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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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September 2015 Promotion: Shaklee ESP

I have great news for all you Shaklee ESP lovers out there !
Shaklee ESP is on promotion this month. :)

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You can buy 7 canisters of ESP for the price of 6 OR you can buy 2 canisters and get 5% off your purchase !

I cannot begin to express how excited I am about this month’s promotion.
ESP ini kegilaan ramai tau !

I fell in love with ESP since I first tried it in October 2012.
My acne scars started to fade, my gastric condition eliminated and my energy was improving.
I was soooo disappointed when I could not take ESP during early pregnancy because it kept coming back out and making me feel nauseous. Hehe.

But now, I am back to my habit of drinking it daily along with all the maternal milk supplement samples I have been receiving.

Yes, ESP is safe to be taken before, during and after pregnancy !
It tastes good on its own, mixed with chilled fresh milk or chilled plain water, but you can mix it with anything you like, blend it into a smoothie or bake cookies with it.
The possibilities are limitless. Cewah.

For more information on ESP, click here.
For testimonials, click here.

Need help getting your hands on ESP this month ? CONTACT ME today !

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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Shaklee 100 Years of Innovation

This year, Shaklee is celebrating its 100 years of innovation !
Yes, you read that right
ONE HUNDRED YEARS.

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In 1915, Dr Forrest C. Shaklee created one of the first multivitamin supplements in the world. He created a liquid tonic which was called Vitalized Minerals.

He believed that each of us could make a healthy difference in the world. And he went on to found Shaklee Corporation in 1956.

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In conjunction with the celebration of 100 years of innovation at Shaklee, Shaklee Malaysia is giving away one FREE bottle of Vita-Lea Iron Formula for every new enrollees.

Best tak best tak ?

Vita-Lea combines 40 natural nutrients (12 vitamins, 15 minerals, spirulina, soy lecithin, hesperidin, lemon bioflavonoid, grapefruit bioflavonoid, orange bioflavonoid, alfalfa, acerola (Barbadoa Cherry) extract, rose hips, rice bran, carotene extracted from palm).

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Vita-Lea is produced using the advance technology of “Explo-Tab”. A technology that allows the tablet to ‘explode’ and disintegrate in our digestive system in order for our body to have optimum absorption of all vitamins and minerals.

Taken daily, Vita Lea:

  • Promotes overall health and vitality.*
  • Supports long term heart, colon and eye health.*
  • Promotes strong bones and a healthy immune system.*
  • Provides protection against free radical damage. *

This is based on 7 clinical studies.
Vita-Lea also utilizes a patented microcoating delivery system designed to enhance absorption of folic acid. :)

Sooo, to get your hands on this awesome Vita-Lea (worth RM88.75), all you need to do is:

  1. Register as Shaklee member from now until October 2015.
  2. Purchase at least 1 Shaklee product along with registration (no minimum purchase)

And voila ! Your COMPLIMENTARY Vita-Lea will be delivered to you along with your member kit & item(s).

Don’t miss out on this opportunity, contact me at 012-2966442. :)

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 !

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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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Your Trusted Shaklee Shah Alam Distributor

Assalamu’alaikum & hi everyone !

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Introducing moi, Melissa, a thirty-something mother of 1 (soon to be mother of 2, inshaAllah ameen), your Shaklee Independent Distributor in Shah Alam.
For a brief intro on who am I, click here.

Anddd, here are 6 SUPER REASONS why you should choose ME as your Shaklee Consultant:

1) Cash on delivery to you, yes YOU !

If you happen to stay in Shah Alam (heyyy orang Shah Alam :) !), Mr Sunshine and I can deliver to you at NO EXTRA CHARGE. We currently do delivery at night on weekdays and throughout the weekend. Do contact us at 012-2966442 for a free consultation about which products to get and to set the delivery date & time. :)

2) Delivery through Poslaju, GDEX or Citylink throughout Malaysia

If you do not stay around Shah Alam, we also deliver throughout Malaysia.
These postage fees apply:

Minimum
RM 7.30 (Peninsular)
RM 11.55 (Sabah/Sarawak)

Maximum
RM 10.60 (Peninsular)
RM 21.20 (Sabah/Sarawak)

FREE postage with:
Purchase of more than RM 800 (Peninsular)
Purchase of more than RM 1000 (Sabah/Sarawak)

3) Ready stock of Shaklee products

We always have ready stock of Shaklee products with us, so you do not have to wait so long to get your hands on them. :)
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4) A Shaklee Distributor & Leader Since 2012

Mr. Sunshine and I are Senior Supervisors in Shaklee and we have been recognized in Shaklee National Conferences.

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I have also attended Shaklee Distributor Trainings and Nutrition workshops to make sure that I am equipped with adequate and correct knowledge to share with all of you. :)

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5) An avid Shaklee user since 2012 !

You didn’t think I’d sell you something that I have not tried on myself and family, did you ?
Well of course not !
My family and I have been Shaklee users ourselves since 2012.
And we have been continuing to reap the benefits of Shaklee products – health wise and financial wise. Alhamdulillah.

So you can trust that I will only provide you with the best supplements around. Hehe.

6) Fast & super friendly consultation

I can be contacted through WhatsApp, SMS or Telegram at 012-2966442. I promise a super friendly, concise consultation especially tailor made for you.

So, what are you waiting for, drop me a line now. :)

xoxo

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Prenatal and Postnatal Vitamins

Selamat Hari Raya y’all !!
Maaf Zahir & Batin !

Better late than never, kan kan kan kan ? Hee.

Alhamdulillah.
I am now in my 2nd trimester, 25 weeks to be exact.
And I am now 10kgs heavier. Haha.

The nausea and lethargy I went through during my first trimester has slowly started to dissipate. Alhamdulillah.
And syukur to Allah, I managed to fast throughout Ramadhan this year with only missing one day because I woke up after Subuh. Sobs.
I was hoping to get to puasa penuh but I guess having to qadha 1 day isn’t that bad. :)

Mr. Sunshine has been such a darling, helping me to cook and clean for the past 5 months. Love you Encik Gigi Besarku !
I think he has this hidden passion for cooking, he keeps googling for new recipes to try. Hehe.

Just to share, this is the Healthy Prenatal set from Shaklee that I have been taking:

prenatal and postnatal vitamins

ESP
Protein supply for sustained energy, the building of fetal tissue and for a healthy uterus for baby to grow in !

VitaLea Iron Formula
This is a multivitamin with iron which helps us fill in our daily nutritional gaps. The iron in it helps pregnant mothers maintain healthy hemoglobin (HB) levels.

B-Complex
Complete source of B vitamins, including Folic Acid for mother and baby.
It’s critical to have enough folic acid in our system by the early weeks of pregnancy to prevent spina bifida. That’s why I recommend taking B Complex wayyyy before you get pregnant. :)

Sustained Release Vita C
Vitamin C helps improve our immune system, which is of course very important during pregnancy.

Ostematrix
Source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, which is very important for bone and growth of baby. The calcium our baby needs is provided by our diet, so we have to make sure we get enough calcium in our diet.
Ostematrix also helps in easing constipation !

Omega Guard
To provide a safe and beneficial amount of DHA & EPA for fetal brain development.

So there you are, my basic prenatal vitamins !
What’s good about all the above is I can still continue taking them after delivery (with the addition of Alfalfa Complex), and I plan to do so, InshaAllah.

I believe these supplements have helped me stay energized throughout Ramadhan, with Allah’s permission, of course.

Just found out you’re pregnant ? Congratulations ! Let me help you decide on which prenatal vitamins you should take. :)

Contact me now !

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 !

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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.

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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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