My OBG back then prescribed prenatal vitamins plus Anmum Materna. He was concerned that I was so skinny. At the same time, he assured me that I shouldn't worry so much since, to my great benefit, I found out I was preggy very early on. Most women don't know they are with child until the third, fourth, even fifth month! So in my case, I can still fix my life so my baby (perfect little Vito, as it turned out!) can be nourished.
If you're trying to have a baby (or even if you're not but you're having sex), you should make sure you're getting enough folate in your diet. Folate in the very early stages of pregnancy means your child will be spared from brain and neurological defects and even cleft lip and cleft palate. So get folate-addicted! That means eating tons of green leafy veggies, citrus fruits, papaya, beans, peas, lentils, corn, liver, peanut butter, and folate-enriched bread. Seriously though, who eats all of that every day?
Anmum has a spankin' brand new website that will help women trying to conceive, are pregnant, and are new mommies. For example: the one-minute folate test. Very useful! It told me my current diet is woefully inadequate. While Vince and I have decided we're happy with two babies, we aren't exactly saying no to more. So maybe I should drink Anmum again! Haha.
Anyway, I like Anmum's website because back when I was pregnant the first time, I didn't really know a lot about being pregnant. And I'm a smart, educated woman! It was a really scary time. I wanted to know everything about pregnancy, child development, good health and nutrition, childbirth, parenting!!! It's a good thing I can afford books and I have 24/7 access to good websites. Many women have nothing but their moms, aunts and kapitbahay.
Yep. I said it. Look, the women before us are great but they came from a time when they believed in paglilihi. They didn't breastfeed. They loved formula milk. They believed in stuff like wearing necklaces will result to your child's cord wrapping around his neck in utero or putting laway on your baby's forehead will cure colic. Ya, cute stuff. Harmful stuff.
There have been tons of research since then and while it's polite to listen to the women before us, I also believe our pregnancies should empower us to be knowledgeable about our bodies, our children, our health! Yes, be polite pa rin. They'll bristle if you make kontra. They'll say, "Dami mong alam ngayon. Bakit, pinanganak naman kita at okay naman ang labas mo!" So don't be a smartypants. Just smile and nod and then do what your doctor says!
However, doctors can't attend to our every concern every hour of every day. So mommy websites are a huge help. I depended on Babycenter, Dr. Spock, What to Expect and other similar sites and forums to help me navigate the turbulent waters of pre-mommyhood and especially when I became a mom. So it's great to know that Anmum created a website for us Filipina mommies, too!
There are useful tools like an ovulation calendar. There's the panel of Anmum experts—OB, nutritionist, pediatrician and parenting expert—who can answer your many mommy questions. Plus there's a mommy community! I love online mommies! Like I once said before on this blog, my online mommy community helped me more than any other person or book ever did!