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Breastfeeding: Have it the Right Way

It is important to take time to ensure that your baby is properly latched on before you start feeding because you could develop a sore nipple if breastfeeding is done in a wrong way. Here are few guides to proper breastfeeding: Sit up in bed, in a comfortable armchair, or in a rocking chair with your feet flat on the floor or in a stool to bring your knees up. Make sure that your back is properly supported, pillows are a must.  Use them as a support behind your back, your elbow or your lap to support the baby. Position your baby at your breast level and hold him with his nose and mouth facing your nipple. Also holding your baby tummy to tummy is a comfortable position for both of you as this will help the baby to latch on properly. Lying side by side is ideal and recommended for mother’s who went a caesarean section. Once your baby opens his mouth wide, bring him to the breast and ensure that he takes all of the nipple and the areola into his mouth. The areola is the black part surrounding the nipple. If the baby is not latching well, try removing him from the breast by inserting your finger into

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Breastmilk: The Nature’s Perfect Food for Babies

It is no doubt that breastfeeding is good for both mother and baby. It is perfectly balanced and contains everything that the baby needs to grow and develop. It is easy for babies to digest breastmilk and most of all contains antibodies which protect them from illness and even has growth hormones. It is a very safe product which stood the test of time, this is why since my little one was born I am trying to breastfeed him and I am so thankful that I don’t have problem with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is also good for mother as it helps the womb to contract more quickly after birth, this will also help mommies to get back in shape more quickly. It is ideal to breastfeed soon after your child is born so when you feel ready, ask the nurses to help you start breastfeeding. In my case, it was the nurses who insisted and keep on reminding me to start breastfeeding immediately. To breastfeed, make sure that you are both comfortable and your back is properly supported before you start feeding. Sit with your back supported, your legs down and your feet flat on the floor. This position will help

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It’s All Worth the Pain

It’s been a week after I gave birth to our lil Z, finally the long wait is over and we are now enjoying our new bundle of joy. I love every single moment with my little one. Here’s sharing my birthing experience. A week after the false labour, finally the moment that we’ve been waiting has arrived. On my 38 weeks and 4th day of pregnancy, around 8:15pm on December 2, 2010 after having our dinner and while preparing for bedtime, I felt a trickle of water coming out down there. I wasn’t alarm at all, until another trickle came realizing that my water bag broke. So I immediately called my OB and was advice to go to the hospital immediately. Hubby and I prayed and calmly go to the hospital, and were immediately admitted. My OB arrived, and did internal examination. I was 3cm dilated but my water bag did not break yet, it was just some sort of leak. I was under observation the whole night, to see if my contraction will progress. The following day, December 03, I was awaken by hunger, we had our breakfast which was my last meal. My contraction was not progressing but

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Early Signs of Labor or was just a false alarm?

Around 1:45pm yesterday, while in the office, I started feeling the pain in my lower abdomen, similarly to a menstrual cramp but the pain was tolerable, since I was used of having menstrual cramp during my monthly period. I continue working, until the pain lasted for hours and was actually getting stronger plus a lower back pain. With a task to finish, I simply endure the pain which was still bearable at that time, I manage to take note of the gap of each contractions. It was taking 10 to 15 mins with a gap of 20 to 60 seconds. The pain was progressing, at this time it was like a severe menstrual pain, that makes me want to lie down and rest. At that time the contraction pattern was still irregular. I called the hospital to report what was going on with me, and was advice to go to hospital for checking. I was constantly communicating with Hubby and he was almost in a panic mode while at work, too bad he need to finish something for that day. I waited until the end of office hours to go home. At home, I lie down and rest for a

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Breathing Techniques During Labor

The past few nights I feel like I am starting my labor with the presence of frequent Braxton hicks and false contraction. Those were signs that I am moving closer and closer to the big day. I have been keen in researching of what to expect on my delivery date, particularly the painful labor stages. I am giving myself a self education on this matter for me to know what exactly to do and expect during labor. An important thing to note is to learn the proper breathing technique during labor. Breathing has been known to ease labor pain and steady rhythm breathing will make you relax and focus. Here are some points to remember during labor:  At the early stage of labor, begin with Slow Breathing take a deep relaxing breath at the beginning and end of each contraction through your nose and release it through your mouth. It will provide more oxygen to your baby, your body muscles and your uterus. This will also help you focus.  During the active phase of labor, use Light Accelerated Breathing, where you breathe in and out rapidly through your mouth which is about one breath per second. The intensity

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Fear of the Unknown @ 35 weeks

Marking my 35 weeks of pregnancy today, very close to the big day and the excitement become more intense. It seems that the reality of being a mother is hitting me on this final stage of pregnancy and looking forward of everything about being a first time mom. And as we move closely to the big day, I was haunted by what I called the fear of the unknown. Being a first time mom, though I read lots of pregnancy books, I am absolutely bare about what will happen on the big day. Been thinking ahead, will I bare the labour pains? How will I cope with the pain? Will I deliver normally? And so on… Occupied with loads of questions and fear, what relieves me is knowing that God is with me and that I can do it in partnership with Him and claiming that everything would be fine under His control. This really makes me confident. Meanwhile, my baby Z’s bag is all up for grab once he gave me a sign that he is ready to meet me and his big daddy Z. There have been a lot of changes physically. Lately my ankle had a mild

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The Importance of Water during Pregnancy

Picture from http://www.parents.com/ Did you know that water can be the answer to lighten many side effects of pregnancy? Fluid acts as our body’s transportation system that carries the nutrients through the blood to the baby, thus water has an important part of pregnancy. Water also helps prevents urinary tract infections which is common in pregnancy. Dehydration during pregnancy could be very serious, so it is very important to keep our body hydrated not only during pregnancy. Most of the water intake is use in the amniotic sack, which helps to ensure that the baby is well protected inside the womb. In later stage of pregnancy, dehydration may cause contractions that might lead to premature labor. It is recommended that we drink at least eight ounce glasses of water each day pregnant or not. There are many benefits a pregnant woman can get from having plenty of water inside the body. This includes, a healthier skin, less chance of pre-term labor, less acne, washing away unnecessary sodium and better bowel movements. During early pregnancy, having plenty of fluid between meals can also prevent nausea or morning sickness, this has been recommended by many doctors. It is also essential when you

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Sweet Thoughts my Sweet Sorrow

Chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate frap, this were just a few that I have been craving lately. Since I entered my third trimester, sweets and smoothies is all I ever wanted. I would definitely blast with joy when my hubby allows me to eat sweets. Yesterday he bought me a slice of choco hazel nut cake and it did satisfy my cravings. My ob have told me to minimize my sugar intake as we are closely approaching the big day. I just had my glucose test last week but still waiting for the result.Why is it that pregnant women should avoid sugar during their pregnancy? This is to avoid developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia which is a serious medical condition that affects all body organs. This may lead to pre-mature birth while a severe preeclampsia can lead to seizures, kidney or liver complications.An old wives tale says that eating too much sugar can cause big babies increasing the risk of undergoing a C-section for some women. Studies confirmed that too much intake of sugar can cause your baby to grow excessively large. So to avoid sweet cravings, eat breakfast every morning, drink plenty of water, eat small-frequent snacks throughout the

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Pregnancy Massage

I have been wanting a massage when I entered my third trimester. My lower back almost reached its extreme pain as I spend most of my time sitting at the office. My leg and my inner thigh are also giving me discomfort. A professional massage is all I wanted but due to old wives tale that massage is not good for pregnant as this might have a negative effect to the baby, I endured the pain and let my hubby give me a very soft massage on the affected areas. Out of curiosity, I have decided to do a research. I am not really convinced that massage is a no no no to pregnant women. I have come across to webmd.com and was enlightened and found out that pregnancy massage have actually positive benefits to pregnant women. A study in University of Miami School of Medicine suggests that prenatal massage might have positive effects which include a decreased back and leg pain, improved sleep, Lowered anxiety and Decreased level of stress hormone norepinephrine. On the other hand, prenatal massage which is given to a depressed pregnant woman may increased her “feel-good” hormones serotonin and dopamine, decreased levels of cortisol which

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Baby’s Head Down at 33 weeks

It’s my 33rd weeks now, it’s nice to know that little Z’s head is already down, I hope he won’t be changing his position until the big day. Though his getting bigger and bigger he seems to have more enough space down there as he keeps on kicking, shrugging and punching down there. Just like the past weeks, I’ve been having so much sweet thoughts and cold craze, my ob already told me to tune down my sweet intake but I just sometimes can’t resist it. Getting more and more excited to see our little Z. See you soon baby.
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Updates: 32 weeks at SG

My husband and I together with my family were in Singapore, when we marked my 32 weeks of pregnancy last weekend. My family was here in KL for a vacation in less than three weeks and the vacation will not be complete without a side trip to Singapore. I was actually hesitant to go; I was worried I might get exhausted with the 5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore plus the walkathon during the sight seeing around Sentosa, Clark Quay, Esplanade and Orchard. Anyhow, I still did go with them, pretty good that the bus ride was not stressful, busses bound to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur have wide sitting space for passenger making it comfortable for all passenger. I did get tired with the walkathon around Singapore, but I manage to take rest in between everytime I feel tired and took a deep sleep upon reaching the hotel at around 10 pm. It was good that my pregnancy was healthy that made this trip possible for me and my little Z. Thanks God I and my little Z are doing well. This was also my little Z’s second time in Singapore while his inside my womb. I was

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Maternity Portrait

Previously my maternity shoot bts was featured here in mumsicle. Thank you to my fellow KL Pinoy Photography Buff friends for doing such a great job and for giving me a pleasure to hold a pose for them. LOL. Here are pics by Etsu Rion. and another set by jay fuerzas Thank you again guys!
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Maternity Shoot with Friends

30 weeks to be exact now. Yesterday was my maternity shoot with KL Pinoy Photography Buff friends Jay, etsu & zaide held only at home. On the midst of the outdoor shoot, drizzle come along and eventually poured a not so heavy rain. Wait for a while for the rain to stop, gladly mr.rain did his way back to the clouds. The shoot continue, and was a perfect timing for us, coz it was not crowded at the pool area where it used to be every afternoon on a weekend. A couple of shoots with etsu and jay, gladly I was comfortable posing for them with my bump shown on a public area.Good thing the rain didn’t show up anymore so we shoot till we’ve come short of ideas and eventually head for the indoor shoot at home. I’m loving the experience, being the model for the first time, incase you don’t know, I’m a photography enthusiast so normally I’m the one who has the camera and have you’re picture taken. Baby zoe showed my photographer friends that he was also enjoying the shoot, he was very active and would give a kick during my bump close up shoot. Hubby

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Me, Hubby and my Bump on my 27th week…

It’s my 27th week of pregnancy. It’s been a long journey and we’re starting to get impatient for the big day. Almost 3 months before he comes out, but looks like its still a long wait, we want to see you baby very soon. To quench the day, Hubby and I decided to have our first picture together showing my bump. Hubby has been very supportive through out this whole thing and he also enjoys baby’s kicks every night. Having no one to take our portrait, we have no choice but to trust our tripod for this project. After a several clicks and catching the right place for the right framing, finally we have this end product. I have converted it to high key black and white to add the drama on the picture. Meanwhile, as I journey to the big day, I enjoy watching my baby stretching my tummy while he moves inside there.
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112 Days to Go

112 days to go until the big day. Today, I am on my 6th month or 24th week to be exact. He is now well developed at this stage no wonder he is more becoming active inside my womb. Even though I am well settled at this stage, im still trying to ensure that I maintain the healthy lifestyle habits I have established, not only for my benefit but especially for my baby. The picture was taken by hubby during my weekly dose of swimming down our neighbourhood.
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