Gestational Diabetes

When I got pregnant, I had very little knowledge about the risks and dangers of pregnancy. All I knew was that I was going to be okay as long as I took my vitamins and visited my OB. But it seems there is more to pregnancy than meets the eye. Every week, new developments happen to the baby and new physical and psychological changes are experienced by the mother.

One of my fears in this pregnancy is getting gestational diabetes. Basically, this is diabetes acquired by non-diabetic pregnant woman only during her pregnancy, especially during the third trimester when a dramatic weight gain is inevitable. On my last pre-natal check-up, I was advised by my OB to take a sort of glucose test to find out if I have gestational diabetes. It was not that she thought I had it, it was more of a precautionary measure.

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Fear of Stretch Marks

I bet any pregnant woman has experienced this particular fear. I mean, who wouldn’t be afraid to have an itchy belly and see spider webs showing up on their tummy while growing a life inside their womb? While stretch marks cannot be prevented, they can be reduced. A lot of pregnant women swears by cocoa butter and moisturizing lotion to lessen the stretch marks on their tummy.

As for me, I don’t fear the appearance of stretch marks that much. It’s because I believe it’s a natural phenomenon. If it appears, then I let it be. I just take a bath daily, apply a gentle soap on my tummy and rinse well and wear light and comfy clothes.

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Food Cravings During Pregnancy

“Ano’ng pagkain ang pinaglilihian mo?” (What food do you crave for?) That’s the usual question I get from people now that I’m pregnant. To be honest, I don’t have any specific food that I crave for consistently. Being a foodie for as long as I can remember, I crave for different kinds of food at different times of the day. Sometimes I get confused over it already. Haha.

The past days, I’ve been craving for Chinese food (siopao, siomai, Yangchow fried rice, beef and wonton noodles, etc.), Manang’s Chicken, Jollibee spaghetti, Greenwich Hawaiian pizza, buffalo wings, roasted peanuts, ginisang munggo and most citrus fruits. It’s weird because I only get food cravings come dinnertime and my appetite hasn’t changed much since I became preggy. I still eat a normal breakfast, have very little appetite for lunch and get really hungry during dinnertime.

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Ideal Weight Gain for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy means a lot of things to different women. If there’s one thing I so look forward to about my pregnancy, it’s eating a lot and gaining weight. Haha. Seriously, gaining weight is a must during pregnancy. The baby has to get as much nutrition as it can from the mother.

My pre-pregnancy weight was 130 lbs. This morning, I hit the scales and found out I gained 4 lbs. Cool, huh! It means I’m gaining weight and it’s good for the baby. I know I need to gain more as my pregnancy progresses, but I don’t wanna gain more than what’s needed. So, I researched a bit and found some information on the recommended weight gain a pregnant woman should have:

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