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Mommy Ginger shares reviews on great products that would make a mom’s life easier and definitely happier!

So this is how it feels to be 37 weeks pregnant. During the second trimester and the first part of my third trimester, I never felt like this. I feel sooooo heavy and I always feel hot. It’s also so hard to sleep during the evenings. With this, I am so thankful for the Side Sleeper.

The Side Sleeper is a gift that I got during my baby shower. I got this from my cousin, Twinkles! (Thanks, Twinkles!).

Side Sleeper

Side Sleeper

Unique shape for pregnant women

Unique shape for pregnant women

It has really helped me a lot in looking for that right position before sleeping. They say that you always have to lay on your side when you’re pregnant, and you should have a pillow in between your legs. This is for you to be able to keep your spine aligned. You will notice that even if you don’t get to read about it, you will be able to feel that this is really the most comfortable position that you can adjust to.

This Side sleeper helps a lot since you can easily rest your head on the Side sleeper and hug one of its legs. I don’t know how much this costs, but you can find it in Baby Company.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

When I go to Rustans, Toys R Us, SM or any other children’s store, I am amazed at how many kinds of toys are available in the market today. As much as possible, I’d like to limit my child’s toys into those that would ‘teach’ her and of course, still be ‘fun’ for her. Right now, I’m looking for educational toys that I can get for her.

I came across these Mighty Mind puzzles from Fatty Brain Toys, Inc., which is the exclusive distributor of these educational toys in the Philippines. These Mighty Mind Puzzles are recognized as a valuable learning tool in 17 plus countries around the world. It also won several awards like the following:

– Parents’ Choice Honor Toy
– Teachers’ Choice Award
– Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Toy
– Nominated 4 times to Parenting Magazine’s Hall of Fame

These are the products that I got to see:

SUPERMIND

SUPERMIND

SUPERMIND

Super Mind from Mighty Mind

Super Mind from Mighty Mind

The child goes through 30 connected steps and with this, he or she develops skills in organizing & planning solutions. the child learns how to sort unique elements and learns problem solving. In this puzzle, the child manipulates geometric shapes to build pictures of increasing complexity. This puzzle from Mighty Mind is for kids ages 5-9 years old.

SuperMind Regular Edition consists of the following pieces and has these benefits:
– 32 colorful, easy to handle, durable design shapes
– 30 tangram-like advanced design cards
– Universal in appeal as no language is required
– All pieces neatly contained in the storage tray
– Made in USA; some components from China and/or Germany
– Instructions Included

MAGNETIC MIGHTY MIND SEA EXPLORER

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer parts

Magnetic Mighty Mind Sea Explorer parts

Another educational to for kids ages 5-9 is this Magnetic Mightymind Sea Explorer. This creative adventure activity builds a child’s skill on how to build and solve colorful puzzles. Kids combine shapes and design blocks to create aquatic figures such as fish, sea creature, boats and imaginative pictures.

MIGHTY MIND : Makes Kids Smarter

Mighty Mind : Makes Kids Smarter!

Mighty Mind : Makes Kids Smarter!

This is the last product that I came across. It is for children from 3 – 5 years old. This is the game / puzzle that won the Parents’ Choice Honor Toy, cited by child development experts. Just like Super Mind, it offers a series of steps that the child must follow to encourage them to think, build complex designs, and solve puzzles without assistance. It definitely builds the confidence of the child. The box includes 32 colorful design shapes, neatly contained in a sturdy storage tray with a series of 30 numbered programmed puzzles.

I can’t wait for Zeeka to use these educational toys. Too bad though that I have to wait for her to grow up and be three years old before she can use these toys.

Do you know of other educational toys that I can buy for Zeeka?

Let me know!

PS. To buy these toys, you can visit the Mighty Minds PH facebook page.

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Ej and I are taking a Birthing Class with Miss Rome Kanapi. I will blog about it after we are done with all the 6 sessions. One of the things that she mentioned was to be sure to check out the delivery center and labor rooms of our chosen hospital. I am giving birth at Asian Hospital and Medical Center, so last week, EJ and I decided to visit their labor rooms and facilities.

Our appointment with our doctor was last Thursday, so we decided to call Asian Hospital to ask if we could tour their labor and delivery area. I was connected to the Genesis Center. Apparently, they call their labor and delivery area Genesis. How cool! The person on the other line just told me to come anytime so that they can show us the facilities.

We went there at around 10 am in the morning of Thursday (I was exactly 33 Weeks Pregnant). Genesis is located at the 3rd Floor of the building on the right (the left building of Asian Hospital are for the clinics of the doctors). When we got there, there was a nurse station and immediately told them that we would like to see the rooms and facilities of Genesis since I was 33 weeks pregnant and would like to deliver my baby at Asian Hospital. The nurses were very accommodating and one nurse wasn’t hesitant to give us a tour. She immediately jumped out of her seat! Again, very impressive. There was no looking at each other and waiting for one to answer our questions and show us around.

Okay, I decided to take you through the rooms as you might in an actual delivery. So during early labor, you might still be at home. When contractions get to become more frequent and you are already dilating at least 4cm, you may be brought to this area of Genesis (BTW, don’t forget to give your Birth plan to the nurse in charge). This is the Triage Room. While still in active labor, mommy-to-be can wait here. You will have to stay in this area until you have dilated until 8 cm.

Triage Room: While waiting for the baby

Triage Room: While waiting for the baby

Only one person is allowed to accompany mommy in this room. There are curtains for privacy. The mom can walk around in this area if she wishes.

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If you are already dilating at 8cm, you will be brought to one of the birthing rooms. The nurse showed us that there were four birthing rooms at the Genesis center of Asian Hospital. Sorry for the pictures, but I had to take it from the door. They disinfect the area so you really can’t go in. This is where you will wait to be fully dilated (10cm). This is also where you will have to deliver your baby in a normal pregnancy. For C-section delivery, they have a separate operating room (which I did not get to see anymore).

Birthing room at Asian Hospital Genesis Center

Birthing room at Asian Hospital Genesis Center

Birthing room: Pretty Spacious!

Birthing room: Pretty Spacious!

Birthing room at Asian Hospital

Birthing room at Asian Hospital

After you deliver, you will be transferred to your room for recovery and rooming-in (where your baby will stay with you). Although, Asian Hospital also has the Huggery section or their baby nursery. We got to visit this section, too. They have seats where you can lounge around and wait.

Huggery Viewing time

Huggery Viewing time

Huggery Viewing Time is at:
10:00am – 12:0nn
6:00pm – 8:00pm

There is a coffee vending machine also near the waiting area.

Genesis Waiting Area

Genesis Waiting Area

You can call Huggery staff if you want to see your baby (during viewing time)

You can call Huggery staff if you want to see your baby (during viewing time)

We also got to ask the nurses a lot of questions and they were all happy to answer them. We asked them if they place tags for the mom and baby after delivery. They said they have around 4-5 tags that they place. It’s a standard process that they follow to ensure security of the baby and to avoid baby switching.

We also asked them about “Unang Yakap”. They said that they really do that whether the baby was born normal or through a cesarean delivery. For those who do not know what Unang Yakap is, here is a video from the the Department of Health.

Also, I asked them if they give baby formula or sugar water. I was very pleased that they answered that they really promote breastfeeding and will do everything they can to help the mother breastfeed the baby. This is the type of encouragement that we expecting moms need!

Other things to note:
– We got the room rates for Asian Hospital. If you want a copy, just leave a comment below and I will gladly email it to you.
– Booking of the room is best done after your doctor has seen mommy-to-be. Your doctor can tell you if it’s time to book already. If you are advised to book a room already, just go down to the Upper ground floor and the admissions area is there (near the Philhealth office). Be sure to bring your Philhealth documents, too.
– We also got to talk to the Cost Counselor of Asian Hospital. I have attached copies of the expected cost quotation for Normal and for a Cesarean Delivery.

Asian Hospital Cost Counselor Cesarean Delivery

Asian Hospital Cost Counselor Normal Delivery
*Note that these costs are just “approximate costs” and do not include certain costs like the professional fees of your obstetrician, the anesthesiologist fee, the pediatrician fees, etc. (costs not covered are seen in the document).

For mommies-to-be, I suggest that you also go and check your own hospitals. Do create a blog post about it and I will gladly link to your post. For those planning to give birth at Asian Hospital (Phone number: +632-771-9000), do visit and share your thoughts, too! I’d love to hear from moms who have already given birth, too!

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

PS. Hope you can join our What to Expect during OB Checkups, pain management and pregnancy nutrition (WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE GIVING BIRTH) on Jan. 25, 2014 at Medela House in 1st Street, New Manila QC. Our guest speaker is Dra. Sarmiento from Asian Hospital.

PPS. For those who want to share with me their experience in the other hospitals, please feel free to email me your article so you can be a guest contributor. Hope you can make it as detailed as possible 🙂 Thanks! ginger@mommyginger.com

I went to the doctor last January 19. I forgot to tell you about it, since I have been busy with all the preparations for the It’s a WAHMderful Life workshop. BTW, thank you to all those who went to the WAHMderful Life Workshop! I’ll be posting about it soon. My obstetrician advised me to monitor the fetal heart rate of Zeeka everyday.

I forgot to mention that Zeeka is now in a transverse position (lying across my tummy). It seems as if this little girl can’t stay put (hmmm, I wonder if she gets that from me). She keeps on swimming around and around my tummy. Two weeks ago, she was still in ‘footling’ breech. Footling breech is when the legs of the baby are sticking out, instead of having their butt near the cervix. Now, shes is in a transverse position.

The doctor advised me to get a handheld doppler to monitor the fetal heart rate. Monitoring the fetal heart rate (FHR) can be frustrating for a non-medical practitioner like me. It’s so hard to look for the heartbeat of the baby. It’s a good thing that this Sonoline B handheld doppler that I bought is quite efficient. The minute the doctor said that I needed my own handheld doppler, I thought of the review that my friend Rona made for ManilaFitness.com. This is what she wrote: http://manilafitness.com/2012/12/17/my-hand-held-fetal-doppler.html

Sonoline B Hand-held Doppler

Sonoline B Hand-held Doppler

Sonoline B Hand-held doppler parts: comes with 1 tube of gel

Sonoline B Hand-held doppler parts: comes with 1 tube of gel

 

The doctor advised me to monitor the fetal heart rate. In monitoring, the heart rate should be at around 120 – 160 beats per minute. It should not go lower nor should it go higher. This is just to be sure that the baby does not encounter any cord coil, since Baby Zeeka loves to move around.

Also, monitoring fetal heart rate is best done 3o minutes after a meal. This is when the baby is active. I monitor Zeeka thrice a day.

For those looking for a hand-held doppler, check out Sonoline Hand-held Fetal Doppler. I got  it for Php 4,695.00 plus Php 300.00 delivery charge through Entropy Marketing. The number is +63930-4061066.

 

Just like any new parent, we wanted to have everything ready when the baby comes, Ej and I decided to have our baby listed already in different baby registries. We had baby Zeeka registered with Baby & Co. and Rustans. Last December, I also read the blog entry of my sister-in-law, Neva from ManilaMommy.com on Baby GAP Baby Registry. I wanted to try it out so we went to the Megamall branch of Baby GAP.

When we got there, I approached one of the ladies there. She asked me to wait for a while. I think they were having a SALE, so it took a few minutes before she returned with the form. I filled out the form and then the lady asked me to choose 30 items. I only got to choose 18 items, as my preference were those with sizes from 3-12 months.

The lady got the items and then encoded it. It took a while though, since I think the girl we were talking to was new. She also gave me a list of the items that I chose (although the list that I got was handwritten, not like the one shown in ManilaMommy’s blog, which was typewritten). She then gave this bag. It contained the freebie, which was a canvas diaper bag and the 18 invites that I can give out to family and friends.

What a colorful shopping bag!

What a colorful shopping bag!

The cute and nice diaper bag from GAP.

The cute and nice diaper bag from GAP.

The invites that you can give your family and friends.

The invites that you can give your family and friends.

I’m really excited on receiving the things that I chose from Baby GAP. They had great and fashionable items for a baby girl. I can’t wait to show you some of the items. Hope people get baby Zeeka something from the GAP.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger