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

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Helpful Apps for Pregnants

September 27, 2015 0 Comments
Pregnancy is one of the greatest journeys in a woman’s life. To have the best possible care, a constant companion is a mother’s greatest need. 

Here are the helpful apps that you might need for a healthy pregnancy:

Anmum Pregnancy App (FREE)

You now have a handy mobile tool to help you keep your pregnancy on track. From weekly pregnancy tips, yummy recipes, appointment scheduler, to connecting you with Anmum’s caring team of experts - maintaining a healthy pregnancy is now just one click away.

BabyCenter My Pregnancy Today (FREE)

 Product Features
  • Your Pregnancy Day by Day: Learn how your body's changing, what's ahead, and how to cope
  • Fetal Development Images: See what your baby looks like each week
  • Pregnancy Checklist: Reminders to keep you on track with decisions, appointments, and more
  • Award-Winning Videos: Watch your baby grow in the womb, and witness moms giving birth
  • Birth Clubs: Connect with other women due at the same time
  • Due Date Calculator: Quickly find your due date
  • Nutrition Guide: Manage your weight gain with tips and recipes to help you eat well

BabyBump Pregnancy Free



Product Features
  • Track your weight and waist changes and chart the progress of your pregnancy
  • Educate yourself with week-by-week information about your body changes and your baby's development
  • Keep a pregnancy journal that can be referenced when you're filling out your little one's baby book
  • Manage your baby bump photos
  • Watch the progress bar countdown the days until delivery





Saturday, April 4, 2015

Features to Look for When Choosing the Right Nursing Bra

April 04, 2015 0 Comments
Features to Look for When Choosing the Right Nursing Bra

For mothers who are nursing their babies, it is wise to use nursing bras to support your increased breast size. It is what I am using when I was still pregnant (3rd trimester) and when I started to breastfeed my baby.

It is now easier to breastfeed our babies with the new type of nursing bras that has clips or flaps that can be opened from the cup. It's an advantage for us moms, especially those who frequently go out with their babies.

Choosing the right nursing bra to use isn't that hard to find. Here are the main features to look for when choosing the right Nursing Bra:

Breathable and Comfortable

It's best to choose a cotton nursing bra because it's breathable and more comfortable to wear the entire day. The best nursing bras are the ones that make you feel happy and comfortable no matter what your lifestyle is. 

Watch out for bras that are non-breathable, it can trap moisture and encourage bacterial growth and soreness.

Breast Support

Find a nursing bra that can support your breast, either Flexi-wire or Wireless nursing bras are okay as long as you feel comfortable wearing them and can support your breasts.

Adjustability

Look for a nursing bra with adjustable straps and hooks because your breast size might change over time and sometimes it can change in a day, depending on how full you are with milk. ;)
Easy Nursing Access

Choose a nursing bra that works best for you. It's much better to try it first if you will be comfortable wearing the nursing bras with clips that you can easily snap on and off or the ones with stretchy fabrics that you can pull easily when it's time to breastfeed. Either of the two is great, as long as it offers easy nursing access for your babies anytime and anywhere.

If you choose the nursing bras with clips, try to check first if they can be easily opened or not, the easier it is to open the better. :)

For Moms who are pumping milk for their babies, this Hands-Free Nursing Pump Bra with Bra Extender would be the best type for you.

Hands-Free Breastfeeding Pumping Bra

I hope this post will help you make a better choice in buying the right nursing bras. :) 


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Anmum Pregnancy App

July 24, 2013 0 Comments

The Anmum Pregnancy App is just one of the many great apps for expectant mothers. It is indeed a wonderful tool that you need as you journey from pregnancy to motherhood. I wish I had my iPod Touch and Android phone back when I was still pregnant, so I can have apps like this one. Anyways, I really like this app because it has weekly pregnancy tips, yummy and nutritional recipes you will need to help you keep fit and healthy. 



The appointment scheduler can be helpful too, you don't wanna miss any appointments to your OB?GYN right? The Kick Counter is one of the great features of this app, it can tracks your baby’s movement to help gauge its health inside your womb. Set regular reminders so you won’t forget to take your milk, vitamins, and supplements.


With this app, you can also receive weekly updates on the progress of your pregnancy so you know what to expect and you can be better prepared for it.. You can also take the 1-Minute Folate Test and check if you’re fulfilling your daily Folate requirement. Remember, Folate is a crucial nutrient for your baby’s proper brain and body development. It also helps to reduce the risk of having serious birth defects (like defects on the brain and spinal cord).


The Weight Tracker helps you track and maintain a healthy pregnancy weight. I used to drink Anmum too when I was still pregnant, but my doctor let me stopped drinking it when I was in my 3rd trimester because my baby is getting bigger already as shown in my ultrasound test. As much as possible she don't want our baby to be too big or I'll end up giving a Cesarean section  (CS or C- section) birth. As much as possible my doctor wants me to have a normal delivery. 

The Exercise Tips also helps you stay fit with the app's pre-natal and post-natal exercise tips. Maintaining a healthy pregnancy is now just one click away with the use of Anmum Pregnancy App.

The Anmum Pregnancy App helps you connects to Anmum's Caring Team of Experts (OB-gyne, Pediatrician, Nutritionist, and Parenting Experts). Get the answers and assurance you need when you need it with just a click away!

The Anmum Pregnancy App is available on Android and iOS.





Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Essential Vitamins During Pregnancy

July 09, 2013 0 Comments
It is important for all pregnant to take prenatal vitamins, to ensure her health and her baby/babies. If you are having regular Prenatal Check-ups, your OB/GYN will prescribe the essential vitamins you will be needing during your pregnancy.
Folicard (Folic Acid) 

On my personal experience, during the first trimester of my pregnancy, my OB/GYN prescribed 'Folicard (Anti-Anemia) 5 mg.' to me. It has Folic Acid which helps to support the placenta and it also reduces the risk of having serious birth defects called the 'neural tube' (defects on the brain and spinal cord). There are fruits and vegetables that you can eat that has folic acid like: nuts, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, pasta, fortified cereals, oranges and strawberries. 
Calciumade (Photo Source: Unilab.com.ph)

Macrobee w/ Iron

During the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy, my OB/GYN prescribed Calciumade and Macrobee with Iron to me. Calcium helps you to have strong bones and teeth, helps prevent blood clots, helps muscles and nerves function. It can also prevent a new mother from losing her own bone density, as the fetus uses the mineral for bone growth. Other sources for Calcium are: milk, yogurt, cheddar cheese, breads, cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, and calcium-fortified foods like soy milk. Iron prevents anemia and it helps the mother and baby's blood carry oxygen. Other sources for Iron are: pork, beef, spinach, dried beans, and oatmeal or grains fortified with iron

On the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, I continue to take Macrobee with Iron then my OB/GYN changed my calcium vitamins into Caltrate Plus. I also drink Anmum but when I was in my 3rd trimester my OB/GYN let me stopped drinking milk because my baby is getting bigger already. 

With the right vitamins and supplement added with a healthy diet and lifestyle, you and your baby will be in good health. 

 How about you, what are the vitamins you took during your pregnancy?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Helpful Exercise During Pregnancy

May 02, 2013 0 Comments
Having a regular exercise is very important to all the expectant mothers out there. Even a simple walking for 30 minutes is already good for you. Here's a helpful video I have found on YouTube: How to Exercise when Pregnant.


Note: Please refer to your OB/GYN (OBstetrics and GYNecology) before doing any of these exercises mentioned here.

Good posture must be maintained all throughout pregnancy. The temptation to slouch is strong, especially during the last trimester, when baby’s weigh pulls the abdomen forward. Compensating by leaning backward puts undue stress on her back. High heels make things worse. However, a proper posture is not enough. A pregnant woman needs exercise more than ever to keep fit, prevent the development of varicose veins by improving circulation, and make labor a little easier. Here are some Helpful Exercise During Pregnancy:

Squatting

From a standing position, sit down until your knees are fully bent and you are balanced on the balls of your feet. Do about 10 repetitions at a time. (For support, you can hold on to a chair and place a 4-cm-thick piece of wood or a rolled-up rug under your heels.)

Leg Exercise

1. Sit down and draw imaginary circles with your big toe by turning the ankles clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Do about 10 repetitions in each direction. Do the same with the other foot.
2. Alternately point your toes up then forward (forming a straight line from knee to toe). Do about 10 repetitions for each toe.

Pelvic Tilts

Get down on your hands and knees, and keep your back flat. Then simultaneously draw in your abdomen, tighten your buttocks, tilt your hips forward, and exhale. Do about 10 repetitions.

Source: Philippines Health Guide 2000.

TRIVIA:

Did You Know?

Studies have shown that women who work out while pregnant gain less weight, lose postpartum pounds more quickly, have faster deliveries, and are less likely to need a c-section.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Preparing for Baby’s Arrival: What You Should Bring to the Hospital

April 03, 2013 0 Comments
Hello, soon to be Mom! Are you about to give birth in a month or less? Have you packed the things that you and your baby needs after giving birth? If not, here are some important things that you might consider to pack beforehand:

Items for Mom:
  • Nightgown or night dress and bathrobe
  • Bra and Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Hair ties
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Maternity Napkins
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush or comb, deodorant, soap, tissue or wet wipes, alcohol
  • Comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home
Items for Baby:
  • Receiving blanket
  • Warm clothing to wear home/heavy bunting
  • Baby socks
  • Baby hat (especially for cold weather climates)
  • Pairs of scratch mitts
  • Disposable diapers or cloth diapers
  • Blanket or shawl
  • Going home outfit for baby
Items for Dad / Grandparents (or anyone who will be with you at the hospital):
  • Money and other documents needed in the hospital like I.D.'s, PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation) or if you have any other health insurance or health care I.D., etc.
  • Camera or a video camera, it will be nice to have photos or videos of your baby/babies when they come out.
  • Food and drinks.
  • Cellphone and charger.
I also bought the letter that my OB/GYN gave me and give it to the nurses when we were already at the hospital. :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ultrasound Results and Photos

March 09, 2013 0 Comments
Ultrasound is an important thing to do for every pregnant women, it's not just for checking a baby's gender but it is also used to check the baby's condition and development.

Miel's First Ultrasound...

I had my first Ultrasound when I was on my 11 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. I felt nervous and at the same time excited. I think it was in my 3rd Ultrasound test where we knew that there's a high percentage that our baby is a girl. I think she was shy because she's hiding her gender between her legs.

Miel was yawning at this time...

It was confirmed in my 4th Ultrasound that our baby is a girl. It wasn't that surprising because we had been told in our last ultrasound result that it's probably a girl. I really can't explain how I feel, I got mixed emotions during those times. I feel like crying watching her on the monitor and I almost cried when she looked at my direction and I saw her yawn, it's like she's telling me: "Mommy, I'm sleepy". Awww.... I feel so happy and knowing that she is in good condition made me even more happy. :)