My 2014 Resolution – To Lose The Weight Gained During Pregnancy

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Just a mere week after I had delivered a healthy baby boy, I had managed to lose all but 3kg of my pregnancy weight. Thinking that the rest would eventually go off on its own, I continued my usual lifestyle. Weight is just a number, I told myself. I had tried not to think much about this issue, hoping that it would go off on its own. So sure, my skinny jeans no longer fit, in fact what once used to accentuate my slim, long legs now magnified its flaws instead. Well, I would just wear baggy clothes then since they could cover up.

I didn’t give it much thought until a recent trip to a massage where the masseur casually mentioned that I had a tummy.

It was like a wakeup call for me.

To be honest, it made me feel fat and unattractive.

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Determined to do something about my flabby tummy and thighs, I turned to the Internet for solutions. That was when I chanced upon the Prive’s 360 ShapeUp Programme.

I read about how the programme encompasses a healthy and balanced diet, that is coupled with exercise and clinically-proven machines. In fact, I’ve just called to book an appointment with them.

It’s brand new year and the time when most people start making a list of new year resolutions. However, only 59% actually follow through their resolutions, I happen to belong to the category that doesn’t. This is one of the reasons why I don’t usually do resolutions. But not this time, 2014 will be a year of change. I have decided to start living healthy and lose the excess weight I had gained from my pregnancy.

And so to follow through my resolution, I will be counting on Prive’s 360 ShapeUp Programme.  Can’t wait to go down for a consultation and see how they can help me.

Stay tune for my updates 😛

Help For Mummies Who Want To Get Back In Shape

Congratulations, you are now a mother to a beautiful baby. You check out your reflection in the mirror and is rudely shocked by what you see. Many women expect to magically shrink back into their pre-pregnancy size soon after delivery. Blame those celebrity new mums for strutting around in their bikini-ready bodies.

But unfortunately for most of us, things are not that simple. So now, all you see peering back at you are a bulging tummy that still looks five months pregnant. The flabby skin hanging out in areas of your body which you have never seen before. And as if to add injury to insult, cellulite marks adorn your stomach, butt and thighs. Oh the horrors!

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Being able to get back in shape is what most women worry about. Even for myself, staying in shape is a tough call given that I am so busy juggling family life, work and the baby. I must admit that the last time I did any exercise was prenatal yoga (if you even consider that exercise). All of my time has been devoted to nurturing baby Asher. And I do not exactly watch what I eat, couple that with no exercise at all, it is no surprise that I have developed a small tummy. Furthermore, if you are a new mother, your doctor would warn you against subjecting your body to vigorous exercise. So this is where The Body Firm comes in to help mothers like you & me.

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Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Serum by Seven Wonders

I was given this bottle of Argan Oil Skin Serum by Seven Wonders to try out but I’ve not really gotten down to it yet. Been really busy with baby so I didn’t have the time test out products for reviews yet. I’ve only just started using it, however, so please let me just share what I feel about it now. I’ll follow up again once I’ve finished the bottle.

If you have been reading my blog, you would know that Argan oil spared me stretch marks on my tummy during pregnancy. However, I was so obsessed with not getting them on my tummy that I’d neglected my buttocks. I have a few reddish marks on my left butt cheek and I’m currently using this Moroccan Argan Oil on it in hope that it would help diminish it’s appearence. Wish me luck and I’ll keep you guys updated on the progress!

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2 years in a glance

Just something I did while waiting for my postnatal masseur to arrive the other day. A little summary of my life in the past 2 years. Time seems to fly by in a blink of an eye…

2010 Dec – I got married

2011 Feb – We had our honeymoon in beautiful Maldives

2012 Feb – The pregnancy test kit showed a + sign

2012 Oct – We welcome our little one to the world

It has been a crazy year so far, with me abstaining from so many things due to the pregnancy. But I’ve made it through and I thank my lucky stars for everyone who had supported me through this period.

XOXO

My Postnatal Jamu Massage

More & more modern chinese women are taking up postnatal massages to slim down the tummy as well as detoxify the body and encourage a speedy afterbirth recovery. I was concerned about losing the extra tummy flabs and getting my uterus to shrink so I did some online research for jamu massages.

There’s quite a number of companies specializing in such postnatal jamu massages in the comfort of your own home. In addition, there are also many freelancers out there offering their services too. However, due to my paranoia nature, I decided to engage the services of a company instead of a freelancer. As I was afraid of a freelancer running away with my deposit and never to be seen again.

And of all websites online that offered such jamu massage services, I found Origins Jamu Massage the most user-friendly. They had all the prices stated upfront and deposit could be made online instantly via credit card or Paypal. You don’t know how elated I am to find a local company that allows Paypal payment. It’s such a convenient payment tool, every e-comm website or seller online should utilize it.

So I had my 3rd session already and will continue for another four sessions before I am done. I could see that my tummy has gone down quite abit but then again, I didn’t really have much of a tummy. I noticed that it deflated on its own by the 10th day. However I was informed that I could see more significant results after the 5th session, which I can’t wait and I will update the results here!

After the massage, my tummy would be wrapped in a binder with jamu and ginger paste. I’m supposed to keep this on for at least 6 hours for best effects.

It can get spicy and slightly uncomfortable but that’s the price to pay for beauty.

I’d gained a total of 12kg during my pregnancy and have shed 8 kg so far. I’m just a mere 4kg away from my pre-pregnancy weight and I can’t wait to achieve that.

Confinement – Postpartum care & all the ridiculous rules

For the chinese, it’s usually a period of 1 month where the mother has to rest and follow a set of rules (sometimes bordering along ridiculous and crazy). They believe that giving birth causes the body to go into “cold” mode so the mother is being fed food that is known as “hot” or “heaty” to “replenish the loss nutrients”.

But I personally feel that everything should be done in moderation and since confinement rules were passed down from generations from CHINA. Most of it won’t apply to modern day Singaporean mommies. Like the most hated rule – not bathing or washing your hair for 1 month. Can you imagine not doing so in the hot, tropical Singapore?

If this was in China during winter then fine, I could totally understand. However, it is never gonna be 8-10 deg Celsius in Singapore. So mothers should maintain their hygiene and shower regularly especially if they are breastfeeding.

 Another dumb rule is to be wrapped up like a dumpling from head to toe, and yes that means wearing socks too. I compensated by wearing my Paul Frank fluffy bedroom slippers.

Seriously, I wonder how do some women endure being wrapped up head to toe in clothing, and avoiding the fan and air-con while not showering for 1 month.

Confinement food can be pretty boring too especially if you are someone (like me) who isn’t much of a fan of chinese cooking. It’s mainly dishes cooked with loads of ginger and sesame oil. Some serve liver and kidney which are believed to help replenish loss of blood during postpartum.

You are also not allowed to drink plain water at all. Now, this is another ridiculous rule. Many are told of horror stories about water retention due to drinking plain water. But did you know that water retention is usually caused by not drinking sufficient water? However, the chinese make up for this with a boiled longan and red date tea.

Anyway, I’ve been bending most of the rules and just going along with some that I feel comfortable with. Like I showered on the 2nd day after delivery because of hygiene purposes. I’ve been showering regularly ever since and obviously with warm water. I was never a cold shower person anyway. I drink milo, a fav drink as well as breastfeeding supplement milk on top of the complimentary longan red date tea I get from my confinement catering.

I’m only ordering confinement catering so that people around me won’t nag at me. I wear shorts and tank tops at home because I get hot easily. I noticed one of the postpartum symptoms are hot flashes and sweating excessively. I do not switch on the aircon only because my baby is sleeping in the same room with me and having the temp tuned to 27 deg is a joke. So we have the fan on and that’s a taboo too. Since it’s “bad wind”, oh whatever!

It’s another 18 days till the end of my confinement and I simply can’t wait. I have so many ‘forbidden’ food & drink items on my wish list. I can’t wait to have cold drinks once again, feast on frozen yogurt and Gelato ice cream as well as Lao Ban tao huey. I wanna have pasta and pizza too.

Day 6 of being a mom

It’s my expected due date today but bubs arrived early. So I’ve been a mom for 6 days since. We had our doctor appointment today for mommy and baby, and thank God, everything is fine. Baby has slight jaundice but it’s nothing serious, so we need not worry nor do anything about it. Bubs also managed to put on 400g in a matter of 3 days.

Today was also our first shopping outing together. Yeah, screw those stupid confinement rules. It’s dumb to stay indoors all the time. We were out from 10am to 8pm, a little longer than anticipated but we had so many errands to run. I had so much stuff to buy, we finally got our cot & stuff. I managed to carry bubs around the WHOLE day because I had the help of my pupsilk pouch in which he slept so soundly for most of the day.

In fact, I stayed cool outside as compared to indoors. And its not like I do not have the aircon switched on at his home. I guess its the joy of being outdoors and connected to the outside world. Sadly, I’ll have to stay indoors for another 3 weeks more. And it can get so warm and humid at times despite having the aircon or fan on.

I can’t wait to return to the privacy of my own home once this is all over. And so the countdown begins; another 23 days more to book out day. If you are keen on reading about confinement myths and all the bullshit, check out this LINK. Because I don’t believe in most of the crap which the ignorant believes in. Yes, the mother should rest but some of the rules are really ridiculous. The Chinese are against showering (Yucks, stinky poor hygiene folks) while the Indians require daily baths. You don’t see them or the westerners suffering just cause they were sane enough to stay hygienic after giving birth.

Expect a hiatus from A Beauty Affair as I journey into Motherhood

I’m sorry I can’t type much now because I’ve only got 1 hand free as I cradle my little one in the other.

Yes, I’m a mother now. It’s incredible, I still am in shock and can’t believe it. And since I will be doing full breastfeeding, I won’t really have the luxury of time to blog much for this month.

Do bear with me, alright? And thanks for your support so far. We lost the body shop challenge by a handful of comments only. A pity but nonetheless, thanks so much for the support and effort!

Nothing to envy when a pregnant lady goes on maternity leave

Maternity leave is 16 weeks for Singapore citizens. You can take up to 4 weeks out of the 16 weeks prior to your EDD to rest and prepare for the arrival of your little one. I started my maternity leave shortly after entering my week 37. Normally, women have gestation periods of 40 to 42 weeks. You are considered full term by the time you reach 37 weeks. I was hoping to rest for a week and then prepare for the arrival of my bubs from week 38 onwards. Unfortunately, things don’t usually work your way when it comes to giving birth and my baby isn’t here yet.

My grouse is about how some people, this usually includes men who don’t and never will get pregnant (lucky them!) as well as women who are not mothers yet. They think or act like you are going on a long 16 weeks vacation. While pregnancy is a miracle and wonderful gift God has bestowed onto mankind. It isn’t a smooth and enjoyable journey at all. I think I’ve ranted enough about the numerous pregnancy symptoms in my previous blog entry. So I guess I would leave it as that.

I’d decided to take my leave slightly earlier because for the past 1 month I was suffering from pregnancy insomnia. This made me very tired out at work and I’m glad now I am able to nap in the day. So while people are picturing me enjoying my free time strolling in shopping malls or waking up late around noon. I’m actually going to bed at 12 midnight (my usual) and then managing to fall asleep only around 3-4am, waking up around every 1-2 hours subsequently till dawn breaks. And only managing to have proper sleep when I get those power naps during the afternoon.

Other than those naps, there’s no other perks I can think of while being on leave. In fact, if not for the lethargy, I won’t mind working till I go into labour. My belly has grown so big, I usually get tired out after 30mins of walking around a mall. I feel like a whale and probably look like one. In fact, I have ran out of clothes that can comfortably fit me. Other than insomnia keeping me up at night, I suffer from heartburn even though I have been avoiding spicy food. Trust me, it’s an unpleasant feeling to get in the middle of the night when you are trying to fall asleep.

And once the baby is born, the real test of faith begins. I’ve been reading up a lot on forums and newborns usually require hourly feeding. That’s if you are pro-breastfeeding. So for the first 2 months at least, and that’s optimistically speaking, I will be a walking zombie wreck.

So no, the 16 weeks of maternity leave is not a time where a mom-to-be or mother (once her baby pops out) enjoys life like a diva. There’s nothing to be envious, especially if you are a man. Be glad you don’t have to carry a baby for 9 months and spend the next year (or longer) with sore nipples breast-feeding your little one.

It’ll be a grueling 16 weeks of hard work and endurance. Though the pay off is definitely worth it whenever you look into the eyes of your sweet, little angel. And yes, I can’t wait to see bubs in my arms.

Do you even need a feminine wash? Lactacyd Intimate Wash

I received this lovely parcel from Lactacyd featuring their 2 new products.

I was first introduced to this brand and the whole concept of feminine care a year back. You can read up my experience with Lactacyd products HERE.

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