What Got Me Through My Morning Sickness...

~ Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 7:53 AM ~

This, ladies and gentlement, is what got me through the early days of nausea feeling during my torturing morning sickness phase... with Benjamin and Alyson, I had nausea for about 2 weeks but this 3rd pregnancy seems to last longer.

I'm at my 3rd month now and still need to rely on this every now and then..

The usual pickled/preserved fruits does not seem to work for me, all except this. Thank God!

What about you? What got you through your morning sickness?

Salted Chicken

~ Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:54 AM ~

I had earlier confessed that one of my 2013 resolutions (I rarely made them in my life so when I made it for this year, I'm trying to stick by it!) is to learn to cook for the family. For this post, I am sharing my next dish, guided by hubby (who got the recipe from his eldest sister) and to be honest, this is the dish that sort of helped me get over my luncheon meat addiction during my initial morning sickness phase (yup, been eating luncheon meat everyday for almost 2 weeks!)

Ingredients:

1. Chicken (depending how much you want)
2. Salted chicken seasoning mix (I use about 4 tsp for the amount of chicken meat we have)
3. A small ginger (sliced thinly)
4. Some wolfberries (Chinese called it 'gei ji')

Methods:
* Marinate the chicken with the salted chicken seasoning mix for about 1 hour. I usually pour out 4 tsp of the seasoning mix into a small container and rub the chicken meat all over with the seasoning mix.

* Placed the sliced gingers all around the chicken meat in the metal plate.
* After 1 hour of marinate process, cover the metal plate with an aluminium foil and steam for about 45 minutes.
* Add in the wolfberries by placing them all over the steamed chicken and cover back the aluminium foil.
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Steam for another 15 minutes.

Outcome:

I love this dish! Really! So much that I made it again and again over the next few days! I once tried to put the wolfberries together with the chicken and ginger and steamed them straight for 1 hour (according to my MIL, it is best to steam the wolfberries earlier to get the nutrients from it) but the outcome is slightly different in the sense that the juice produced from the steamed chicken is darker (due to the coloration from the steamed wolfberries). I much prefer to add in the wolfberries 15 minutes before the process finished as I prefer the juice to be clearer.

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Check-up Routines Under Full Paying Patient Scheme at Hospital Putrajaya

~ Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:04 AM ~

Before I begin today's post, I just want to state a disclaimer that this procedures noted here is what I have personally gone through on 12th March 2013 for my 1st check-up (3rd pregnancy now) and I apologize if I have left out any important routines/procedures or accidentally added any extra procedures. It is best for you to call up the hospital and follow their instructions.

Please note that prior to my 12th March check-up, it has been over 1 year since I last went to the hospital after giving birth to Alyson in September 2011 so I have definitely missed out and did not realised the new procedures in the hospital, especially those under the Full Paying Patient (FPP) Scheme.

FPP Hospital Putrajaya

Prior to this for my 2 earlier pregnancies, I actually just go to the registration counter and reopened my FPP account and immediately arranged for an appointment with my gynae on the same day. But now, the procedures are different as you will need to arrange for an appointment with your gynae first as any immediate walk-in to register for FPP and wanting to see gynae right after that will not be entertained. The staff at the registration counter will check whether you have arranged for any appointment with your gynae before they process your registration, so please spare yourself some headache and stress, call up to make your 1st appointment with your gynae before you go to the hospital straight.

So for my case, I actually called up early March and managed to speak to my gynae directly and I booked for the earliest date he can slot me in his busy schedule, which is 12th March 2013 2pm. I asked for afternoon time as I remember the crowds are lesser in the afternoon.

I actually arrived at 12.30pm on my check-up date, I thought I should be there earlier as the staff might need some time to reopened my FPP account and process my documents. But no, they said my appointment is made at 2pm, come back at 2pm. They are THAT strict now. No kidding! So I had no choice but to go lunch at cafetaria with my 2 kiddos and my kind-hearted sister in law who fetched us there and accompanied me for my check-up (hubby caught up with meetings back to back and not able to go with me), we also spent some time at the indoor playground in the hospital (not very well-kept and clean but better than have my kids running around outside exposed to the germs and etc)

At 5 minutes before 2pm, I quickly get my queue number and only have to wait for another person before me. Once I was at the registration counter, the staff passed me an FPP consent form to fill up. I have previously filled up this form twice so it's just routine task for me. You can click at the link to print your own form to save time, make sure you use yellow A4 paper since theirs are in yellow colored paper.

I also told the nurse I want to go back to my previous gynae who attended my 2nd pregnancy. He didn't delivered Alyson because he was on holiday that time but I like this gynae as he is soft spoken and gentle and did not rush through our appointments.

*** Confession: I think because of my previous blog post on the factors I chose Putrajaya Hospital and also recommending my gynae, he is now the doctor with the most FPP patients, so I am now quite hesitant to recommend him further as I'm really sorry to flood his schedule, and I'm very lucky to still be able to have him as my gynae.

I then have to pay RM110 for the FPP registration (one time fee to open FPP account in the hospital) and they reused my previous hospital card (no problem for me since it's still not fully used and I wrote all the important contact numbers in the booklet) If you noticed, I also used a marker pen to write the word 'FPP' in the cover of the booklet, I wanted my card to be easily seen by the staff there that I'm an FPP patient hahahaha....

FPP Hospital Putrajaya

I was also given a pink visiting slip with a small note that I'm seeing my gynae at the A counter (gynae section)

FPP Hospital Putrajaya

Armed with the small hospital booklet and the pink slip above, I walked to the O&G section and passed them to the nurse at the counter. Not much crowd at all on that day and there's a board written with doctors' names for the day too...

FPP Hospital Putrajaya

The nurse did asked me for my pink medical record book (apparently you can get this book from any government clinics / hospitals) but I don't have a new one with me as my previous 2 books were given by my gynae hahaha.. I told the nurse the same thing and they issued a new book for me. The nurse filled up all the details, including my contact details, previous pregnancies history, family health history and then took my blood pressure.

I was then asked to go do my urine test, left my sister in law taking care of my 2 kiddos near the toilet where I went. For urine test, you need to take just 1 strip of the urine test sample, 1 empty bottle to store your urine and some toilet papers which are all provided at a trolley right outside the toilet. Once you were done, dip the urine test strip into the bottle filled with your urine and throw the rest (bottle in a yellow chemical dustbin in the toilet) while the urine you throw into the toilet seat of course... Then you show your urine test strip to any nurse around the hallway and she will write down the results on your urine test in your pink medical booklet. You will then be asked to wait for your turn.

I walked back all the way to the O&G counter, leaving my kiddos and SIL (which is why you see the picture below they were so far away hahaha) because I don't want to miss out my name being called by the nurse at the counter.

FPP Hospital Putrajaya

I was initially told my gynae has gone upstairs to check on his patients and later a nurse telling me my gynae have to go operating room for an emergency c-sect case, so I was fine with having to be checked by other specialists there since my primary goal is to reopen my FPP account and to have my 1st check-up to make sure everything is fine. But to my surprise, when the nurse called for my name, I saw my gynae in his room. I almost wanted to hug him actually!

Too bad he doesn't remember me (no hard feelings, he sees hundreds and thousands of patients since my time) but his service is still the same. Soft spoken, gentle and no rushing at all. But I think he starts to remember a bit when I mentioned to him that I'm still nursing Alyson now, same as how I was still nursing Benjamin when I was preggy with Alyson in 2011. Anyway, he did the ultrasound scan and everything is fine, baby doesn't move much but we can see baby's heart movement which according to my gynae is the most important as baby might be sleeping now and at 10 weeks, still too early to see much movement.

Before we scheduled for our next appointment, I requested for a longer duration because with 2 kiddos now and staying 40 minutes away from the hospital (no traffic jam scenario), it is tiring and troublesome to go for monthly check-ups so our next appointment will be at 28 weeks. That's me at 7 months pregnancy. Woohooo!!! I think my gynae is fine with that seeing I have no problems with my previous 2 pregnancies anyway.

Please note that if it is your first pregnancy or you have risks or complications in your pregnancy, you do need to see your gynae as frequent as possible, do not follow my steps ya!

That's all the updates I can share for now. Again, a disclaimer that the procedures noted here is what I have personally gone through on 12th March 2013 for my 1st check-up (3rd pregnancy now) and I apologize if I have left out any important routines/procedures or accidentally added any extra procedures. It is best for you to call up the hospital and follow their instructions.