My Health Advocacy Part 23

The Journey to Childbirth Chapter Three


The first trimester is considered by many to be the most difficult, with the third trimester being less difficult only because there, it ramps up towards the last month instead of building up in the first month. In Hazel’s case, the hormones kicked in on the second month, with her being inexplicably angry at her sister, Jamie for a whole week. Must be why some people say Nixi looks like Jamie. Continue reading “My Health Advocacy Part 23”

My Health Advocacy Part 22

The Journey to Childbirth Chapter Two

Disclaimer: today’s post isn’t meant to bash cats by any means, but it only talks about what Hazel needed to avoid during pregnancy and why. Personally, I used to have cats as pets but over the years I’ve become extremely allergic to them so I can’t have them in the household anymore. Anyway, on to the rest of the post.

Hazel had her share of medications that helped her pregnancy with Nixi along but she also had to make a few lifestyle changes. These changes were done to further lower the chances of miscarriage, to strengthen the baby, and to keep her immune system in tiptop shape. Continue reading “My Health Advocacy Part 22”

My Health Advocacy Part 13

The Journey to Pregnancy Chapter Five


While waiting for the next ovulation cycle so we could proceed with the IVF procedure, we were contacted by the mom of Rhea, Hazel’s best friend in high school. She had heard of our plans to undergo the procedure and, being a devout Catholic, suggested that we pursue a better alternative: Naprotechnology. Continue reading “My Health Advocacy Part 13”

Jar Entry #60 – My Health Advocacy Part 11

The Journey to Pregnancy Chapter Three

In vitro fertilization. IVF. According to Wikipedia, is a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body: in vitro (“in glass”). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a liquid in a laboratory. The fertilized egg (zygote) is cultured for 2–6 days in a growth medium and is then transferred to the same or another woman’s uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy. But that’s not why it’s a controversial subject, especially here in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.

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Jar Entry #57 – Musical Interlude

Why a musical interlude? Because today, Hazel sang in the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City. The song was Masterpiece by Sandi Patty and the concert was First Love. Please note that the video is currently uploading so I’ll be updating this post in a few hours. UPDATE: The video is ready for viewing! Continue reading “Jar Entry #57 – Musical Interlude”

Jar Entry #55 – My Health Advocacy Part 7

We were excited! We were finally going to see the progress of our little one! What with the heartbeat and all, and with the hemorrhage being managed, i.e. no spotting, we marched to the Ob-Gyne department of Makati Medical Center. We waited for our turn, and I got to go in with Hazel for the reading. Continue reading “Jar Entry #55 – My Health Advocacy Part 7”

Jar Entry #52 – My Health Advocacy Part 5

Someone special. That phrase doesn’t even begin to describe her. And as you may have seen in a previous post, she’s the woman I married. It was due to our upcoming wedding that I was motivated to get back into shape. I figured since I would be living for someone beyond myself, I’d better be healthy enough to take care of her and our future kids. Continue reading “Jar Entry #52 – My Health Advocacy Part 5”