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Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga and Tanya Aguila Share 7 Pregnancy Tips
During Modern Parenting’s first-ever parenting conference, Parentalk 2022, Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga and Tanya Aguila share some tips from their pregnancy journeys!
Whether it’s your first pregnancy or your third, every pregnancy journey is different. This is exactly what mom of three, Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga, and first-time mom, Tanya Aguila, discussed during their segment at Modern Parenting’s first-ever parenting conference, Parentalk 2022.
In case you missed it, you can catch it on Modern Parenting’s Facebook page. We’ve also listed a few insightful tips that we learned from both moms.
7 Pregnancy Tips from Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga and Tanya Aguila
1. “Don’t eat for two.”
It’s a common saying that when you’re pregnant, you’re supposed to eat for two. But Vanessa and Tanya share the same OB-Gyn and he debunked this myth by saying you should only eat enough and eat healthy foods. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but remember that everything should be in moderation.
2. “You can have coffee but check with your OB.”
Coffee isn’t completely bad. Again, as long as it’s taken in moderation. It’s okay to limit your caffeine intake to one cup per day. But of course—we suggest consulting with your doctor first.
3. “Your goal is to deliver a healthy baby.”
It’s normal to gain weight while pregnant. Your body will undergo a lot of changes. You’ll even notice that your breasts will feel heavier and your hips will grow wider. The important thing to remember is to stay healthy so that you can also deliver a healthy baby.
4. “Trust your doctor. Your doctor is your partner.”
Both Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga and Tanya Aguila highlight the importance of finding a doctor you can trust completely and feel comfortable with. Your doctor will be your ally in your pregnancy journey. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions, because your doctor is your partner.
5. “Start learning to listen to your body.”
Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga advises that your body will give you all the clues and insights. So don’t be afraid to communicate with your doctor about the littlest changes happening—especially if you’re worried or unsure. Sometimes, pregnancy can be a lonely journey. Because even if you have a solid support system, it’s only you who will be feeling everything. When something feels off, trust your instinct and consult with your doctor.
Every mother will tell you that you won’t get as much sleep when the baby arrives. Your attention will be on the baby even when your body wants to sleep. So while you’re pregnant, try to get as much sleep as you can.
7. “Mentally prepare.”
No amount of classes, books, articles, videos, or podcasts can prepare you for the challenges of the fourth trimester. Tanya shares that even if you think you’re ready, there will be so many surprises that can challenge you. From hormones to not knowing what to expect, the fourth trimester can truly be a challenging time. But embrace it! Because as challenging as it is, it’s also a rewarding season.
Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga, Tanya Aguila, and Other Parents and Experts at Parentalk 2022
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