by: Robelyn M. Yambao
I wanna share this experience of mine after I gave birth. We live in Palmares and my family did not know that there is a foundation in this town that always helps all moms like me who just gave birth. Our landlord introduced my family to the said foundation that's why we received lots of baby's clothes and groceries from them.
After I gave birth, our landlords Mr. David and Cynthia Shillibeer congratulated us for having a new angel in our life. They told us that there is a foundation in Palmares who wants to help us and give us the basic needs of our new born. We were so blessed and grateful to receive all the things they wanna give to us.
One day, Mr. Shillibeer brought to our house some baby's things like crib, clothes and diapers. When he gave that to us we did not know what to say but thank them for everything, he mentioned that his wife will also bring more stuff for the baby given by the members of the foundation.
Few days later, his wife Cynthia brought more stuff for the baby including another crib and clothes for my 3-year old daughter as you can see at the picture above. We were so overwhelmed because it all happened before Christmas. I gave birth December 16 and few days before Christmas we received those blessings in the pictures as shown above.
Then, this January we were surprised with the new visitor who sent us grocery items from the same foundation represented by Mr. Pablo. The groceries were two packs of rice, bottle of oil, bottle of syrup soda, cookies, and many more to mention.
These were all God's given gift to us through these people of Palmares as instrument of God.
Thank you so much, special mention to our landlords and the Wiwichu Foundation in the town of Palmares.
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by: Robelyn M. Yambao
Hola mi amore,
I am here to share my baby's first screening in Costa Rica. After I gave birth, they gave me her Carnet (health book) and instructed me to attend my appointments listed in the carnet. I had 2 appointments in San Ramon Hospital dated December 27 for my baby's audiology test and December 26 for the lactation and screening. The doctor also instructed me to see the EBAIS in our town where we live so they can register my baby to their system and get appointment for her first check-up on the 4th day.
The 4th day after she was born
We went to Palmares Clinic which is the town where we live in. I went straight to where they register the new borns for EBAIS. The attendant checked the envelope I gave to her from San Ramon Hospital. She registered my baby in their system and gave me appointment slip for my post natal and my baby's first check up.
Two days later, we went back to the clinic to meet our doctor. The doctor said we were both healthy and good. I asked him if we need blood tests and he said "no need" but I need to see the doctor assigned in my town which is in Esquipulas. That is the small clinic near our house. So, this coming week and every month or onward like February we're planning to visit the said clinic.
We didn't attend the December 26 appointment in San Ramon Hospital because it was 6 a.m. and that day was too cold for me to go out. When we attended the next appointment which was the next day (December 27), the attendant gave us new appointment for that day we missed and that was January 8, 2018.
We attended the January 8 appointment. That was 12 n.n. when we arrived there I gave the Carnet to the information desk. She told me to sit first and wait for the nurse to call us. When it was my baby's turn, we went to a room where the nurse was waiting. She took off the baby's clothes and weighed her. My baby's weight was 3.7 kg from 2.9 kg. It was good the doctor said. The nurse also got her height and recorded it to my baby's Carnet. She instructed me to wait outside again, so we went back to the waiting area as shown in the picture above.
After a few minutes, another doctor called out my baby's name. We went to another room. She checked my baby's body from head to toes. She washed her hands and put her finger inside my baby's mouth. She told me that my baby has a line under the tongue that can cause pain in my nipples when breastfeeding her. She asked me if it's okay for me to let her cut that line, it can benefit me to not feeling the pain anymore in my nipples and my baby to speak later. so, I agreed! After the cutting, she encoded the data in the computer and in her Carnet. She sent me to another room for my baby's screening. The doctor in the last room prepared a paper slip for that test where she got blood sample from my baby's heel and put the blood in the paper's slip. She told me to call their number for the result.
So, that's all for today! Maybe next week, we gonna visit our doctor for immunization. I hope you've gain a little information from my experiences here in Palmares, Costa Rica. Check my site more often for more updates. Thanks.
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by: Robelyn M. Yambao
Different Pregnancy Symptoms (Comparison)
Being pregnant is such a joyous experience for mothers like me. It is such a blessing to have a such gift from God to carry a child in my womb. I have 2 beautiful daughters that I conceived with such a big difference in comparison of signs and symptoms.
My First Baby
A. Signs and Symptoms
In 2014, I gave birth to a beautiful daughter in the Philippines. That was my first time to have a baby so, anything about it was magical and exciting. When I conceived her, I thought I was just having cravings for food. I missed my period but I was not expecting that I was pregnant because I sometimes missed my period so, that thing was normal for me. Until, I couldn’t explain what was happening to me. I felt sickness like flu. I have a suspicion that I was pregnant because of the signs I was having for few days after I missed my menstruation. I tried the over- the-counter PT to make it sure that I was not mistaken in my gut feelings. I was right! It was positive. The early signs I’ve experienced were the following:
· Missed period
· Cravings for food (I craved for Pancit Canton)
· Acidic tummy
· Feeling sick like flu, fever or headache
So, I was pregnant. My tummy was not big, people can’t tell especially when I wore lose clothes. The bump showed up not until 6 months. The entire pregnancy was such a cool experience. I never complained about any pain, I even did not vomit. At the early stage, I gag but I never threw up my food and it disappeared quickly. My only complain was feeling tired, slow in moving and having an acidic tummy. I felt like I’m useless. When I reached the 8th-9th month, I had a beri-beri, swollen feet.
I did not go to clinic for my pre-natal in the early stage of my pregnancy. I started to visit a doctor when I reached my 6th month. I went to a lying-in clinic in Las Pinas, Philippines, a walking distance from my apartment for pre-natal. My doctor gave me prescription of Multivitamins(pre-natal) for me and Folic Acid for my baby. These were the meds I need to take daily for the entire pregnancy period. The clinic gave me records of my check up with them and schedules of my future monthly visit. They advised me to get lab tests such as blood and urine tests plus ultrasound. I did it all the instructions, but I did not take all the vitamins because it gave me an upset tummy. On my 8th month, I got UTI, so my doctor gave me cefalexin to cure it.
C. Delivering My First Born (Signs of Contractions)
The exact date of delivering a baby is not fixed. So, I was just waiting for the right time before going to the clinic and I didn’t have idea when would that be. The due was first week of June as what the doctor said but I gave birth on the last week of May. Midnight of May 26, 2014 I went to toilet for the call of nature. I saw blood stain in my underwear after I pee. I was a bit worried, but I ignored it. When I went back to bed, I couldn’t sleep because I felt a little pain in my tummy. I didn’t know that was the start of the contraction. At 3am, I arrived at the clinic because I thought I was having a baby. I broke my water as soon as I reached the clinic, the doctor told me that I’m going to have the baby at noon time. The pain in my tummy became stronger and closer to each interval. Until, I gave birth at 8am through normal delivery. So, I waited only 5 hours to have my baby and I stayed in there for another 10 hours to rest before leaving the clinic.
My Second Baby
A.Signs and Symptoms
I conceived my second baby girl after 3 years. I was 30 years old then when I had my first born. This time, I thought I was having a baby boy because I felt different. Completely different from my first experience. The symptoms I had were the following:
My Pre-Natal was so good. I availed the free service of the Costa Rica health care where they registered me and my baby in their system to get free check-up, ultrasound, lab tests and vitamins. I started my check-up in the Philippines one month of my pregnancy. In our hometown, I paid doctor’s fee of 400 pesos and got the lab tests for another fees. Also the ultrasound was around 1000 pesos. In Costa Rica, all free in public health care even giving birth. I tried the private clinic for one of my ultrasounds and I paid 38000 colones.
The night before giving birth, I saw a brown stain in my underwear. It looked like blood stain but not light or reddish. I felt Braxton hicks again, so I started to observe the interval of the pain by checking the time. Until, I fell asleep and the pain was gone. The next day, everything was back to normal. Though the stain of blood still coming out. After our lunch, I felt the pain of my tummy again. I thought of Braxton hicks was attacking me. But, that was already the start of my real labor. At 1 p.m., when a little pain got started, I jotted down the time interval and it was 20 minutes each interval for an hour. In the next hour, the interval of pain became 15 minutes. Then, it continued the next hour for the interval of 10 minutes and the pain became stronger. At 5 p.m., I decided to go to hospital because I was not comfortable anymore in handling the pain. We packed our things and headed to emergency. We arrived in the hospital at 6 p.m. and I gave birth at 8.30 p.m. In this experience, my water didn’t break immediately. All blood was coming out first then, after 1 and half hours of pain my water broke up, then my baby came out after few minutes of pushing.
I delivered both of my babies through a normal delivery. But, both were completely different in my entire pregnancy period. I never breastfed my first born, I fed her with formula milk while my second baby was breastfed. Another experience to share for a first-time mom like me was the pain in breastfeeding and the sacrifice I need to do every night. That's part of being a mom but everything is worth it.
I hope you guys can gain some info with what I’ve shared here about pregnancy. Thank you for visiting my site. Please share if you think this is helpful.
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A licensed teacher in the Philippines who shifted her career into another direction to follow her passion to be a blogger. Her blogs are related in traveling and simple living as an expat in a foreign land.