Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’
I’ve noticed lately that my daughter loves barging into the bathroom when I’m there – regardless of what I’m doing. So picture this…
I’m hunched over the sink, trying to brush my teeth with a belly nine months big getting in the way and I’m not exactly full clothed.
Rocio: Hi mom!! Oh… do you know what I see?
Rocio: There’s a Hidden Mickey in here!… And it’s your stomach and your boobs! (laughs, amused with herself).
Lala: (speechless, looks at daughter with one annoyed eyebrow raised)
Rocio: (makes a thumbs up) Good one, right? That was a good one?
As you know I’ve been scratching myself like a gorilla lately due to the gestational hassle of having very dry skin. I feel like I’ve tried TONS of products and none give total relief. However, I think I may have come across a combination of products that has at least taken the edge off the itch.
Soaps tend to strip our skin of our natural oils so I thought I’d start with a real moisturizing bar:
Then after cleansing with that, I slap on generous amounts of your recommendation (thank you):
After patting (not rubbing!) myself dry, I top it all off with this:
Specifically, the yellow “ginger whipped body souffle” to the right called Queen Zakiya’s Charm by Venus & Mars Naturals. It’s made of emu oil (an ingredient which requires another post altogether), rosehip oil, ginger essential oil and shea butter. It smells delightful, absorbs very quickly and it’s grease factor is zero.
So far so good. Wish me luck!
That’s the new line of versatile nursing and maternity wear by Bianca Araneta Elizalde that’s earning great reviews – and rightly so. Her concept is simple and practical but appealing – stylish, comfortable clothes for when you’re pregnant, nursing or not.
I was part of Eden’s fashion show recently but LittleTwinBrother took really crappy shots that would not do these lovely clothes justice. So here, all photo credits belong to the Eden website.
Let me start with the three outfits I wore in the show. First was the Eiffel – wear it as a dress or tunic.
The fabric’s stretchiness happily accommodates a baby bump… and there’s easy nursing access – yaay!
My second outfit (which I also ended up buying!) was sexeh! Here’s what Bianca calls the Duchess…
… and it too has the easy but discreet boobie access…
… notice how the ruching accentuates the big belly but hides the post-delivery bulge.
The last outfit I wore was all about her star product – The Infinitude – a cardi-wrap that you can wear in a myriad of ways. I must say, the styles suggested by Eden are the most creative I’ve seen so far.
For the show, I wore mine this way…
As a thank you Bianca gave all her model moms an Infinitude. I wore mine on Shop Talk like this to show off my big belly…
And here are a few more fun pieces that I think most girls – mom or not – would love to have in their closets.
The Aria tank…
The Diva dress/skirt…
The Opera multiway top…
How cute are those??
The prices are very reasonable considering the material and workmanship are of excellent quality. Can’t wait to see more stuff from this line!
Since budget is my buzzword, I’m all about the cheaper alternatives – except of course when it comes to my choice of OB-GYN.
Still, the little things need not suffer. During my first pregnancy, I was sooo phobic about getting stretch marks so I spared no expense acquiring the creme de la creme of stretch mark prevention products.
Seven years ago, this set me back about P2,500 a jar and three years ago, I believe it was close to P2,800. And I needed at least 2 jars per pregnancy and the months after. Thankfully, as the dermatological gods would have it, I did NOT develop stretch marks. Some women who made the same investment did.
Today, I realize that I wasn’t all that religious about applying the “Huile Tonic” during my second pregnancy and voila! Still, no stretch marks. So who needs Clarins? Not me and my pocket! Having said that though, I still need something to soothe the impending tummy itch as well as a little psychological support to tell myself that I’m doing something to help stave off the stretchies. Enter my new found friend:
For all of P750, I get 75g of intense moisture. You really only need to apply a tiny amount, I’m not sure if I’m ever going to finish it. So it’s been all over my body (…is a wonderland).
As if the baby business isn’t already full or crap we don’t really need, someone comes up with this…
The Intelligender is a pee test that tells you the gender of your fetus much earlier than an ultrasound. You can take the Intelligender test (I find the name so corny…) as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your missed period! Ultrasounds can predict gender with accuracy only from about 18 weeks on.
This is not a stick test like an EPT. You pee into a cup and then transfer that into a test cup and set down the cup on a flat, even surface for 10 minutes.
If you get the contents of the cup to look like this:
You’re having a girl.
And if you get this color instead:
You can expect a bouncing boy.
Manufacturers claim the test has a 90% accuracy rate in the lab and 82% in real world studies. If you’re taking hormones or have PCOS or don’t use your first morning pee or are having fraternal multiples, the accuracy decreases.
And website does say, the product is meant as a fun, pre-birth experience for the parents and in no way takes the place of professional ante-natal care. Nor should any emotional, financial or family planning be based on the test results.
So for impatient parents-to-be, this is a gift from the geniuses of science… and crafty, money-making marketers. I mean seriously, how hard is it to wait? But then again, if I do go for a third, I just might be willing to fork out the $35 to pay for this sucker. Would you?