Getting Pregnant

A few people had been asking me, “So when’s the 3rd one?”.

I wanted to reply… I just had my baby! And then I realized my baby is not so baby anymore. She’s going to be 3 this year!

Am I ready for a third one?

Well, honestly… no. Not now. Maybe I will be ready to get pregnant in 6-12 months from now (or maybe more), kalau diizinkan Tuhan. But for now, I’m just physically not ready. I’m overweight (trust me on this), I’m not fit and I’m always so tired. We all know that it’s best to get pregnant when you are fit and healthy so that is why I don’t want to get pregnant yet. I need to lose weight and get fit first!

Experts recommend women to start preparing for pregnancy as early as possible before trying to conceive. This includes lifestyle, nutrition, fitness, medication, emotional, environment and financial. It’s important to plan your pregnancy ahead to ensure a healthy pregnancy. A baby’s organs begin to form in the first few weeks of pregnancy and sufficient folate is critical for fetal development especially in the first 27 days of pregnancy – that’s before you even know you are pregnant!

Folate or Folic Acid, helps a baby’s neural tube, which is the part of the embryo that becomes the brain and spinal cord, to develop properly. This is a critical phase of development, so having sufficient level of folate as early as possible is important to prevent birth defects.

Women who are planning to get pregnant are required to take 400mcg of folic acid a day and Anmum Materna provides all of that when you drink 2 glasses a day, in addition to folate intake from a varied diet. Anmum Materna is the only high folic acid milk powder that is clinically tested. It’s no wonder why Anmum Materna is the pioneer and the number 1 brand of maternal milk in the market. Besides that, it also contains important nutrients such as calcium, iron and zinc, all of which are essential for pregnancy. Don’t wait until you’re pregnant to drink it; start drinking Anmum Materna if you’re ready to get pregnant!

Anyway. Here’s a game to find out how to be physically ready for pregnancy: www.gettingpregnant.com.my.

 

 

Some of the questions are easy peasy, like this one…

Boxers, of course

 

Some needs revision on Biology subject. Hee :P

I have no idea. Anyone knows?

 

Answer the questions correctly in the shortest time and you could win exciting honeymoon holidays and prizes!

You could also request for a sample product by clicking on ‘The Easy Answer’ tab.

For more information on planning for pregnancy, visit www.anmum.com.my. Or if you have a burning question about pregnancy or anything related to it, you can call Anmum Care Malaysia to speak to their nutritionists at 1800-88-3122 (weekdays from 8.30am – 5.30pm).



Bonding with your baby

Being pregnant is amazing. I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed being pregnant (well, most of the time).

 

Hello, bump. Long time no see!

 

I mean, what’s not to love? (besides stretch marks, of course). The pregnancy glow, eating for two (well, you need to put on weight!), the extra attentions, baby shopping, maternity shopping, the bosom you’ve always wanted (heh)…

 

….and knowing that you’re carrying a new life inside of you!

I think it’s important to have a happy pregnancy. I’ve read here that there’s a correlation between a mother’s emotional life while pregnant and the later personality of her child (my mom also said the same thing). Mothers who have less anxious pregnancies, whose babies were wanted and loved tend to have emotionally healthy children. Mothers who resented being pregnant and felt no attachment to their babies are more likely to have children with emotional problems. So it’s important to bond with your baby from the very beginning – right from inside the womb.

Talk to your baby (I didn’t do this tho, because it felt weird, like I’m talking to myself), read to your baby (now this, I did), recite Quran, play soothing music and Quran recitation, and ask your husband to talk to your baby too. Sometimes babies respond by kicking and moving around. Such a precious moment!

Eating healthy food is also another way to bond because you’re sharing food with your baby! The nutrients will be absorbed and passed on to your baby to support her healthy growth so make sure you eat right and take your vitamins and supplements. But if you have a poor digestion, you may not be absorbing all the nutrients that your baby needs.

The New Anmum Materna with Probio DR10 and Prebiotic helps to support a good digestive system for better nutrients absorption. Probio DR10 is a type of probiotic originated from yogurt and they are the good bacterias that provide us with digestive system benefits.

Prebiotic, on the other hand, is “food” for Probiotics, which supports their growth. Prebiotic, like Inulin in Anmum Materna is originated from plant, which is also a source of dietary fibre. 2 glasses of Anmum Materna is loaded with 100% folate, gangliosides + DHA, calcium and iron to support your baby’s development and your well being.

Not only Anmum Materna is good for pregnant women, it’s also suitable for women who are planning to get pregnant. You only need 2 glasses of Anmum Materna a day to get the important nutrients to prepare your body for pregnancy.



Diet to conceive baby boy/girl

We’re not planning to have another baby just yet, but I was surprised when somebody told me that a woman’s diet can determine the gender of her baby.

Did you know that? There’s actually a girly and boyish food! I was told that red meat = boy, fish = girl.
No wonder I have two girls! Fish has always been my favorite.

Yes, men are the ones who produce the gender-determining sperms (X and Y chromosomes) but we women are somehow responsible to create a “hospitable” environment for the chromosomes to thrive. According to my readings, a woman’s diet determines her vaginal pH and acidity levels. A high vaginal pH level enables you to conceive a baby girl, while a low vaginal pH level enables you to conceive a baby boy (you can read more here). So if you want a baby girl, eat acidic food. If you want a baby boy, eat alcaline-rich food.

Girly diet:
Acidic, high in calcium and magnesium. Low in sodium, potassium and caffeine.

Example:
Milk, cream, yogurt, cheese, ice-cream
Green leafy veggies, fish
Beans, pasta, rice.

Boyish diet:
Alcaline, high in potassium and sodium. I also read that a high calorie diet is a must to conceive a baby boy.

Example:
Red meats, potatoes, bananas, asparagus, broccoli, nuts, mushrooms, salty food like potato chips, salty peanuts, etc.

I don’t know how accurate is this, but I remember eating a lot of fish, pasta, green leafy veggies and dairy products for the past few years. I don’t like coffee and I rarely eat meat and steak. Those are all girly food! What about you mommies? Do you remember what food you ate the most when you were conceiving? Is the “outcome” the same as this theory?

Now that I already have 2 girls, I would like to have a boy next (whenever that is). I need to eat more meat! I need to eat boyish food…. Perhaps something like this.

Homemade meatloaf, roasted potatoes and broccoli

It may not be 100% accurate, but it doesn’t hurt to try!



Pregnancy Talk

I’m going to be honest with you.
I miss being pregnant! I really do. It doesn’t help that 5 of my friends are currently pregnant (yeah, FIVE!). Whenever I hear someone is pregnant, I’d go, “Bestnyaa!” after congratulating her. Do you know just how special it is to have a part of you and a part of your husband growing inside of you? It’s just so…. precious. A gift from God. It’s indescribable.
Sure, everything is uncomfortable when your bump is as big as a melon but the pain is all worth it in the end, right mommies?

I guess I’m quite lucky that I had smooth-sailing pregnancies (and labours). Alhamdulillah. But I’m not lucky in the stretch marks department tho. And the gaining-tons-of-weight part. So not lucky. -__-
But I still want to get pregnant and have more kids in the future, insyaallah.

My husband and I are planning for a third one when Raina is at least 2 years old. Or 3. Which means, another 1-2 years! Hopefully I’ll be more prepared and experienced by that time. And when that time comes and I’m ready to get pregnant, I’m going to start taking necessary supplements and drink maternal milk to get my body ready for pregnancy.

Speaking of maternal milk, previously when I was pregnant for the first time, I drank Wyeth Mama milk. Then for my second pregnancy, I drank Friso Mum milk. I’m planning to try Anmum Materna milk for my third pregnancy (whenever that is). I’ve read that Anmum Materna provides 100% daily folate and it is the only brand that is clinically tested. I didn’t know that back then. Folate is critical for the development and growth of baby’s spinal bone and research has shown that 4 out of 5 women in Asia don’t have sufficient folate. Study shown that women who consumed Anmum Materna have increased in their blood folate levels.
Anmum Materna is also the most widely purchased maternal milk by other pregnant moms so that must mean something. Some of my friends and relatives who have been drinking the milk also said it tastes good. That’s a plus! I can’t wait to get pregnant taste it.
But as for now, I’m going to enjoy mothering these two munchkins.

I wonder what it’s like to have 3 kids! 2 girls + 1 boy? 3 girls? My God!
Or maybe twins! Yes, it’d be nice to have twins, wouldn’t it? ;D


The Birth Story

I started having menstrual-like cramps in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. Despite this being the second time, I was still a little unsure if I was in labor so I started to track the contractions using a contraction timer on my iPhone. Each contraction was about 3 minutes apart so I thought, “This must be it. I’m in labor, yay!”.

Then I remembered that I still haven’t packed my hospital bag so I grabbed my small luggage and stuffed everything needed inside. I took out Ayra’s diaper bag and packed her stuff too because she will be staying with my in-laws when I’m at the hospital. It only took me 15 minutes to finish packing for all 4 of us (including the baby!). And then I realized I haven’t shaved my legs so I spent the next few minutes in the bathroom, shaving my legs and timing my contractions at the same time. I think it was around 5 in the morning. I must be crazy!

Since it was still too early in the morning and my contractions were still bearable, I decided to go to the hospital later and get some sleep first. But when I woke up, the contractions were gone! In fact I didn’t feel the contractions at all during the day. I thought it was a false labor. Kecewa sedikit because I was so eager to meet my little one. But hubby sent Ayra to his parents’ house anyway since it was the weekend.

The next day at around 1 am, I felt the contractions again. This time it was stronger and more intense than yesterday’s. I was so sure it was true labor but still insisted to go to the hospital later during the day. So there I was laying on the bed, “savoring” the contractions while reciting surah Maryam. I managed to finish reciting it from where I last stopped – just in time!

By 8am, the contractions became stronger and stronger (yes I didn’t sleep!). Hubby and I got ready. I had my second and third breakfasts in the car – first one was Herbalife shake at home, second one was Sausage McMuffin with Egg, lepas tu rasa macam tak cukup, pusing balik beli McD Hotcakes pulak. Heh, I just wanted to make sure I have enough energy to give birth because I didn’t sleep, remember?

We arrived at the hospital at 10-ish am. I was taken to the labor room and the midwife started to do an internal examination to check whether I was in true labor. I was already 6cm dilated. She then monitored the baby’s heart rate and everything was fine. I started reciting surah Yasin while waiting for the doctor.

7cm dilated. The midwife was pretty amazed by how “well” I seemed to be coping with the contractions. She still asked if I wanted an epidural tho just in case, and I politely said no. The doctor arrived, greeted me and went on with the internal examination. She said the baby had pooped inside so she had to break my water to speed things up.

And things did speed up right after that. Everything happened so fast, I couldn’t believe it was really happening!

I was reciting Al-Mathurat when the super strong contractions came. Oooohhh the pain was indescribable! But reciting Al-Mathurat seemed to lessen the pain and took my mind off of it. After like 5 really really strong contractions, I suddenly felt macam nak tercirit so hubby called out the midwife. The doctor was kinda surprised it happened quicker than expected. And the next thing I know, I was pushing and pushing and pushing… and then the baby’s head popped out. Phew, that was hard work! And my husband managed to record the whole process!

At 12.41 noon, my baby girl was born :)

Alhamdulillah, everything was normal. I can’t believe I was in the labor room for only an hour plus (first time was almost 7 hours!). Berkat doa dalam bulan Ramadhan agaknya sebab saya tak putus-putus doa dipermudahkan proses bersalin and everything. Thank you Allah!

As for her name, tunggu dah register and betul-betul confirm la baru saya announce yer.