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9 Highlights From After Nine: On Pregnancy, Maternal Health, And Newborn Care

The Babymama event didn’t let the pandemic stop them from providing expertise and knowledge when pregnant moms need it the most.
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For the last four years, Babymama – the number one breastfeeding store in the Philippines --- has been educating new and expectant mothers on infant and maternal health. Through After Nine, its annual gathering since 2018, Babymama has been keeping their community up to date on healthcare and wellness expertise and knowledge.

Babymama made sure that the anxieties of being pregnant during a pandemic, and parenting through the New Normal, were challenges that their community of moms and dads could face and overcome together.

On August 20, 2022, over 300 participants gathered on a Saturday afternoon for a 5-part webinar hosted by content creator Anne Tristine over Zoom for After Nine Year 4. Babymama brought together remarkable resource speakers for pregnancy basics, newborn care, breastfeeding, and even first aid for babies and children.

Here are some highlights that resonated with the community and worth sharing to the Smart Parenting audience.

9 Highlights From After Nine

On Pregnancy

1. For the First Trimester: Feeling nauseous? Gargle often, chew mints, or eat hard candies.

Dr. Desiree Anne Valles-Pampolina, an OB-GYNE very much familiar to the Babymama community, comprehensively walked the audience through the three trimesters of pregnancy. As she discussed the first trimester’s symptoms, she pointed out how common the gastrointestinal changes are during these weeks.

One of the key events she pointed out was having a bitter aftertaste that most expectant moms experience. This is what can trigger nausea and cause vomiting. Her advice? Gargle often, eat candies, and have smaller (but frequent) meals.

2. For the Second Trimester: Avoid whitening products to treat skin changes.

Months 4 to 6 bring stretch marks, eczema, and even the linea negra. Guess what? All of these are normal and not a cause for concern. Unfortunately, Dr. Valles-Pampolina advised against treating these skin changes with whitening products as such items may have ingredients that are harmful for the baby. She did encourage lotions and creams to keep skin moisturized as it grows to accommodate your baby bump.

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3. For the Third Trimester: Hingal? Feeling nalulunod when lying down? That’s normal.

Dr. Valles-Pampolina expressed that shortness of breath is due to the growing uterus pushing up on the diaphragm, especially if you’re lying down flat on your back. This is one of the cons of this trimester in your pregnancy, but it’s also the time when you feel stronger fetal movements – which can definitely be exciting. They weren’t kidding when they said that pregnancy is a roller coaster of emotions and symptoms!).

On Breastfeeding and Newborn Care

4. Breasts can already produce colostrum during pregnancy.

“Swerte mo!” Dr. Valles-Pampolina said to an expectant mom during her segment’s Q&A. Colostrum, which is the antibody-rich secretion of the breasts, can be produced even before delivery. The OB-GYNE recommends that moms pump this and store it – for up to six months – so that the baby can consume after delivery. “Kung meron nang milk,” she added, “’Wag niyong i-waste yun.”

5. Go skin-to-skin!

Dr. Udele Aurea Ida Bueno, a developmental pediatrician, took the stage to discuss the crucial, magical first 24 hours of a newborn baby. At this stage, their sensitive skin and mere hours-old bodies outside their mother’s womb makes them prone to feeling cold very easily. Dr. Bueno recommends swaddling, but also notes that going skin-to-skin is “the optimal method” of maintaining their temperature.

6. The emptier the breast, the faster milk is produced and supplied by the body.

Dr. Diane Fabellon, a pediatrician and lactation consultant, shared that “milk is being produced all the time, with speed of production depdending on how empty the breast is.” She recommends expressing milk or pumping in between feedings to help increase the milk supply. “Aim to keep the breast as empty as possible throughout the day,” she added. 

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On The "3 Laws of Babies"

7.  Feed

In the first few days and weeks of a baby, Dr. Bueno advises dividing the 24 hours in each day into 3-hour intervals to feed your baby. Their small stomachs, developing digestive systems, and still-growing organs can’t hold the same three meals a day that full-grown adults can manage. On Day 1, a baby’s stomach is only the size of a cherry, but by Day 30, it can be as large as an egg already.

8. Burp

A baby’s esophagus, which connects the mouth to the stomach, is also still developing. In adults, this is the passage that helps keep food down in the stomach to be digested (and where food that doesn’t stay down can cause heartburn). For babies especially while their muscles aren’t strong enough to support their head or keep them in a sitting position, they are completely dependent on moms, dads, and caregivers in keeping their milk down after feeding.

Dr. Bueno suggests to wait 10 to 15 minutes before burping a baby, though. Spit-up, she says, is normal. Vomitng, which follows a projectile, needs to be raised to your pediatrician. Dr. Bueno advises burping in between feeding, too, so that gasses don’t excessively accumulate in your baby’s tummy.

9. Sleep

Babies have no sense of night and day, until their fourth or sixth months when the nervous system has developed. Don’t worry if your baby is sleeping more than half the day, it’s normal. But that also means that the first three months with your newborn will really put you on a different sleep cycle as well.

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Dr. Bueno shares a tip: Play with your baby during the day. Talk to them. Read to them. Then concentrate slower and calmer activities at night. Baby can pick up on this habit.

Your Family’s First Aid Kit

Babymama went above and beyond with their webinar, even providing the expertise of Dr. Jaymie Louis Tang, DPPS, who shared the recommended First Aid Kit for a family of four:

  • 2 absorbent compress bandages (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin/ Paracetamol
  • 1 emergency blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets or tubes
  • 1 3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 3 in. x 3 in. sterile gauze pads
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Emergency First Aid Guide

This is based on the Red Cross recommendation and can be found on Lazada and Shopee (with slight variations depending on supplier).

Additional items to add:

  • Elastic bandages
  • Steristrips (wound tape)
  • Silver sulfadiazine cream (for burns)
  • Oral rehydration salts (for hydration)

It’s worth noting that First Aid is not meant to replace medical attention at the hospital, but it can be crucial in emergency situations until a doctor can attend to the baby or child.

Smart Parenting Managing Editor Aussy A. Perfecto, a yoga teacher and art entrepreneur, who was also in her second trimester of pregnancy during the After Nine Year 4 webinar, imparted her advice on having a Kalmama Pregnancy. Watch below for safe and pregnancy-friendly excerises and ways to cope with anxiety:

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