Monday, June 29, 2009

My First Blog Award !

The other day, I wrote my first tag in this blog. Now Meryl has given me my first blog award. Thanks sis !

I hope that this award will come true. This is a new blog and hoping for it's success in blogosphere. Now I pass this award to Shy of Sissy's Pastime, Layrence, texaswithlove,.

Have fun !

Friday, June 26, 2009

My first Tag !

I was tagged by Tetcha of Pensive Thoughts in my Life in Bellevue blog but decided to put it here: I have not done any tagged or award for quite sometime it's like I missed doing it. So here we go.

1. Where is your cell phone? Kitchen
2. Your hair? Black
3. Your mother? Caring
4. Your father? Dependable
5. Your favorite food? Steak
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? Travel
9. What room you are in? Bedroom
10. Your hobby? Reading
11. Your fear? Frogs
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? USA
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Stupid
15. Muffins? Banana
16. Wish list item? Ferari
17. Where you grew up? Iloilo
18. Last thing you did? Eat
19. What are you wearing? Shirt
20. Your TV? samsung
21. Your pets? None
22. Friends? Online
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Relaxed
25. Missing someone? Relatives
26. Car? Honda
27. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Crate & Barrel
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When is the last time you laughed? Lastnight
31. Last time you cried? Dunno
32. Who will resend this? Me
33. One place that I go to over and over? Mall
34. One person who emails me regularly?
35. My favorite place to eat? Home

Now, I want to tag the following online friends: Dhemz, shydub, Glenda, Meryl, & Cacai.
It's your turn guys to have some fun !

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Take care of those teeth while pregnant!

A lot of people say that you are prone to tooth ache and gum problems when you are pregnant. Some even say that some of your teeth might fall off ? Do you think it's true ? or this is another wives's tale ?

I was reading this article the other day, that dental problems are very common during pregnancy and one of these is gum disease.

These are the symptoms of gum disease:
1. Red, tender, or swollen gums
2. Gums that bleed during brushing
3. Dark red or receding gums
4. Loose teeth
5. Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

I admit that sometimes when I brush my teeth my gums are bleeding, but I am having this even before I got pregnant.

But of course it is always better to take good care of our teeth, pregnant or not. But I am one of those people who does not love to go to the dentist. I forced myself to visit the doc when it is necessary.

Here are some tips on how to take good care of those pearly white teeth:

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
2. Use dental floss every time your brush.
3. Follow your dentist advice.
4. Limit your intake of food that have sugar on it.
5. Drink plenty of water.

Hope every one has a good pregnancy !

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cute Little Outfits for Andi

My thought full mother in law from Philippines sent me these cute little outfits for baby Andi. I always request from Philippines these baby essentials.

First, and the main reason why I love those baby clothes from Philippines because for new born baby's the shirt that has tie on the side is very easy to use. Once your baby is born, they are very fragile on the first few days and changing their clothes always is a challenge. Using these shirt that is overlapping is very convenient, that is why I always asked my relatives to buy one for me. You could not find one here in the US, they have one here that has snap on the side but quite difficult to find. They mostly used onesies here which is difficult for me to pull over my babys head.

I love this matching pairs that she sent. A Winnie the Pooh collection, a shirt and pajama with matching shoes and mittens. One more thing, mittens that has tie on the wrist is good too than the one that is not. The gloves that you could tie in your babys wrist does not fall often same so with the socks.
It's a good thing that she sent me shirt that has long sleeves on it. By the time I gave birth it is already fall and here in Seattle weather would be chilly already. I still have a lot of things to buy though. I am trying to do an inventory of what I have now and things that I need to purchased. As I mentioned on my previous post, it is better to shop as early as now rather than on the last month of your pregnancy.

I hope you guys have already started your shopping.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pamper Yourself !

I felt soooo good today ! You know what ? I just came from a nail salon and got a manicure and pedicure. Isn't that great ? I think all of us mommies needs this from time to time, pampering ourselves with the things we love. I used to have my nails done almost every week when I was single, then once a month or so when I got Gabz, then suddenly I stop. But then, I wanted to feel good about myself, so I headed to the nail salon with my BFF Maricel to have our nails done.

Sometimes, when you are pregnant you feel so unglamorous and tend to forget yourself (especially if you are a stay at home Mom). But Mommies, lets try to treat ourselves sometimes, we truly ever deserved it !

How I wish I could have my hair done as well, but I guess not advisable while pregnant, maybe after. Ah, feels so good.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Why should we drink a lot of water during Pregnancy ?

Either I am pregnant or not, I am not a water person. What I mean is that I don't drink a lot of water that much. But while pregnant I have to push myself to drink water for the benefit of my baby and me. I have read some article and thought of sharing this knowledge with you.

Why do we need to drink extra water while pregnant ?

1. Water helps reduce the likelihood of headaches and dry skin.

2. Drinking enough water you can avoid urinary tract infections and constipation.

3. If you do not drink enough water you may experience early labor.

4. Water helps reduce the additional body heat generated by your increased metabolism.

5. Drink water before dinnertime to reduce the number of times you use the bathroom during night time.

Hope this simple tips helps !

Friday, June 12, 2009

Leg Cramps during Pregnancy

Leg cramps during pregnancy is one of the most annoying thing for me. During my first pregnancy, It started on my third trimester, but on this second one, it started from the beginning of my pregnancy. It hurts a lot at the same time it disturbs your sleep, because when I moved or suddenly stretch my legs in the middle of the night, it just came.

I tried to eat Banana, because they said that Potassium helps, I don't know if it helps but I am getting a few of them now.

Here are the things I do to avoid leg cramps:

1. If I get a cramp, I straighten my legs, point my toes toward my knees and my heels away from my body. It's like pulling your toes and heels in different direction, this really helps a lot !

2. Stretch your calf muscles to help with leg cramps.

3. Take a warm bath before going to bed.

4. Put your feet up every time you get a chance.

5. They say that Banana helps, but no idea how true it is. I ate Banana anyway as it gives a lot of nutrients.

Hope this simple tips helps !

Monday, June 8, 2009

Exercise during pregnancy

Everybody said that you have to exercise even while you are pregnant, because it keeps you healthy and strong and gives you more stamina during labor. But I guess it is still depends on what kind of pregnancy you are having. Some have normal and others have high risk.

I used to do Yoga even before I get pregnant and continued to do so during my first trimester. After having an on and off spotting, I stop because I was worried that I might hurt my baby. When my doctor check that my placenta was low, she asked me to take it slow. But I totally stop doing it, because I wanted to listen to what my body is saying. Of all people you should know what is best for you and the baby and you should know when to stop doing something if you think that it is not doing you and the baby any good.

But now that I am entering my third trimester and the stopping had stopped, I wanted to do some simple exercise. I do believed that doing simple exercise would make me strong and would help me with the pains I feel everyday.

Here are some simple exercise we could do based on what I have read:

1. Swimming
2. Walking
3. Low impact aerobics
4. Prenatal Yoga
5. Weight Training

Please make sure to check with your doctor what is best for you. I love walking in the afternoon and during the weekends, with my daughter and husband. This gives us time to bond at the same time.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Spotting during pregnancy

Spotting during pregnancy is somewhat scary. You do not know what is going on inside your body, and does not know when to go to the doctor and when not. You don't want to be paranoid or something...but if you are a first time Mom, this would make you worried.

During my first pregnancy, I had brown spotting during my first trimester. In this second pregnancy, I have on and off spotting from my first up to the second trimester. Not only brown spotting but red blood spotting. Good thing though that I don't have any cramping at all. My OB was monitoring it and always asked me to call if I feel any pain or cramping. We did an ultrasound and found out that my placenta was very low and that might have cause the spotting. She asked me not to stress myself and avoid heavy lifting and long walking.

Here are some reasons of spotting during pregnancy according to the doctor:

1. Implantation bleeding
2. Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
3. Infection (Yeast or Urinary Tract Infection)
4. Placental Problem
5. Premature Labor

So, if you have some spotting and not so sure what to do and what is happening, you better call your doctor.