Surviving Pregnancy and Unemployment

Monthly Archives: January 2015

While I’m just lazing all day here in the house, my boyfriend is sleeping at his house. When he wakes up he will eat, do his chores, and go back to sleep again until it’s time to get ready for work tonight. He’s preoccupied, and I’m not.

He tries his best to involve me in helping out with his training, but I still feel useless as a lazy bum. I try to keep myself busy by doing simple chores and entertaining myself with a movie marathon, but I still feel lonely and somewhat abandoned like a broken doll.

Sometimes when I imagine him enjoying with his new crowd, I feel envious and out of place. We spent more than 2 years working in the same company and at the same schedule, so I’m not used to seeing him go and work somewhere I’ve never been and with people I’ve never met. Thinking of how bored and lonely I am without him really makes me cry. 😦

Most of my days are filled with my dogs’ presence. They’re also lazy and fat, so they just sit and lie beside me. I play with them only for a while–running around the house with them is so tiring now, I couldn’t move much with my swelling belly. Now even my dogs find me more boring than ever. 😦

Maybe it’s just the hormones. Studies say that the hormonal changes in a preggo’s body can cause emotional changes. I used to be tough and stubborn, but right now I’m just a lonely crybaby looking for some tender attention.


Folate (synthetic: Folic Acid) is a powerful B-vitamin that prevents Neural Tube Defects (NTD) in babies when sufficiently taken in the pre-pregnant and ante-natal stages. NTDs are birth defects that affect the formation and development of the brain and spinal cord. These may cause permanent physical and mental disabilities and even death or still birth in babies, depending on the type and severity.


A Quick Look at NTDs:

Spina Bifida – a part/parts of the spinal cord protrude through a gap in the backbone.

  • Meningocele – a fluid-filled bulge under the skin along the backbone.
  • Meningomyelocele – part of the spinal cord itself is herniated through the backbone gap.

Encephalocele – a hernia of a part of the brain though a skull defect.

Anencephaly – a part/parts of the brain and skull are missing.


Dietary Sources of Folate:

Legumes – beans, peas, and lentils.

Green and Dark Green Vegetables – spinach. malunggay, Romaine lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, okra, Brussels sprout, etc.

Citrus and Other Fruits – orange, ponkan, papaya, grapefruit, avocado, strawberries, cantaloupe.

Seeds and Nuts – peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds.

Fortified Cereals

Enriched Pasta

Eggs


How I Get My Folate Fix:

Maternity milk – Anmum Materna, 2 glasses a day (approx. 340 mcg per glass)

Pre-natal vitamins – Sangobion Pre-natal FA, 1 capsule a day (1.5 mg per capsule)

Citrus fruits – one orange or ponkan, or 1 cup of grapefruit a day

Legumes and leafy greens – at least 1 cup of lentils or kidney beans and 1 cup of green veggies a day

Hard-boiled eggs – at least 1 egg a day

Fortified cereals – at least 1 cup a day


References:

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/nutrition/folate-foods/#page=1

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/folic-acid-foods/

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=4547

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/neural-tube-defects


Almost 16 weeks, according to my OB and my pregnancy mobile app. 4 months pregnant, 1 month unemployed. That’s the present statistics.

 

I already spent almost two weeks browsing the internet for jobs that may suit me and even emailed a few to inquire about their posts and vacancies–none had replied yet. I was also hoping for and waiting on the “job slot” my former manager promised me before the separation from our previous company; however, my slot was marked as “declined” without me even knowing (someone just recently informed me). Oh well, maybe they find their friends more convenient than a casual workmate (this is just a hunch, ok?).

 

Then again, I’m totally back to zero. The initial plans I made have to be tossed away and I’ll have to come up and proceed with alternate plans. I’m a registered nurse, really, but I’m just not into Nursing right now. I want to work on a flexible schedule, i.e., to work at my own pace and in my own time, with my laptop alone. 🙂

 

Bossy and lazy, eh? Come on, I’m only pregnant for several months. Can’t I enjoy and laze around like any normal and happy preggo?

 

I just sleep, eat, watch movies, eat, nap,  browse for jobs, sometimes go out on dates with my partner, eat, walk for a while, shop, eat, and so on. Gosh, how my life makes me so hungry right now! And my savings are running low, very low. (*Sighs and eats a bowl of fruit salad.)