25 February, 2011

Pregnancy check up and “ada jumpa blogger ke?”

Since this is my 2nd pregnancy, I think its time for me to share with you esp if you are new mum to be. Oh ya disclaimer, this is write based on personal experience since I am not medical student =p

The moment that you know that you are pregnant, it can be clueless for you and ur husband..esp if you have no sister(s) and you might be shy to ask ur friends, colleagues, and even ur mum (not my case my mum passed away..so I learned here and there. Kdg2 encik suami kata "ibu ni belajar macam2 sume kat internet"..erk nk buat cmne kan?)

For the newly wed, pls don't do pregnancy test right after ur very first night...nope. It takes time for you to know u r pregnant. The kit is only to test ur pregnancy if ur period delayed by few days (if u have normal cycle). And don't be surprised if you notice it will be –ve result (sometimes baru2 kawen, hormone changes, ur mood also maybe changing..so sometimes it false alarm)

There are a lot of choices for the pregnancy kit. For me I never bought the expensive one, instead choose the price range rm8-10..because usually I will do it twice. The correct timing to do it is actually from the first urine since the hormone is high it will be easily detected by kit. However bear in mind, we are unique..some even actually pregnant even tho their hormone is low (tester might show blur image), but when it comes to scan actually pregnant.

Right after u confirmed pregnant, I recommend 3 things

  1. Do early scan
  2. Pregnancy check up
  3. Take care urself

Although our parents, grandparents might not encouraged to do early scan, I do not think it as good idea. The reason of early scan is to know whether it is a normal pregnancy (samada kandungan itu dalam rahim atau di luar rahim). So even tho u still not sure where u want to have proper check up, it always recommend to have first scan (usually you have to go clinic and pay it as company might not cover pregnancy scan in the medical card)

When it comes to pregnancy check up, it all depends on ur choice either government, private or even both. However it is always recommend to have check up at government as they have "Buku Merah" which ur pregnancy book that can be use at govt and private hospital as well. In case u deliver at private, but having serious complications u might be transferred to government hospital. You can always mixed, as long as you have a proper record that can be use when u want to deliver.

If you plan to have a check up at government clinic, here the step

  1. Find the gov clinic nearby ur house. You always can check here http://moh.gov.my/gov_clinics. When it comes to check up, u cannot simply go any government clinic, instead they have covered the respective areas..
  2. In case ur area have several clinic, kindly check the nearest
  3. Call them (otherwise you might waste ur time and might be rejected as they have "kawasan jajahan"). When call ask the following question:-
  • Do they have klinik ibu mengandung?
  • I am staying here..(state ur address.eg Taman XYZ), can I have pregnancy check up there?
  • when I can start pregnancy check up? Immediately of after specific weeks (I noticed that some areas start immediately, some later..myself when I call last time the clinic only accept after 14 weeks and above, maybe because a lot of pregnant mom and they want those that already stable)
  • Is it open Monday – Friday? Or any specific days?
  • What time..start - end ?
  • Anything to bring?

When it comes to pregnancy, different mom have different experience (even same mom might have different experience by comparing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even more). In general just take care of urself, eat balanced diet and healthily, take all vitamins given, have enough rest (esp if 1st pregnancy sila lah tidur sepuas2nya! Dh ada anak tidur pun kdg2 xcukup...letih kerja office, kerja rumah, itu dan ini). Plus please do not do heavy workloads esp in first trimester..First trimester is always consider fragile.

Oh ya..you also can subscribe pregnancy updates at http://www.babycenter.com.my/. They will send on weekly basis ..week by week development

Second part of this entry, since I do received email asking about FPP..I told my husband that there are readers of my blog asking question and they do sign up for FPP..Then husband asked me "ada jumpa blogger ke masa gi checkup?” Then I said dunno...

For 2nd pregnancy, I continue with Dr Hamidah..as comfortable with her (plus I afraid I will get nurse at KK nagging me since the gap 1st and 2nd is close!)

So until now I'm not sure whether when I do check up at Putrajaya, I meet any of blogger or silent readers of this blog...In case you bump me there..pls say hi to me. Because for this time pregnancy check up, husband just send and fetch me.It is hard to get parking in afternoon (plus I cannot go early as the schedule always at 2pm..and I have to come all the way from office in KL...)

So if you see me alone, dont be shy...maybe later we can have a chat (esp waiting time..). Till then

18 February, 2011

Mrs. Zach's First Give-Away

Prize to be win : Free photoshoot !
Closing date : 20.02.2011

I always wanted to join GA, online contest..so on, but unfortunately it will end up I draft only in my mind.

So for this time, I decided I must join it! The reasons...(please read below..hihi)

Ok so basically I need to do 4 steps follow- lengkapkan ayat- hebahkan-tinggalkan jejak

Step 1

I have follow the blog (below as proof)

Step 2
Saya nak menang mrs zach's first give away kerana
1. Afham akan menyambut harijadi setahun 7 Mac ini.

2. Kami akan menyambut anniversary kedua 14 Mac ini.

3. Kami tidak berpeluang bergambar bertiga secara proper. Maka hadiah GA bernilai RM300 ini akan jadi hadiah GA, birthday present and anniversary present yg tidak ternilai .. A picture is worth a thousand words and the moment will be priceless

4. Ayah pernah menyuarakan hasrat bergambar keluarga sedondon. Tetapi ibu tak berkesempatan nak survey dengan lebih lanjut

5. Ibu pernah berangan family outdoor yg ada pose kaki sahaja. Setakat ini hanya ada pose kaki ibu dan ayah sahaja.

6. Afham kalau bergambar guna digital camera tersenyum girang. Kalau diambil gambar dengan DSLR bagaimana pula lagaknya? Lebih lebar senyumannya agaknya :)

7. Memandangkan ibu tak berapa larat nak handle birthday party dgn keadaan pregnant ini , maka tiada birthday party tuk Afham 1st birthday. Tetapi ibu bercadang menghadiahkan Afham satu atau dua "Afham - Baby Photobook". Jika berpeluang, dapatlah ibu gunakan hasil2 photoshoot GA ini untuk diselitkan dalam photobook itu..pastinya photobook itu lebih menarik dgn hasil kerja zachery.art yang sememangnya cantik dan berkualiti tinggi

Step 3
Hebahkan..banner above and the rest clearly stated from this posting

Step 4
Tinggalkan jejak..Done

Oh ya, untuk puan penganjur disertakan juga word count kat bawah -185 words (den copi-paste je draft dr word ke blog...takut nanti penganjur letih nk kira wording)

So hopefully my first time joining GA will be successful (leh jadi outdoor, baby, family, matrenity photoshoot..4 in 1)...

For all other contestants, All the best !

10 February, 2011

Dilema berpantang

Until now, I really cannot decide on confinement planning..Ya the moment I knew that I'm pregnant again this really struck in my mind. Encik suami said that this time I can decide nak pantang di mana..but I really cannot think

Urmmm, I think I never write how it was for the first confinement, so here the story-mory

Part 1
My MIL came together with Tuk end of February as afraid I delivered earlier than EDD. I even started maternity leave 23/2 assuming to get some rest and also hoping that baby pop out early than EDD. But seems Afham enjoying the inside moment as I only delivered him on 7/3…

Mak stayed with us till almost end of March..which actually almost half of confinement period. She still working till now, and during that month she took a month leave!

She helped with taking care baby and of course no such pampered! I mean she helped to bath Afham at early days and then slowly I picked up the task..So by 2nd week I already know to handle him..mandi, tukar pampers, so on (OK2 I never touch, hold newborn baby..even pegang anak org lain pun yg dh tahap besar..inikan plak handle newborn)

MIL help to cook..I am not fussy so just ate whatever she cook..everyday will be fish – tenggiri dan yg x gatal2..xde ayam, .Sume goreng asam. Vege plak sawi and kucai. Fruit I can ate orange…Minum air xde pantang belasah je..but I still have constipation (plus asik takut nk qada' hajat besar…mind setting jugak kot). She do not encourage me to take pil from confinement set (I bought Mustika Ratu). So end up just take hospital pills and some homeopathy pill (encik suami bought this complete set from pregnant till deliver).. Erk itu pun ada hari xmakan (yes not discipline when it comes to pills…) . I also took Polleney Ikan Haruan, since xde makan ikan yg fresh

Bab beli brg basah tuk makan, encik suami yg handle..so ape yg dia beli, mak masak, itulah yg dimakan

MIL also will help esp during night..some nights Afham wont sleep for for few hours (baby kan adjusting their sleeping pattern..), she will take care and asked me to sleep..So during day, most of the time I took care him.

The rest, she help sidai dan lipat baju..while myself uruskan bab laundry ni (sorting, so on la…basuh mesin pun still kena kita handle sikit) ..baju baby, suami ngan diri snediri

Oh ya tukang urut urutkan untk 3 hari..urut, tungku, bengkung, param, pilis…tapikan lps 3 hari satu badan naik rashes maybe tak sesuai param pilis. Adalah mandi air (xingat ape bahan) for 2-3 hari MIL buatkan, the rest mandi air suam2

Kesian dkt Tuk, end up dia makan, tgk tv, tidur..sehingga bosanlah katanya duk di kl ni. Whenever encik suami asked her ikut gi Tesco, dia x nak ikut..so end up she never came out from our house

Part 2

Towards end of March, my father came with my brother.

So he help with cooking,sidai kain, taking care time malam2 Afham berjaga..(For new mum this is what we call sleepless night..baby bgn pukul 2 pagi even dh menyusu pun dia boleh mata celik xmo tido…bam2 ke, buai ke, selawat ke matanya celik kdg2 smpi ke subuh!)

Bab makan almost similar mcm mak..except vege ada la makan kentang & carrot..(I think I requested encik suami to buy lobak putih, tp xde pun dpt makan..) and also my father buatkan sambal halia

My father and brother went back to Segamat on my 43 days of confinement. On 44 day, Afham admitted to hospital for antibiotic treatment (so my plan to have penutup pantang xjadi)

Both of them also never come out not even to Tesco, since my brother sakit kaki (after almost a year we just know that actually tulang punggung dia sedikit retak..itu pun sbb baru2 ni my brother admitted to hospital due to asthma)

Start from confinement day 44 till now, we took care him (yes my colleagues asked me so sendiri2 ye? Xde org tua tgk2 kan? I think they know how we struggle with all those early days)

Now back to my current concern

I still have step grandma..but she never giving birth..and of course we (me, my sister, my father) have some doubt whether she can take care of me during confinement. My father already asked "org kl nk mintak tlg mak bidan jb tolong jaga" and she replied " nape tak bidan segamat (my father la) jaga". So indirectly understood that she rejected.

If asked my father to come here and help plak kesian plak kt my brother. Nowadays he is really hard to move around, kena bawak tongkat ke sana sini

So the option that I have to asked MIL…but she still working, xkan nak amik cuti sebulan lagi? Udahle tahun lps amik, tahun ni lagi. Karang Tuk bosan lg dok kl…or I should have my confinement at Kedah?

Kalau pantang di mana2 kg pun haruslah pulak packing bnyk benda…brg ibu, baby, Afham. Encik suami plak kena dtg every weeks or every 2 weeks. Plus we have no experience balik kg with newborn (this time lgla 1 newborn, 1 toddler). Then we still do not know the condition of our 2nd baby..doa2 sume sihat sajalah (during Afham, almost every week visited hospital to have his urine test..due to UTI)

I even suggested to encik suami to have my own confinement..means sdn bhd..masak pun simple je goreng ikan, sayur masak air je..Afham plak hantar ke nursery as usual (I don't think taking care both is good idea..sb takut la tinggalkan baby tgh tidur, takutla plak Afham kacau adik dia..The rest ask for encik suami help. But he seems not agree..takut dia bz ngan keje sume so end up he cannot help much

Or should I try confinement services like shadira. I know the services is quite pricey, but at least there's someone to help for at least 2 weeks? (klu encik suami setuju, saya sudah reserve sikit duit bonus hari tu untk kos ni…). But I have to concern on outsider staying together with us..

I have few concerns also like whom will take care Afham if in case I deliver during weekend? If working day still have nursery, but of course only during day..how if I deliver during night? The only nearby relative is Encik suami's cousin (stayed nearby to our house)..

Pening pening..

Hmm..betullah dilemma..erm alahai kalaulah emak masih ada :(

p/s : org yg ada emak pun ada yg kdg2 xbersyukur ada org jagakan..yelah bkn pe kdg2 org tua ni bg pantang larang adalah sebabnya...mak mana yg xsayang anak..pastilah ada sebab klu dilarang time pantang ni