Sad News :(

Last April, I was delayed in my monthly period. Then, I just don’t mind about it because that time we had a visitor from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. They stayed in our house and we had some tour within Osaka only. That time as well, first day or first week of the school for our kids. Especially with our little princess will be in Nursery (3 yrs old).

By the end of the April, our visitors they will back home and I decided to pregnancy check if I’m pregnant. The first test it was blurred line, then after 3 days I test again, it was “positive”. I don’t know if I’ll be happy or worried. There’s a lot of things to consider because this was not our plan. Anyway, we also get excited to go to the ob-gyne clinic just near our place actually we can walk going there. Anyway, At first no heart beat yet, for 2 and 3 check-up the, 4 check up we already heard the heartbeat, then, after 4 days the doc said “He need to ensure the baby is healthy” So, we have to go back to the clinic to check. Suddenly, we cannot hear the heartbeat anymore. Mix Emotion here. This is our second time to lose our baby. But, I said to the doctor if we can check again next week, maybe just maybe we just missed the heartbeat. But sad to say, it didn’t came back the heartbeat so, they need to remove the baby in the uterus before getting worst. Our first baby also same case, no heartbeat. They didn’t really say what does it cause. I just had my extraction and I had to rest 1 weeks to heal and my husband needs to work at home. Well, we have to accept it, we didn’t plan and God didn’t plan to give it to us.

So, now I need to understand why does the heartbeat our the baby just disappeared?

What Are the Chances of Miscarriage After Seeing Heartbeat?

If miscarriage were to occur, 80% of them happen before the 12th week of pregnancy. Out of those, 50% to 70% happen before women even know they are pregnant. The chances of miscarriage after seeing heartbeat on ultrasound are actually quite low. There is approximately a 5%-10% chance of miscarriage after the baby’s heartbeat is visible. This does only apply if the fetal heart rate is a good number. Low heart rates may show a problem and that a miscarriage may be imminent. Also, if there is a heartbeat it doesn’t always mean that a miscarriage will not occur later on.

This rule also only applies if you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy with no bleeding, cramping, spotting or lack of pregnancy symptoms. Another factor is the heart rate. If the baby has a normal heart rate over 120 beats per minute it is considered normal. Concern goes up if the heart beat is too slow or too fast. Doctors add that even if the heart rate is normal, there can still be other conditions that affect the baby and/or pregnancy like poor maternal health, drug/alcohol use, hormone issues or uterine structural abnormalities.

Chances of Miscarriage in Different Conditions of Pregnancy

After the heartbeat is detected the risk of miscarriage begins to decline, but there are differentfactors that affect the rates of miscarriage. The numbers are not exact, but can give a rough estimate at the rates of pregnancy loss for certain situations:

  • ŸNo vaginal bleeding. With no vaginal bleeding, the chances of miscarriage after seeing heartbeat are 4%.
  • ŸWith vaginal bleeding. With vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy, the chances of miscarriage after detection of heartbeat are around 13%.
  • ŸHistory of reoccurring miscarriage. If there is a history of more than one miscarriage in the past, the chances of miscarriage after seeing heartbeat go up to 17%.
  • ŸMaternal age over 35. Being over the age of 35 raises the risk of miscarriage after detection of heartbeat to 16% well over the 4% risk for other normal pregnancies if the mother is under 35.
  • ŸMaternal age over 40. The risk of miscarriage for women over 40 after detection of heart beat is around 20%.

How to Reduce Chances of Miscarriage

These measures can help to reduce your risk of miscarriage and increase your risk of a healthy pregnancy for both you and your baby. If you are planning a pregnancy you can start getting your body ready by eating right, changing your lifestyle to focus on health and getting plenty of exercise. In addition, the tips below can also help:

What to Do Both Before and After Pregnancy

What to Do Description
Eat clean Use only organic fruits and vegetables that do not contain pesticides. Chemical pesticides can be toxic to your body and your baby.
Only use organic dairy products and avoid soy Non-organic dairy and soy may have excess estrogen that can throw off your own hormone levels. Eat only grass fed beef and free range chicken that are also free of hormones and antibiotics.
Get Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet and avoid mercury fish Cold water fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that can help balance your hormone levels. They also contribute to healthy brain development in your baby. Stay away from fish that contain high levels of mercury.
Eat whole grains and avoid white or processed grains White bread and processed grains do not contain enough nutrients and are just empty calories. Eat whole grain breads and pasta that contain enough vitamins for you and your baby.
Eat plenty of high fiber foods Fiber can help keep your blood sugar and hormones in balance. They can also help with constipation during pregnancy. Eat a good amount of beans, vegetables, fruits and whole grain cereals that are fiber rich.
Reduce sugar intake Sugar can raise your blood sugar levels which is not healthy in pregnancy. It can also cause your immune system to weaken.
Drink plenty of water Your blood volume needs to expand to accommodate your baby’s needs. You also need to keep from becoming dehydrated. Drink at least 2 liters of water daily. Keep water with you at all times.

What You Should Do Prior to Getting Pregnant

What to Do Description
Have a full check-up and get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) Certain health conditions like diabetes, low thyroid hormones, low reproductive hormones and sexually transmitted diseases all raise the risk of having a miscarriage. Getting tested and treated before you get pregnant can help decrease your risk of miscarriage.
Dig out your old shot records Make sure that your immunizations are current and up-to-date. There are certain communicable diseases that can cause you to miscarry. Make sure you are vaccinated and get any booster shots before you get pregnant.
Start taking folic acid Folic acid prevents neural tube defects, which is a malformation of the spinal cord and nervous system. This can easily be prevented with 600mg of folic acid daily 1 to 2 months before you get pregnant.
Go easy on caffeine Not only does caffeine reduce fertility, it can also raise the risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy. Try not to drink more than a cup or two of coffee or two caffeinated soft drinks daily.
Keep a healthy weight Lastly, if you are overweight understand that obesity can contribute to miscarriage. It is important to try to get to a healthy weight before you get pregnant since it is not good to diet during pregnancy. Doing this will also help avoid any other health conditions that obesity can cause during pregnancy.

What You Should Do After You Get Pregnant

What to Do Description
Easy on the exercise It is okay to continue to exercise, but try to modify your routine so that you don’tlift heavy objects, strain abdominal muscles or get too hot. Of course, refrain from any contact exercise or sports or anything that can cause you to fall.
Don’t eat raw meats, seafood or unpasteurized foods Toxoplasmosis and listeria are infections that raise the risk of miscarriage or can make your baby sick too. They come from eating foods that have not been cooked properly or pasteurized to remove bacteria.
No alcohol, drugs or cigarettes Anything that is bad for you, is even worse for your baby. You share the same blood supply and everything you take in gets to your baby. Alcohol, drugs and cigarettes can cause fetal death and miscarriage.
Stay away from toxins and radiation If you need to get an x-ray, you need to tell your doctor that you are pregnant. X-rays are harmful to your baby and should never be done in pregnancy unless there is an extreme emergency. Toxins are also harmful to your baby, including lead, benzene, arsenic, formaldehyde, and ethylene oxide.
Stay calm and stress free Try to do things to reduce your stress levels. Stress increases the risk of miscarriage and other conditions in pregnancy like increased blood pressure, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. Any of these conditions can even contribute to later pregnancy loss.
Limit caffeine during pregnancy After you become pregnant, you still need to limit your caffeine to no more than two cups of coffee or two caffeinated soft drinks a day. Excess caffeine can cause miscarriage after pregnancy occurs.
Ask about progesterone therapy Women who have a history of miscarriage, advanced age or other hormonal issues may benefit from the use of progesterone in early pregnancy. This helps keep the pregnancy hormone levels stable and may prevent early pregnancy loss. This must be prescribed and monitored by your doctor.

Source: New Kids Center

I think, I got my fault as well, before then, I think everyday I drink a lot of coffee (caffeine), eat lots of sugars (donuts, cakes, chocolate (Hokkaido from my friends). And often, I ride a bike going to the supermarket and the school of my daughter. I admit my real fault.

It is not common for a woman to have a miscarriage after seeing a heartbeat in the developing baby. In fact, a woman may have less than a 10% chance of having a miscarriage after this point. It is important to note, however, that this level of chance is only when the heart rate of the fetus is healthy. If the heart rate is considerably lower than normal, a miscarriage may be more likely. Additionally, the presence of a visible heartbeat does not mean a woman will not have a miscarriage; some women do miscarry, even after reaching this pregnancy milestone.

In most pregnancies, the sighting of the fetal heartbeat is an important milestone. In fact, this may be one of the first signs that a pregnancy is viable, which means there are no obvious signs of approaching pregnancy loss. Often, a developing fetus’s heartbeat can be seen before it can be heard in the office of a medical professional. As such, many healthcare providers recommend ultrasounds at around the eighth week of pregnancy in order to check on the development of the baby. This is particularly true when problems are expected or the pregnant woman is over the age of 35, which is often considered advanced maternal age.

Since miscarriage after this point is fairly uncommon, some women feel more comfortable about announcing their pregnancies once they have seen the fetal heartbeat. Some women may even become more emotionally attached to their developing babies at this point, as seeing the heartbeat may make the pregnancy feel more real. This may be especially true for first-time mothers, women who’ve had previous miscarriages, and those who aren’t experiencing the typical symptoms of pregnancy.

While miscarriage after seeing a heartbeat isn’t common, women should be aware that it is still possible. For example, a fetus with a heart rate below the normal range is more likely to miscarry. Some also occur when the developing baby’s heart rate was well within the normal range, if there is a chromosomal abnormality in the baby, a maternal infection or health condition, a hormonal imbalance in the mother, or a structural problem with the uterus. In some cases, however, medical professionals cannot say sure certain why such a miscarriage might occur.

Source: Wise Geek Health

That hurt, Maternal Age, I’m already 40 going to 41 this July 2017. I think my uterus is weak and not healthy to bear baby anymore.

Below Articles it was good to find the causes (I guess)

Miscarriage After Heartbeat

After one sees evidence of a heartbeat during the ultrasound, the chances of miscarriage drop drastically. However, one’s lifestyle, age of the woman pregnant and other health risks increase the chances of miscarriage. Miscarriage is the natural loss of pregnancy that happens before week 20 of the pregnancy. Roughly about 80 percent of all miscarriages happen before the woman enters the second trimester, and about 50 percent of miscarriages happen without the mother realizing that she wasLosing pregnancy miscarriage pregnant in the first place. The majority of miscarriages happen due to a chromosomal abnormality in the fetus which inhibits it from growing properly. It is believed that the chances of miscarriages reduce after the fetus has grown to the point where one can see the heartbeat on the ultrasound.

The heartbeat of the fetus can be heard as early as five weeks into the pregnancy on an ultrasound. The heart is not fully developed at this point in the pregnancy but the myocardial muscles begin to contract and thus one gets to hear the heartbeat on an ultrasound.

Several factors play a role in increasing the chances of a woman to have a miscarriage:

Miscarriage After Heartbeat

After one sees evidence of a heartbeat during the ultrasound, the chances of miscarriage drop drastically. However, one’s lifestyle, age of the woman pregnant and other health risks increase the chances of miscarriage. Miscarriage is the natural loss of pregnancy that happens before week 20 of the pregnancy. Roughly about 80 percent of all miscarriages happen before the woman enters the second trimester, and about 50 percent of miscarriages happen without the mother realizing that she wasLosing pregnancy miscarriage pregnant in the first place. The majority of miscarriages happen due to a chromosomal abnormality in the fetus which inhibits it from growing properly. It is believed that the chances of miscarriages reduce after the fetus has grown to the point where one can see the heartbeat on the ultrasound.

The heartbeat of the fetus can be heard as early as five weeks into the pregnancy on an ultrasound. The heart is not fully developed at this point in the pregnancy but the myocardial muscles begin to contract and thus one gets to hear the heartbeat on an ultrasound.

Several factors play a role in increasing the chances of a woman to have a miscarriage:

1. Age

  • The chances of having a miscarriage increases the higher the age of the pregnant woman. Age is considered one of the largest contributors to the probability that the woman will suffer a miscarriage. Women over the age of 40 have roughly an 18 percent chance of suffering a miscarriage as compared to 12 percent for women aged above 35.

2. Health conditions40 year old pregnant woman smiling

  • Women experiencing pre-existing medical conditions have a higher chance of having a miscarriage. Women who have a substance abuse history have an even higher rate of having a miscarriage. Smoking, consumption of alcohol or even recreational drugs have a severe impact on increasing the chances of having a miscarriage.

When a woman gets to know that her chances of suffering a miscarriage are high, one tends to get nervous. But it is important to understand that every woman’s body is different and thus so is every pregnancy.

In order to prevent miscarriage, one needs to start eating clean. One should start the intake of organic fruits and vegetables

Painting about a miscarriaged baby

that do not contain any chemicals or pesticides, as they can be very toxic to one’s body and to the yet unborn baby. Also, non-organic soy and dairy may have excess estrogen that might throw off one’s hormone levels. One should also start getting Omega-3 fatty acids in one’s diet. Cold water fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. But one should stay away from fish that contain high levels of mercury. One should also avoid white and processed grains and only eat whole grains. One also needs to eat food that is high in fiber. Fiber helps in keeping the hormones and blood sugar in balance. A woman also needs to reduce her sugar intake as high sugar intake can cause the blood sugar levels to rise which is not healthy for a healthy pregnancy. High sugar intake also weakens the immune system.

Source: Check Pregnancy

I hope readers can help you this above article that I read a lot while I’m resting.

 

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Travel Packing

Travel packing sometimes is so difficult that you want to just carry 1 luggage for 2 weeks vacay or when it’s winter those very thick jackets some more you have to bring extra just in case it will rain, heavy snow etc. (unpredictable weather).

But, in my case, i got 2 kids (1 toddler and 8yrs. old boy). I have to put all our cloths in 1 lugger and we will travel to a snowing part of Japan. You have to keep the kids warmest of all. Need to pack  (heat tech) inner cloths and so thick jackets. I tried to check on my favorite site which is the pinterest.com the travel tips. I found below some sites for those struggling in packing for travel.

Those site just give me some ideas how to pack and be creative to mix and match your cloths. Anyhow, what i did to our travel suitcase which i need to put all our cloths in one suitcase. First list down, by categories : my daughter cloths plus Feeding bottle, boy cloths, my cloths, medicine (we have to be ready), Gadgets and toiletries.

Then, list down in specific things to bring, so that we won’t over pack. Like jackets list down how many to bring for yours and kids, shoes, inner cloths etc. etc.  too hard but, we have to pack that was needed to our trip. No overpacking some more when we go some places/trips sometimes we buy stuff there so, another stuff to put inside the suitcase so need some space. Hand carry sometimes is too difficult when you have kids with your.

So, i hope it will help you or get some ideas how to pack when traveling with kids.

***bye***

 

The Thumb

Yah, my daughter loves her thumb so much. Just wondering how to prevent/stop this thumb sucking thing.   
I just made cover for his thumb but still she remove it. (Pictures below sorry for blurry she moves a lot)

   
    
 They said, I didn’t tried to put pacifier, now she’s doing the thumb sucking. My mom said, I didn’t eat the food I want/like when I was pregnant. I don’t know if its true, that time I just want a philippine mango but is not available here in Japan. Online? No stocks, no luck at all. But, my first baby he didn’t thumb sucking. Btw, she’s already 1yr old and 3mos old. (March 1,2014)

These are some of our thumb sucking stopping tools

No one thing is going to work for everyone, so we want to give you as many resources as we could find!  Check these things out…affiliate links help support Kids Activities Blog.

 Thumbuddy to Love – This is an adorable book about giving up thumb sucking that comes with a puppet and a success chart.

Thumbusters – A thumb covering that discourages sucking.

Thumb Love– A sweet story about a little girl named Lulu who vows to give up her thumb sucking.

Thumb Sucking Glove – Fingerless gloves that are brightly decorated that can remind kids not to suck their thumb.

Thumb Thing – This is a cross between the Thumbusters and the Thumb Sucking Glove.  I love the bright and cheerful coloring.

Goodbye, thumb sucking – Another adorable children’s book about giving up the thumb.

Baby mittens – These can help the habit never get started.

Here are even more great thumb sucking articles for you

Super smart online moms are always a good place to check out.  Here are some resources about stopping thumb sucking.

How Can You Stop Nail Biting and Thumb Sucking? From Aha! Parenting

Break The Thumb Sucking Habit In A Week From No Sleep Til College

6 Tips for Breaking The Thumb Sucking Habit From PopSugar Moms

Birthday Celebration

March 1 is the actual birthday of my daughter while my hubby birthday is on March 6. We had to celebrate on March 6 for the mothers in kinder garden which is a bit far from our place about 30-45 mins drive going to our home.

My very own decoration for the party.

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pictures from newborn to 11months

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balloons and paper flowers

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paper flowers

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used cartoon, colored papers and colored pen

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I had great time decorating hehehe… anyway, will also share the food we served, most are pilipino dishes.

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Pizza Muffin we just search it in the YOUTUBE

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this one for our friend recipe… original recipe. All marinated.

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Crispy Pata consisting of deep fried pig trotters or knuckles[1] served with a soy-vinegar dip. It can be served as party fare or an everyday dish. Many restaurants serve boneless pata as a specialty.

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Lechon na Paksiw is roasted pork lechon meat cooked in lechon sauce or its component ingredients of vinegar, garlic, onions, black pepper and ground liver or liver spread and some water. The cooking reduces the sauce so that by the end the meat is almost being fried.

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Kare-Kare (Big bowl) -It is made from a base of stewed oxtail (sometimes this is the only meat used), pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat; and occasionally offal, or tripe. Vegetables, which include (but are not limited to): eggplant, Chinese cabbage, or other greens, daikon, green beans, and asparagus beans are added – usually equaling or exceeding the amount of meats. The stew is flavored with ground roasted peanuts or peanut butter, onions, and garlic. The stew is colored with annatto (extracted from annatto seeds in oil or water), and can be thickened with toasted or plain ground rice.

 

 

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dessert portion: we made fruit tart, ginataang ( a soup made with coconut milk, tubers, tapioca pearls, and sagois simply called ginataan in Tagalog (a shortened form of the proper name, ginataang halo-halo), Biko (It is made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and ground glutinous rice. They can also be flavored with margarine, peanut butter, or vanilla.) Ube cake (Purple yam) above food from March 6 we served.

to be continued… bec. my daughter is bugging me in front of my laptop.

 

 

Baby food

My first time to make a baby food and it was successful.
First, I just boiled the vegetables (e.g. pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots and potatoes)
Secondly, mashed it away.

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Third, use blender to mix and until looks creamy.
Now, you’re done!

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I don’t want to use ziploc as it might have some chemical in the plastics so, I use small bottle that is exactly measured 1 meal for my little angel.