In the Philippines, there’s a specific term for pregnancy cravings called “paglihi.” The term “paglihi” can refer to food you’re craving during the course of your pregnancy or even celebrities or public figures you’re particularly fond of during this time. The “paglihi” belief also goes far as saying that whatever cravings you have during this time will determine how your baby will look! There aren’t any studies that prove any correlation between what you eat and how your baby will look like, so feel free to munch on whatever you’re craving.
However, in some cases, pregnant women will develop a craving for inedible objects like soap or dirt. This phenomenon is called ‘pica’ and can be a sign of an underlying health condition like iron deficiency. If you find yourself craving something that’s inedible, contact your health provider.
Your Doctor Visits
During your second trimester, it’s best to ask your doctor for an anatomical scan if they haven’t performed it on you yet. An anatomical scan will determine if all your baby’s organs are developed and working correctly. A fetal anatomical scan will also detect any anomalies in your baby’s development.
You may also want to discuss any questions you have about childbirth and the hospital you want to give birth in.
Health & Safety
By now, you may worry about getting a bit of movement in your routine. Your worry isn’t misplaced, considering that your body is still slowly adapting to a lot of changes. Exercise should be mainly focused on simple stretches. A good rule of thumb would be to stop any movement that moment it feels painful.
Filipino superstitions may tell you to avoid specific movements to avoid a problematic pregnancy. One superstition goes that stepping over ropes or sewing will guarantee that your labor will be a tough one. There is no factual basis for this whatsoever. If you’d like to learn more about how you can make your baby’s delivery easier, try asking your doctor or try signing up for local childbirth classes in your area. While you’re at it, you may also be interested in signing up for breastfeeding classes to prepare for your baby’s big day.