Pregnancy, Third Trimester

Oh Mother

Not sure if it’s the pregnancy hormones at work again. Sod it. Really, it is the pregnancy hormones at work again.
This morning, the mother called me to ask if i have kain batik at home for postpartum. I found it weird she’s asking me this so early. Afterall, we have another 2 months to go before i deliver.

and then i realized, no.. she doesn’t want to know the no of kain batik i have at home (which stands at zero actually because i hate kain batik). She just wanted to hear my voice and see if i’m ok because in between our conversation, she asked “kakak sihat?”

I cried when i put down the phone because i felt so overwhelmed with love. You know how mums always tell you “You’ll never know how your mom feels until u become one”

Well, technically i already am a mother? Just that my baby has not made an appearance. Yet.

I don’t know why i got so emotional this time round because she does call me time to time to ask how i’m doing and all but lately i’ve been pretty exhausted. Lack of sleep, a heavy tummy and an Energizer baby kicking all day long (does she not sleep?) It’s been pretty sucky with all these pain but an exciting period for me, each time i feel her move inside me knowing that we’ll be meeting soon. Each day, i wonder how she’ll look like, what’s her personality like and stuff like that.

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I’m the first child in the family and i couldn’t help wondering, was this how my mum felt when she carried me many years ago? Uncertainty, excitement all rolled into one.

Did my mom wake up with hands on her tummy, just like me?
Did she spend her nights stroking her tummy to sleep, like me?

Only thing i’m sure, just like me, my mom is also counting down to the day we see this little girl and if anything, this pregnancy made me appreciate my mother a whole lot more.

Le Familia, Makan Chronicles, Pregnancy, The Husband & Wife, Third Trimester

KL-Waddling

So we went to KL over the weekend to get my Tony Romas fix. It was a really short trip.
We flew over to KL on saturday on the 8.45am flight and then back to SG on Sunday on the 5.00pm flight.
Thank you Airasia for the many many SIN-KL flights.
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This time round, we brought my in-laws together with us. Although it was a wrong timing cos my MIL sprained her back weeks earlier and had difficulty walking and we had to do many pitstops so she can rest and sit down and take a breather. I almost felt guilty for dragging her to KL just so i can have my cravings fixed. But she said she enjoyed the trip. So i don’t feel that guilty anymore! And to think initially she was worried i would be too tired out from all the walking! But i walked like nobody’s business.

On a sidenote, Rusly’s hair is of the same length as mine now. I think even longer and i’ve been pestering him to get it cut but he refused to listen! Macam nak bakar je rambut dia tau time dia tido.

Our 1st stop right after we landed in KL was to head over to Publika Shopping Gallery.
Initially i wanted to go to Journal by Plan B but we were so hungry by then, it was close to 12.00 noon already, and i was scared if we eat at Journal, then we wouldn’t have space for Gyu-Kaku so we went ahead to Gyu-Kaku instead.

We were the 1st group to come in for lunch so one of the staff Mike offered to help us with grilling the meat etc and i was glad he did that cos that boy is good with his meat! I think if it was up to us to cook the meat ourselves, we’ll probably over-cook it and also cos four of us really macam tak kuasa nak masak mood.

IMG_5204We ordered one of the set and in a second, we were overwhelmed with the amount of meat we have! For a while, i doubt we could finish them all up but yes we did!

Sampai senget-senget.. Jalan pun dah macam lembu.

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Pregnancy, Third Trimester

Going Low on Sugar

The appointment for the Diabetic Clinic was yesterday and i was nervous as hell. I kind of expected it to be pretty depressing especially since the appointment is at 9.10am. Lol

I was out at 7.45am but only reached NUH about 8.50am cos of the traffic jam. So i was left with 20 mins for a quick breakfast. Especially cos i was already feeling nauseous. Not sure if it’s because of the cab ride or the morning sickness is kicking in again.

IMG_5117Grabbed my favourite Cheese Bagel for breakfast and Toffee Nut Latte. Because i somehow know if i don’t drink it now, i won’t be able to drink it nanti once i start recording my sugar levels. Hahahahaha Perangai buruk seh.

Managed to finish up everything and go up to the Diabetic Clinic by 9.10am and i don’t know why, but i kind of expect the Clinic to be small but it was huge and there were so many people waiting for their turn! Obviously not everyone there is pregnant lah. Waiting time for Registration was quite long but other than that, it was quite a breeze but the whole appointment took a while cos i had to go through so many rooms and meet so many different people!

1) Blood Pressure & Urine Test 
I don’t know why my BP was slightly higher today at 132. It is usually at about 110 and never exceed 120.
But maybe cos i was rushing and i was all flustered and hot. God, really really hot. Everywhere i go, i feel like the aircon is not working!

2) Blood Test 
After that, it was the finger prick test. My test result came back as 5.1, which is normal by their standard. I was secretly hoping my OGTT Test result was a fluke. Haha. Fat hope!

3) Diabetic Doctor Consultation 
Met Dr Pradip & Dr Claudia. Both doctors are so likeable! They reviewed my case and also enlightened me more about Gestational Diabetes. Both told me that if we treat it and keep my diet under control, a natural birth is possible. As of now, they will not put me on Insulin jabs unless my sugar level spike three days in a row. If that happens, it is an indication that controlling my diet no longer works for me. I asked Dr Pradip more about GD and it seems that the cause of it is not mainly because of what the mother feeds her herself during pregnancy but partly because of the extra hormones and how our natural Insulin is unable to cope with the extra hormones.

For example, in the office, you have 10 Customer Service Officers to handle phone calls. Suddenly, you hold a promotion and lotsa people start calling in to place their orders and obviously the same 10 CSO won’t be able to handle the surge of calls right? That’s how the insulin feel. Suddenly my extra hormones is too much for them to handle so they only process what they can.

However, with Gestational Diabetes, it’s hard to pinpoint when exactly things will go haywire as in, they won’t know how “hormonal” i would get hence the need to test for glucose level 2 times a week until i safely deliver my baby. If i have a surge in glucose levels for the day, i’ll need to do back-to-back test for 3 days in a row and if all three days indicates high level of sugar in my blood, i’ll need to call the clinic asap and arrange for insulin jabs.

What happen if we don’t keep Gestational Diabetes under control?
1. Baby would be too large for Natural Birth and C-Section would be the best option for the mummy. I have no problem with C-Section. Although it is not a preference because i would prefer a quicker recovery so i’m more inclined to Natural Birth. But if i have to do C-Section, then so be it lah. As long as the baby is safe.

2. Baby would get too used to having too much sugar while she’s inside me, so naturally, her body will produce more insulin while she’s in my womb. However, when she’s born and only taking breast milk etc, her extra insulin would still be present in her body and later on when she does not have that much sugar intake and her insulin is so active breaking down all her sugars, obviously she’ll have low sugar levels. This is dangerous because it causes jaundice and difficulty in breathing and to be really honest, this is the part where i’m scared. I’m ok with going through C-Sect if it needs to be done. I’m ok if i have to take time to recover but i think i’ll blame myself if baby have low sugar levels when she is born later on.

So i guess it is my responsibility to ensure that my GD is treated and under control.

6 weeks after delivery, i’ll have to do another OGTT. If my numbers are normal, then i’m cleared of Diabetes. However, if my number is high, it is possible i have Type 2 Diabetes and would have to receive treatment for it.
So i’m making a conscious effort to keep my sugar levels as low as possible!

What i have to do currently: 
– Monitor glucose levels with the finger prick test twice a week.
– I can choose any two days i want but there will be 7 tests a day.
Pre & Post Meals for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and also a Late Night Test before i go to bed.
So in total, there will be 14 tests a week. Phew.

I loaned the Accu-Chek Active from NUH but would have to get the test strips and needles myself and the test strips are so expensive ok! About $30 for 25 strips and that’s excluding the needles! 25 strips should be able to last me only 2 weeks since i need 14 strips per week. So i got my Father-in-Law to buy it for me instead since he also have Diabetes and get his from Polyclinic under subsidized rate cos of the Pioneer Generation scheme. heehee.

The next person i have to meet is the Dietician but i’ll do a post on it separately because this post is getting too wordy and really, there’s so many things to write about my meeting with the Dietician, it was the most depressing part of the entire appointment. Hahaha

Imagine being told to only eat 1/3 cup of rice per meal. *nangis*

Pregnancy, Third Trimester

Home Stretch…..Baby!

and so we say Hello to the last trimester and hopefully it’ll be as smooth-sailing as the entire pregnancy. Admittedly, the 1st trimester is not exactly a bed of roses but kira ok lah kan.. Tak cerewet.. All the nausea and the morning sickness that came with it is quite normal & bearable actually. I know some people had it reaaalllly bad. Think Kate Middleton, sampai masuk hospital semua for morning sickness. Or maybe not ah.. she’s part of the Royal Family so obviously she’s given the royal treatment kan? But u get what i mean? Some people really had it bad, going in and out of the toilet from morning to night, so i shall not complain excessively about the 1st trimester because #inisemuanormal.

I had my 28 weeks Growth scan yesterday. It was an additional scan requested by my gynae cos of my low amniotic fluid detected previously so naturally i was pretty nervous. I didn’t read too much into it though cos i didn’t wanna scare myself unnecessarily. But for the last 2 months, i drank so much water, you cannot imagine! Cos that is the only way to counter the problem and Alhamdulilah, my amniotic fluid is back up in the healthy range.

This time round, the waiting time was pretty fast, by that, i mean max 30-40mins wait.
I managed to see baby on screen again.. She’s so big now, she’s filling up the entire womb space already. She’s now 1.1kg. No wonder i feel heavier. Went to see Dr Citra for the scan review after that, asked for the travel note and then she dropped a not so good news. I have borderline Gestational Diabetes.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…

Told you i was scared of GD cos my mom had it during her pregnancies and actually i thought i’m safe from GD cos i didn’t hear any news from them.
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Pregnancy, Third Trimester

The Baby Shopping List

Baby Feeding: 
1. Feeding Bottles & Teats (Comotomo)
2. Burp Cloths
3. Bottle Drying Rack
4. Bottle Sterilizer
5. Breast Pump
6. Breast Milk Pouches
7. Breast Pads
8. Nipple Creams

Travelling System: 
1. Baby Carrier / Sling
2. Prams / Stroller (Babyzen Yoyo)
3. Stroller Fan
4. Car Seat (Hand-me-down)
5. Diaper Bag
6. Nursing Covers
7. Pillows & Bolster for Stroller
8 .Bottle Warmer Bag

Nursery: 
1. Baby Cot  
2. Mattress Pad
3. Beddings & Blankets
4. Pillows & Bolster 
5. Swing
6. Playard
7. Changing Table 
8. Baby Wardrobe
9. Latex Mattress
10. Wall Fan

Diapering / Bathing / Baby Soothers: 
1. Diapers (Goo.n)
2. Diaper Rash Cream
3. Minyak Telon
4. Wet Wipes
5. Baby Shampoo / Soap
6. Talcum Powder
7. Baby Towels
8. Pacifier
9. Thermometer
10. Fever Relief Pack
11. Baby Nail Trimmer

Apparels: 
1. Swaddles
2. Mittens
3. Beanies / Bonnetts
4. Socks
5. Short Sleeved Rompers
6. Long Sleeved Rompers
7. Short Sleeve Tshirts
8. Long Sleeved Tshirts
9. Long Pants
10. Shorts

Other Necessities: 
1. Pre-Natal Massage
2. Post-Natal Massage