#gerilenmbf: Different Trimesters of Pregnancy

Congratulations! You just found out you are pregnant! You are about to embark on one interesting journey. Expect to experience joys, as well as challenges, and discomfort throughout your pregnancy. The pregnancy journey is divided into three distinct trimesters.  Each one represents different joys and challenges. LIsted below are the three trimesters of pregnancy, and the descriptions of what to expect with your own body, and the development of the fetus in each one.

The First Trimester

The first trimester spans weeks 1-12, and is the shortest of the three trimesters of pregnancy. In fact during weeks 1 and 2, a woman is not technically pregnant. Week 1 starts the day of the woman’s last menstrual period. Around day 14 of the cycle, or later depending on the woman’s cycle, fertilization happens when the sperm meets the egg. And then the fertilized egg ends up finding its place in the uterus, and implants itself in the lining. Sometimes light bleeding can happen as a result, and at times women may mistaken this kind of light bleeding as a mild and short period.

During this time, the fertilized egg has split into a ball of cells called the blastocyst. The blastocyst splits into 3 sections that later on becomes the mesoderm, ectoderm, and endoderm. The mesoderm creates the  connective tissues, skeletal system, and blood system. The ectoderm will be forming the nervous system, the skin, and your baby’s hair. The endoderm will become the liver, kidneys, thyroid, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract as well as other organs. The placenta is being created as well which will be at work making maternal blood to feed the baby.

The fact of the matter is, a woman usually has no clue that she is pregnant until at least she is 4 weeks along. If she suspects it, she may buy a home pregnancy test from the drugstore which can find the pregnancy hormone in urine.That is what gives the test a positive. What may make her suspect that she is pregnant is the symptoms that are already starting. These symptoms are fatigue, dizziness, nausea and vomiting which is referred to as “morning sickness” (but the sickness can last through the day), and either no period or an incredibly light one.

She may also be experiencing painful and tender breasts which are worse than experiencing sore breasts during PMS. Another common first trimester symptom is increase in urination which will pretty much last throughout the pregnancy.

At this point, the baby is an embryo and it is approximately 1/16th of an inch long. It cannot be seen well by the naked eye, and the spinal cord and heart have started to develop at this point.

However, by week 6, the baby’s heart starts beating and you can have a vaginal ultrasound done at this point to confirm at heartbeat, but most doctors don’t feel it is necessary for pregnant women to go for an ultrasound this soon. That is unless the baby was conceived via IVF or you have had a history of miscarriages. The size of the embryo is ½ of an inch at this point, and is also growing little nubs where the arms and limbs will develop later on. The digestive system also develops at this point, as well as facial features, and the brain and bloodstream do as well. The creation is at its peak right now.

Symptoms are going to be experienced by the mother a lot more. The fatigue may be severe, as well as the nausea and vomiting. If that is out of control, then she must report the severity of her sickness to her doctor. She may require hospitalization if she can’t hold even water down. The reason these symptoms may be worse right now is because the pregnancy hormone levels are extremely high.

As the first trimester comes to an end, after 9 weeks, the baby’s facial features are quite present as the nose and ears form. Nail and teeth buds have started to form. The baby is moving even though it can’t be felt this early, and he or she is swallowing amniotic fluid. All internal organs start to form by the end of the 12th week which marks the end of the 1st trimester.

The Second Trimester

The second trimester which starts from week 13 and ends at week 27. For the majority of women, this trimester is referred to as “the honeymoon phase”, because the dreadful first trimester symptoms such as nausea and fatigue begin to ease off by now. Unfortunately some women still experience these symptoms if they are extreme. But the reason that symptoms die down for the majority of women is because the hormones have leveled off.

By week 13,  your baby has developed the vocal chords. The organs are functioning, and the baby’s bone marrow is developing red blood cells, and even the hair is starting to grow. The uterus is about the size of a grapefruit and will continue to grow. Your breasts will develop colostrum as well, and our areolas begin to darken, and you will experience other skin changes. Beware that blood pressure will increase, and sometimes varicose veins can form.

Your baby’s heartbeat can be heard on the Doppler device, but between 17 and 20 weeks, the heartbeat can be detected by a stethoscope, and the baby will be sucking his or her thumb a lot now. Other changes that are happening is that movements are stronger and are felt, finger and toe-nails are forming, the hair keeps growing and the baby responds to light and noise, heartbeat can be heard with a stethoscope.

Your OBGYN will want to arrange an ultrasound to be done at this time too to make sure the baby is developing well, and you can also find out the sex if you choose.

By 21-24 weeks, the baby’s eyes are open, a creamy substance covers the skin called vernix, and skin is wrinkled making the fetus appear very thin, because he or she is!

Your appetite may be high at this point, but be careful to eat within limits, as you could end up developing complications such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia if you gain too much weight. You will either way be getting large and uncomfortable as you near the third trimester, the last one before you meet your baby!

The Third Trimester

The third trimester starts from week 28 until week 40 (or birth as many babies are born before 40 weeks) and this is a hard period. The baby at this point is really bulking up, as a result you are as well. So getting around may become a challenge. Sleeping is hard because you are constantly being interrupted by having to urinate. You will experience more backache, heartburn, shortness of breath and leg cramps. And around this time you may have false contractions called The Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are light but they prepare you for the real thing.

The fetus will keep getting fatter in the meantimes, the body stores iron and the bones are no longer cartilage.

This is the time to have a baby shower, if you choose, start getting the nursery ready and you will be feeling a mix of excitement and worry as the time to meet your new little one comes closer. You may be taking lamaze classes to help you prepare for labor and delivery.

You will be so uncomfortable at this point that you will feel like this pregnancy will go on forever. Especially if you are having twins, then all of the above symptoms will be felt ten-fold. However, there is one promise and guarantee. The pregnancy never lasts forever! Once it ends, you will meet your new baby (or babies) for the first time, and then a whole new journey of parenthood begins!


Mommy Bloggers Shared The Love To Kids In Marawi Through Nutri10Plus Syrup Vitamin Blog Campaign

One of the outstanding qualities of mothers is their devotion to providing quality nutrition to their children. This is primarily done by preparing healthy foods and giving effective supplements to sustain and nourish their growing family needs. Nutri10Plus Syrup, a multivitamins packed with Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), Taurine, Lysine, Zinc and Vitamins C, A, D3 B1 and more, had been assisting mothers all around the Philippines in developing children with strong bodies, active brains and healthy appetite.

During the moving up ceremony where Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation helped in disseminating the Nutri10Plus and DayCee vitamin pouches to the kidsFigure 1During the moving up ceremony where Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation helped in disseminating the Nutri10Plus and DayCee vitamin pouches to the kids

In the effort to help our co-mommies and their children in the war-stricken village in Marawi, 100 Mommy bloggers from Mommy Bloggers Philippines community had collaborated to bring boxes of Nutri10Plus Syrup,  DayCee Vitamin C Syrup and several toys, to a hundred kids in Marawi through SinagTala, a non-profit organization headed by Ms. Kaye Koo. SinagTala had been sending help to villages in Marawi since the war erupted and it had sheltered hundreds of children inside the Playroom which served as the mini-school and play area of the children.

Through the Nutri10Plus Syrup, DAYZINC vitamins and toys, we wish to help uplift the children’s spirits and restore their health as they start on picking up the pieces of their lives as families.

Each pouch contains 2 bottles of Nutri10PlusSyrup, 2 bottles of DayCee Vitamin C and Daycee chewables.JPGEach pouch contains 2 bottles of Nutri10PlusSyrup, 2 bottles of DayCee Vitamin C and Daycee chewables

 We all thank WERT for this campaign, Kaye Koo of SinagTala and all the staff who have helped in sending the vitamins to Marawi.

More photos of the event here.

To learn more about the benefits of Nutri10Plus Syrup, check through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Nutri10Plus/

 We are grateful to the mommy bloggers who participated in campaign using their blogs to bring hundreds of pouches of Nutri10Plus Vitamins full of nutrition for the children in Marawi. Find out more about our lovely mommy bloggers and their experiences as they document their life journeys in their mommy blogs.

Lifestylebyabby.com blissfulblooming.wordpress.com zaineandi.com justgonina.com  
acigirl.com iwaydiaries.com mommyafterwork.com lallysreflections.com  
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mommysmaglife.com themermaidinstilettos.com joyfulmess.com mrspcuyugan.com  
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#GerifiedPH: Chocolate for Vitamins?

Seeing me getting a spoon and the bottles of multivitamins, both Dabibot and Kulayot will run as fast as they can to get away. They will hide in the nooks and crannies of the house, and usually end up hiding their faces behind their dad – which is a very wrong move.

With arms and legs trapped by dad, mom will push the syrup down their throats. The trick is you have to slowly remove the spoon so they will not have time to spit it out, and will instead gulp down faster to not make the weird taste linger in their mouths longer. Albeit their sour faces, our daily mission is a struggle that could break a (parent’s) sweat and (child’s) tear but always complete – to drink multivitamins.


Even a little rubbing of candy wrapper creases could make the sleepy toddlers and children alert like pack of wolves. The rustling sound of a crumpled candy wrapper could make a can’t-hear-my-name toddler’s eyes wide; it’s a proven head-turner!

And believe me, they could hunt down the treats just by the motivating image of finally adoring the surprise of colourful packaging and themselves finally munching the sweets. The delightful whiff of sweetness and the mouth-watering reward when they lastly find it could tear their cheeks from smiling while chewing. Always make sure to have water around as this could also lead to anticipated choking.


See the difference?

How many children love to drink vitamins? Hardly…

How many children love chocolates? A lot!

How ironic for children to take vitamins daily and avoid chocolates as much as possible! (Of course very dark bitter chocolates are healthy but how many kids actually love it?) And every parents primary concern is the total health of his/her children, physical, mental, socio-emotional and even spiritual health Good thing, some genius bloke from Iberica-Verheilen Pharmaceuticals Group, a German company, thought of turning chocolate into a multivitamins to solve the dilemma of both parents – on how to make kids drink multivitamins without the risk of spilling the precious fluid and children – on how to eat chocolate as often as possible. It’s like these lads are the fairy godmother turning chocolates into an elixir of health.

Introducing ChocoVit Syrup Multivitamins with Zinc.

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The delicious benefits of ChocoVit includes:

B-Complex – One of the ChocoVit’s strongest suit is its B-Complex formulation. ChocoVit’s unique formulation contribute to a wide range of crucial functions which include among others:

•a healthy nervous system

•proper focus

•supports memory

•emotional calmness and sleep

•promotes growth and strong bones

•strong heart for growing children

•increase oxygen uptake and production of red blood cells

•supports of the immune system

•maintaining healthy skin

Zinc – is one of the most important trace elements our body needs. It supports a healthy immune system and hence prevents colds among others. Even when one has colds it helps shorten the period and increases recovery time. Zinc is also given during diarrhea and aids in creating a healthy digestive environment.

Fatigue? Recovery? Zinc plays a critical role on both. Of course it goes without saying that zinc is an important antioxidant. In fact, there are studies that suggests zinc can help prevent cancer.

Vitamin D3 – also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, Vitamin D is for overall good health including a robust immune system, anti-oxidant, strong heart, strong bones, balance hormones, nerve health, strong muscles and supportive growth for teenage kids.

Truly, growing children need a supplement of Vitamin D3 even those living in the tropical countries like the Philippines!

Vitamin A – Healthy eyes, strong lungs, immune support and lovely skin, these are the key phrases and imagery Vitamin A conjures. Indeed, Vitamin A is one of the truly important Vitamins one can have. Unless your child loves to eat half a cup of carrots which is the best source of Vitamin A, better supplement him with ChocoVit!

15626219_1503985906281431_3404314513249935418_oDabibot, the carrot baby.

Vitamin E – A powerful anti-oxidant, Vitamin E is touted to fight free-radicals in a very potent manner. It is good for the heart, skin, hair, immune system, brain and even lowers cancer risks.

Last week, October 27, ChocoVit Philippines invited mommy bloggers and kids to a fun-filled afternoon of exciting games and scrumptious meals at the La Marapili Restaurant at the Ayala 30th Mall. Inside there were areas for coloring their favorite anime characters and a face painting booth, too!

chocovit gerifiedph kulayot.jpgKulayot with his arms full of stars!

This was our first time to try ChocoVit and Kulayot’s first reaction… “I want more!”

Mary Poppins flew down from London to give a live performance, and ChocoVit’s very own Teddy Bear gave children fun selfie time! While hosts Mr. KG Magtoto and Ms. Jen introduced us to ChocoVit, its Philippine Manager, Mr. Edward Isaac and held several giveway raffles and on-the-spot contests to the audience.

More photos of the event here.”

The best time to give ChocoVit is before bedtime to make the goodness of ChocoVit work inside the body, replenishing and repairing while at sleep. It is also best to incorporate ChocoVit during sickness like flu and fever. What’s more? You could use ChocoVit as a chaser for bitter-tasting medicines like antibiotics!

There is no overdosing in ChocoVit, so aside from giving it before brush time at night, you could also turn ChocoVit into syrup on their pancakes! ChocoVit will not stain your toddler’s teeth, so why not make it as a reward for a job well done be it on school or after helping in the household chores!

You can let them adore the yummy packaging of ChocoVit without the worry of breaking the bottle because ChocoVit is in a child-proof PET bottle!

The chocolate flavour in ChocoVit is hypoallergenic hence doesn’t cause coughing and is generally safe for children with allergies and kids with G6PD.

chocovit gerifiedph dabibot.jpgDabibot with ChocoVit smudges on his face giving a thumbs up!

Ending this post with a cute video on how ChocoVit is the best chocolate:

For more details and amazing ChocoVit Syrup promos, visit their Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chocovitforkids.

#GerifiedPH: Alay Sining’s Art with a Heart

2008 was the start of my second life. I was diagnosed with PDA, in layman’s term, a literal broken heart. With a hole in my heart, doctors said I have only three months to live. I need an immediate open heart surgery.

With a three-month deadline, my dad danced day and night to complete my operation fund. This is also the time where I learned that what goes around, comes around. My cardiologist learned that he’s the structural engineer who volunteered to design a public school in his local province. His charity work of designing structurally sound school buildings for the youth came back with the group of doctors waiving their professional fees on my surgery. Now, albeit my six-inch scar across my back, I am a professional engineer, and the cherries on top of my cake, my two kids. I  am blessed.

But not all may encounter luck on their way after stumbling upon the fact that their loved ones, or they themselves have congenital heart diseases.

According to Wiki, A congenital heart defect (CHD), also known as a congenital heart anomaly or congenital heart disease, is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth. Signs and symptoms depend on the specific type of problem. Symptoms can vary from none to life-threatening.

Last week, October 26, after an early round of site inspection, I went straight to the media launch of this year’s Alay Sining event and in an instant I am happy to learn that humanity still have hope – through united effort of RCMW (Rotary Club of Makati West), Gift of Life and philanthropies in the form of artists sharing their talents and skills to help raise fund in saving kids from the deadly anomaly of the heart.

One living sample of how Alay Sining works is Mr. Christian Juluis Manabat who was just nine years old when he became an RCMW ward. He underwent Tetralogy of Fallot Correction; a surgical procedure to repair a complex heart defect that occurs in five out of every 10,000 babies, on June 6, 2006, at the Philippine Heart Center.

alay sining gerifiedph.jpgFrom left to right: Dave Caldwell, President of Rotary Club of Makati West; Paolo Delgado, Chairman of Alay Sining 10; Lou Del Rosario, Gift of Life Head; and Rany Rono, Member Marketing Head of Alay Sining 10.

Now a 20 year old, Christian eraned his Business Economics degree at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in April 2017 and now works full-time as bank associate.

Asked why he left the need to join the workforce immediately upon graduating from college, Christian’s mother, Cely, quoted his son as saying, “it was time to pay back,” referring to the protective shelter his family provided him through the years as an enfeebled young dependant. Just like Christian, I also want to payback and hence, continued my studies three months after my heart surgery. This is also a validation to our benefactors that the kindness that allowed our recovery and numerous other children’s – is worth their effort, the RCMW for him, and my doctors for me.

Gift of Life

It was in New York, the year was 1975 when Gift of Life was made by operating a child from Uganda. More than 30,000 children and 13 years ago, one heart surgery has been made in the Philippines. Today, Gift of Life is present at 79 countries worldwide to help CHD patients.

10 years ago, 2007 the first launch of art sculptures were launch and sold to support the cause. As in years past, Alay Sining will be themed “Art with A Heart”, alluding to how a majority of the charity it raises goes directly to fund heart surgeries. RC Makati West adopted this advocacy after being introduced to US-based Gift of Life International (GOL), an organization that promotes awareness of the disease in 80 countries and works tirelessly to connect needy children with CHD with organizations that can provide free medical treatment.

Did you know? A CHD operation can cost around PHP750,000.00 to a million.

About 5.5 million children around the world are born with congenital heart defects each year. Sadly, 94 percent come from families who can least afford necessary medical treatment.

In the Philippines, GOL charities are spearheaded by the RC Makati West and is affiliated with four of the countries major hospitals – Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), National Children’s Hospital (NCH) and National Heart Center (NHC) Philippines.

The Alay Sining provides money for the congenital heart anomaly operation for childrens and teens 18 years old and below. Talented artists make pieces for auction or sale and will hence circulate for the provision of surgery fund and maintenance thereafter under the program Guardian Angel Support.

Guardian Angel Support

After the surgery, the financial support still continue as every child is entitled to have a guardian angel support to finance their post-surgery check ups and maintenance including medicines and routine tests. The Guardian Angel Support can be from a rotary, clubs or personalities who wants to join in to fund.

It’s basically sales from fantastic artists and donations from several clubs, rotaries and individuals that will provide the necessary fund for a child’s Congenital Heart Disease operation. Previous number of kids operated before were 50 children yearly. This year, they are aiming to help at least 250 children! As of July this year, there had been 100 children with a successful CHD operations hence the aim for the end of this year is very attainable.

Did you know? There are 17,000 children in the Philippines with CHD (Congenital Heart Disease)

Club President David Caldwell acknowledges the success of the Gift of Life Program. The 10th anniversary of the exhibit-sale will feature paintings and sculptures from renowned names like Glenn Cagandahan, Sam Penaso, Jaime Nepomuceno, Jojit Nagamos, Adel Agubang, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Kenneth Cobunpue, and many more.

More photos of the event here.

“As of today, 557 Filipino children have received free, life-saving heart surgeries due to the dedication of many Makati West Rotarians, the strength of the Alay Sining fundraising and contributions from Rotarians around the world,” Caldwell said. “We acknowledge the support of the many talented doctors and nurses of our local medical partners: Philippine General Hospital, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Children’s Medical Center and National Heart Center.”

The Alay Sining 10 exhibit will be held on November 9-12, 2017, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

The charity perfectly dovetails for the children who gravely depend on CHD medical procedures, as well as the artists who likewise naturally need to support themselves.

“We hope to go at a faster pace and provide operations and post-surgery care and support for 250 children during this rotary year. These children need our help. Your purchase will make a difference,” said Caldwell.

Constant programs and awareness for Heart Surgery and procedures can improve chances of children’s lives to be saved and survive. Truly, an art with a heart, supporting Alay Sining is a very good way of giving back to the community, saving lives, and giving hope for the future.

Come buy art and multiply them to save children’s lives!


For inquiries and donations, please call RCMW at 753-3098 and look for Kai or email rcmakatiwest2016@gmail.com.

#GerifiedPH: Merck Philippines’ Fertility Awareness 2017

You being conceived and born, enters toddlerhood, start schooling, graduate, work, marry and have children – that’s the usual cycle of human life.

Newly married couples are always asked when they will have babies. Some do not plan of having any, but couples who are trying to conceive but fail every time may feel the pressure specially when couples are trying for years on end.

Infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of adequate cohabitation.

Among women below 35 years conception is achieved in 60% after 6 months and 85% in one year.

After 35, only 60% in one year and 85% in two years and occurs in about 9% of married couples.

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Last Saturday, October 12, Merck Philippines held a Fertility Awareness Event at the Garden Grand Ballroom, Edsa Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong.

Did you know? After age 30, a woman’s fertility decreases rapidly every year until menopause, usually around age 50. In the decade before menopause, her fertility is also greatly reduced. Male fertility also declines with age, but more gradually.

The event was pre-started with guests watching a video presentation about infertility facts in the Philippines. After the viewing, each guest will answer a Fertility Quiz in an iPad after. This will help guest to evaluate their actual condition and hence will yield to a more suitable fertility method later.

Dr. Raymond Tapang, Medical Doctor of Merck Biopharma held the Opening Remarks featuring Merck’s 250th year in assisting individuals in procreating to prolonging life. In the Philippines, 2017 is 5th year of celebrating Fertility Awareness and this year’s theme was Bridging Baby Steps.


First speaker, Dr. Mark Anthony V. Ancheta, MD, FPOGS, FPSAM, talked about Treatment Options for Fertility

Ovulation Induction + Follicle Monitoring + Timed Intercourse

Pre-requisite for this method is there should be at least one good quality egg, fallopian tubes are open and there should also be adequate number of rapidly swimming and good-looking sperms. This method has 25% chance of success for 20-30 y/o females and <10% for above 35.

Ovulation Induction + Follicle Monitoring + Intrauterine Insemination

There should be good quality egg, at least one of the fallopian tube is open and a total of 5 million motile sperms inseminated. For this cycle, 15-20% of chances occur per cycle.

IVF – In Vitro Fertilization

The eggs are retrieved, fertilized outside the womb and transffered to the womb. This procedure required a minimum number of developing follicles but fallopian tubes are not required. Still, there should be a minimum number of good-looking sperms. IVF has 41 percent of success for women <35y/o and <12% for 41 age and higher.

kulayot newborn.jpgFirst son, Kulayot via Natural Spontaneous Delivery

Dr. Gia Pastorfide, the second speaker, tackled the advantages of Egg Freezing.

Egg Freezing – is a procedure done to preserve a woman’s eggs or oocytes. The oocytes are extracted, frozen and stored. Women who undergoes egg freezing are because due either for medical purposes – those who undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy and patients with history of early menopausal or premature ovarian insufficiency and is requred to remove ovaries early on, or social reasons -like focusing on career or scholling or has not been in a long-term relationship but wishes to preserve future fertility as early as now. Remember, your age is your egg’s age, hence, the early you freeze your egg, the better quality your oocytes will be. With advancing age, chromosomal abnormalities, risk of miscarriage and even conceiving will becomre more difficult as a woman ages, hence, egg freezing is basically the procedure that will stop the woman’s biological clock.

Read more about Merck’s Fertility Commitment campaign here.

The last speaker was Dr. Leonardo Almeda who debunked myths about Fertility.

Top 10 Myths About Fertility

  1. Spicy Food will Induce Fertility – Don’t mistake a raised blood pressure and pulst rate for increased sexual potency. It’ll only leave a sting on your tongue and make you sweat more!
  2. Having Sex in the Morning will not Increase Fertility – Many think that sperm levels are often highest in the morning, having had a chance to “replenish
  3. A man’s testicles should be cool if you want a daughter and warm for a son – the baby’s gender cannot be determined by this!
  4. You’re most fertile the day you ovulate – For the best chance of conceiving, couples should have sex before and during ovulation. Sperm can live within the reproductive tract for up to three days.
  5. Eating yams while trying to conceive will help you get twins – there are studies linking yam and fertility, however, this has not been proven yet.
  6. Gulping cough syrup will help you conceive – this false notion has long been thought to help make sperm travel to the cervix easier. Please drink cough syrup only if you have a cough!
  7. If you work at it and want it enough, you’ll get pregnant – unlike many parts of our lives, infertility may be beyond your control. However, newer treatments available have improved couples’ chance of having a baby.
  8. Special diets can boost your chances of getting pregnant  there is no evidence that specific diet (be it eating pineapple every day or never eating gluten) will increase your chances of success. That said, it’s never harmful to eat healthily!
  9. Going to headstand will help sperm find their way – Sperm cells are chemically programmed to travel in the right direction no matter where your pelvis is pointing.
  10. The size of a man’s penis will determine how fertile he is – as long as it is done right, bigger does not guarantee a higher chance of being impregnated. Your partner’s soldiers still swim upstream, regardless of how big or small it is.

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right method, hence, it is best to seek medical help the soonest. Learn more about the event via graphics and more photos of the event here.

dabibot.jpgDabibot, second and last baby.

I had to go ligation, because although my reproductive can push thru a third pregnancy, my heart won’t make it. I am still blessed, and as for those who is trying to conceive. Throw all your burdens to God and with the advancing technology we have to day, I can tell, there still is hope! Get informed and learn the risk factors for infertility and ask your health care provider any questions you have about your ability to conceive and the natural course of fertility through your lifespan. Make a plan today for it’s never too late to start to improve your overall health and eliminate risk factors so that your body is ready to conceive when you are.

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, visit www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines.

#GerifiedPH: #GanabeHealthy with Proppee’s #PropanTLC

TLC is for tender loving care; that is what need to make our kids gana be healthy! And Propan TLC knows that too well, that is why they emphasize on the importance of kids’ appetite for nutritious food, regular physical activities and good night sleep!

Yesterday, Propan TLC invited media and blogger friends with special delegates of  medicine doctors to celebrates Proppee’s 10 successful years here in the Philippines. The event was hosted by Ms. Valerie Tan, and while the guests in their purplish glows eat buffet to their hearts content, thery were serenaded by Mr. Paulo Santos acoustics. Mr. Sherwin Arceo turned into a supermario as he entered the Digiland of Proppee!

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is the complete multivitamins for children ages 1-12. All the vitamins work together to ensure that your child gets the proper nutrition that will help them get a boost in life.

Thru a very lively musical, Propan TLC’s Proppee helped Pamilya Magana by backing up their immunity to combat illness, fatigue and to fend of sickness.

What’s unique about Propan TLC is that it has a combination of Lysine and B-Vitamins that help in boosting appetite and produces energy for the entire day. It also has Chlorella and Vitamin D to make growing kids’ bones stronger while stretching them to make kids taller. Vitamin E for healthy looking skin, Taurine to help them learn faster and Vitamin A for good eyesight.

Propan TLC also has Vitamin C to boost the immune system. Last night, Henry Maganda together with Propan TLC’s trio-squad of Vitamin C fend of  viruses and bacteria that could cause cold and flu.

Yes, Propan TLC is not just for kids, as Proppee also offers Propan Fit for adult. Propan Fit in a form of soft gel capsule, is a multitasking multivitamin supplement with main ingredients such as Korean Ginseng and Garlic Extract to fight mental and physical fatigue, improve immunity and for the total health and nutrition support.

Did you know? June 2017 up to this date, Propan TLC is the number one food supplement for children in the market.

The event was showered with gifts and raffle prizes including sandwich makers, kettle pots, smartphones and flatscreen televisions! What’s more? Proppee gave away awards to Ninongs, Ninangs and families that graced the event with their purple power dressing! More photos of the event here.

Final Remark speech by Mr. Pax Pacis, Senior Vice-President of ADP Pharma ended the event with casts from the live musical dancing to the latest Propan TLC TVC!

With the proper guidance, good example of parents healthy eating lifestyle and Propan TLC, children will surely gana be healthy!

Propan TLC is available in 250 ml syrup and 15 ml drops for babies 6 months to 2 years old.

Happy 10 years, Proppee! May you continue to aid Filipino household fend off evil germs, bacteria and viruses thru strong immunity, physical fitness and mental alertness!

Learn more about Propan TLC! Visit their official website: https://propantlc.com

#GerifiedPH: Pambansang Bae for Safeguard

October 12 is celebration of Global Hand Washing Day and Safeguard is supporting the campaign against germs, bacteria and viruses by simply washing hands with soap as frequently as possible. Hence, on this day, Safeguard held an awareness event at the Baseco Compound covered court in Tondo, wherein invited media and blogger friends join the students of Baseco Elementary School for the  grand celebration.

Last October 12, Safeguard together with the Pambansang Bae, Alden Richards initiated a movement to a healthier Philippines through the Global Handwashing Day celebration in Baseco Compound, Tondo, Manila. The nation’s favorite soap and the celebrity icon educated kids on the need to properly wash hands.
Representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) and the Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) were also present to join the festivities as everyone take active steps to
spread awareness on the relevance of proper handwashing.

The event was started with statistics shown by Ms. Jia Salindong, Brand Manager of Safeguard Philippines and Ms. Carissa Limcaoco, Communications Manager of Safeguard Philippines.

More about Safeguard’s Handwashing Statistics here.

The covered court held different stations that includes:

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Station 1: Microbiology Laboratory complete with protective googles and laboratory gown wherein Germatologist

The highlight of the event, just like the title of this blog post is none other than the live performance of Pambansang Bae, the half of Aldub’s love team, Alden Richards! Alden sang the newest Safeguard jingle for the holidays! Alden emphasized the importance of washing hands after banyo, after playing, before magbonding, before magmano, and before kumain.

Station 2: Philippine Hand Washing Index shows that before magbonding, we have to wash our hands because Filipinos touch more than 23 other people an average of 90 times per day and we can get influenza if we don’t.

We should also wash our hands bago kumain because 40% of Filipinos wash their hands with WATER ONLY before feeding their children and it could lead to streptococcus and fecal flora infections.

Wash hands with Safeguard after playing. Only half of Filipinos wash thier hands after using their mobile phones – known to be one of the dirties surface, this if not prevented, could lead to hepatitis A.

Do not leave the rest room without washing your hands with Safeguard. Do we really need to say this? Yes, because apparently, 7 out of 10 Filipinos claim to wash their hands after using the toilet but ONLY 2 out of 10 really do and what’s more alarming?

More than half, that’s a whooping 64% of Filipinas DO NOT wash their hands at all after using a mall toilet! Eww ladies!

All about Alden Richard spreading love, not germs here.

The event was a success, catchy songs made kids remember to always make hugas, Safeguard hugas! We learned about the importance of frequent hand washing of hands with soap, the proper way of washing hands and get ourselves familiar with the diseases we could avoid just by making hand washing with Safeguard a regular daily habit.

Together with Safeguard and Alden, we encourage you to do your part in promoting proper handwashing to keep every Filipino healthy and protected throughout this season.