6th Maternity & Children Expo

Recently, together with Hb I’ve visited the 6th Maternity & Children Expo held at Midvalley Megamall from 22-24 November 2013. I thought I should pay a visit to this expo before my belly becomes too big to squeeze with the crowd. LOL!

2013-11-22 15.20.15To avoid the crowd on weekends, we went on Friday. The crowd was still bearable but still many people also lar….

2013-11-22 15.24.24Counter to redeem goodie bag. Guess what’s inside the goodie bag.

2013-11-22 22.29.39Look….this is the so-called ‘goodie bag’. What’s the content? One small recycle bag (the yellow one), 1 bottle of mineral water (in case we get thirsty kua), 1 small size children’s toothpaste (gave to my niece), 1 calender. Wasn’t thrill at the content at all!!

2013-11-22 15.26.49Pureen was one of the participating brand.

We spent around 3 hours there…look see at each counters.

Here are what we spent on…. did not spend on big stuffs.

2013-11-22 22.33.29Baby diapers (Drypers) 2 packs for RM45. The sales girl advised to buy 1 pack of newborn and another pack of “S” size. Came home, chatted with my friend and sister only to realized Mamy Poko brand is better wor… Aikkss..

2013-11-22 22.35.53Bought this Crochet Hat for my baby at RM16. Love it! Ya…I’m going to use it for photo shooting 😉

2013-11-22 22.38.32Another satisfactory purchase! Tommie Tippee booth was having 50% discount for every items. Grabbed these glass milk bottle for RM29.95 each instead of RM59.90. These days, milk bottles aren’t cheap!!

2013-11-22 22.40.432 piece rompers from QQ Baby booth at RM5 each. Bathing towel RM10 each and bolster cover for RM4, both from Pureen booth.

2013-11-22 22.43.20Nursing Cover for RM33 and Breast Milk Storage Bags for RM9 , both under Autumnz.

2013-11-22 22.34.28Nursing Bra (without underwire) at RM20 each.

Hmmm….guess my preparations are almost there. What else? Need to cross check my checklist. hehe….

IMG_7422-001Latest update: My baby bump at Week 28.

IMG_7433-001Latest update: My baby bump at Week 28. I am now already at Week 30.

My Ways of Saving for My Baby

From the day you discovered that you are pregnant, you’ve already started spending money. i.e: pregnancy kit and consulting a doctor to get a confirmation. Well…many people would have the mindset of “this is my first child…I must get everything new for him/her! I must provide the best for him/her”.  I would not say they are wrong to have these thoughts. However I on the other hand would think differently. I am not loaded…you may call me stingy. But of course I am not giving my baby wear and tear clothing lar… Its just that there are things which I felt we could do some savings. Having a child is not a short term period kinda thing. Its a long period. These days unlike those days… we still need to consider about their education with today’s high standard of living. I am not saying that in future I am giving them a lavish life either. So, why not save today for tomorrow?

You often get over excited to find out that you are expecting a baby. Which is something you look forward to. So, bear in mind don’t over spent just because of your over excitement 🙂

1) Pregnancy Test Kit

Not necessary to get expensive digital pregnancy test kit just for one test. After all… you’ll still decide to double confirm your pregnancy with a doctor. Get some cheap ones (less than RM10) from Watsons or Guardian Pharmacy…they still give you an accurate result.

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2) Maternity Clothing

You will start putting on weight that most of your cloths may not fit in now. Not necessary to buy expensive or branded maternity clothing. I got some of my maternity cloths from Jusco. Also…its not necessary to be label as maternity clothing. Some loose fitting blouses and clothing also can wear ma. Besides… ask among your friends, if they could loan their maternity clothing to you. I did not buy much maternity cloths. I thought it would be a waste if I buy too much, because I only wearing it for a short period.

3) Baby’s Clothing

20131008_232526Ahhh…. babies clothing are so cuteeeee…. You may end up couldn’t resist the cuteness of it. But don’t forget, babies outgrow very fast. Do not buy too much. Go to warehouse sales. Or you can easily get some nice clothing at lower price from online bargains /online shopping. There are so many choices now.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind… you can ask your friends if they would like to giveaway their baby’s old clothing. Also you can buy preloved clothing.

4) Baby’s Equipment

Natural-Sleigh-Baby-Changing-TableI saw baby’s changing tables from IKEA are so nice. Really feel like getting one. But when I come to know about the price ranging from RM200… I decided not to buy. Getting a baby’s changing mat(Pureen) is just around RM20. Now you do the maths.

For baby stroller, my friend and sister volunteer to loan one to me. I can save that stroller money to get a good car seat for my baby which is more important I thought.

2013-10-06 18.17.59Baby’s Cot. I got my white color baby cot, as I wanted a white one from Stroller World, during their opening sales. Bought it at price of RM299 (just bed frame) with wheels, adjustable levels, size (24″x48″). Retail price around RM400+. Mummy planned to get a tailor made mosquito netting from a tailor shop. Which is cheaper than those ready made ones.  I’ll be getting baby’s mattress from furniture shop at RM150/piece. (Material: Natural Coconut Fibre). Those latex mattress selling at baby shop is around RM300/piece. So expensive!

I bought a baby carrier from a mummy who wanted to let go of her extra baby carrier, condition10/10, brand = My Dear for RM80 (inclusive postage). Retail price is over RM100.

5) Baby’s Feeding

I planned to breastfeed my baby because I know there are more pros than cons. Besides, I also can save alot by breastfeeding compared to formula milk powder. So, I suppose at this stage, I need to get a breast pump, milk bottles ( I need to return to work, therefore I can’t direct latch all the time), milk storage bags (cheaper than storage bottles). I have a kind friend who helped me get a preloved Avent breast pump for free.

6) Sales

Google on internet about warehouse sales or baby fairs from time to time. Then visit warehouse sales for better bargains. However you may need to do some homework before going to any warehouse sales. Take note on the market price.

I also like doing online shopping for baby’s items and maternity/nursing bra. I often check out the ‘sales’ corner 🙂

Try to avoid Summer Glitz. I find that their products quality are below expectation, after buying once.

7) Pre-natal Classes

Its your choice. But I felt its not necessary to over spent on taking up pre-natal courses. You know…in big city, signing up a course for 2 person (a couple) may not be cheap. Some hospitals offers pre-natal classes with every basic stuffs that you’re required to know/learn at affordable price. As for myself, I’ve just signed up a one day class by Pitterpatter.com.my for RM40/couple. (Will review about this after I come back from the class)

*that’s all for now. Will add in more in future*

New Folder1Finally…I’m publishing a photo of myself at week 27 with huge belly and super rounded face!!

The current ME

Apologies to my readers (if I have any) for the long break here. I am fine and doing well. Just abit busy on working life.

Well…. I am now in week 25 already. Wow….how time flies! I’m now in the third trimester. *getting excited*

Let me update you with my current condition.

˜ belly growing bigger

˜ belly button has protrude

˜ back aches around my waist if I sit or stand for long hours.

˜ itching on my belly…due to stretching. Applied Egyptian Magic Cream to prevent stretch marks.

˜ sometimes I’ll get leg cramp while I was sleeping. HB will need to help massage my feet.

˜ not forgetting, I’m getting heavier each month. LOL!

˜ still getting indigestion sometimes. Probably depending on what food I had.

˜ I now crave for sweet stuffs. eg: cakes, desserts. But I must control my sugar intake to lower the risk of getting high glucose level.

˜ I’ve also changed my previous gynea (Dr. Ng, QHC Medical Centre) to (Dr. Ivan, KPJ Seremban) because I planned to deliver in Seremban.

My latest check up on week 24 with Dr. Ivan was fine. He did a detail scan for Junior AM and everything goes well. Baby is doing good and progressing well.

Baby’s First Movement

It was when about week 20, while I was resting on bed, I played pre-natal music which I’ve downloaded on my smartphone for Junior AM. I did not expect if he could hear it. The moment I played the music… I felt a hard kick from Junior AM!! Ohh dear…he was responding to the sound I guess. But not too sure if he likes or dislikes it. LOL! I felt so amazed and touched. I got teary.

Now, I could feel more movements from Junior AM. Sometimes on the right…. sometimes on the left. I think there is still room for him to move about. ^_^

Usually when I go to bed, HB will talk to Junior AM asking him to go sleep too and don’t disturb mummy while mummy sleeping. 😀

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1001225_641499755872423_1460432362_nI find this comic kinda funny and somewhat true!! But luckily it does not happen all the time. LOL!

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 😥

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*

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!! @_@

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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?

Pâté

(I’m not a fan of Pate)

Avoid all types of pâté, including vegetable pâtés, 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 pâté 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 20ºC 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). 🙂