Archive | October, 2012

Chin up!

23 Oct

I know it’s tiring to hold that tummy up but hey its for your future health! Not only yours but your baby! I guess by the picture it would also ease your delivery nanti! Here’s a guide to a good posture during pregnancy. Dont just give up to the gravity!

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5 “Weird” Things during My Pregnancy

16 Oct

And so it has been 22 weeks of my pregnancy and forgive me for not updating the news as frequent. I am no longer an avid blogger or some sort. While I have the time (or mood) to write, lets continue with the symptoms Ive promised to tell you. I have got 5 things that I could think of right now.

1. Morning sickness

Man! I am lucky not to have any. Seriously. and Alhamdulillah Allah gives me this privilege compared to other new mommy-to-bes. I think out of 10 pregnant woman only 4 or maybe 5 are exceptional. Oh well, I think it is all in your mind. I have a friend that is totally normal before she was confirmed pregnant but after she checked with the doctor, the next day, she started to feel nausea and all. poor her! As for me, it was the other way around. From my previous post, I just had some migraine-like headache before i was confirmed pregnant but upon confirming with the doctor, the symptoms had just gone. and I feel like a normal person, doing normal activities (except the heavy ones)..err just that now I have to remind myself that I am pregnant so that I wont go too hyper!

Oh btw, this is just FYI. from some of my readings from this website, morning sickness is caused by the increment of your estrogen hormone level by 100 times and the other cause i want to highlight is your acidic body. Not many of us know that the only alkaline food is fruits and veges but few of us do not eat enough portion to balance the acidity of other food (for alkaline food advice, do not hesitate to ask me? 🙂 ). With the increasing progesterone (that will help relax your uterus muscles so that you wont deliver the baby before its time), your intestines is likely to become relax too and that leads to acid build ups. there is more to read in this website too! all your concerns about morning sickness, be it the cause and how to treat it will be answered here. 😉

2. Fasting

Ok I dont think this is weird at all. but it has become weird when my younger sister told me she has a friend that was advised by her doctor not to fast during ramadhan. I know the doctor’s concern is the nutrition for the baby but if you plan it well or know what you are eating to give enough nutrition to your baby, it has nothing to worry about.

As for me, I was looking forward to fast for 30 days this year. Could not remember when was the last time i could fast for the whole month 😉 . the fasting went well until the day the doc had to take some blood out of my vein for some tests. Maybe I was feeling mengada that time and giving the excuse ‘nanti xcukup darah utk baby’ (LOL 😛 ) i break fast by drinking a can of milo bought at the petrol station after the check up..sighs really wasted a day, giving that i am so malas to qada anytime soon. wish i wasnt that mengada that time. that was only one day and it was smooth sailing until the end of ramadhan, alhamdulillah. the baby has no problem at all and grows at a normal rate.

3. Rapid Weight Gain

ever since i was pregnant until my last weight scaled (17/06 – 17/09/2012), my total weight gain is about 1kg. unbelievable? i’ll put my red card record pic below. well, the doc said it had nothing to worry about as long as the baby is growing healthily at a normal rate. so i dont feel weird, in fact im feeling lucky not have that many weight put on me.its all on the baby.

have you ever wondered why women put on so much weight during pregnancy and find it hard to lose it back post pregnancy? it is because of the water retention or edema they say. i would love to write it all here but then the post would be too lengthy so i guess you can just google about it.

There is actually an ideal weight gain chart and it will tell you how much you should gain during your pregnancy according to your normal weight. Here’s a link of weight gain estimator by babycenter.com to help you estimate how much you should gain during pregnancy.

4. Cravings

I dont have that fancy cravings as soon as i know it is only a psychology issue. Yes you read it right. If the elders told you that if you crave for something and you dont have it during pregnancy period, you baby might drool a lot after s/he is delivered. I claim that as a myth because it cant be explained scientifically. As a matter of fact, you are the one who actually controls what you want to eat and eat whats best for the baby. Ignore all the nonsense cravings you have. As quoted in What To Expect When You Are Expecting apps, during week 21,

“Your baby swallows at least several ounces of amniotic fluid each day-not only for hydration and nutrition but also to practice swallowing and digesting- skills your baby will need as sson as he or she arrives in your arms. And keep this in mind: The taste of the amniotic fluid differs from day to day depending on what you’ve eaten (spicy enchilada one day, sweet carrots another). And that smorgasbord of tastes wont be lost on your baby. That’s because your little one has developed taste buds already. In fact, researchers have noted that babies who were exposed to certain tastes in utero via the amniotic fluid were more eager to eat foods with the same taste after birth. Want your baby to eat his or her broccoli later? Eat yours now!”

Haha i love the very last sentence very much. so remember the cravings are just myth. you should eat good stuff for your baby and i tell you, it will be definitely worth it when the baby is out. As for my experience, i love spicy food very much and i cant eat without the taste of hot chillies in my mouth. oh not to mention the ever delicious sambal belacan made by my mom. but realizing that it might cause eczema or any other diseases to the baby when he or she is out, i stopped eating it right away. i consume less spicy food and definitely no sambal belacan at all. trust me, this advice will save you lotsa money for eczema treatment later. If you want your baby to be healthy, starts eating healthy food now not when they are out in the real world. That time, it will be too late already.

5. Stretch Marks

Okay, I actually have no idea for the last one since this post has been delayed for two weeks. So far no stretch mark is visible as what I read in the apps but most people said the marks are actually visible post pregnancy. Right now is when the skin is stretched so we wont see it but when the baby is out, the skin will start sagging and that is when you can see a lot of them! so to reduce the marks, you can start applying some moisturizer (skin lotion) to those possible areas like your belly, butts, hips and thighs.

So i guess that it for now! Will keep you posted on whats good for babies! I find it hard to read a lot but at least keep digging to know whats best for your little one 😉