Monday, November 16, 2015

Is it or is it not dengue?

Signs to watch out for to get ahead of your child’s dengue fever
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Fighting a child’s fever: A gameplan for moms

A child that feels down tends to be a red flag for a parent. It is usually a sign that he or she is ill. A child’s well being is top priority, so seeing your little one active and having a good time once again is a sight you want to see. To know more about it READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Throwback: How I first found out that I was pregnant

I am a happy go lucky positively driven individual like most single assertive women out there. I thrive in overcoming hurdles, selling something excites me, writing songs and playing it in front of an audience regardless put some type of a balance in my personality. I was beginning to enjoy my passion in life, performing for the pleasure of my ego and wallet. I realized I was somewhat happy partied AF out of my depression and then baam!!

Taluli came along.

I found about it through the persistence of my guy colleagues who apparently are more aware of me than I am of myself. they saw the signs, I was looking at the period of the girls that we were handling at that time and I was too stupid to use protection during sexual intercourse. They said the signs that they see are that of a pregnant woman. They even had me on a conference meeting with my boss. I laughed them off but was scared to take the test. How did I finally know? I started becoming absent minded, last straw was I was riding the elevator and started to light up a cigarette like effing sure now, I was not myself, so i thought I have to get myself checked. Worried that I was having a mental dysfunction, I of course consulted doctor google before heading to a specialist where I found out, my sign is one of the rare signs of early pregnancy. Putting that plus the assumptions of people around me and the inaccuracy of the tests I took, led me to go to an OB -GYN and viola! 6 weeks pregnant was I. I did what decent ex partners would do, informed him he is going to be a daddy, you know what this hell of a guy told me? "Will you be keeping it?" I said "Fuck you, of course I will because I am taking responsibility for what is given to me asshole." and then hung up. I don't consider him as a bad person at all, I found him funny for being a total idiot, until now I find him funny, He is playing this idiot card quite well and it is making us good friends however he chooses to see his kid.

What do I have to offer to this kid, so I thought. I have a job that was going on a different direction, A car that was about to be gone, a big ass Rottweiler then, who's name was Sasha and a Boston Terrier named Pablito the babies before this zygote and no daddy because I broke up with the dude before knowing.

What the fuck is going on? Who knows?

So I trekked this motherhood with the help of my mom, who was more excited than I was, Meditation as helped by Dada Deo my guru from Montalban and the new friends I found along the way, mommies with big hearts showering you with love in the times when you thought life has started to betray you. There was so much light and love until the day he finally came.

It became the beginning of the happiest, scariest ride of my life.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

It's been a long and busy year of motherhood.

Well, what do you know? Talulibugs my precious lovely baby bear is a year and 2 weeks old.

All I can say is motherhood is a fun nerve wracking duty that you need a sense of balance in your life.

It consumes you with additional anxieties you have never experienced before.

It is a responsibility that you cannot get away from.

BUT THE REWARD of seeing them unfold right before your eyes as they gain character and skill for the first time is more than winning the lottery. The affection that they display towards your existence in their life if beyond heaven. The baby kisses that they give are like the best and the most thoughtful kisses you will ever have in your life.

I am loving every minute of it.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My first booze and cigarette Post Partum

I had my drinks and cigarettes yesterday and I feel like I am a very bad mom.But I prepared ahead of time so fuck feelings.

At exactly 2 weeks clearance from CS, I had me a liter of 8% alcohol from a nightout well deserved as I think of it. Smoked about 5 cigarettes while I was at it. Was out from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM with phonecalls and texting from the yaya making sure the baby boy is alright. And of course the amount of alcohol in my system will not allow me to breastfeed. I do not recommend you do this but if you are a mom who plans to take a break with your friends and revisit your so called social life prior to conceiving the cutest bub on earth, here are some helpful guides.

Where did I go exactly? In one of the night out neighborhood joint in the opposite street next to my house inside the village. Hah, what a night out huh.

I came home and took a bath and brushed my filthy mouth before I carried my baby so I can sniff his baby whiff.

And I slept like a baby with all my anxiety gone.

Here are the guides I read before even planning that night out to help you out: 


La Leche League's The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding (p. 328) says:
The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother ingests. When the breastfeeding mother drinks occasionally or limits her consumption to one drink or less per day, the amount of alcohol her baby receives has not been proven to be harmful.
La Leche League's The Breastfeeding Answer Book (pp. 597-598) says:
Alcohol passes freely into mother's milk and has been found to peak about 30 to 60 minutes after consumption, 60 to 90 minutes when taken with food. Alcohol also freely passes out of a mother's milk and her system. It takes a 120 pound woman about two to three hours to eliminate from her body the alcohol in one serving of beer or wine...the more alcohol that is consumed, the longer it takes for it to be eliminated. It takes up to 13 hours for a 120 pound woman to eliminate the alcohol from one high-alcohol drink. The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother consumes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs considers alcohol compatible with breastfeeding. It lists possible side effects if consumed in large amounts, including: drowsiness, deep sleep, weakness, and abnormal weight gain in the infant, and the possiblity of decreased milk-ejection reflex in the mother. The drug transfer table is available at;108/3/776/T6 and the full text of The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk can be found at;108/3/776
Dr. Jack Newman, member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council, says this in his handout "More Breastfeeding Myths":
Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all. As is the case with most drugs, very little alcohol comes out in the milk. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.
Thomas W. Hale, R.Ph. Ph.D., member of the LLLI Health Advisory Council, says this in his book Medications and Mothers' Milk (12th ed.):
Significant amounts of alcohol are secreted into breastmilk although it is not considered harmful to the infant if the amount and duration are limited. The absolute amount of alcohol transferred into milk is generally low. Beer, but not ethanol, has been reported in a number of studies to stimulate prolactin levels and breastmilk production (1, 2, 3). Thus it is presumed that the polysaccharide from barley may be the prolactin-stimulating component of beer (4). Non-alcoholic beer is equally effective. In a study of twelve breastfeeding mothers who ingested 0.3 g/kg of ethanol in orange juice (equivalent to 1 can of beer for the average-sized woman), the mean maximum concentration of ethanol in milk was 320 mg/L (5). This report suggests a 23% reduction (156 to 120 mL) in breastmilk production following ingestion of beer and an increase in milk odor as a function of ethanol content.
Excess levels may lead to drowsiness, deep sleep, weakness, and decreased linear growth in the infant. Maternal blood alcohol levels must attain 300 mg/dl before significant side effects are reported in the infant. Reduction of letdown is apparently dose-dependent and requires alcohol consumption of 1.5 to 1.9 gm/kg body weight (6). Other studies have suggested psychomotor delay in infants of moderate drinkers (2+ drinks daily). Avoid breastfeeding during and for 2 - 3 hours after drinking alcohol.
In an interesting study of the effect of alcohol on milk ingestion by infants, the rate of milk consumption by infants during the 4 hours immediately after exposure to alcohol (0.3 g/kg) in 12 mothers was significantly less (7). Compensatory increases in intake were then observed during the 8 - 16 hours after exposure when mothers refrained from drinking.
Adult metabolism of alcohol is approximately 1 ounce in 3 hours, so mothers who ingest alcohol in moderate amounts can generally return to breastfeeding as soon as they feel neurologically normal. Chronic or heavy consumers of alcohol should not breastfeed.
1. Marks V, Wright JW. Endocrinological and metabolic effects of alcohol. Proc R Soc Med 1977; 70(5):337-344.
2. De Rosa G, Corsello SM, Rufilli MP, Della CS, Pasargiklian E. Prolactin secretion after beer. Lancet 1982; 2(8252):934.
3. Carolson HE, Wasser HL, Reidelberger RD. Beer-induced prolactin secretion: a clinical and laboratory study of the role of salsolinol. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1985; 60(4):673-677.
4. Koletzko B, Lehner F. Beer and breastfeeding. Adv Exp Med Biol 2000; 478:23-28.
5. Mennella JA, Beauchamp GK. The transfer of alcohol to human milk. Effects on flavor and the infant's behavior. N Engl J Med 1991; 325(14):981-985.
6. Cobo E. Effect of different doses of ethanol on the milk-ejecting reflex in lactating women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1973; 115(6):817-821.
7. Mennella JA. Regulation of milk intake after exposure to alcohol in mothers' milk. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2001; 25(4):590-593.

Important Considerations

  • Your baby's age
    • A newborn has an immature liver, and will be more affected by alcohol
    • Up until around 3 months of age, infants metabolize alcohol at about half the rate of adults
    • An older baby can metabolize alcohol more quickly than a young infant
  • Your weight
    • A person's size has an impact on how quickly they metabolize alcohol
    • A heavier person can metabolize alcohol more quickly than a lighter person
  • Amount of alcohol
    • The effect of alcohol on the baby is directly related to the amount of alcohol that is consumed
    • The more alcohol consumed, the longer it takes to clear the mother's body
  • Will you be eating
    • An alcoholic drink consumed with food decreases absorbtion

Can drinking an alcoholic beverage help me relax and stimulate milk production?

Alcohol consumption has not been shown to stimulate milk production. Studies have found that babies nurse more frequently, but consume less milk in the 3-4 hours after an alcoholic beverage is consumed.

Do I have to pump and dump after drinking an alcoholic beverage?

As alcohol leaves the bloodstream, it leaves the breastmilk. Since alcohol is not "trapped" in breastmilk (it returns to the bloodstream as mother's blood alcohol level declines), pumping and dumping will not remove it. Pumping and dumping, drinking a lot of water, resting, or drinking coffee will not speed up the rate of the elimination of alcohol from your body.

What if I get drunk?

Mothers who are intoxicated should not breastfeed until they are completely sober, at which time most of the alcohol will have left the mother's blood. Drinking to the point of intoxication, or binge drinking, by breastfeeding mothers has not been adequately studied. Since all of the risks are not understood, drinking to the point of intoxication is not advised.

Can alcohol abuse affect a breastfed baby?

Yes. Alcohol abuse (excessive drinking) by the mother can result in slow weight gain or failure to thrive in her baby. The let-down of a mother who abuses alcohol may be affected by her alcohol consumption, and she may not breastfeed enough. The baby may sleep through breastfeedings, or may not suck effectively leading to decreased milk intake. The baby may even suffer from delayed motor development. If you are concerned that you or someone you know is drinking alcohol excessively, call your doctor.

  • According to the LLLI publication THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, if the mother smokes fewer than twenty cigarettes a day, the risks to her baby from the nicotine in her milk are small. When a breastfeeding mother smokes more than twenty to thirty cigarettes a day, the risks increase. Heavy smoking can reduce a mother's milk supply and on rare occasions has caused symptoms in the breastfeeding baby such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. (Vorherr 1974). By keeping smoking to a minimum, a mother can decrease the risk. When a mother smokes a cigarette, the nicotine levels in her blood and milk first increase and then decrease over time. The half-life of nicotine (the amount of time it takes for half the nicotine to be eliminated from the body) is ninety-five minutes. For this reason, a mother should avoid smoking just before and certainly during a feeding.