Pregnancy Then & Now...

~ Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 11:06 PM ~

The table below is to recap and note down what are the differences between my pregnancy then and now...

Pregnancy in June 2008 - March 2009
Pregnancy in Nov 2010 - Now...
Working in IT line, constantly in meetings with users & vendors for the new IT system, apart from being in-charge of changing company's website & the legacy IT system
No longer working in IT line, a full-time mummy now catering to the whims & fancies of a 23 months old toddler who is ever so active and playful and cheeky.
What's good then?
* A more fixed eating time, breakfast, lunch & tea time snacks are pretty fixed
* The availability of squatting toilets in the office allows me to practise my squats (which I read in some pregnancy article saying it helps with your contractions)
What's good now?
* Hopefully able to maintain regular eating times (as my schedule  is pretty much determined by Ben)
* No squat toilets in the house so have to make do with squatting as much as possible while playing with Ben, at the same time, ensure safety to ownself as well (as in not to be overly crazy while playing with Ben)
Gone through 3 gynaes:
#1: Female gynae in a private hospital who we think is not capable & caring enough for her patients
#2: Male gynae in a private hospital (but has his own clinic) & who we think is capable & caring but  the charges are pretty steep
#3: Male gynae in a semi private hospital & who we think is capable, caring, soft-spoken & the charges are very low!
We wanted to go back to our gynae #3 but turns out he got promoted to be the dept head for O&G in Miri, Sarawak. So he's no longer in the semi private hospital anymore.

We are keeping our options open for other doctors in the same hospital though our current gynae check-ups are done at a private hospital.
Complications during 1st trimester:
Do not experience any morning sickness at all

Complications during 2nd trimester:
Weight not going up, got scolded by 2nd gynae to top up food intake. Guzzled full cream milk on daily basis on top of going crazy with McDonalds' and Wendys few times a week.

Complications during 3rd trimester:
Blood pressure touching borderline. Ordered by 3rd gynae to go for alternate days for check ups on blood pressure. On my last gynae visit, was told I had low amniotic fluid and advised to go for induced or to be C-sect in a week's time. Thank God contractions started on the same day & I ended up having natural delivery.
Complications during 1st trimester:
The first 2 weeks, food looks good but when I eat it, it felt like a lump and very difficult to swallow and eat on. Had not been having any appetite when I see fried food.

2 months + now, no problems with any food, nothing that makes me giddy or nausea or anything though I've been regularly eating chicken rice with roasted pork slice.

Have no idea what to expect in terms of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding? Bah... been there, done that... heck, still doing it!
Have no idea what to expect during labor. In fact, totally forgot all about my breathing exercise!
Images and memories of 1st labor flashed back the moment home pregnancy tested positive...
Contraction from 1cm to 10cm in 4.5 hours.
People said that subsequent labor will be faster than the one before... so I really hope this round we can make it to the hospital in time!
Natural delivery using Enthonox
Hopefully natural delivery again!
Worries about Labor, breastfeeding, babycare
Worries about Labor, breastfeeding during pregnancy, baby care as Ben is around this time...

And just a couple more things to note that I will not be able to do in a few months time:

* Lie down on my front
* Be able to look at my feet (thanks to my hubby who kept telling me to enjoy looking at my feet now!)
* Wear my favorite short pants (no wait... I already can't wear it now!)
* Get up from bed as easily as I can now...

And the things I'm so NOT looking forward to in a few months time:

* Heavy belly
* Cramps on my feet
* Difficulty in breathing as the belly gets bigger
* Heartburn
* Itchiness around belly and/or thighs as belly gets bigger (skins stretching you see...)
* Stretch marks
* Swollen feet
* Clumsiness and being forgetful

Please wish me luck and I really need all the support I can get in making my breastfeeding during pregnancy works! And of course, most important is I have a smooth and safe pregnancy and delivery!

Thank you for reading, have a good weekend and God bless you!

The Weird Things I Did Before I Found Out I Was Pregnant...

~ Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 2:59 PM ~

I read in the Internet how some new expecting mummies were worried about what they did prior to them knowing they were pregnant, things like drinking a bit too much of some alcoholic stuff, or smoking a bit too much and so on. I don't drink and I don't smoke but boy oh boy, I did some weird stuff before I found out I was pregnant...

Now, I found out I was pregnant with Ben in July 2008 and few weeks before that, I did this:

Yes, ladies and gentlemen... that is FLYING FOX. I accompanied my hubby to one of his teambuilding activities in his business and participated along in this flying fox activity. Climbed up to that really high platform, got myself strapped all over, armed with the wobbly helmet and just a strap to hang onto, I flew off from the platform and landed on the opposite site onto this flat ground area. All of this happened when I didn't even realised I'm already pregnant!

And few weeks before finding out we're expecting now, we went on a family trip to Genting and hubby and I sat on this while my brother in law babysit Ben for a while.

(Image taken from Google search)

This my friend, is one of the outdoor rides in Genting Highland, called "Flying Dragon". It's a roller coaster ride which adults and children with specific height can go for. Hubby and I tried it after much persuasion by his brother that we should just try it before we get older and got scared of roller coaster rides!

So yeah, both pregnancies, I'm in some sort of 'flying' activities prior to finding out I'm pregnant.

What about you? Any weird, funny, creepy, scary or memorable things you did before you realised you were pregnant?

Mum & Son Biker Team?

~ Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 8:42 AM ~

Just can't resist posting up this picture. Picture on the left is me about 3 years old, sitting on a neighbour's bike and chewing some sweets while picture on the right is of Ben taken few days ago, riding on his grand uncle's bike.

Mum and son biker team? Hehehehe...