Natural and attachment parenting advocate Jennica Garcia Uytingco is nearing her due date, and she is feeling her pregnancy weight!
Jennica, who is pregnant with her second child with husband, actor Alwyn Uytingco, knows the exhaustion and heavy feeling the third trimester brings, but she is trying to combat it with good vibes.
"Para sa mga kapwa ko buntis na nalulungkot dahil sa kanilang 'new and improved' size, 'wag na kayo malungkot," Jennica wrote in the caption of a photo that she says show off her huge size. "Hindi kayo nag iisa! Malaki rin ako," she added.
Jennica revealed she was already 10 kilograms overweight, but she assured fellow preggos that in her experience, breastfeeding will help shed the pregnancy weight.
"Makakapag bigay na tayo ng masustansyang gatas, mababawasan pa ang ating timbang dahil malakas mag-burn ng calories ang pagpapasuso mga inay," Jennica says.
Jennica admitted, however, that she sometimes doesn't want to nurse her 3-year-old daughter Mori when she is in this state. However, when Mori had a cold, Jennica appreciated there were still breastfeeding. In a matter of two days, she reported her daughter became well.
"Hindi tayo habang buhay ganito kalaki. Lalabas rin ang ating dinadalang biyaya ng Panginoon," Jennica wrote.
Breast milk is filled with antibodies to fight infection. We've featured many stories of moms who attest to its powers. And in the comments section of Jennica post, moms had begun to share how much breastfeeding helped them lose weight and helped their babies fight illnesses.
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And yes, it's possible to breastfeed while pregnant or breastfeed your older child after giving birth.
Breastfeeding helps make the uterus contract and thus return to its normal size after pregnancy. Breastfeeding may not be enough to get back some moms' pre-pregnancy weight, but the many other benefits it offers moms and babies make it worth the challenges it poses.
Read more about breastfeeding and its benefits here.