Monday, December 10, 2007

2 Month Old Baby

Characteristic and Suggested Activities for 2 Months Old Baby


Characteristics:

- He will smile at you briefly

- Make eye to eye contact

- He will try to search for sounds with his eyes

- He can lift his head momentarily when he is placed on his stomach.

- Some of the times, his hands are held open.


Suggested activities:

- Hold your baby up so that he can see more of his environments.

- Gently tickle or massage your baby’s hand and feet.

- Soft material of different textures can be gently stroke to his skin.

- A mobile can be placed in his bed.

- Your fingers or toys can be moved in and out of his line of vision.

- By making various exaggerated facial expressions can awake his interest.

- By placing brightly colored toys in front of him when lying of his stomach can encourage him to lift his head.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Characteristic and Suggested Activities for 1 Month Old Baby

1 MONTH OLD BABY

Characteristics:

- Sleeps most of the time
- Like to look at faces
- Cannot lift head up
- Keeps hands tightly closed most of the time.
- Can see best at distance of 8 to 10 inches (20 – 25 cm) at eye level.
- Startled by sound.


Suggested activities:
- You can sing and talk to him frequently
- During napkin changing, you can gently stretch and bend his knees.
- Cuddle him and hold him close to you.
- Make frequent contact with him: “Eye to eye” and “touch”
- Show him things especially red, white and black patterns close to his face.
- Let him hold on to your fingers and gradually unfold his fingers one at a time.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Pre-Pregnancy Medical Advice

Consult a doctor before you get pregnant on your pregnancy plans. It is a good step of preparation to before pregnancy. This is to ensure that you are in best possible health condition during your pregnancy.

You may have some of the below medical conditions before your pregnancy. Please take care of it, or this may disrupt your ability to get pregnant. You may need to change your lifestyles or taking new or stop current medications.


1. Tests

General physical test is required so that there is no medical difficulty during pregnancy. Please include Pap smear, Breast exam, Rubella, blood type, RH-Factor, HIV and hepatitis. . It is advisable to do mammogram if you are 35 or above. If your family has history of medical problems such as diabetes, ask the doctor is there any test needed.


2. Imaging Tests

Avoid image tests such as X-rays, MRIs or CT scans if you are pregnant. Please make sure to do reliable pregnancy test right before your imaging tests. The best time to do this test is right after your period.


*3. PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis)

This is common if you have in vitro fertilization (an embryo is created external of the womb by mixing sperm and egg, and then implanted in women). Few cells removed from embryo to make sure it is healthy before implanted. This step is to avoid genetic disease such as down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Tay-Sachs and Turner syndrome. A normal embryo will be implanted in uterus to develop birth.


4. Possible Tests

Below are the possible tests that you may go trough:

- Physical exams

- Pap smear

- Breast exam (and mammogram if age 35 and above)

- Rubella titers

- Blood type and Rh-factor

- HIV

- Hepatitis

- Cystic fibrosis screening

Monday, November 26, 2007

Weekly Daddy’s Tips

Below are the tips for dads or planning to become dad.

I. Before Pregnancy – Quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol (together with your wife)

Week 1 – Give your wife a lot of hugs.

Week 2 – Give more hugs

Week 3 – Bring some flowers to wife for no reason / occasion

Week 4 – Read a Pregnancy book and find out what’s happening week to week.

Week 5 – Clean the house

Week 6 – Buy / cook her favorite dinner

Week 7 – Buy presents for your wife and baby

Week 8 – Take care of your pets (dog, cats, etc) of its food, litter box and etc.

Week 9 – Try to attend her monthly check up doctor together

Week 10 – Consult your wife’s doctor on sex during pregnancy

Week 11 – Be more patience and tolerate her morning sickness, headaches, bigger waistline and bad mood since pregnancy is a miracle.

Week 12 – Record/hear your baby’s heart beat during this month’s visit.

Week 13 – Do some regular exercise like walking or swimming. Consult first with her doctor.

Week 14 – If you are out of town, call at least 2-3 times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner, before sleep).

Week 15 – Ask your friends or family members to check your wife and always available when help needed – if you are out of town.

Week 16 – Share your thoughts with your wife on your wife’s or baby’s health, what to do in labor room, being a good father?

Week 17 – Offer massages (head, back and foot) for your partner.

Week 18 – Offer to do dry cleaning and take her car to car wash.

Week 19 – Try to take time off from work and spend some time with your partner planning on pregnancy and preparations of giving birth.

Week 20 – Try to attend ultrasound examinations to see your baby.

Week 21- Try to pick a list of names for your baby.

Week 22 – Try to bring your car slowly and you can change your partner’s car to any car that she feels comfortable.

Week 23 – Father’s pregnancy symptoms (study shows 50% of all father face this). During this period, father may have nausea, weight gain and desires for certain foods.

Week 24 – Register for pre-natal classes. The best time to take this class is at least 1 month before your baby due.

Week 25 – Offer to do the shopping or follow your partner to carry her purchases.

Week 26 – During this period, your partner may not be very attractive. Bring her out for movie or dinner and tell her “You’re beautiful”

Week 27 – Clean the toilet and bathtub

Week 28 – You can feel the baby movement by placing your hand on your partner’s abdomen.

Week 29 – Make arrangement for your time-off after baby delivery. Start submitting all the paper works at your workplace.

Week 30 – Trimester of pregnancy. Father should be spending more time than ever during this period. Try not to commit on any travel if you wish to welcome your baby at present to this world.

Week 31 – Time to purchase for baby’s equipments; car seat, cribs, etc.

Week 32 – Together with your wife, make a list of phone numbers (your workplace, partner’s workplace, hospital, doctor’s office, back-up driver, baby-sitter, and others) and keep in your wallet.

Week 33 – Clean your home and make it safer for your baby; pets, furniture, dusts, etc.

Week 34 – Pre-register at the hospital to save time on inconvenience during giving birth.

Week 35 – Ask your doctor about father’s role during pregnancy, like video recording and cutting the cord.

Week 36 – Start packing – Magazines, phone numbers, clothes, camera, new battery, snacks, hand phone reload cards, insurance information, pillows and extra cash.

Week 37 – Carry hand phone and make sure it is always switch on with high volume or in vibrating mode whenever outside. Make sure to call your wife every few hours once and make sure everything is in order.

Week 38 – Ask your partner, is there anything special to bring for her to hospital like music players or etc.

Week 39 – Discuss on who you want to be in labor’s room during delivery (parents, friends, etc)

Week 40 – Discuss on maintaining privacy after delivery as the mother needs rest. Don’t make the ward crowded with your contacts.

Week 41 – Overdue!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Nutrition before Pregnancy

By planning in advance, you will be sure that your baby has healthy surroundings for the full 9 months of pregnancy. Once you make your nutrition plan, its shows that you are organizing the environment in which your baby will be conceived, develop and grow. Below are the crucial details that need your attention.

- Weight Management
Make sure you are not too overweight or too underweight. Either situation can make pregnancy more difficult for you. Strictly no “DIET “while you try to get conceive. Do not take any diet pills unless you consult with your physician first. Dieting may cause temporary insufficiencies in vitamins and minerals for both you and your developing baby need.

- Be careful with Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs
Don’t eat big amounts or unusual combinations of vitamins, minerals or herbs. In ex: Excessive amounts of Vitamin A can cause birth defects. Stop all extra supplementation at least 3 months before pregnancy. Take 1 Multivitamin and eat a well-balanced diet.

- Folic Acid
Is a B vitamin (B9) that contributes to a fit pregnancy? 0.4mg of folic acid should be taken starting from 3-4 months before pregnancy to protect the developing baby from various birth defects of spine and brain called neural-tube defects. A defect called spina-bifida which grows in first few weeks of pregnancy troubles 4000 babies in US every year. Studies have shown that this can be prevented by mother-to-be consuming folic acid.

- Begin Good Eating Habits
Many women out there don’t really pay attention to what they eat on her pre-pregnancy. Balance is the key to good nutrition. Eat a balanced diet. Excessive amounts of vitamins or exaggerated diet can be harmful to you and your growing baby.

- Specific Considerations
Whether you follow a vegetarian diet, amount of exercise you do, do u skip meals, are you trying to loose or gain weight are the specific factors that need to be consider before you conceive. Extreme diets can be harmful to a growing baby so its advisable for you to discuss your dieting chart with your doctor ahead. This is to avoid malnourished caused by dieting when you are pregnant.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Down Syndrome Birth Rate

Definition: A congenital disorder caused by having an extra 21st chromosome; results in a flat face and short stature and mental retardation

Most of medical research shows that pregnant older women are at high risk of giving birth to a Down Syndrome child. The risk of baby with Down Syndrome increases for the pregnant mother. Below is the statistics:

- Age 25+, 1 of 1300 Births (99.92% without Down Syndrome)

- Age 30+, 1 of 965 Births (99.90% without Down Syndrome)

- Age 35+, 1 of 365 Births (99.73% without Down Syndrome)

- Age 40+, 1 of 109 Births (99.08% without Down Syndrome)

- Age 45+, 1 of 32 Births (96.88% without Down Syndrome)

- Age 50+, 1 of 12 Births (91.67% without Down Syndrome)

Father is also a major contributor for Down Syndrome baby. Above 40 age father at high risk and the risk is double at the age of 55.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pregnancy After 35

In this fast moving and challenging world, most women don’t get married. In Singapore, women prefer to stay single than getting married. Most common reason of why late marriages and pregnancy is that they want to establish their career. Below is the brief risk of getting pregnant after 35:

- Down syndrome baby

- High blood pressure

- Twins, Triplets or more births

- High pelvic pressure

- Cesarean delivery

- Placental abruption

- Bleeding

- Premature baby

- Other abnormal problems

Not only the above problems, if you planning to get pregnant after 35. You will face difficulties to conceive at age 40 compared to 20.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

16 Pregnancy Preparation Guides

Here is the basic preparation guides:

1. Achieve your proper weight at least 3 months before your conceive. Overweight pregnant women are high risk to go Cesarean, high blood pressure and gestational diabetics. Underweight women hard to conceive and high risk of getting premature or lower weight group babies.

2. Start taking pre-natal vitamins. Stop all your daily multivitamins.

3. Exercise at moderate rate regularly before and after conceives.

4. Before taking any medications, consult your doctor.

5. Stop smoking and avoid smoking environments.

6. Stop alcohol

7. Have immune to rubella and chicken pox.

8. Keep record on fertility cycles.

9. Beware or avoid on any dietary supplement or herbs medicines.

10. Start taking Folic Acid 400-500mcg/per day.

11. Check Iron, Bone density, Cholesterol level and HIV status before.

12. Avoid hazardous chemicals

13. Don’t stress yourself

14. Dental check up for periodontal disease which risk to underweight baby.

15. Aware on your’s and the baby’s father blood group

16. Check on your insurance policies on maternity coverage

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

What to bring on delivery day to hospital?

For Mother
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Hand phone, Hand phone charger and top up coupons
- Coins in case of emergency
- Hot water boiler
- Glass
- Spoon and fork
- Flask to keep hot water
- Cream crackers
- Paracetamol or pain killer
- 3 in 1 Milo drinks
- Essence of chicken
- 2- 3 Loose Shirt
- 2- 3 Sarung
- Loose socks
- Maternity pad
- Loose panties
- Maternity bra
- Identification card

For Baby
- Formula Milk Powder 400gm any preferred brand
- 2 - 3 sets of clothes
- Towel
- Diapers
- Hand gloves and socks
- Powder
- 3-4 Soft Cloth
- Body Shampoo
- Napkins
- Feeding bottle

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Do's and Don'ts during pregnancy


- Don’t take lot of sugar

- Don’t eat oily food

- Don’t eat too spicy food as well

- Don’t do any renovation or hammer nails in your house

- Don’t leave house during eclipse

- Don’t curse people

- Don’t beat or kick or kill any animals

- Don’t bring your car fast… go on slow lane.

- Don’t use knife during eclipse period.

- Don’t skip your important meals.

- Do drink a lot of water

- Do walk at least 15-30 minutes a day

- Do take milk twice a day added 3-5 stripes of saffron every day

- Do eat a lot of fish, vegetables and chicken.

- Do take calcium tablets everyday

- Do take acid folic everyday

- Do take DHA 250-500gm per day (NeurogainPB) everyday

- Do take multivitamin Obimin everyday

- Do take enough rest (sleep at least 6-8 hours a day)

- Do take evening nap

- Do eat every 3-4 hours once of light to medium meals.

- Do read a lot of books and magazines

- Do be prepared with your things at least 1 month before your due date.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Can I take Vitamins after gave birth (less than 40 days)?

Yes, you can take Obimin multivitamin. It contains low dosage of vitamins. For beginning, you can start taking Vitamin C 1000mg per day. You can also take Panadol or other type of low dose pain killer. You are still able to breast feed your baby if you only taking as above supplements.

Don’t take primrose oil, fat burners or any other supplements. While breast feeding durations, please don’t take any fat burners. You can only take fibers or vegetables only after your Prohibition (“Pantang”) period.

If you have any other complications like rashes and going trough some medications, please avoid breast feeding the baby. You might get your baby sick as well.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Baby’s First Month

- Neck - Baby’s neck is the most important part that has less support. Every time you carry, make sure your palm supports baby’s head. If anything goes wrong, it can be fatal or permanent disorder for baby.

- Navel – Always clean with wet tissue and keep it dry. It might take a few days to fall off the remaining attachment on navel.

- Powder – Always change diapers and use ant rash cream together with baby powder. Usually, if the baby cries, either hungry or pampers is wet or defecated.

- Jaundice – 90% of the new born baby is likely having Jaundice or “Penyakit Kuning”. You can get Chinese medicine to bath your baby and within 4 days it is gone. Or, you can put your baby under early morning sun… once get heat, move him away. You can also go to any private hospital and put under heater and the charge is around RM20-50 per day only. You can feed your baby with goat’s milk too, around 2-3 spoon a day will help reduce Jaundice. If 1-2 ounce of fresh goats milk a day for 3-4 days will completely remove Jaundice as well.

- Always clean your baby. At least once a day must bath him.

- Feed every 3-4 hour once of 2-3 ounce of milk. Try to combine your servings with formulated milk, mother’s milk, cow’s milk and goat’s milk. The best recommended is breast milk and formulated milk.

- Try to avoid giving sugar drinks or dextrose (most commonly known as “Glucose”)

- Parent’s won’t have enough sleep at night. It is best to take one month break from your work.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

After Baby Delivery Diet and Prohibition / “Pantang”

- Don’t take vegetables

- Don’t take seafood that is itchy such as crabs, prawns, squids, etc.

- Don’t drink a lot of water

- Don’t stay below fan or in air-conditioned room for long.

- Don’t eat any canned food, carbonate drinks, caffeine,

- Don’t keep your breast milk

- Breastfeed the baby 6-7 times a day. Even the milk is not coming, just try to make the baby familiar.

- Use breast pump if your baby not good in sucking.

- If you can’t breastfeed, just pump out the breast milk always and throw.

- Keep you body warm

- Wear 2-3 layer of shirts and in long pants or “sarung” always.

- Wear socks and shoe in the house or anywhere outside.

- Avoid going outside for at least 40 days

- Don’t get wet in the rain

- Take bath in hot shower

- Walk averagely. Don’t walk too much or doesn’t walk at all

- Eat ‘Haruan” fish for faster healing,

- Eat “Yu” fish for more breast milk yield,

- Eat “Ayam Kampung” with a lot of ginger and garlic for gas disposal.

- Other fish that you can eat – “Bawal Putih”, “Siakap” and “Senangin”

- Drink 1 unit Essence Of Chicken and Essence Of Haruan every alternate days to cure the wound faster.

- Drink 2 glass of milk everyday to give more breast milk for your baby.

- After 2 weeks of delivery, drink 2-3 tablespoon of DOM everyday for faster cure

- After 2 weeks, start wearing “Barut” to get slim faster

- The most important thing is, take good rest, breast feed the baby and stay warm.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

NeurogainPB Good For Baby Brain and Eyes

During pregnancy, every women should take NueroGainPB which contain Natural DHA, EPA, AA, QA concentrated 500mg per capsule.

Fish is a very important source while pregnant. Why Europeans are smart? During pregnancy they eat a lot of fish. Most of us don't have this chance because it is expensive or not fresh. Why not take this supplement to ease fish intake. You should also drink a lot of milk and water. The protein supplements should be higher too.

One of my friend took this capsules and their baby look more alert and her eyes wide open. During pregnancy, we are not allowed to take any supplements or medications. But, this is specially for pregnant womens. I tried too, but I have started taking this supplement only on 4th month of pregnancy, because no one told me about it. My baby's also looks more alert.

Thanks to NeurogainPB. You can get this capsules easily at any local pharmacy, not only the chain pharmacy but any will have this too. The price range is RM50-RM60 for one month supply. This is for your child's future, why not try?

Prepare our child from womb for his battle against the world.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I just gave birth to my first baby

As of today's date my baby boy is 3 days old. He weigh at 2.70kg because I am 3 weeks earlier than the due date. My baby is one of the smallest baby among all the babies in the hospital. The same day, one baby was 4.25kg.

I gone trough normal delivery and the charges comes to RM1700 in Lam Wah Ee hospital. Was admitted for 3 days 2 nights. Guess what, my baby got dimple. He looks exactly like his father. We are still thinking on the name.

I will share my mistakes and plus points that every pregnant women should know. As I am a nursing mother now, I got long way to go. So many new things need to learn. Will share this stories as well here. I am in 40 days "pantang" now.

I will share the experiences on "pantang" days soon as well.

Happy parenting.