Week 16

At week 16, I felt that my belly has starting to show up. Couldn’t fit into most of my old button blouses. Can button up….but look tight at my stomach part. T_T

My bra also…. looks like I needed some upsized bra cups…

At week 16, I went for my monthly check up. As usual, Doctor did an ultrasound. We were all peeking at Junior AM. HAHAHA!! *Aiihh….stay inside also no privacy wan* LOL! Junior AM was looking fine. Also, this round the little one was showing its genital part!! Ohh…so fast I can know my baby’s gender already.  😉

I was telling doctor that I was having constipation the past few days. Doctor advised to drink more water (minimum 1.5 liter/day), consume more fruits and vegetable or perhaps try eating prunes. Lastly….go toilet regularly. Means..if you usually go in the morning, try to stick at one time.

At this moment; I felt that my memory is getting poorer đŸ˜„

I tend to be very forgetful/absentminded on minor stuffs. I hope this is just temporary.

2013-08-28_17.34.59My baby bump at Week 16. I was quite surprised that I did not gain weight for the past whole month. *hepi mode*

Food Poisoning during pregnancy is no fun!

It happens on one afternoon after I had my lunch from a fast food outlet. I had a burger, potato wedges and some carbonated drink (1/2 cup). I suspected it was due to the cheese from the burger. Hours later after the lunch, I felt bloated and felt like indigestion. I vomited. I thought it was because Junior AM rejected the food. LMAO!! HAHAHA!! Did not suspect much… I went home as usual, cooked and had my dinner. Again I vomited. I still thought it was because of some indigestion.

Before going to bed, I felt stomach discomfort. Then I had diarrhea. Applied some ointment to ease my stomach discomfort. I woke up the following morning, I thought I will be fine later. Although I felt a lil tired. I went to work as usual, had my breakfast; a bun and some isotonic drink (100%) I thought it could help. Then I had another diarrhea session. OMG! And again..I vomited few hours later. My forehead started to feel warm and slight feverish. I told myself…all I wanted to do is to sleep. I really feel sleepy and tired. Took 1/2 day off from work, went home and slept all the way till evening. Woke up feeling hungry, then had a pao. I don’t dare to take any medication. I told myself to hang on and drink more fluid. That night I really have no appetite to eat anything. Force myself to take some warm porridge. After having some warm porridge…surprisingly I felt more comfortable. Went to bed earlier than usual days. Woke up the next day feeling alot better. Thank God!

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My Food Cravings during Pregnancy

I eat almost anything or everything that I’m allowed to eat during this pregnancy. People often say pregnant women tend to crave for food. Yes… but to me its not all the time. Reason is that my food cravings are not regular. Today I may crave for this. And the following week, I may crave for a different food. LOL!!

Causes of Food Cravings During Pregnancy
There are many reasons that women experience food cravings during pregnancy. Perhaps the simplest explanation is your body is working twenty four hours a day seven days a week to grow a healthy baby. Some cravings are simply the result of your body’s needs for additional calories during pregnancy.

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There was one day, I was craving badly for Hakka Mee. But where to get hakka mee in Subang moreover its in the evening. Hakka Mee is not something common in Subang, unlike in Seremban. *sigh* Hb tried his best and get a replacement of Hakka Mee. Instead of Hakka Mee; he got me this. LOL!! A pack of so-called Sarawak Kolok Mee. HAHA! Ok also lar…I accepted it and gulp them all. 😀

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On another day; I suddenly crave for this salted green peas. Hb searched around for this peas because most of the shops he went were only selling the one with flour coated.

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And now…recently I crave for mooncakes!! @_@

New Folder

These are all the food that I crave for. I still like spicy food although I’m preg. But I really can’t take Laksa or anything with too rich ‘lemak’. I’ll feel very uncomfortable and took me hours to digest. Somehow…without any reason, I drools whenever I sees a plate of kampua noodle (minus the raw spring onion). Hb said because Junior AM has Sarawakian gene ma… LOL!

Anyway….everything just take moderately, then it should be fine. 🙂

Physical and Emotional Changes in me during Pregnancy.

Understand that physical and emotional changes during pregnancy may varies individually. People said the most common one would be morning sickness or vomiting. Thank God I did not have to go through this till today. Only at times I would feel nausea and most likely my mouth tasted so bland after each meal. I can’t eat too much at once. Sometimes I felt that my food quantity intake is lesser than what I had before I’m preg. I took less quantity but sometimes more frequent meals. Here are the list of physical and emotional changes in me during pregnancy.

  • Breast Changes – Natural breast enlargement! (Nonit to undergo breast enlargement treatment) LOL! My breasts are now firmer and I also noticed there are alot of visible blue veins around my breasts. (because our body makes extra blood and your heart pumps faster to meet the needs of pregnancy.)
  • Taste and Smell Changes – I prefered food which has rich flavors. Some of the smell or scent now made me wanna puke. Hb pass me a piece of orange flavor mochi….I asked; why does is stinks? Sorry…the mochi actually tasted good according to Hb. I used to like cincaluk… but the smell turn me off now. My house’s auto air refresher scent made me so wanna puke.T_T
  • Heartburn These days, I burp very frequent. And I always feel that my food took longer time to digest. Therefore I tend to feel full most of the time. (Pregnancy hormones slow down the digestive process in order to give our body more time to absorb nutrients. Our digestive tract is relaxed and food stays in your stomach longer, which may cause heartburn.)
  • Circulatory System Changes – Previously, climbing up stairs (1 floor) continue with conversation ain’t a problem. But now, huffing and puffing after climbing stairs. (Because of rapid expansion of the blood vessels and the increased stress on the heart and lungs, pregnant women produce more blood and have to utilize more caution with exercise than non-pregnant women.)
  • Frequent urination – The urge of pee-ing is sometimes frequent. (Towards the end of the first trimester, I’ll feel like urinating more often as my growing uterus pushes on your bladder.)
  • Emotional symptoms – I sometimes quite forgetful. @_@ And emotional too. Whenever I read a sad or touching article…my tears start rolling down my cheeks. Awww…..
  • Tired – I easily feel tired and sleepy most of the time during first trimester. Luckily it has adjusted back to normal now during second trimester.
  • A growing belly – Although my baby bump is quite small…and some may not notice that I’m preg if I would to wear a larger size blouse, but I now couldn’t fit into most of my trousers. Need to wear something more loose and comfortable now.

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My small baby bump on Week 13. However, I noticed my baby bump is growing rapidly now at Week 16.

Food I should avoid during pregnancy.

Source from:- http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby

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I am definitely a ‘tam chiak’ person. I love food. When I know there’s a whole long list of food that I’m restricted or should avoid eating…. I sigh. Especially there are certain food that I like very much. Gotto bear with it and be patient for a period of time lo.

Some types of cheese

(luckily I’m not really a cheese person ^_^ )

Cheeses to avoid:

Don’t eat mould-ripened soft cheese, such as brie and camembert whether it’s made with cows’ or goats’ milk. You should also avoid soft blue-veined cheeses, such as:

  • Danish blue
  • gorgonzola
  • roquefort

This is because soft cheeses are less acidic than hard cheeses and they contain more moisture, which means they can be an ideal environment for harmful bacteria, such as listeria, to grow in.

Although infection with listeria (listeriosis) is rare, it is important to take special precautions in pregnancy because even a mild form of the illness in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness in a newborn baby.

Hard cheeses that are safe to eat:

You can eat hard cheeses such as cheddar, parmesan and stilton, even if they’re made with unpasteurised milk. Hard cheeses don’t contain as much water as soft cheeses so bacteria are less likely to grow in them. It is possible for hard cheese to contain listeria, but the risk is considered to be low.

Soft cheeses that are safe to eat:

Many soft types of cheese are OK to eat, but make sure they’re made from pasteurised milk. These include:

  • cottage cheese
  • mozzarella
  • feta
  • cream cheese
  • paneer
  • ricotta
  • halloumi
  • goats’ cheese
  • processed cheeses such as cheese spreads

Cooked soft cheeses that are safe to eat:

Thorough cooking should kill any bacteria in cheese, so it should be safe to eat cooked mould-ripened soft cheese, such as brie or camembert, or dishes that contain them. It’s important to make sure the cheese is thoroughly cooked until it’s steaming hot all the way through.

Chocolate Cheese Cake from Secret Recipe

Chocolate Cheese Cake from Secret Recipe

means at the moment no cheese cake for me lo?

Pùté

(I’m not a fan of Pate)

Avoid all types of pùté, including vegetable pùtés, as they can contain listeria.

Raw or partially cooked eggs

Make sure that eggs are thoroughly cooked until the whites and yolks are solid. This prevents the risk of salmonella food poisoning. Salmonella food poisoning is unlikely to harm your baby, but it can give you a severe bout of diarrhoea and vominting.

Avoid foods that contain raw and undercooked eggs, such as homemade mayonnaise. If you wish to have dishes that contain raw or partially cooked eggs, consider using pasteurised liquid egg.

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huhuhu….. no more half boiled egg as breakfast edi….

Raw or undercooked meat

(okay…. I don’t take beef. So, don’t need any semi-cooked steak for me)

Cook all meat and poultry thoroughly so it is steaming hot and there is no trace of pink or blood. Take particular care with poultry, pork, sausages and minced meat, including burgers.

Avoid rare meat. The Department of Health previously advised that it was fine to eat whole cuts of beef and lamb rare, as long as the outside had been properly cooked. As a precaution, this advice has now been removed while a food safety committee (The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food) looks into the issue of toxoplasmosis.

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite that can be found in meat, soil, cat faeces and untreated water. If you are pregnant the infection can damage your baby, but it’s important to remember that toxoplasmosis in pregnancy is very rare.

If you feel you may have been at risk, discuss it with your GP, midwife or obstetrician. If you are infected while you’re pregnant, treatment for toxoplasmosis is available. Treatment can reduce the risk of the baby becoming infected. Where the baby is infected, treatment may reduce the risk of damage.

Wash all surfaces and utensils thoroughly after preparing raw meat. It’s also important to remember to wash and dry your hands after touching or handling raw meat. This will help to avoid the spread of harmful bugs such as salmonella, campylobacter and E.coli 0157 that can cause food poisoning.

Cold cured meats

(I like eating ham or luncheon meat. But I’ll usually cook them before consuming)

Cold cured meats include salami, parma ham, chorizo and pepperoni. Some countries advise pregnant women to avoid eating cold cured meats or smoked fish as there is a small risk of these foods harbouring listeria or the toxoplasma parasite that causes toxoplasmosis.

Currently in the UK pregnant women aren’t advised to avoid these products. However, you might choose to avoid cured meats and smoked fish while you are pregnant if you are concerned about these risks.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reviewing its toxoplasmosis and listeria advice to vulnerable groups, including pregnant women, and we’ll post the reviewed advice on this page as soon as it’s available.

Find out about healthy eating in pregnancy, including healthy snacks.

Liver products

(Ahh…. means can’t take pig liver too lo? )

Don’t eat liver or liver products such as liver pĂątĂ© or liver sausage, as they may contain a lot of vitamin A. Too much vitamin A can harm your baby.

Supplements containing vitamin A

(I’ve stopped taking my cod liver oil)

Don’t take high-dose multivitamin supplements, fish liver oil supplements or any supplements containing vitamin A.

Some types of fish

(I’ve stopped taking tuna edi…. but I like Tuna Sanwiches leh)

Don’t eat shark, marlin and swordfish, and limit the amount of tuna you eat to:

  • no more than two tuna steaks a week (about 140g cooked or 170g raw each), or
  • four medium-sized cans of tuna a week (about 140g when drained)

These types of fish contain high levels of mercury that can damage your baby’s developing nervous system. Don’t eat more than two portions of oily fish a week. Oily fish includes fresh tuna (but not canned tuna), salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout.

Raw shellfish

Eat cooked rather than raw shellfish as they can contain harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause food poisoning.

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No No No….can see but cannot eat. No fresh oysters!!

Sushi

It’s fine to eat sushi and other dishes made with raw fish when you’re pregnant as long as the fish used to make it has been frozen first. This is because occasionally fish contains small parasitic worms that could make you ill. Freezing kills the worms and makes raw fish safe to eat.

Lots of the sushi sold in shops is not made at the shop. This type of sushi should be fine to eat, because if a shop or restaurant buys in ready-made sushi, the raw fish used to make it must have been frozen at minus 20ÂșC for at least 24 hours. If you’re in any doubt, you might wish to avoid eating the kinds of sushi that contain raw seafood such as tuna.

The safest way to enjoy sushi is to choose the fully cooked or vegetarian varieties, which can include:

  • cooked seafood, for example fully cooked eel (unagi) or shrimp (ebi)
  • vegetables, for example cucumber (kappa) maki
  • avocado, for example California roll
  • fully cooked egg

Fresh, raw seafood is potentially risky because it can contain parasites, although freezing and cooking kills the parasites.

If a shop or restaurant makes its own sushi on the premises, the fish might not have been frozen. If you’re concerned, ask the staff.

If you make your own sushi at home, freeze the fish for at least 24 hours before using it.

Some raw fish used to make sushi, such as smoked salmon, doesn’t need to be frozen before it’s used. This is because smoking kills any worms in the fish.

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No more sashimi, sushi with raw fish!! 😩   iSabar…..

Milk

(I only drink milk occasionally. I preferred soy bean)

If you have milk, drink only pasteurised or UHT (ultra-heat treated) milk – sometimes also called long-life milk. If only raw (unpasteurised) milk is available, boil it first. Don’t drink unpasteurised goats’ or sheep’s milk or eat foods made from them, such as soft goats’ cheese.

Ice cream

(Hmmm….din really take ice cream that often. Only when I’m in the mood of eating it)

Soft ice creams should be fine to eat when you’re pregnant, as they are processed products made with pasteurised milk and eggs, so any risk of salmonella food poisoning has been eliminated. However, if you have any concerns about eating these products, you might wish to avoid them while you’re pregnant.

For home-made ice-cream, use a pasteurised egg substitute or follow an egg-free recipe.

Foods with soil on them

(Nahh….I usually wash my vege before eating)

Wash fruit, vegetables and salads to remove all traces of soil and visible dirt.

Caffeine

(I’ve reduced my caffeine intake. i.e: coffee and carbonated drinks)

High levels of caffeine can result in babies having a low birth weight, which can increase the risk of health problems in later life. Too much caffeine can also cause miscarriage.

Caffeine is naturally found in lots of foods, such as coffee, tea and chocolate, and is added to some soft drinks and energy drinks. Some cold and flu remedies also contain caffeine. Talk to your midwife, doctor or pharmacist before taking these remedies.

You don’t need to cut out caffeine completely, but don’t have more than 200mg a day. The approximate amount of caffeine found in food and drinks is:

  • one mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • one mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • one mug of tea: 75mg
  • one can of cola: 40mg
  • one can of energy drink: 80mg
  • one 50g bar of plain (dark) chocolate: around 50mg
  • one 50g bar of milk chocolate: around 25mg

So if you have, for example, one bar of chocolate and one mug of filter coffee, you have reached almost 200mg of caffeine. Don’t worry if you occasionally have more than this amount – the risks are small. To cut down on caffeine, try decaffeinated tea and coffee, fruit juice or mineral water instead of regular tea, coffee, cola and energy drinks.

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I’m now trying to take more fruits to balance my diet. Especially when I knew both mango and kiwi are high in fiber(helps me in constipation) and folic acid (good for baby). 🙂

12 weeks

On 26th July 2013 was my scheduled check up for week 12.

On week 12, an Ultrasonographer will conduct an ultrasound screening to check my baby’s well being and also help to estimate the risk that a fetus will have Down syndrome.. This test is called nuchal translucency. I was quite worried before the appointment day. Guess I’m worrying too much. Well…who doesn’t right…especially when you know your pregnancy does not come easy.

I went in the morning where I’m suppose to fast for at least 6 hours (only plain water is allowable) before my blood test. After taking the first blood sample, I am required to continue fasting for another 2 hours for the second blood sample. No breakfast for me the whole morning. Only a bottle of glucose drink. Huhuhu…watched Hb eats. T_T

The Ultrasonographer was quite detail in every angle. When she switches to different angle..she will tell me that; ohh..this is the head, the skull, fingers, legs and so on. I was really amazed. Few weeks back, what saw was just one black patch. Now I can see my baby’s whole figure. My Junior AM!! I was about to cry….but I ‘tahan’. LOL!! paiseh ma… 😀

Baby was so busy stretching itself at the beginning, till we gotto wait awhile for it to stay in position to get a proper screening. Measured the length of baby and the most important things are to check the presence of nasal(nose) bone also measure the clear space between the folds of tissue behind the baby’s neck. (Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid at the back of their neck during the first trimester, causing this clear space to be larger than average.) Besides that, she also can estimate my fetus’s age by measuring him/her from crown to rump. Although this test will not give a 100% accuracy, but I felt relieved when the Ultrasonographer along with my gynae commented that my baby is looking fine and good.

I am now into 2nd trimester lar..Gotto wait for another 4 weeks for my following check up…………

8 weeks

At 8 weeks….

My second check up with my gynae. At 6 weeks, we couldn’t see baby’s heartbeat clearly. 2 weeks has passed. As usual, the nurse will take my blood pressure, urine test (to examine my glucose level) and my weight. My weight increased by 0.5kg within 2 weeks! OMG….doctor asked whether am I eating alot?!! LOL! Do I? Macam not really ler….

Dr. Ng did an ultrasound to confirm baby’s heartbeat.

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Junior AM played hide and seek. It took us awhile to locate that black patch! I felt relieved when doctor pointed the embryo with heartbeat. Hurmm…honestly I don’t understand what was I looking at also. To me… its just everything in black and white. LMAO!

Doctor briefly explained to us what’s not suppose to eat. Example; food which contains high Vitamin A (liver, fish oil), cheese (especially those uncooked ones. They may contain bacteria). I am a coffee addict wor. How? Doctor said a cup a day is still fine. But I tried to reduce to 1/2 cup a day.

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I am required to consume the above pills. Sometimes I had hard time swallowing the pink pill. Its quite big for me. I’m not really good in swallowing pills lar…. T_T

The following check up will be on week 12. I kept looking forward to each check up. As I can have a date with my baby ma. 😀