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Week 39

I am, well, hashtagstillpregnant.
Haha.

Baby is officially in Mummy’s uterus longer than Kakak Khayla. Hee.
Now I kinda regret not taking 1 or 2 weeks leave prior to my due date.
Almost everyone I meet at the office will have the same question to ask, “Eh tak beranak lagi?!” or “Eh ada lagi?!“.

Haha.
I am still not overdue okayyy people !

Anyway, I went for my antenatal appointment at my workplace today and the gynae told me that my amniotic fluid is slightly on the low side, and since I am already in week 39, he suggested that I get an induction, stat.
He told me to head straight to the Hospital Sungai Buloh (where I had plan to deliver my baby) and get the baby out. *gasps*

Okayyy, this was not something I saw coming.

Headed home but instead of going to Hospital Sungai Buloh, Mr Sunshine took me to Hospital Umra which is like a 10-minute drive from home.

They monitored baby’s heart rate and whether or not I was having contractions using a CTG machine. Alhamdulillah everything looked good.
Had a ultrasound scan done which confirmed that my amniotic fluid level was borderline.

The doctor gave me 2 options:
1. To go home and think about having an induction tonight
2. To go home and gets loads of rest and come back for another scan on Friday.

I decided to go for option 2 considering the fact that the CTG and scan results were fine (well apart from the amniotic fluid levels).

We’ll see how things go in a couple of days.

Pray for me k !

xoxo

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Week 38

You know you’re in your last month of pregnancy when things that fall on the floor, stay on the floor.

Alhamdulillah, I have reached week 38. :)

So far, there are no signs of impending labour !
I had my bloody show around this time when I was preggers with Khayla (and gave birth to her two days after).

Baby’s head has been down since before I entered 30 weeks (so you can imagine how many times I need to pee a day) and as at last week’s checkup, my gynae told me that I might go into labour soon.
Heck, almost everyone I meet have been guessing that I’d go into labour early with this one, so it kinda made me hope so too. Plus, am tired of driving to and fro work already, haha.

I have been experiencing lower abdominal cramps (menstrual-like) and backaches but no real contractions thus far.
Reading about mothers going past their due dates is not really helping my anxiety. I know that our due dates are only an estimation but you’ve gotta hold on to something, right ? Hehe.

Well, at the end of the day, Allah decides.
And all I am praying for is a healthy baby & smooth delivery. InshaAllah.

Do keep me in your prayers, ok ?

Ok bye !

xoxo

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My Hospital Bag Checklist

They say you should have your hospital bag ready when you are 28 weeks or 7 months.
When I was preggers with Khayla, I got it prepared by 30 weeks.

This time around, I seem to be taking things at a slower pace (a very much slower pace !), because at 33 weeks +, my hospital bag is not ready yet.

Heck, I have not even put the baby clothes/towels/mittens etc to wash yet ! *gasps!*

Mr. Sunshine pun dah bising. Haha.

Anyway, I did a few amendments to my old hospital bag checklist, so here it is:

BABY’S ESSENTIALS
10 pieces of newborn-sized diapers
2 pairs of button-up rompers
1 pair of button-up long sleeved top & bottom
1 bottle of telon oil
1 pack of baby wipes
1 piece of a hooded baby towel
1 piece of a hooded baby blanket
2 sets of mittens & booties
1 piece of baby hat
1 set of baby toiletries
3 pieces of baby binder
3 pieces of washcloths

MUMMY’S ESSENTIALS
1 piece of nursing blouse
2 pair of socks
2 pieces of kain batik
2 pieces of nursing bras
1 pack of disposable panties
Toiletries – cleanser, toothbrush, toothpaste
1 Towel
3 pieces of maternity pads
1 pack of disposable breast pads
1 instant hijab
1 pair of bathroom slippers
Plastic bag for soiled clothes
Water & food (biscuits etc)
Antenatal checkup record book (buku merah)
IC, handphone, charger & powerbank (these are usually in my handbag)

Let’s see whether I can fit all the above into my brand new Shaklee diaper tote bag.

hospital bag checklist

I would appreciate all your kind doa for everything to go smoothly with my pregnancy & delivery. Ameen.
Thank you ! :)

Now I really should get on to washing ’em baby clothes !

Bye !

xoxo

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3D 4D Scan

Early last month, I registered for a pregnancy 3D & 4D ultrasound scanning through 3D 4D Scan Malaysia.
I opted for the RM120 package, which can be carried out from 22 to 30 weeks gestation.

What attracted me to the package was that:

  1. I could book online. No calls needed. I am lazy like that. Haha.
  2. They offered services in Shah Alam, apart from all the other locations.
  3. They are currently offering two ‘challenges’:
    (a) The Face Challenge in which the service will be FOC if they fail to capture the baby’s face (except for in Shah Alam, you still need to pay 50%) and
    (b) The Gender Confirmation Challenge in which they will FULLY REFUND you if they get the gender wrong !

Interesting, kan ?

The sonographer who attended to me was Deborah and she was such a darling.
Baby was really shy (hands over face most of the time) yet active, Alhamdulillah, so she had to shake my tummy so many times to make the baby turn so she can get a clearer shot.

Khayla was also running around the room and Deborah even said, “Yang luar tak boleh duduk diam, yang kat dalam ini pun sama tak boleh duduk diam.” Hahaha.

Of course, they got the tak-boleh-duduk-diam genes from Mr. Sunshine, takkan lah from me kan. *angelic smile*

Alhamdulillah, Mr Sunshine, Khayla and I got to see how the little one inside of me looks like through the scan. :)

For pregnant mothers looking for a place to get a 3D/4D scan done, I would highly recommend you try them out. :)

Here is the link to their Facebook page as well.

P.S.: This is not a paid advertisement. I am just sharing ! :)

xoxo

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MOGTT in Pregnancy

MOGTT stands for Modified Oral Glucose Tolerance Test and it’s basically a test to check on how our bodies regulate our glucose levels.
In pregnancy, it is used to diagnose gestational diabetes or diabetes in pregnancy.

Before I go on, allow me to share just a little bit on gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is caused by our pancreas failing to produce enough insulin. Insulin is the hormone which regulates the amount of sugar in our blood and enables our body to store sugar that isn’t immediately needed for energy. In pregnancy, our body has to produce extra insulin to meet our baby’s needs, especially from about five months, when he is growing rapidly. If our body isn’t able to keep up, we may develop gestational diabetes. (Source)

MOH has made MOGTT compulsory for pregnant women who:

  1. Are above 25 years
  2. Has a family history of diabetes
  3. Experience abnormal weight gain in pregnancy

However, I do know people who have not had to take the test. So I guess it depends on the clinic you go to for your check ups.

I, on the other hand, have had the ‘privilege’ of taking the test TWICE this pregnancy and once when I was carrying Khayla.

I first took the test when I was 13 weeks and the second test was scheduled last week when I was 28 weeks.
Alhamdulillah both results were normal.

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Results of the first test I took at 13/52.

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Results of the second test I took at 28/52.

But in the second test, my glucose levels were higher as compared to the first one, so I am a bit worried. Need to control my chocolate intake. Hee.

The basics are you need to fast from 10 p.m the night before and get your blood drawn out when you reach the clinic in the morning. This will show your fasting blood glucose levels (FBS).

Then, you will be required to drink a glass of glucose water which is 75 grams of glucose diluted in a glass of warm water.

Alhamdulillah, so far I have not had trouble drinking the whole glass and I did not feel like vomiting or whatever, probably because of my sweet tooth ! Haha.

But that’s not the end of the test !

After that you have to fast (again) and wait for another 2 hours and then get your blood drawn out again. This will show your 2 hours post prandial (2HPP) glucose levels.

Normal levels would be:
FBS: < 5.6 mmol/L
2HPP: < 7.8 mmol/L

Pregnant ladies, please do not be afraid of this infamous minum air gula test as it is for our own good. You would not want to have gestational diabetes without knowing, kan ?
Because, untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can hurt you AND your baby. Nauzubillah !

Until my next post, take care people. :)

xoxo

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Easy Exercises in Pregnancy

Hi. :)
Today I would like to share this video I came across which focuses on easy exercises in pregnancy. These are a few moves pregnant women can do to hopefully ease labour, InshaAllah.
Being pregnant does not mean that you should stay away from moving your body (well unless your healthcare provider advises you against it). And yes, please get advice from your doctor before doing any of these moves. :)

In a nutshell, these are the moves we can try to do at home:
1. Walk daily
2. Sitting – a great way to get pelvis forward is sitting on an exercise ball/gym ball/pregnancy ball/birthing ball, whatever you want to call it. Hehe.
3. Leaning – this movement uses the same forward momentum, we can lean on a ball, chair etc.
4. Pelvic rocks – get on all fours, arch back and come back to neutral position.
5. Butterflies – put soles together, rock knees and thighs up and down
6. Forward Leaning Inversion – using a bed or couch, keep knees on them, walk hands down, stay on elbow (like we’re planking), stick butt high up. We can do this once a day for not more than 30 seconds
7. Squatting

I have to be honest that I have only tried numbers 1, 2 & 7. Hehe. But I shall try the rest soon. Hee.

Happy moving everybody !

xoxo

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My Remedy for Nausea and Bloating

There’s this special remedy for nausea and bloating that I am so excited to share with all of you. It has helped me tremendously in dealing with my nausea and bloating in pregnancy.

It’s none other than Peppermint-Ginger Plus !

remedy for nausea and bloating

It’s pretty obvious from its name that it contains peppermint leaves and ginger, but that’s not it, it also has fennel seeds and anise. That’s why it’s called Peppermint-Ginger Plus !

peppermint
Peppermint helps to relax stomach muscles and has a calming effect. It helps in digestion, motion sickness, alleviates gastric pain and heartburn.

 

gingerGinger stimulates saliva secretions for the breakdown of food. It helps ease stomach discomfort, menstrual pain, morning sickness, nausea and bloating (wind).

 

 

fennel seedFennel seeds are known to help ease a bloated stomach and symptoms of cold.

 

 

anise seedAnise seeds are believed to have been used by ancient Egyptians. It helps relieves poor digestion and menstrual pain, cough & phlegm. It is also said to stimulate the secretion of gastric juices for digestion

 

 

Shaklee has combined these four herbs and it’s main purpose is to help improve nausea, gastric pain/disorder, bloating (wind) and burping and indigestion.

remedy for nausea and bloating

These are how the tablets look like. :)

During the recent Raya season (when I was stuffing myself like nobody’s business), my tummy was constantly uncomfortable, bloated and I was nauseous to the point that I literally had headaches.
After popping 3 tablets of Peppermint-Ginger Plus, it relieved ALL the discomfort I was going through. Alhamdulillah.

Worked. Every. Single. Time.

I have even suggested it to my sister in-law, Linn and Alhamdulillah it has helped ease her discomfort as well. :)

So there you are, my extra special remedy for nausea and bloating – not only in pregnancy but whenever, wherever ! InshaAllah. :)

Fun fact: You can even dissolve the tablets in hot water and take it as a drink !

xoxo

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First Pregnancy vs Second Pregnancy

Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah for the fact that I am nearing the end of my second trimester.

I want to share about what has been different so far in this pregnancy compared to when I was preggers with Khayla.
To start off, here is a photo comparison of me in 2011 and me now. Hehe.

first pregnancy vs second pregnancy

I have been receiving comments about how my tummy is small, or how I do not look preggers, or “Tak nampak pun perut.” because I have either been posting photos of myself from the chest up or I have been posing ‘smartly’ while camouflaging the lower half of my body (haha), so there you are, my obviously protruding belly. :-p

What has been different (or similar) so far ?

1) Pregnancy Acne
This has been by far the most significant difference I am (STILL) experiencing. Yes, I did break out when I was pregnant with Khayla, but only during the first few months. But this time around it started out with spots all over my chin and cheeks then the spots on my chin started to disappear leaving the ones on my cheeks. Pfft, I don’t geddit, the chin ones should have brought their cheek friends with them ! Isk isk.
Currently I have two huge zits on my left cheek and a few red pimple scars.
Khayla never fails to remind about the fact that I am plagued with pregnancy acne, it even came to a point where she cried begging me to go back to ‘who’ I was before, “masa Mummy takde jerawat”. Sampai hatiiiii Khaylaaaaa !

2) Nausea & vomiting
Less vomiting this time around although I still get nauseous. Even during my first trimester, I only had terrible nausea but without the incessant vomiting. However, I still get heartburns and I have a lot of gas similar to my first pregnancy.

3) Cravings
I notice I crave more sweet stuff now. As it is, I already have a huge sweet tooth, the pregnancy has made it even more worse (excuses sangat !). During my first pregnancy, I craved EVERYTHING from sweet to savoury. Hehe.

4) Mood swings
Less mood swings so far as compared to when I was carrying Khayla. I haven’t cried over not being able to find my blender’s stirrer like I did before, haha. But I am still slightly more emotional than usual. Merajuk sokmo dengan Mr Sunshine. :-p

5) Weight Gain
I have gained less weight so far. I gained 16 kilograms altogether during my first pregnancy and when I was 28 weeks, I had already gained about 12-13 kgs. I am currently about 10-11 kgs heavier. I know it’s just a mere 2 kgs, but trust me, it does make (or shall I say, show) a difference.

Of course, as with both pregnancies, I still pee 23546748917 times a day. Hee.

My gynae told me to treat every pregnancy like it is a new one, because there will be new or different levels of hormones created. :)

Alhamdulillah.

Thanks for reading everyone, do pray for me and baby. Thank you so much. :)

xoxo

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Peekaboo, I Have Something to Tell You

Assalamu’alaikum everyone.

Hello. :)
I have not forgotten you oh dear blog. I just have been, erm, busy. Excuses, I know.

I have a little something to share with all of you.

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Yes, I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with Khayla’s sibling. Alhamdulillah. :)
Indeed, Allah is the best planner.

Initially I did not want to make this ‘announcement’ because I know it might be hurtful to some. But after giving it much thought, I decided to go ahead with it because I wanted to share the struggles and what I did before I got my big fat positive (BFP).

I know Allah knows my intention.

So, Mr. Sunshine and I have been trying on & off for the past 1 and half years, after Khayla turned 2.
(Yes, on & off because there were times Mr Sunshine was outstation during my fertile period and due to a few other unavoidable circumstances.)

We took so long to start trying again because:
(a) I was still haunted by my first labour experience.
(b) We enjoy pampering baby Khayla. She will always be my baby ! Hehe.

It has been a stressful & tearful trying period !

I guess we took things for granted too, because with Khayla, we got pregnant the first time we really tried (charted fertile period etc), so we assumed it would be the same the second time around.

Boy, were we wrong !

It came to a point that I cried every time I read about anyone getting pregnant with their 2nd or 3rd (or 4th or 5th, hehe) babies.
It felt as if everyone around me were expecting except me !
I know, that’s far from true but that’s how I felt.

I would cringe about going to wedding receptions or family gatherings because I wanted to avoid people asking questions and/or passing insensitive remarks.

And to add salt to my wound, the O&G Specialist I visited in November last year told me that I might have PCOS from the ultrasound scan she performed on me.
Ignoring the fact that she told me that she has many PCOS patients who got pregnant, I cried or shall I say wailed for 5 hours straight after that.
My eyes were swollen from all the crying until the next day, haha.

Mr Sunshine, on the other hand, has always been on the more relaxed side.
He would say things like, “If you are unhappy or stressed, it means that you are not grateful for whatever we have now.” or “Kita kan happy bertiga so far, ayang tak happy ke ?”

Sentap I tau. Haha.

How did I find out we were expecting this time around ?

Mr. Sunshine and I decided to get ourselves thoroughly checked and we were hoping to explore our fertility options.
In the first week of March, I called KL Fertility Centre to make an appointment but they told me to call back on the first day of my period so that they could schedule the appointment on the 2nd to 4th day of my menses. My menses was due the week after that, so I figured it would not be such a torturous wait.

(I had actually previously made two different appointments, one with Klinik Pakar Medina and the earliest appointment we got was in June and another one with Klinik Dr Hamid Arshat – the earliest appointment we got was in August !)

So, I was ‘waiting’ for my menses to arrive while fasting (puasa qada) at the same time.
According to the period calendar, it was due on Tuesday, March 10.
But sometimes, my period arrives 1-2 days earlier or later, so on that Tuesday, I decided to continue to fast because I was left with only 1 day to qada !
I noticed that I was lethargic, sleepy and dizzy at work which was weird because I am usually so energized even when I am fasting (sahur dengan Shaklee kan, haha sempat !).
I also had this bitter taste lingering in my mouth but at that time, I did not suspect anything, I told myself that all the symptoms I was experiencing were due to the fact that I was fasting.

Alhamdulillah I managed to finish my puasa qada without my menses ‘raining’ on me that Tuesday.
I did not fast on the following Wednesday (March 11), BUT I had the same symptoms – I was sleepy, lethargic, felt dizzy at times, still had this bitter taste in my mouth but I also had some menstrual-like cramps.
I was confused because they are not my usual menstrual symptoms but at the same time I did not want to get my hopes up.
I decided to take a urine pregnancy test that evening, anyway.
I was used to it being negative so I told myself I had nothing to lose, if it was negative, I’ll just wait for my menses so that I can make the appointment with the fertility clinic.

But…..

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Did ya see that ?
TWO LINES APPEARED.
Allahuakhbar !
I was speechless, I kinda panicked.
I ran to the living room, shivering and showed Mr Sunshine the test results.
I actually said to him, ” Ayang, ini macam mana ni ??”
That’s how surprised I was.

Of course Mr Sunshine was surprised as well, but his response was, “Hmm, janganlah mengharap sangat.”
I knew he was trying to save me from a heartbreak if it was a false positive.

I cried & sujud syukur anyway.

Did another test the following morning, and it was still positive !

my second pregnancy
I immediately called Daddy & Mak that morning to let them know about the positive tests.

That evening, after work, I stopped at D’Apotic Pharmacy to buy Clearblue pregnancy tests, both the digital & normal ones.
The digital one displayed PREGNANT, 2-3.

my second pregnancy

The test measures the levels of HCG and the 2-3 indicates weeks from conception, so we need to add 2 weeks to that for the actual weeks of pregnancy.

That weekend (March 14-15), we travelled back to Batu Pahat for my sister in-law’s engagement.
Although I was not allowed to carry heavy things etc, I was super exhausted throughout the whole weekend.

I was still exhausted the following Monday and that’s when I noticed pinkish discharge on my pantyliner. TMI, sorry !
I panicked and immediately went to see the O&G specialist at my workplace. A male one !
I usually try to avoid seeing male doctors but I did not have a choice that day.

He did a scan and while he confirmed that both my ovaries were cystic :(, he also saw the gestational sac in the uterus measuring 4 weeks and 5 days. Alhamdulillah.

The feeling when he said, “So, the pregnancy is confirmed.” was inexplicable.

I was given a one week’s medical leave to rest and go back for a check-up after that.

I tested a million times after that too. Paranoid, much ? Haha.

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I continued to spot until about 11 weeks.
But so far, Alhamdulillah baby is doing good. :)
Please pray for us ok ?

It has been a pretty challenging first trimester.
Will blog about that in another post.
Will also blog about the things I did which I think helped me get pregnant, InshaAllah.

xoxo

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Conceiving Tips

There are many things you can do to help to conceive a child. First and foremost, it is important that you and your husband are good, practicing Muslims, because this is the foundation of the family and will help you to be in the right physical and emotional state for conceiving.
As for the du’as, it is sunnah to recite the following du’a before engaging in marital intercourse:

Bismi Llah(i), Allahumma jannibna sh-shaytana wa jannibi sh-shaytana ma razaqtana.
In the name of Allāh. O Allah, protect us from Satan and keep Satan away from the children You grant us. (Bukhari)

As far as specific du’as for conceiving, there is no “magic bullet” du’a, of course, but here are some beneficial supplications from the Holy Qur’an:

“Rabbi la tadharni faradan wa anta khayru al-warithin.”
(My Lord! Leave me not solitary (childless though) You are the best of inheritors.)” (Al-Anbiya 89)
“Rabbi hab li min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibah innaka sami`ud du`a’ (My Lord! Grant me from You upright offspring, for You hear all prayers)” (Al `Imran 38)

Recite these du’as frequently, and also make a habit of remembering Allah throughout your day with “subhanAllah” “alhamdulillah”, and “Allahu akbar” and other authentic du’as.

There are also some “worldy” things you can do to increase the chance of conception:

  1. Enjoy marital intimacy frequently. A woman is only fertile for a few days out of the month, so if you are intimate often, you have a better chance to conceive. You can purchase ovulation prediction kits (which use your body’s temperature to determine when you might be most fertile) and you can keep track of your menstrual cycle to determine your fertile times.
  2. RELAX! Marital intimacy should be enjoyable for its own sake, and if you are enjoying one another and not stressing over “having” to get pregnant, you will actually increase your chances, as stress hormones can interfere with pregnancy. There are many stories about women who finally got pregnant after they “gave up” trying and just resigned themselves to not having children.
  3. Make sure also that you are not doing anything that will harm your health. If either of you smokes, stop now. This includes cigarettes, cigars, and the Arabic “hookah” or water pipe. The toxins from tobacco products can badly affect the man’s sperm, damaging it and leading to infertility and potential defects in the fetus.
  4. Eat good healthy food, avoid processed foods, and maintain a healthy body weight.
  5. Exercise moderately.
  6. You should be taking a good woman’s multivitamin and extra folic acid to avoid a specific birth defect.

Source: Islamicanswers.com

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