smart Parenting Baby Shower, I decided to do pre-natal yoga on a regular basis.  And because hubby and I were saving for the baby, I chose to use online video session over the regular Yoga classes offered by Fitness studios. Sharing with all the beautiful…

The Baby Shower

One of the cute milestones in a pregnant’s diary is a baby shower for her and her baby.  On my first pregnancy, I was blessed to have two baby showers (one was given by my former colleagues from the PSE and another was organized by my highschool friends).  I was supposed to have three baby…

Maternity Photo Shoot

In a millennial preggy’s bucket list is a baby bump-centered maternity photo shoot. Well, women in previous generations might frown at the thought of taking a photo of their bulging tummies. With the technology at hand, however, women of today say “why not?” to preserving an image of their very pregnant self. I was one millennial…

Dealing with Gestational Diabetes

I flunked my two glucose tests during pregnancy! My Oral Glucose Challenge Test (known in the pregnancy world as OGCT) and Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (aka OGTT), generally taken between 26 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, declared that I have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). “You need to be seen by a diabetologist,” said my OB. …

Pregnancy Essentials

Being pregnant is certainly not a walk in the park, but there are several things that will make those pregnancy symptoms easier to bear. I’m happy to share with you the products that helped me survive (and even enjoy) the whole 9 months of my “preginess”. Pre-natal Vitamins Pre-natal vitamins are very important during pregnancy.  These…

Birth and Baby Workshop by Smart Parenting

Since I enjoyed my experience at the Smart Parenting’s Baby Shower event, I attended another event for pregnant women organized by Smart Parenting — the Smart Parenting Birth and Baby Workshop.  Like the Baby Shower event, what’s best about the Birth and Baby workshop was it’s free! All I needed was to be one of…

Pre-natal Tests

Aside from the regular check-ups with your OB, another thing that will demand time and treasure from you while you are pregnant is the long list of pre-natal tests and screenings that your OB will require you to undergo.  Here are the tests that was required of me: These pre-natal tests and screenings will surely…

Newborn Product Checklist

There are a lot of newborn product checklists available online, but not everything is suitable for me.  So I carefully selected a newborn stuff list that is tailor-made for mom and newborn in the Philippines. I ended up using Baby Company’s comprehensive check list. Of course, I did not buy everything on the list.  Fortunately, some items…

Smart Parenting Baby Shower 2016

In the Philippines, there are so many restrictions imposed on a pregnant woman not just by her OB, but also by her family, colleagues, friends and yes, even strangers. “Buntis ka, bawal kang lakad nang lakad. Wag ka maglalalabas. Bawal ka nito. Bawal ka nyan.” As if you’re debilitated, people will (sincerely or not) caution…

Finding out I’m pregnant

I have always known in my heart that I am called to be a mother. I just didn’t know that motherhood would arrive during the honeymoon stage of our married life. Just almost 7 months after our wedding day, I was blessed to conceive.  🙂 Being a newbie in the human reproductive domain, I struggled…