Oh wow, I totally forgot to tell you about this lovely lunch we had at L'Incontro Ristorante. Absolutely wonderful meal made even better by the company invited (mommy bloggers!) and by the reason we got together: good nutrition during pregnancy!
Anmum held this lunch in the last week of July so Iñigo was just about to turn 3 months old and I—as you can see—was still pudgy. It was an intimate gathering of mommy bloggers like Dainty Mom, My Mom-Friday, Manila Mommy and more. And we were all there to help Anmum spread the message of caring for one's pregnant body.
All the moms invited testified that we (yep, me included) had Anmum milk during our pregnancies. Some of us, like Dainty Mom and I, were given the milk because we needed to gain weight. Ya, skinny girl problems, ya know!
In my case, I was just 105 lbs when I got pregnant with Vito. Then during the first trimester, with all the throwing up involved, I lost even more weight. My OBG back then, Dr. Florante Gonzaga, was concerned. He was also not happy with the fact that I wasn't living a healthy lifestyle prior to conception. So he prescribed prenatal vitamins and Anmum, too, for extra measure.
Dr. Gonzaga did tell me that supplements wouldn't have been necessary of we all just ate a healthy, balanced meal. That means just a bit of protein, just a bit of complex carbohydrates, and a lot of vitamins and minerals. He told me, "In Japan, there are no supplements prescribed to pregnant women. It is considered an insult to their food culture, which is very healthy."
Well, sadly, we're not Japan! Given our busy lifestyles and our penchant to skip meals, eat fatty, salty and sugary food, and basically live like there's no tomorrow, supplements, especially prenatal vitamins and fortified milk, are now a normal part of the pregnant Pinay life.
Here are all the mommy bloggers all in a row. I'd like to thank Anmum for thinking that Topaz Mommy is part of the influential mommy bloggers group.
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I am happy to be part of Anmum's campaign to urge women to be healthy. Anmum isn't just calling out to preggy women, by the way, but to women who are trying to conceive, too. For starters, we need Folate to help with the development of our baby's brain and spine, DHA and Gangliosides to support our baby's mental and visual development, Calcium and Vitamin D so that our baby has strong bones, and Iron because we're creating lotsa new blood for our child. All that and more in Anmum. It's not just for baby's health Anmum was concerned about; they also added Vitamin B6 which can combat nausea (I had that bad both pregnancies!) and fiber because preggy moms tend to be constipated haha.
I'm glad that despite my unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle before becoming pregnant with Vito, he came out perfectly wonderful. I was more vigilant with my health when we started trying for this little guy.
*Always consult your OBG before taking any vitamins and fortified milk while pregnant.