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This is a late post.

Last month, I was invited by a certain PR company to participate in their ProMama event for moms like me.  Unfortunately, I had to turn down this invitation for the reason that I can’t leave my 2 weeks old baby Matti to attend the said event.  I am also breastfeeding and I am not pumping my milk to store in the ref.  I don’t want to start bottle feeding my breast milk up until now.

Even though I didn’t attended their event I would like to post in my blog the topic they tackled in the event.  It is about common pregnancy myths and the facts behind it.



Mama Yes You Can! 

Wyeth ProMama empowers Filipina moms against

common pregnancy myths


MANILA, Philippines;  15 May 2013 – When you’re pregnant, you have to eat for two.

You can’t run, swim, or do yoga for the benefit of a baby’s health.

Coffee can increase your risk of miscarriage.

These may sound logical; but believe it or not, these are some of the most common pregnancy myths around. Once you’ve announced your pregnancy, you’re sure to be bombarded with homespun advice from family, friends and even strangers who base their beliefs on hearsay or accepted ideologies.

So how do you distinguish fact from myth?

Listening to Wyeth ProMama’s team of Fit and Fab Mamas Amanda Griffin-Jacob, Delamar Arias and Tricia Chiongbian-Concepcion is a good place to start.  The team is joined by respected pregnancy experts Dra. Christia Padolina and Dra. Angel Bandola, who are tasked to empower expectant moms against pregnancy myths and misconceptions.  The road from feeling fat to being PHAT – pregnant, hot and trendy— begins now.

One big pregnancy myth

“Pregnant mothers hear things like ‘You can’t exercise’ or ‘You can’t travel because it may harm your baby.’ These are things that confuse first time moms, making them believe that there are so many ‘Can’ts’ during pregnancy,” says ProMama product manager Gino Anonuevo.

“One of the biggest pregnancy myths is that a mother’s life should take a backseat to her child’s. When a woman’s belly grows, the mom may begin to feel more like a vessel than a woman. Many give in to the mindset that beauty, youth, and energy—all those things that make up a woman’s femininity—are no longer theirs.

“This doesn’t have to be the case. Expectant mothers can say, ‘Yes!’ to a lot of things that they feel or have heard they can’t.”

The ProMama council of fit and fab moms Amanda Griffin-Jacob, Delamar Arias and Tricia Chiongbian-Concepcion are walking testaments to the fact that life is further enriched by pregnancy. Tricia, a known health enthusiast, still continues on with her fit lifestyle that includes running a couple of miles a day in spite of expecting her second child this September; Delamar who’s part of a popular radio show, doesn’t let morning sickness or hormones tone done her natural exuberance and humor in hosting her program; and finally, 2-time mom Amanda Griffin-Jacob hasn’t succumbed to what she calls the “mommy meltdown” and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful faces in Philippine showbiz.

 “It’s our goal for pregnant women to live and love their pregnancy,” says Amanda. “Every pregnancy should be celebrated; women should feel nurtured by doing the things that can make them feel confident. Being fit and fab during pregnancy should be every expecting mother’s goal!”


To a fit and fab pregnancy

If there’s one thing that’s definitely not a myth, it’s the fact that pregnant women should take special care of their nutritional needs.

Wyeth Nutrition, makers of ProMama, understands this, and wants every woman to fully enjoy the journey of pregnancy. A nutritional milk drink designed to support women—and not just the unborn baby—during pregnancy.  ProMama focuses on the life giver to address the needs of both mother and child.

“The fulcrum of each family is the mother. Without her, the family would fall apart—emotionally, mentally, physically, psychologically. Wyeth Nutrition fully acknowledges these values with ProMama, the milk that takes care of mothers so they can take care of their children,” says Anonuevo.

Only ProMama contains the Pro-Nutri Builders, ingredients that support the health and development of both mother and child during pregnancy.  These include Maternal Immunity Enhancers like Beta Carotene, which has antioxidant and immunostimulatory properties, and Vitamins C, E and A, which also helps promote good vision and cellular growth.

Pro-Nutri Builders are also targeted for the growing baby. ProMama has Mental Enhancers like DHA, a nutrient important for a child’s visual and mental development; Folic Acid, which is essential for the development of the nervous system and in preventing neural tube defects; and Zinc, which assists in fetal neurodevelopment. ProMama’s formula also contains Bone and Muscle Builders such as Vitamin D, important for calcium metabolism and to support an unborn baby’s bone and teeth development; Protein, the building block of all tissues; and Calcium, which supports bone development.

ProMama, which is available in Vanilla Delight Flavor, has only 15 percent of calories from fat. Just two servings of ProMama daily can help promote appropriate weight gain during pregnancy.

Yes You Can

The road to dispelling the biggest pregnancy myth of them all is now on the rise – and Wyeth Nutrition hopes that expecting mothers will eventually embrace the value of putting effort into looking and feeling great during pregnancy.

“When I was pregnant, nothing stopped me from doing yoga, wearing heels, hosting my TV show, travelling and even wearing a bikini. I enjoyed life as much as I enjoyed my pregnancy and it paid off. My 2 boys are happy and healthy,” shares Amanda. There’s nothing quite like experiencing motherhood firsthand.”

“When moms are healthy and happy, so are their babies—even while they’re still in the womb. Moms should not be afraid to say ‘Yes!’ to form-fitting clothes, traveling to experience the world, wearing heels, and even exercising. Getting through the roadblock of feeling fat to feeling pregnant, hot and tempting aids in a healthy, beautiful pregnancy,” adds Amanda.

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About Wyeth Nutrition

Wyeth Nutrition, formerly Pfizer Nutrition, is part of Nestlé S.A.  Wyeth Nutrition develops premium-quality nutritional products scientifically-designed to meet the needs of infants and young children, pregnant and lactating mothers, and adults. As pioneers in infant nutritional science, our mission is to provide the best nutritional support for future healthy outcomes. For nearly a century, Wyeth Nutrition has leveraged scientific research, world class manufacturing and product safety standards to drive scientifically-sound solutions that offer parents confidence, help nourish children and support their healthy futures. It employs the same level of excellence in delivering nutrient-rich products to adults.



The much awaited Baby Z is here!!!

I gave birth to Baby Z, or should I say, Baby Matti, on April 27 (same birthday of my youngest sister) at around 8:35 am via normal delivery.  He weighs 3.2 kg, 7.04 pounds, with a length of 51 cm.  He is a 7-pounder baby and I’m proud to deliver him normally!  I really, really don’t want to undergo C-section!

The labor pains started on the late afternoon of April 26, Friday.  At first, hubby will still have to go to office since it is just his last day of work.  But when I told him the status of my labor contractions, the intervals, is just 8-7 minutes at around 8 pm, I convinced him to stay with me and not go to office.  Not to mention, Little Zoie is having her own episodes of fever since that morning.

The contractions didn’t stop which made me think that this was not a false alarm.  I tried to monitor it though sometimes I got to fall asleep during intervals.  Having contractions at night time didn’t stop me from falling asleep.  Hubby on the other hand, is simply waiting in the living room and watching movies while waiting for me to pop!  ^_^

At around 3:30 am, still sleepy, as I went to the toilet to take a pee, I have found a spot of blood which made me decide to finally go to the hospital to be admitted.  I was communicating with my OB-Gyne since the contractions started on Friday night.

IE was done to me by the resident doctor in the ER as we are waiting for my doctor and my room to be prepared.  After sending to my room, I was then lead to the labor for my doctor will meet me there.  Another IE was done by my OB when she arrived.  I was only 4 cm and I still need to walk and walk to be fully dilated, so I was sent back to my room.

As we are waiting for me to fully dilated, my OB has other patient to assist in giving birth.  This patient is set for C-section.  My doctor thought that she’ll be the first one to give birth than me, but as soon as they are preparing her, I was nearing my dilation then my water bag popped!

Though I wanted to share the whole delivery episode of my labor, I think I will pass.  But I can only describe it as much painful than the first one.  Much much painful than Little Zoie’s delivery!  Maybe because she’s only a 5.5-pound baby and not a 7-pounder.  ^_^

I missed an important detail, I delivered Baby Matti via Normal delivery while his cord has been coiled on his neck!  And I thank GOD that I delivered him safe…

What a wonderful blessing!

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The little guy is here!


The much awaited little boy of my in-laws was delivered via NSD last April 27. Well, actually not only by my in-laws but everyone in both sides of the family. They all love babies and got really excited when they learned that I’m already getting contractions that day.

Too bad my mother-in-law was not around, she was on out-of-town on Friday till Saturday, an office outing.  She’s a nurse, though not practicing her profession, she was the one who guided me when I gave birth to Little Zoie and it feels different that it’s just me and hubby.

Anyway, here are other details of Matti’s birth information:

  • Date of Birth:  April 27, 2013
  • Time of Birth:  8:35 am
  • Birth Weight:  3.2 kg (7.04 pounds)
  • Birth Length:  51 cm
  • Immunizations given:  BCG and Hepa B first dose

We are still scheduled to come back for a Newborn Screening on May 1st.  Newborn Screening should be extracted after 48 hours of birth.

Our angels are now two… welcome Zachary Matthew!

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The Waiting Game


I’m nearing my 38th-week this Saturday, and I’m getting anxious as to when Baby Z will want to come out.

For the past week, since the weekends, I have been very diligent in walking all over the place, from the mall, and then the subdivision we are living.  That’s morning and late afternoon.

First and foremost, I don’t want to delivery Baby Z for more than 39 weeks because of the fear I might undergo Caesarian Section (CS) delivery because of his weight.  He’s getting bigger every week while mommy’s getting thinner!  ^_^ I don’t want a CS delivery, first because it is expensive and second, I don’t want doctors cutting me open!  Sheesh!  I will choose to experience labor pains than being cut open to get the baby out!  Labor pains are very painful, I have experienced it during my labor to Little Zoie but I’m not scared of experiencing it again though I have a very low pain tolerance.

So as early as 37 weeks I was already very diligent in walking every morning and afternoon.  If we are in the mall, almost the whole day.  Tomorrow, I have scheduled hubby to take me to my in-laws where there village is situated at the mountain side.  It’ll be the best walking exercise for me, so Baby Z will come down, just like what happened to Little Zoie before.

I, we want to see Baby Z already and this waiting game is just giving us, my family and friends, excitement throughout the waiting game.  ^_^

Excited much!