Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Maternity Wear (Part III)

Hello there! Welcome to Maternity Wear Part III.

I am happy with this series that I've come up with. I am hoping that I am able to give you some ideas on how to dress yourself up when you are pregnant. Hopefully I can share more ideas before the big day.

Some women feel that they are looking ugly at this period because of so many reasons and that one needs constant encouragement that she still looks beautiful at this time. We ladies always wanted to look charming and sexy especially to the eyes of our partners. I advice those husbands to give extra compliment and show more sweetness to your wife this time that she need the boost of morale.

Thank God it's Thursday! Weekend again! Thursday is our jeans day in the office but sad to say, I don't fit in my regular jean size anymore and I am not planning to buy any maternity jeans at all so this is what I wore today. I could not think of any particular outfit this morning but I remember a colorful stripes tank top that Jeah gave me last Christmas. Thanks again Je :D. Here are the accessories that go with the outfit. This time I stick to silver and black. I always value comfort most especially for clothes and shoes. So far here is what I have come up with. Three wardrobe capsule that I really enjoyed putting together and wearing as well. Much of the influence in blogging about the outfits I am wearing daily now came from a blog called you look fab dot com. Being more fashion concious is such a pretty good idea for me. Thank you Angie and to all yfl forum members.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Maternity Wear (Part II)

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I was blog hopping in one of my favorite fashion blog and reading about "Maternity Style at 8 Months Pregnant" at It is really inspiring that expectant mothers like me put extra effort to keep themselves beautiful and sexy even on the later stage of their pregnancy. I love the outfits that Patience stylishly put together for herself everyday even on a very busy schedule.

This is the outfit that I have come up for today. It is comfortable, it keeps me warm and the accessories are very colorful, it simply brightens my day.
It is not impossible to be fashionable even if you are wearing economical garments, it does not matter if you bought it from a secondhand shop, what's expensive is your style and your sense of fashion and how you dress yourself appropriately in every place and occasion. Have a happy and wonderful day. Cheers!

Knitted Top: H&M / Linen Jacket: Karama / Pants: Maternit shop in Sharjah / Accessories: Necklace: Marks and Spencer, beaded bracelet: from Pinas(my mom send it to me) Shoes: Carrefour
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Maternity Leave in UAE

Every morning when I wake up, I feel tired and exhausted as if I did not sleep during the night. It is but normal to have this feeling as I am starting with the 9th month of my pregnancy. I already submitted my maternity leave and in less than a month I will be giving birth and have a heaping 45 calendar days vacations (cheers to that :P)

When we say maternity leave and if you happen to be in this part of the world-Dubai, United Arab Emirates, these guidelines will sure be helpful for you. My company is incorporated under the laws of the Dubai International Finance Center (DIFC.)

Under the DIFC Employment Law, a pregnant women is entitled to the following:

35 Maternity Leave

(1) An employee shall be entitled to a minimum maternity leave of (3) three months if she:
(a) has been continuously employed with an employer for at least twelve (12) months preceding the eighth week before the expected week of childbirth;
(b) notifies her employer in writing that she is pregnant at least eight (8) weeks before the expected week of childbirth;
(c) if required by the employer, provides a medical practitioner's certificate stating the expected or actual birth date; and
(d) notifies her employer in writing at least twenty-one (21) days before the day the employee proposes to begin her maternity leave.

(2) The maternity rights granted under this Law apply to a female employee who is adopting a child of less than three (3) months old and, in such case, references to childbirth are treated as references to the date of adoption.

36 Maternity Pay

(1) An employer shall pay maternity pay at:
(a) the employee's normal weekly rate for the first forty-five (45) days of maternity leave; and
(b) at fifty (50) per cent of the employee's normal weekly rate for the next forty-five (45) days of maternity leave.

(2) An employee cannot receive compensation in lieu of maternity leave.

37 Right to Return to Work

(1) An employer shall not, because of an employee's pregnancy or maternity leave:
(a) terminate employment; or
(b) change the position or condition of employment without the employee's prior written consent.

(2) An employee has the right to return to work at the end of maternity leave granted under Article 35 on the same terms and conditions, and with same seniority rights she would have had, had she not taken maternity leave.

The Employment Law of DIFC re Maternity is almost the same as that of the Dubai Laws-states that:

9.4 Maternity Leave

A working woman is entitled to 45 days maternity leave with full pay which includes the period before and after the delivery, provided she has served continuously for not less than one year. The maternity leave is granted with half pay if the woman has not completed one year of service.
At the end of the maternity leave, a working woman has the right to extend her maternity leave for a maximum period of l0 days without pay. This unpaid leave can be continuous or interrupted, if the interruption is caused by illness which prevents her from coming to work. The illness must be confirmed by a certified government physician licenced by the competent health

Maternity leave in either of the above cases is not deducted from any other leave that a female employee is entitled to.
During the 18 months following delivery, a female employee who nurses her child has the right to have two daily intervals which do not exceed half an hour each for the purpose of nursing her child. These additional intervals are considered part of her working hours and no deduction in wages can be made.
Paternity leave is not provided for under the Law.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lance Gabriel's First Time!

I had a detailed ultrasound yesterday at Al Wasl Hospital Obstetric clinic at 12 pm. My husband was not allowed inside the ultrasound room but I came prepared, having my camera with me, ( we knew from the start that he will not be allowed to enter as we were informed during the first ultrasound that it is the first and last that he can come with me inside) but I was able to capture the scanning and he viewed it right after the check up. I am happy that again for the second time, a Filipina hospital staff assisted me, she was very kind, and thanks to her however I am not able to get her name.

She ask me to lay down, lift my clothes up until my whole protruding belly shows up, she put a towel tissue underneath my pants to protect it from the ultrasound gel and even warned me beforehand that it's cold. She took the hand held ultrasound device and started rolling it in my tummy.

I kept my camera handy and I of course asked her permission before I shoot. She tilted the monitor so I can take the video clearly; I zoom in and zoom out until I have the best view.

She started her work and we are done is less than 30 minutes. She even printed for me a copy of the whole fetus so I can show to my husband, it’s for free for me, because if you want a printed copy, the hospital will ask you to pay AED 10, and she said to keep it immediately so nobody sees it. :) I feel that it would be selfish of me not to share to you the video so here is the live ultrsound scanning I-we had.

Today I just came back from Al Badae Clinic where I used to have my regular checkups. I was late and Dr. Amna told me not to come this late as she leaves the health center by 3:00 pm and I arrived at 2:15. Actually, I was not late, I came early on the given schedule but there was no one at the registration counter when I get there and I have to wait for few minutes until the attendant came and get my paper to register. After registration I headed to the gynaecology clinic and it was 2:15 already and so she declared that I am late despite the fact that I am not even with all my explanations. I was not complaining though, because she is a very nice doctor after all.

As usual, the nurse took the stats- weight, blood pressure, check urine and write her findings on my file and in my antenal card. After that I was called to go to the doctors room, lay down again, shirt up and the doctors assitant check the babys heart beat-its normal. Then I was ask to remove my undergarments so they can get a swab for lab test. She told me that I have an infection but these kinds of infection during pregnancy are normal so I have nothing to worry about. She gave me a suppository medicine which must me inserted once in three days. I am only worried that this medicine might give me an itchy feeling because I have experience it during my first pregnancy, it is very uncomfortable. I have to abide by it as I dont want my birth canal to be infected during the delivery since a VIP will be passing from there. :) After swabbing, we are done, she gave me another paper to get an appointment and another for the lab test. My next appointment will be on March 21-better not be late! We are expecting on the first week of April, OMG I can't wait! Do you really think so, di kaya madaling manganak!!! (It is never easy to give birth and will never be.)

I prefer normal birth, even with Lanna, I never thought of going thru the knife, I prefer it the old fashioned way. It is easy to heal and there are not too many restrictions after compare to c-section, you cannot nurse your baby immediately and so many disadvantages. Call me old fashioned but that's just fine with me.

How about you, what was your experience? Did you go under c-section or normal birth, which one do you prefer? For my male readers, what do you prefer for your wifey?
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Wish List #3-A Baby Boy

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Ultrasound says I am having a baby boy this time. Not so sure yet until I see it with my own eyes. Why in doubt, you may ask?

My sister was informed during her ultrasound that she is having a girl so what they did was to shop clothes, feeding bottles, and more baby necessities with girly shades of pink, yellow and the like. The funny thing was my brother-in-law whose waiting for her wife to deliver was informed by a fellow (who is also waiting outside of the delivery room for his wife to deliver) that my sister gave birth to a baby boy instead of a baby girl as they have expected. So the ultrasound was wrong but what I don’t know is how many ultrasound test they had before confirming that they are really going to have a girl.

In our experience, we had around three ultrasound tests on different stages of my pregnancy to be sure what we will have a girl. This time for the first instance we are already informed that we are having a boy and the second time as well. I am not fully convinced though. Still I prefer to wait until I deliver. To see is to believe. BUT...I definitely accepts whatever gender GOD choses to give the growing baby inside me. Sure this baby is a perfect GIFT.

Do you really want to know whether you will have a boy or a girl? Here is how you will know.

Click the link below which will direct you to a site about this Chinese Birth Calendar. You can use it for fun to know your baby's gender as it is said to be accurate but ofcourse there is a more reliable source such as ultrasound that I mentioned before...but check more than once to be sure.

Click Here for the Chinese Birth Calendar
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