Third Pregnancy at month 8...

~ Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM ~

This post is to journal down the 8th month+ of my third pregnancy now! I realised I did not blogged much about this pregnancy, compared to my previous one which I blogged religiously every month. From this point onwards, we are going for bi-weekly check ups with our gynae. Anyway here goes the update:

* APPETITE

Sweet sugary stuff still lures me every now and then which I do indulges after resisting long enough.

* WEIGHT GAIN

Image taken from Google search

My weight at this month (week 33 now) is 54.5kg, that makes it an increase of 9.5kg since I got pregnant, okay, so far so good, weight is gaining normally!

* GYNAE CHECK-UPS

Gynae confirmed again beyond the shadow of doubt, 99/9% that we are having a baby girl! As for my amniotic fluid is a bit low, 9.3 during our previous check-up 3 weeks ago, it is now 12+ yay! Gynae shared with us that he always believes rest is important for preggy mums. When you are well rested, your blood pressure stabilises and you eat well, in good mood all the time and baby does not have to work hard or be stressed in the tummy, hence amniotic fluid is able to increase back slowly. I am thankful that hubby is understanding to let me rest whenever I can and he took over caring the kids when he sees me dozing off all of a sudden without a care in the world.

Being preggy now, I tend to forget a lot of things, hence the fetal kick count, glucose monitoring, wearing my Babyplus gadget, sigh... all forgotten... gynae did reminded me that from week 36 onwards, it is important to monitor fetal kick count as space is getting less and it is also indication if amniotic fluid is low.

During this check-up, I was also given a tetanus jab. I got the jab while I was preggy with Alyson 2 years back. According to gynae, the jab immunity lasts for 5 years, no harm to take, no harm not to take but he gave the orders for me to take. The jab is painful by the way, kinda like being punched real hard at the jab spot. This is a precaution in case I delivered early and not within hospital area (distance between hospital and our house is about 1 hour car ride)

* BREASTFEEDING DURING PREGNANCY

Yes, like what I did with Benjamin when I was pregnant with Alyson, I nursed him throughout the pregnancy. This round? Same. I think my colostrum is back as I noticed Alyson's diaper is a tad heavy lately after her night time sleep.

* BABY MOVEMENT

Baby movement very very active especially past midnight.

So there you go, updates as at 8 months+ pregnancy... Overall, I am very thankful as all readings are normal and progressing well. Have a blessed week and thank you for reading!

Third Pregnancy at month 7...

~ Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:38 AM ~

This post is to journal down the 7th month+ of my third pregnancy now! I realised I did not blogged much about this pregnancy, compared to my previous one which I blogged religiously every month. So far we are back to going for monthly check ups with our gynae. Anyway here goes the update:

* APPETITE

Sweet sugary stuff rages on but trying very hard to control as gynae advised to continue monitor glucose level every week.

* WEIGHT GAIN

Image taken from Google search

My weight at this month (week 30 to be exact) is 52.5kg, that makes it an increase of 7.5kg since I got pregnant, okay, so far so good, weight is bouncing back!

* GYNAE CHECK-UPS

Gynae revealed baby is a girl! So we are going to have another ninja girl I guess! Everything is normal with the check up though gynae did mentioned my amniotic fluid is a bit low, 9.3. He said not too concerned as long as baby's kicking and movement are active.The gynae initially suggested that I should rest more and not work too hard, but hubby and I looked back at gynae and pointing to our 2 kiddos, saying 'These 2 kiddos are my work. Can't rest more at home since I'm a SAHM'. Gynae went speechless and just smiled... sigh...

I was also given a fetal kick count chart to monitor daily from 9am, to note down end time once I reached 10 kicks from baby. As for self monitoring of glucose level, gynae said can do step monitoring or once a fortnight since my glucose level is controlled and normal. I also had to do a blood test this round, results will be known in my next check-up.

* BREASTFEEDING DURING PREGNANCY

Yes, like what I did with Benjamin when I was pregnant with Alyson, I nursed him throughout the pregnancy. This round? Same. I think my colostrum is back as I noticed Alyson's diaper is a tad heavy lately after her night time sleep.

* BABY MOVEMENT

Baby movement very very active especially past midnight. I keep forgetting to monitor the fetal kick count from 9am sigh....

So there you go, updates as at 7 months+ pregnancy... have a blessed week and thank you for reading!

World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Welcome to the World Breastfeeding 2013 Blog Carnival cohosted by NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center!

This post was written for inclusion in the WBW 2013 Blog Carnival. Our participants will be writing and sharing their stories about community support and normalizing breastfeeding all week long. Find more participating sites in the list at the bottom of this post or at the main carnival page.

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"Celebrating Each Mother's Journey: Not every breastfeeding relationship looks the same. There are mothers who exclusively breastfed, exclusively pumped, breastfed with supplementation, breastfed for three hours or three years, never breastfed but wanted to, or did some combination of these. The important thing is that each mother is supported and given accurate information. Today let's discuss how we can celebrate every breastfeeding relationship."

Nursing my first child, Benjamin when he was 19 months old... love those gorgeous eyes gazing up at me!

I just want to share my experience and my journey as a breastfeeding mother, so I think I'll list them down for easier reading, so here it goes:

~ Started in 4th March 2009 when I delivered my first child, my dear cheeky Benjamin.

~ Learned to hand express while I was serving my 1 month notice (tendered my resignation a day after I returned back to work from my 2 months maternity leave).

~ One of the reason I quit my job is so that I could at least breastfeed my boy for 6 months but since I have quit my job, decided to continue on as long as there is still milk left in my body.

~ Exclusively breastfed Ben for the first 6 months (very minimal water, that too given on hot days as I'm living in a hot country all year round)

~ Exclusively breastfed my 2nd child, Alyson for the first 6 months (no water given)

~ Am not sure whether it is caused by my breastfeeding, but I did not have my menses for 25 months since I got pregnant with Ben in June 2008. Those 25 months were such a bliss!!!!!

~ As for 2nd child, I did not have my menses for 14 months.

~ Breastfed Ben for total of 45 months until he self-weaned at that age.

~ Tandem nursed Benjamin and Alyson for 1.5 years.

 ~ Am still nursing Alyson NOW even though my breastmilk has stopped from 5th month of my current 3rd pregnancy

 

Nursing my second child, Alyson at 22 months old... and I'm 7 months pregnant with our 3rd child :)

~ We do not have a speck of formula powder at all in the house since Ben came along!

~ Am hoping I could repeat tandem nursing with Alyson and our 3rd child few months down the road!

So there you go, the summary of my journey as a breastfeeding mother! Here's to many more wonderful breastfeeding journey to come!

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World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center Visit NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center for more breastfeeding resources and WBW Carnival details!

 

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants. Below are a list of links for today's participants; you can find a complete list of links (updated throughout the week) at our main carnival page:

(This list will be updated by afternoon August 5 with all the carnival links.)

  • An Unexpected Formula-Fed Attachment — Kyle (of JEDI Momster and) writing at Natural Parents Network, exclusively breastfed three healthy babies. So when she was pregnant with her fourth, she assumed she would have no breastfeeding troubles she could not overcome. Turns out, her fourth baby had his own ideas. Kyle shares her heartfelt thoughts on how she came to terms with the conclusion of her breastfeeding journey.
  • It Take a Village: Cross Nursing — Shannah at Breastfeeding Utah shares how cross-nursing helped her baby in their time of need, and how that experience inspired her to create a community of cross-nursing and milk-sharing women.
  • Random little influences and Large scale support communities lead to knowing better and doing better — amy at random mom shares how her ideas and successes involved with breastfeeding evolved with each of her children, how her first milk sharing experience completely floored her, and how small personal experiences combined with huge communities of online support were responsible for leading and educating her from point A to point D, and hopefully beyond.
  • Mikko's weaning story — After five years of breastfeeding, Lauren at Hobo Mama shares how the nursing relationship with her firstborn came to a gentle end.
  • My Milk is Your Milk — Lola at What the Beep am I Doing? discusses her use of donor milk and hhow she paid the gift back to other families.
  • World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - Celebrating Each Mother's Journey — Jenny at I'm a full-time mummy lists her experiences and journey as a breastfeeding mother.
  • Working Mom Nursing Twins — Sadia at How Do You Do It? breastfed her twin daughters breastfed for 7 months. They made it through premature birth and NICU stays, her return to full-time work, her husband's deployment to Iraq, and Baby J's nursing strike.
  • So, You Wanna Milkshare? — Milk banks, informed community sharing and friends, oh my! So many ways to share the milky love; That Mama Gretchen is sharing her experience with each.
  • Milk Siblings: One Mama's Milk Sharing Story (and Resources)Amber, guest posting at Code Name: Mama, shares how her views on milk sharing were influenced by her daughter receiving donor milk from a bank during a NICU stay, and how that inspired her to give her stash to a friend.
  • Humans Feeding Humans — Krystyna at Sweet Pea Births shares ideas on how we can celebrate all the different ways modern mommies feed their babies. While we are comfortable with the breastmilk-formula paradigm, she proposes that we expand our horizons and embrace all the different ways mamas feed their infants.
  • When Breastfeeding Doesn't Go As Planned — MandyE of Twin Trials and Triumphs shares the challenges she faced in feeding her premature twins. She's still learning to cope with things not having gone exactly as she'd always hoped.
  • Taking Back My Life By Giving Away My Milk — When Amanda Rose Adams's first child was born, he was tube fed, airlifted, ventilated, and nearly died twice. In the chaos of her son's survival, pumping breast milk was physically and mentally soothing for Amanda. Before long her freezer was literally overflowing with milk - then she started giving it away.
  • The Tortoise and the Hare — Nona's Nipples at The Touch of Life discusses why we care about breast milk and formula with everything inbetween.
  • Finding My Tribe of Women Through Milk Sharing — Mj, guest posting at San Diego Breastfeeding Center shares her journey breastfeeding with low milk supply and supplementing with donor milk using an at the breast supplemental nursing system. She shares the impact milk sharing has had on her life, her family, and how it saved her breastfeeding relationship.
  • Human Milk for Human Babies — Sam at Nelson's Nest shares her perspective on milk-sharing after an unexpected premature delivery left her pumping in the hopes of breastfeeding her son one day. Sam's milk was an amazing gift to the other preemie who received it, but the connection was a blessing in the donor mom's life too!
  • Sister, I Honor You — A mother feeding her baby is a triumph and should be honored, not criticized. Before you judge or propagate your own cause, go find your sister. A post by Racher: Mama, CSW, at The Touch of Life.
  • Every Breastfeeding Journey Is Different, Every One Is Special — No two stories are alike, evidenced by That Mama Gretchen's collaboration of a few dear mama's reflections on their breastfeeding highs, lows and in betweens.
  • A Pumping Mom's Journey — Shannah at Breastfeeding Utah shares about her journey pumping for her son, who was born at 29 weeks.