Belly Photo @ 22 weeks, 2 days

Taken on

Wednesday, 21st November 2012

at the office, BP Quill 7 KL

after having free lunch! 😉

belly photo 22 weeks

Terase bulat! =p

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Next Check-up : To-do’s

Tomorrow is the day for my next check-up appointment. As always, it gets us excited all week! What’s awaiting? The most anticipating part has passed last week – to know the gender of our baby. Though it was quite apparent thru the ultrasound but we might want to reconfirm, right? Double check gitu.. 😉 But fyi, we have started buying boyish baby’s stuffs ocayy! Hehe..

So other than that, will just see what’s the doc has planned for..passing halfway through the pregnancy they might need to run any test or give a new set of medicines.. as for myself, all in my mind is just about seeing my baby inside..his movement, his measurement…and all I’m hoping is to listen only that everything is well. Ameen…

~Looking forward~

In the last checkup, I prepared a list of questions to ask doc. This time, nothing I guess. My pregnancy in the last four weeks since my last check up was quite fine.. even the headache that’s been hitting me all time last month has faded away… Alhamdulillah. So maybe it’s only the 4th month symptom. So now I fit in the pregnancy hormone already..cehh.

And also, no more confusion about the kicking. I can feel that clearly already!! I’m so excited every time my tiny resident is like so busy with his activity inside. Been wondering is it the legs kicking? The hands punching? Or he’s having hiccups? Alolo anak mom! Hopefully he’s having fun in there.. and keeps growing! 😉

Nothing to-ask, but I have a few things to-do. Let cheklist them! :

  •  Antenatal Class Registration – It becomes a must for new parents to attend this class right. So far all my friends said it’s very useful. So I must not miss the chance and am planning to attend it next month in December – my 6th month of pregnancy. I’ll get the details of the class and share it here.
  • Book for 4D Ultrasound – another exciting agenda! My friend advised us to go have the 4D ultrasound session at around 6 months of pregnancy. At that time, the baby’s features are complete and the baby’s size is just nice. After 7 months, the baby has almost fully accommodated the uterus that makes it difficult to scan through him. So next month is the time. Hopefully the schedule suits us!
  • Request for Maternity/Delivery Package  – We’ve been planning to deliver our baby at the hospital but we don’t even know whether we can afford the bills or not – boley tak?? Haha… I’m gonna ask for the delivery package – if they have it in particular or in range, and also maybe the room charges or anything…  It’s a private hospital so fees are definitely significant. My company is reimbursing a portion of the costs (can I say a small portion? :p – Alhamdulillah!!), but we still need to prepare ourselves and our pocket! Huhu…

I guess that’s all. It’s only a half day time-off  and gotta go back to work in the PM. So hopefully I can check everything done! Till then, till the next update. Bye!

Update : *My Lil’ Baby inside is 20 weeks old!*

Vitamins for Pregnancy

So far,up until the fourth month of pregnancy, I am only taking 3 types of pregnancy supplements all prescribed by my gynae. Those are Folic Acid, Pramilet and Neurogain.

  • Folic Acid

The first time I called my mom to tell her that I’m pregnant, even before I went for the confirmation check, she mentioned to me to take Folic Acid quickly. To know what Folic Acid is, do google ;). But briefly the purpose is to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida which is a neural tube defect. Haa….important right? You have to take it as early as possible. That’s why it’s also important for us to detect our pregnancy early. As your period overdue, quickly run a home urine pregnancy test. This Folic Acid is actually also a pre-pregnancy supplement. It may help you to conceive? – hehe not sure this one. But its surely good because your baby is protected since the very second it’s developed. I started taking it at my 6th week. At Guardian, it’s only RM0.95 sepapan of 10 pills. I’m still taking this now and if I’m not mistaken my gynae said it will continue until 5 months. 

  • Pramilet

Another supplement that I knew I have to take is Obimin. It’s a multivitamin for pregnancy entering the 2nd trimester. But for mine one, my gynae gave me Pramilet. It’s also a multivitamin, just with a different name and brand maybe. I started taking this since my 1st checkup at 10 weeks. For what it contains, kindly search. Point is, it’s a supplement for mothers.

  • Neurogain PB

This is for baby. Baby’s brain development in particular. Neurogain is a fish oil. I (mistakenly) started taking this as early as at 10 weeks of pregnancy. But actually it only needs to be taken starting from the 2nd trimester. It didn’t supply anything to the baby too early. Pls take note. Haha…I thought taking this vitamin is just a self initiative. But no, it’s actually recommended by the hospital. So don’t need to susah2 find it at pharmacy. Oh yea, one thing, because it is fish oil, it has to be taken SEPARATELY from the 2 tablets above. Because it’s oil. It will absord the pills supplement and you won’t gain anything from them. So I took Folic Acid and Pramilet after lunch, and Neurogain at dinner time.

Yeah, that’s all. One of each per day. If you vomit, do retake! If you’re forgetful, do use the pill reminder box like me. Hehe..Yeah, one of the pregnancy symptoms is being forgetful. Many women faced this issue. I don’t know whether I do. Because being not pregnant also I am sometimes (or always) forgetful. Hehe….

Till then, will update you any more medicines I take in future months. Take care!

Update : *My Baby inside is 17 weeks old!*

Pregnancy @ Week 17 : 3rd Check Up (Part 2 – Q&A Session)

  • Issue 1 – Kad Merah Klinik Kerajaan.

Bile pregnant je org akan tanye “Dah buat kad merah?” Or buku merah or kad pink or whatever you call it. I’m engaging a routine checkup at a private hospital and I don’t keep any of my pregnancy record with me. I saw the clinic maintains my details in one file but what’s given to me are only the appointment card, and also the ultrasound printscreen. That’s all. So some said you must have that. Some said not necessarily kad merah but at least any record for reference for any other hospitals in case of emergency (terberanak kat tempat lain plak) you got to be admitted not at your current hospital. Some said if the hospital don’t have specific book, ask a copy of the doctor’s record every time coming for checkups (memandaiiii aje!)

So that was the conflict so I asked doc. Answer – here in SunMed, they don’t give the details to patients. If you wanna go to other private hospitals, just go, no problem. But if you wanna go to GH for delivery, they won’t allow you if you’re without their kad merah. So if you plan to deliver at GH, you must buat your kad merah. If you wanna deliver at other private, kad merah is not necessary. If you don’t have kad merah and you got to be referred to GH, private will provide referral letter. Haaa…. Like that. If if if….

  • Issue 2 – Long distance travelling right after discharged

I lived in Sunway,PJ and am planning to be in confinement at my Mama’s house in JB. If I deliver my baby here in SunMed, would it be ok for me to travel in car for 3 to 4 hours all the way to JB right after discharged? Would it be dangerous? Would it be any bleeding or whatever?

Doc said – ”It’s ok, no problem, yes you can. Many ppl did that anyway. There are even ppl who travel by plane, straight to airport right after discharged. – That is if you have a natural birth (normal).”

But if you go thru caesarean, you have to come back for follow-ups after 10 days. So cannot balik kampong rightaway. Clarified.

  • Issue 3 – Serious dizziness

One of the symptoms in my 4th month of pregnancy is serious dizziness. No more nausea like in the first trimester but I feel dizzy like ALL THE TIME for the past two weeks can you imagine? Ok, not all the time but most of the time, seriously. L And being pregnant I know we can’t simply take any pills/pain killers. Sakit pon, tahan je lah.. so I asked doc and she said it’s all common. Until you reach certain phase of pregnancy it will fade. So now just bear with it, get rest or if you can’t stand it, you can take panadol. Panadol ONLY. The doctor is quite strict on the medication and she again stressed that I can’t simply take any pills/pain killers. Those drugs may defect your baby. Aaaaa takut! It’s ok lah doctor. I would rather just tahan this sakit pening kepala than taking any pills that can be risky. Huhu…

From what I read, as the pregnancy goes on, so does the tummy. The speedy expansion of the tummy (and body weight as well) might affect the way we balance our body because we are adapting with the new centre of gravity of our body. Yeah, that makes sense. Because my tummy has started gaining attention..those who don’t know I’m pregnant can already tell that I am. Other than that, it’s also because of heart that pumps more blood, the blood pressure and so on…so your organs are adjusting with the roller coasters inside. Still, it’s most unlikely that we will be all black-out and fall. Mine’s not until that bad. So just relax….and sabarrr….

  • Issue 4 – Other pregnancy supplements

Because we’re talking about pills restriction and so on, I came to ask her on other pregnancy products (there’s a bunch in the markets and online!). Again, she doesn’t allow her patients to take any other supplements than what she prescribed. Whatever that the hospital gives you is actually enough. Even some of those non-hospital products, got banned! So, clarified. So, xyah lah nak beli2 mcm2 product tambahan kat pasaran tu. We might not know the little possible side effects unless we do thorough research before taking it. I’m not that gigih. But for those whose taking any other supplements, of course it’s all up to individual, yeah? Later in the next post I’ll share with you the only Vitamins I’m taking for my pregnancy.

  • Issue 5 – Weight

What I knew about target of weight gaining during pregnancy is about 0.5kg a week = 2kg a month (+/-). After the fasting month and entering the second trimester, I gained better appetite and started to see my weight increment. Today, I gained 3kg+ from the previous month. Hee…! Doc said she doesn’t observe my weight..she just monitors the weight of my baby. Because I have a small physical so weight shouldn’t be an issue. Only that I have to jump over 50kg within this pregnancy. Ohhh I see….insyaAllah I can reach that in these few months. J

  • Issue 6 – The First Kicks?

Huhu…..this is what playing in my mind lately. When is baby gonna start kicking?? Penat tggu penat concentrate. I saw your legs already but tak kick mom pon? I even asked my hubby to listen at my tummy. Xde pon?? Huhu…

Me, ”Doc, when’s the baby start kicking?”

Doc, “There, its been kicing already. So active.”

Me, “What? But I never feel anything?”

Doc, “It’s not about when the baby starts kicking. It’s when YOU FEEL the kicks.”

Ohhhh……really…. I see…. Aaa…..this is tricky! I think sometimes I feel something inside but is that a kick? How is it actually? Aaaaa I don’t know! Conflict..conflict… hehehe…. It’s okay, take ur time baby. Or I’m the one who should take my time? Because this is my very first pregnancy. So I really don’t know how’s it like.. It’s okay…this is my journey! J According to doc, the latest I should be feeling the kicking is at 24 weeks. So it’s about 7 weeks from now insyaAllah I’ll feel it. Come on baby! Your dad is a good striker so come on, show your talent! :p Kesian baby he must be struggling inside! 😀

Not me. Just gambar hiasan. =p

Yeahh…. That is all the Q&A session in my third pregnancy checkup just for sharing. If you wanna add up anything you know about my confusion, pls do, thank you! 🙂

Update : *My Lil’ One inside is 16 weeks old!*

Pregnancy @ Week 17 : 3rd Check Up (Part 1)

Hello everyone! I just came back from my check-up appointment today. It has been all exciting! Hehe.. x sabar nk cite.

13th Oct 2012 – It’s Saturday. The 1st time check-up that I did on Saturday. My God punye lah ramai org dtg appointment hari Sabtu. Queue for registration pon selang berbelas2 org. Slalu nyer 3-4 org je. But not bad lah..registration je. This time, I came in the morning just for registration because my husband also got another appointment. So I just picked my turn, weighed my body and took my urine. Coming at 8:30am, my turn was number 7! Yg turn number 1 tu dtg pkl 6:30am hagak nyer. :p

But that didn’t matter lah. I left for another errand and came again at 11:40am, waited for 5 minutes and they called me in. Better right??? Save waiting time, save waiting energy, save baby’s energy. :p

Masuk2 je x sempat ddk lg doc ckp “Saleha, your blood is all good, no problem, everything is OK.” Alhamdulillah…! It’s the blood test I did on my previous checkup. As usual, checked blood pressure, ok, and then naik katil! 😀

Bismillah…Start scanning…

Doc, “Wahh…cantik tali pusat die.” Haa…that’s the 1st words. Hehe…tali pusat pon cantik. J Makin lame, makin besar baby ku! Last time, the head was on the left of the screen and the legs belah kanan. But this time, kepala belah kanan, kaki belah kiri. Wahh berpusing2 die kat dalam yer! (Mom’s theory :p) So the doctor measured my baby. Measured the legs, the head’s diameter and also the stomach’s diameter. The measurement is to know the baby’s current size is as its current week. Should be more or less, the same.

Even since the 1st checkup, my baby’s measurement is alwaysss more than the current week. Extra by 3 days like that la.. Whoahh… big baby! Mom makan byk sgt ker?? Hehe…x kesah la kan..xkan lah nk btol2 exact plak! Apelah mom nie..detail! :p But it’s kinda worrying if the baby’s size is too big and it can’t go thru my cervix then I gotta be c-zer! Aaa…takut.. Hopefully not. So far the doctor doesn’t highlight anything yet so keep calm.

My baby….taraaaaaaaaa….! 😀

My Baby ~ 16 weeks 3days 🙂

See, this time, the baby’s head is no more oversized than the body. It’s progressing well. Alhamdulillah..

And then the doctor moved the cursor to……the genital! Aaaaaa!! Yes, at week 14 the baby’s sex organ is already developed and we can see it now. Tapiiii….the doctor x ckp pape ponn….

Mother-to-be’s, do you wanna know your baby’s sex within pregnancy or would you wanna keep it surprised? My answer is definitely, NOW! I wanna know it now! Hahaha…overexcited! And nervous at the same time..huh! Ppl surrounding are neverendingly guessing by looking at my bump, my appearance…which everything is superstitious. Honestly I don’t mind the gender. 🙂

Oh, fyi, even since the day 1 I got to know I’m pregnant, I already have that instinct of my baby’s gender! Seriously! Hehehe…But its not just a blind instinct. I have knowledge and feelings that support my instinct. So it’s guessing game againnn….to know the baby’s gender and to asses my motherly instinct whether its working well or not! Hahha…

And then doctor scanned the other parts and we’ve been questioning….and then…I asked, “So you can see already… it’s Boy? Girl?” (Nak tanye pon takut2! :p)

Doc, “Yea, u want me to tell ya?”

Me, “Aaa…yes..”

Doctor moved back the cursor to its private part“It’s a …. _______”

Tadaaaaa…!!!

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Eddy Junior or Salz Junior? :p

Hahahaha……can you see???? Captured from the bottom part with the legs up. And the cursor!! Hahha….So, Gegurl?? Bebird?? Ahhh..okay dah! Teka sendiri!! Write ur answer in the comment box 😀

Alhamdulillahhh….. We are so happy and pleased to know that. Can start shopping now!! :p

Done with ultrasound session. Remember the previous checkups I didn’t know what to ask? Ha, this time, I have prepared a list of questionsss! This one month gap left me with full of doubt about this and that. Jadi, bertanyalah pada yg pakar.

But I don’t wanna keep this post any longer. To be continued in Part 2. Ecehhhh :p Thanks for reading!

Update : My Lil Baby inside is 16 weeks old!

p/s : 13th October 2009 was the day my husband and I began to be “in a relationship” status. How remarkable it is when these 3 years have turned us from two become three…Alhamdulillah. Happy Anniversary.

All the excitement…Too Cute! =)

Pregnancy @ Week 12 : 2nd Check Up

My second pregnancy check-up happened on Thursday, 13th of September 2012. Two-week gap from my previous 1st checkup. This time, we came a bit early in the morning and among the first patients. But then, we were informed that the doctor was currently at the labor room and they (the assistants) can’t estimate the time she would finish. So… waiting affair again..

Well, no complaint. My time is coming soon and we don’t know what we are up to. And all that we wish for is the priority towards us at the very critical moment. So now, let other Mommies have theirs.

Mrs. Salz @ 12 weeks pregnant. Slimmm lagi :p

When my turn was up, we went in and the doctor was in her surgery-suit.  Aaa…takut..mcm nak bedah kite jek! This time, the doctor asked me about my medical history..whether I have any illness, been operated before?, been warded? And also my mother’s health condition whether she’s diabetic or not and so on and so forth. So I answered lah… question by question so fast so I don’t know what I answered. Hahah..

And then, peek-a-boo time!! Hehe..I got on the bed and the doctor started scanning. Hey biggie you!! Haha.. At 12 weeks, my baby was estimated at only 5-6 cm long but the fullscreen ultrasound makes it look like a real baby already! We could see the hands and legs now. It’s moving! The doctor really can see what he/she’s doing. She told us that the baby’s hand was at the head, and then he/she moved it down, raised up its legs and all…Quite active! Hehe..

This time, doctor scanned the baby longer. Belek sane, belek sini…took all the measurements. And Alhamdulillah, our baby is in a good condition. Lastly, doc said that there’s no more movement, the baby puts the hands on the lap. “It’s time to rest! Dah2, baby nak rest dah xnak gerak..” Hehe..

Prior to coming for the checkup, I actually spoke to my baby. Telling him/her that we’re gonna have a date tomorrow so pls don’t sleep, Mom & Dad wanna see you moving. Hehe.. maybe he/she did hear what I was saying. So that’s what I’m gonna be doing again everytime we have checkups. :p In the previous 1st checkup,  we saw our baby was like kicking up a storm in there. Melentik2 badan dia… and that moment remain in our mind especially when we talked about the checkup. Sooo momentlicious! I can’t imagine the time when I feel its first kick! Can’t waittt….. 😀

Oh yea, as usual, during checkups your doctor will ask you…any questions? Hmm, somehow, since the 1st checkup, I don’t know what to ask. I read a lot about early pregnancy stage even before I got pregnant. So all the explanation about week calculation, trimester, EDD…dah tauuu…. Cehhh…. =P or maybe I don’t what I don’t know? I also don’t know. Haha..Nak tanye psl delivery kang mcm awal sgt pulak…kan!

Tapi, mcm takkan la taknak tanye pape.. so I just asked..is everything OK? Is the baby OK? The doctor said OK, everything is OK and normal. Hmm…the doctor is not quite elaborative kinda person so that don’t trigger me to ask for more. Huhu..

And then my husband mentioned about susu. Oh yeah, then I asked, “Doc, so far I haven’t taken any milk for pregnancy like Anmum or Mamil…I’m just having HL. Is that OK? Any recommendation?” To my surprise, she said, “Yes, it’s OK. No problem. You don’t need to take any more milk for pregnancy. All the supplements you’re taking now are enough. You can proceed with just HL no problem.” Aaaakk? Confused for a while. Isn’t that common when ppl mentioned about pregnancy, ppl talked about milk. It has been lumrah! And now the doctor is saying differently. Well, I’m somehow happy to know that, because I don’t like milk or even milky drinks. I can only swallow HL. But then again, if I don’t take milk, will my baby lack of calcium? Are the pills really enough? Tapiii….klu dah doctor pakar yg ckp camtu I pon ok je lahhh… so, I decided to not force myself to drink what I dislike. Thank God! Hee…but this doesn’t tell you to stop. If you M2Bs do take milk, it’s of course better! Superstitiously org kate nnt anak jadi putih! Sile lahh….hehe…

Oh, forgot to tell that I did blood test while waiting for my turn. If there’s any problem, the clinic will call me in the afternoon. If no calls then means my blood is OK. And Alhamdulillah, no call!

Now let me show you my baby at 12 weekssss…..!!

My Baby @ 12 weeks 1 day 🙂

My next checkup will be on 13th October 2012. That will be in week 17 already. What’s awaiting? Hopefully everything is still and always in the finest condition….ye anak mom!! Mmmmuah!!

Update : *My Lil One inside is 15 weeks old!*