Milk for Pregnant Moms — What to Drink During Pregnancy

When I found out that I was pregnant with Alycia, my first born, I couldn’t believe my luck as she was an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) baby conceived via IUI.  Our fertility specialist told me on the day of my IUI procedure that only 1% of my hubby’s  ‘little swimmers’ were good.  I lost hope instantly but prayed fervently for a miracle to happen.  God heard my prayers and a miracle indeed happened ❤️.

My pregnancy was however fraught with challenges one after another and I had to be on partial bed rest almost throughout the pregnancy. The all-day sickness was so bad that I could not keep down any food during the first trimester. My weight dropped to 42kg when I was 3 months pregnant.  Even when the nauseous feeling eased later, I had no appetite to eat anything for the rest of the pregnancy. The only foods that I liked were fresh milk, maternal milk, bird’s nest and fruits 😂. My day started off with a cup of chocolate flavored maternal milk and bird’s nest and my supper was fresh milk with bird’s nest and double boiled chicken essence (several times a week). My lunch and dinner portions were extremely small.  I couldn’t eat much throughout my pregnancy as I had an Irritable Uterus which would cause uncomfortable contractions each time I ate or drank from the second trimester onwards.

Though I couldn’t eat much  throughout my pregnancy, Alycia was born with a healthy weight of 3.36kg.   I only gained 10 kg in that pregnancy.  The maternal milk, fresh milk, bird’s nest and double boiled chicken essence must have provided all the necessary nutrients to the baby ☺️. I shed off all the weight gained pretty easily within 3 months.

Why is maternal milk important during pregnancy?

One of the first things gynaes will suggest to new moms-to-be is that they start taking prenatal vitamins like folic acid.  Another important item that moms-to-be will start looking for is maternal milk.

Maternal milk is formulated with essential nutrients for pregnant and lactating moms.  One of the key ingredients in maternal milk is folic acid, which is very important in helping with the growth and development of the growing foetus.

Other important nutrients in maternal milk are calcium, iodine, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, DHA, protein and many more. Some brands of maternal milk are sugar-free.  Frisomum Gold®’s maternal milk is low in Glycemic Index (GI) to help pregnant mums maintain a healthy weight throughout their pregnancy.

Frisomum Gold pregnancy milk powder from the Netherlands pink tin

Most pregnant moms will experience morning sickness and have trouble keeping food down during the first trimester. Some moms can’t eat well throughout the pregnancy.  Maternal milk is an excellent way to supplement their nutritional intake during this crucial period.

Would you gain excessive weight from maternal milk?

1.  No. 1-2 glasses a day with a balanced diet and without eating for two will not cause excessive weight gain.

2.  Many mommies gain a lot of weight during pregnancy as they ate for two throughout their pregnancy. Eating for two is the most common diet blunder during pregnancy. While your baby’s nutrition depends on your diet, this doesn’t mean you need to eat double the amount during pregnancy.  Overeating may increase your risk of gestational diabetes, which would result in bigger babies.

While guidelines vary, the Institute of Medicine says if you have a healthy weight, you need no additional calories in the first trimester; you only need 340 extra calories a day in the second trimester, and about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester. If you’re overweight or underweight, you’ll need more or less than this depending on your weight gain goal.

It takes only a couple of glasses of maternal milk or low fat milk and a handful of  seeds and nuts or a tuna sandwich to add enough calories for that last trimester.

If you’re still not sure whether pregnant moms need maternal milk, the best way is to consult your gynae. Your gynae will be able to advise you based on your weight, your growing baby’s weight and other factors.  You can also listen to what the experts say about maternal milk to learn more.

 

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Pre-Natal Check-Up At Week 37

Anyone who sees Dr Jason Lim at SYMC (the superstar gynae at SYMC) would know how fast he sees his patients.  That’s the reason why I only go to see him after week 32, for all three of my pregnancies.   Yesterday afternoon I waited almost half an hour and I was the first patient to see him….. and the consultation only lasted less than 5 minutes!  In the past, I had to wait at least 2 hours to see him if the appointment was in the morning!  At times, after waiting for 2 hours, he would be called for emergency deliveries / surgeries and all the patients who were waiting for him would have to wait for another 2 hours!  That’s why he’s known as the superstar gynae at SYMC.

During the ultrasound scan yesterday, he just pointed out to me that the baby’s heartbeat is normal and fluid round the baby is good too. He then told me the baby’s weight, which was apprx 3kg….. and that’s it.  He then said ‘see you next Wednesday on your csection day’ and bade me farewell.  Super fast and I had to pay RM60 just for that and another RM10 for the urine test. 

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Simple Lunch

That was my lunch yesterday – croissant stuffed with sardines, mayo, tomato ketchup and lots of Japanese cucumbers. I don’t have appetite to eat heavy meals these days.  Even sitting at the dining table feels uncomfortable as my bulging tummy will be pressed against the table.  I can’t even reach out to the dishes on the table  without standing up.  

Chin Nee, I just wonder how you’re going to handle when you’re 36 weeks preggers with your twins.  I think you will need to eat your meals on the couch and sit up when you sleep.

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Still Dragging My Feet

After reading Chin Nee’s post on her early preparation for the arrival of her twins (she’s only 23 weeks preggers), I realized that I haven’t done anything yet and I am already 36 weeks preggers this week! So this week or next week, I have to pack my hospital bag, dig out Aly and Sher’s old baby clothes and have them washed, buy some XS diapers, buy a new foldable mattress for the confinement lady as she will be sleeping with me in my room, buy some breast pads and buy a small tin of newborn formula milk, just in case I have no breastmilk to feed my baby! I also need to remind hubby to re-adjust the mattress base in the playpen so that it’s higher, for the baby to sleep during the day. Hubby has already bought me a bottle of Yomeishu and dozens of Brands Chicken Essence. My dad has also bought me a few bottles of Dom (which I hate to drink). What else needs to be done?

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They Love Following Me To The Hospital

Alycia and Sherilyn just love tagging along with me to the hospital for my check-ups.  First, they get to play in the playroom whilst I wait for my turn to see the Ob&G.  Sometimes, daddy buys them sandwiches and muffins from Starbucks (yup, there is even a Starbucks within the hospital).  Then, they get to pay at the parking ticket machine.  The gals just love to insert the parking ticket into the machine, slot coins and notes and getting the receipt and change from the machine.  They fight to do this all the time.  Then, they get to sit on the hospital buggy.  This hospital is like a 5-star hotel as they even have buggies to chauffeur patients to the car park.   And finally, after the check-up, daddy would normally bring us all for lunch.  Today, we went to Delicious @ Bangsar Village for lunch after the check-up.  We only managed to have lunch at around 2ish pm and the gals only took their naps at 4:30pm.  Click here to see what we ate at Delicious today.

I am into my 36th week of pregnancy this week.  I am really surprised that my baby’s weight shot up really fast in just 2 weeks.  2 weeks ago, she weighed 2.2kg and today she weighed 2.85kg.  Looks like I’m going to have another heavy baby.  No wonder I’ve been feeling so heavy and uncomfortable lately.


Alycia and Sherilyn got really excited sitting on the hospital buggy, which was their first buggy ride.

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Pregnant Belly At 35 Weeks

That’s my ballooning belly at 35 weeks.  I have 3 more weeks to go before baby can pop out and I just can’t wait for the day to arrive.  I am actually hoping that my baby will come out a little earlier, naturally this time, to save mummy from having to go through another c-section and to save daddy from having to pay the bill which will cost a bomb. 

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Pregnancy At 34 Weeks

I will be 34 weeks pregnant tomorrow.  The Braxton Hicks contractions and tightenings on my uterus are getting more intense and frequent.  This little babe has been giving me lots of strong and painful kicks too.  She weighed 2.2kg on Monday.  My weight is 53kg (increase of 9kg) and has not been going up for the last few weeks. 

I’ve not bought anything for the baby yet and I don’t think I need to buy much clothing for this baby as there is a big load of hand-me-downs previously worn by Alycia and Sherilyn that the baby can wear.  In fact, I don’t think I need to buy any clothes for this baby as she has more than she needs from her 2 cheh chehs.  But knowing myself, I know I will surely not be able to resisit from buying cute baby clothes if I see them when I go shopping.  All I need to buy now  are some diapers for newborn babies and that’s about it.  My brother who stays in Singapore has already bought me some 4 ounces Avent baby bottles.  

People say that when you are expecting your first child, you get all excited and keep buying clothes and stuff for the baby.  Most of the baby things are brand new.  You talk and sing to your baby all the time whilst she is still in your tummy.  With baby number 2,  your excitement is not as intense as when you’re expecting your first baby and with the third and subsequent babies, you feel blasé throughout your pregnancy and there is very little preparation for the arrival of the baby.  Well, it’s just so true.  I feel really guilty and bad that I hardly have the time to talk to this baby. 

I hope this baby will turn out to have a good temperament.  I’ve been yelling a lot at the gals throughout my pregnancy and I really hope that this baby won’t inherit mummy’s horrible and short temper and impatience.

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Pregnancy at Week 31

That’s how big my belly is at week 31+.  Of my 3 pregnancies, my belly is the biggest this time and weight gain todate is 8.5kg.  I have finally decided to let the gynae at Sunway Medical Center deliver my baby since he is the one who delivered both Alycia and Sherilyn.  I have just returned from the gynae’s office and have already fixed a date for the elective c-section.   My baby’s weight is 2kg today…. no wonder I feel so heavy lately!  I’m praying that I will not go into preterm labor as I’ve had a couple of dreams that I was bleeding and went into labor! 

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Pregnancy at 30th Week – Ultrasound Scan

I went for my 30th week detailed scan at the fetal specialist’s office yesterday.  As usual, baby is really shy and keeps covering her mouth with her hands.  My Ob&G kept shaking my tummy with the probe to make her budge her hand.  Finally after about 15 minutes, she moved her hand away briefly and my Ob&G managed to capture a shot of her full face….. but I am not showing anyone her full face just yet – am keeping everyone in suspense, haha.   The ultrasound scan cost a whopping RM150 and consultation fee RM150 each time I see him.  The pix of the scan are saved into a CD which is given to patients free.

My dr. said that baby’s weight is good, ie at 1.5kg and growing well.  Everything looks good apart from her right kidney that still looks slightly dilated but my dr kept reassuring me that the problem will resolve by itself after birth.  As for me, I have todate gained 8kg and feeling really fat and heavy.

I am in a dilemma now.  You see, both Alycia and Sherilyn were delivered at Sunway Medical Center as this hospital is the nearest to where I lived previously.  Now that I have moved to KL, SYMC is too far for us to travel.  I am really comfortable and feel safer if this baby is being delivered by the same dr who delivered Aly and Sher at SYMC as he has my medical records and knows my history.  However, the distance really turns me off.  Dr Patrick (my fetal specialist) delivers babies at Pantai Medical Center and my fertility specialist delivers babies at Gleneagles Medical Center in Ampang.  I am really undecided on which dr to choose to deliver my baby.  Pantai Medical Center would be the nearest to where I stay, i.e. 10-15 mins drive.   Tough decision to make….

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Pregnancy At Week 26+

I went for my pre-natal check-up today.  The ultrasound scan revealed that my baby’s right kidney is still mildly dilated.   The umbilical cord is also round her neck in a single loop.  When I heard my ObG telling me that, I was really worried but my ObG was so blase about it and told me it’s very common and said that there’s nothing to worry about as the baby’s blood flow is still good and the umbilical cord is only loosely looped round the neck.   I missed having a glimpse of my baby’s face again as this time, her face was pressed against my placenta.  Baby’s weight is 2 lb 7 ounces and EDD is 22 April 08.  I asked if it’s possible to have a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC) but my ObG was against the idea as I had 2 previous c-sections. I have gained a total of 8kg thus far.

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My Three Miracles Of Life

Any woman who has gone through infertility would understand how painful it is – both emotionally and physically and also strenuous on one’s pocket.  I know it as I had gone through years of infertility before I had Alycia. I had sought various invasive methods of infertility treatments which include taking several rounds of Clomid, underwent a laser ovarian drilling and laparoscopy through a keyhole surgery, double Hysterosalpingogram (Uterotubogram) or HSG to unblock the Fallopian tubes and finally an IUI which is an artificial insemination.

Before I went for each infertility treatment, I surfed the internet and read up tons of information on treatments for infertility and the success rate. When I finally conceived Alycia after a single IUI procedure, hubby and I were elated. However, my pregnancy was not smooth sailing as it was plagued with troubles from the very start. Thank God, I managed to carry Alycia to full-term despite an initial pre-term labor threat (shortened cervix) at week 20 of my pregnancy.  I was then ordered by my doctor to take leave from work for 3 months to bed-rest at home.

After Alycia was born, hubby and I were the happiest and proudest parents on earth.  Alycia was our pride, joy and victory.  I had absolutely no regrets going through what I had gone through and loved every bit being a mummy. Hubby and I wanted another baby soon and this time, we managed to conceive Sherilyn without any fertility treatments.  Alycia and Sherilyn are indeed our 2 miracles and very soon, we will be expecting our third miracle!

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Pregnancy and Parenting Guide

Do you remember the very first time you said “ Honey, I am pregnant” to your hubby when the pregnancy test kit showed a double line? I still remember that particular day vividly. We were at the fertility clinic and the urine test results showed a positive.  Hubby and I had gone through years of infertility and I had gone for fertility treatments to conceive Alycia. Throughout my pregnancy with Alycia, I was worried sick every single day that I would suffer a miscarriage. I surfed the internet very often to read about early pregnancy, how the fetus was growing, symptoms of miscarriage, birth and labor and much more. I had even printed out articles on pregnancy which filled up 3 thick arch files and read them religiously everyday to check my baby’s development.

If you are pregnant for the first time, it would be really good if you have access to a parenting and pregnancy resource like gurgle.com. This comprehensive website on pregnancy and parenting provides useful information to parents, especially first time expectant parents.  Anyone can register for free. Members can join an online forum where they can post queries and replies, watch interesting online videos, read related articles and much more. Help is always at hand with Gurgle by your side throughout your pregnancy and motherhood.

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Pregnancy At 24 Weeks

Today is the 24th week I’m into my pregnancy.  Went to Dr Patrick’s office this morning, the fetal specialist to have another detailed scan of my baby.  The right kidney is still around 6mm+ dilated, which according to the dr. is considered mild.  Dr Patrick told me that it is close to normal and reassured me that there is nothing to worry about and that the dilated kidney will most likely resolve by itself.  Baby is 600gm+ as of today.

During the 3D scan, my baby was sucking her thumb again, thus we could not see the lower part of her face. This little fella is always playing hard to get, always covering her face with her hand and despite the dr. shaking my tummy with the probe, she still didn’t want to budge her hand! Hopefully she will show her face when I next visit Dr Patrick again at 30 weeks for another 3D scan.  Really hoping to see her 3D face to see who she resembles!

For those looking for information to keep you prepared for giving birth, there are great medical sites that offer information. With articles on the best time to get pregnant, as well as early pregnancy signs, and finding birth video clips you are sure to get the best info possible.

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I’m Crazy Over Vegetarian Food

Vegetarian food is my latest crave now and these are my favorites now :

Fried tofu blocks,  stir-fried ‘foo choke’ (tofu skin) with ‘nam yue’ (fermented tofu…. yes yes, the entire dish is tofu based) and vegetarian meat balls.  The vegetarian meat balls taste sooooo damn good.  They are made from the stumps of black mushrooms and golden needle mushrooms with soya bean flour.  I’m craving these almost every morning…. which I think is not too bad as they are rich in protein and calcium.

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Oranges, Oranges, Oranges

 

These are some of my current pregnancy craves now – ‘kam kat’ (tangerines) and tiny mandarin oranges.  When these were off-season a few months ago, it cost almost RM1 for EACH tiny tangerine, yet I bought them coz I was craving for them.   Now, the tangerines are sold everywhere and I bought them for only RM5 per pack at the pasar malam.  Not only am I crazy over these citrus fruits, even Alycia and Sherilyn are crazy over them.  Well, as long as they don’t eat too much (as an overdose of them would cause diarrhea), it would otherwise be a healthy snack alternative to crackers, biscuits and candies.

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Cravings Changing Like The Weather

My cravings are changing like the weather now.  During the initial months of my pregnancy, I only liked eating salty and spicy food, absolutely nothing sweet as they would make me feel nauseous instantly, and I felt hungry all the time.  At 20 weeks now, I feel bloated and full most of the time.  My crave for fried vegetarian meehoon and nasi lemak or curry noodles for breakfast has gone.  I don’t even have the appetite to eat even a slice of toast for breakfast. 

Instead, I now love fruits – all sorts and my latest craze is ‘kam kat’ or sweet tangerines from China and the mini mandarin oranges that are in season now.  Today, I ate a seedless guava, half a red dragon fruit, some big crunchy grapes and a glass of HL Marigold milk for breakfast.  At mid morning, I ate an egg yolk (coz Alycia hates egg yolks) together with the gals when they had their breakfast.  Also nibbled on some of the gals’ Pepperidge cheese fish biscuits. 

For lunch I was still feeling really full and only managed to force myself eat a slice of toast with peanut butter and a bowl of black chicken soup with snow fungus.  I am still feeling really full and bloated now.  I think I am the only pregnant woman who is feeling bloated and full all the time as I notice most pregnant women have appetite like a sumo wrestler!

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