Dealing with heartburn, constipation & so on…

This article is specially for all the pregnant women out there who are suffering from either or both heartburn & constipation. Oh, while we are at this, why not include yeast infection too. Here’s a short intro to each ailment that is very commonly suffered by pregnant ladies.

Heartburn is an uncomfortable, burning sensation felt from your stomach up towards to your chest and throat. And we have increased hormones to blame for this. It gets worst when you take spicy food or food items that are known to trigger such an attack. For example, the healthy and innocent-looking tomato is one such culprit. And what a pity because I love spicy food and I love tomatoes.

The next ailment I wish to discuss is Constipation which refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or difficult to pass out. Yet another one to blame it on the hormones again.

And last but not least, the most irritating ailment among the three – Yeast Infection. If you never had one prior to being pregnant, then you must be wondering WHY ME when it strikes. Apparently, this is really oh so common for pregnant ladies too. Woe to us!

It’s not uncommon to have a certain amount of yeast in your vagina, as well as in your intestinal tract. Yeast only becomes a problem when it grows so fast that it overwhelms other competing microorganisms.

Your higher level of estrogen during pregnancy causes your vagina to produce more glycogen, making it even easier for yeast to grow there. Some researchers think estrogen may also have a direct effect on yeast, causing it to grow faster and stick more easily to the walls of the vagina.

(Source:www.babycenter.com)

Symptoms include cottage-cheese like discharges, itching and sometimes pain.

So far in my pregnancy I have managed to deal with all 3 irritating symptoms pretty well and it’s all thanks to just 1 thing – Yogurt.

I prefer mine in the form of a Yogurt drink, previously I had blogged about my obsession with Nestle’s Yogurt Drink. Other than that, I also take Vitagen and sometimes frozen yogurt if I happen to chance upon a store.

I had no issues with constipation at all, thank goodness! I won’t want to develop piles as a result of that. I also have made heartburn more bearable, because the yogurt was helping with my digestion. And it has also made the yeast infection a one time occurrence (at least for now).

So yes, please go ahead and pile up on the yogurt in whichever form you prefer. It’s good for your health anyway!

My maternity photoshoot

 

We were blessed with great weather since it poured heavily in the morning. As a pregnant woman, I feel like an over-heated oven. Hence, I try to keep cool all the time if possible.

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Random musing on my pregnancy

It all starts with a pregnancy test kit that read positive, you are elated about this whole new life developing inside you. You can’t wait to share the good news but you never expect how hellish the next 40 weeks is gonna be.

Don’t believe the soap operas or women who talk about pregnancy like its a breeze. Once you embark on this journey, you would then realize why they came up with quotes like ‘Mothers are the greatest beings on Earth’.

And I’m not even talking about giving birth naturally without epidural yet. (Big salute to those mothers out there who’ve done that!) I’m just gonna tell you about the 40 weeks of nausea, puking, water retention, insomnia, aches, cramps…. oh wait, you want me to stop?

I’d always wanted to write a blog entry titled ‘Surviving the first trimester’. However, the first trimester wasn’t exactly the most trying period of my pregnancy. Despite having a not-too-bad pregnancy so far according to most people who say I’m so blessed I did not require bed rest or suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It sure wasn’t a smooth journey for me so far.

I may not be puking my guts out and hugging the toilet bowl during the first trimester but I was so bloated. I even resorted to drinking Pepsi just to burp it all out. I also had a loss of appetite and the nausea was so bad, I was sucking on lemon wedges to stay sane.

Come the 2nd trimester, I thought things would turn for the better but I ended up having food poisoning and vomitting everything I ate. For a moment, I thought I was a late bloomer when it came to first trimester puking.

And as we came closer to the 3rd trimester, I was obviously more tired out with constant aches all over the body. I don’t see how some women can gush on and on about how they enjoy being pregnant and how they miss being pregnant. Because I for one, will not miss this 40 weeks of suffering at all.

Every single pregnancy symptom is something you would not enjoy. They say you would glow but it’s most likely extra sebum production on your face which would eventually lead to an acne breakout if you are not careful.

And don’t even get me started on the weight gain or water retention. How ’bout the potential risk of getting yeast infection or piles? It’s really very common to suffer these ailments when you are pregnant. So yeah, I’m not trying to be a pessimist here but just being factual.

I’m currently around 2 months away from reaching the 40th week and I simply can’t wait to get it over and done with. Now, don’t you wish the men could get pregnant too? It’s only fair, right?

[Review] Combat acne with Tea Tree Oil

No thanks to the pregnancy hormones and increased humidity, my back ache aka bacne took a turn for the worst. The LMS Spotlight was not helping in areas which were difficult to reach and furthermore, I wasn’t utilizing its full capacity. I was using it just once a night instead of hourly as instructed. The back is just not a convenient spot to treat acne effectively with such a tool, especially when you are doing it alone.

Afraid of using chemical-based products such as BP 2.5%  due to its lack of research for usage during pregnancy. I decided to go for something more natural such as Tea tree Oil. And where else to find affordable tea tree oil then at The Body Shop stores.

Going at just S$18.90 for 10ml, this little green bottle of goodness is a skin savior for me. A best-seller at The Body Shop, the Tea Tree Oil is a natural, targeted solution to help clear blemishes quickly and effectively without over-drying the skin. Renowned for its anti-bacterial benefits, the Tea Tree Oil also helps to soothe blemished skin.

Add on the Tea Tree Oil Body Wash which is going for S$18.90 for 250ml, I know I’m doing my best to combat these nasty zits. And things have been looking up for me, the back is almost cleared of active acne, leaving the scores of brownish scars, a solemn reminder of what a disaster it used to be. Even my hubby has noticed the difference too. :)

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Tea tree oil seems to be safe when applied to the skin. But it should not be taken by mouth. Ingestion of tea tree oil can be toxic. (source)

Do note that some may not recommend usage of tea tree oil during pregnancy but as long as you take care not to accidentally swallow it then you’re fine. Seriously, who in the right mind consumes tea tree oil!?! Talk to your doctor if you are unsure.

I have a little dancer

Does your baby kick a lot? I started to feel movements known as quickening for mine around 16 weeks. Most websites state for first time moms, they would usually only feel such movements around the 5th month. Guess I was really lucky…

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Now that we have crossed the 5 months mark, baby’s kicks have become more frequent and stronger. Sometimes it feels like as though baby’s doing some shuffling or kick-boxing in there. Other times, baby just leans back or steps on my bladder, causing me to up the number of already many trips to the loo.

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Sensitive skin during pregnancy

Just a few days back, I noticed that I had a mild rash spreading across my face. It was like a skin allergy of some sort. My pores were red and angry-looking and it felt sensitive. I thought it was just a one-off incident but no.

A few nights later, after surviving the days with aloe vera gel on, I tried to apply a sleeping mask. But it made my skin sting and turn red almost instantly. While removing my makeup last night, I could see my skin turn reddish too.

This is something new for me because I do not have sensitive skin to begin. I did some research online and found that it’s normal. When you are pregnant, your hormones levels increase and this could cause skin to become more delicate. Especially when its exposed to sunlight, so sunscreen is still very vital.

Some women would experience ‘glowing’ skin, because increased blood circulation keeps the skin pumped up, while the skin also retains more moisture. Sadly, I’m not experiencing that…

Another skin change that you might encounter would be chloasma, a type of pigmentation which is also known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’. The main culprit behind this is the increased production of melanin. If exposed to sunlight without sufficient sun protection, the patches could get darker and often look unsightly.

Anyway, if you are suffering from sensitive skin like in my case, try Aloe Vera Gel for the moment. It’ll calm and soothe the skin till its ready to start using your usual skincare regime.

Pregnancy Pillows : Do you want/need one?

This is why I love to surf international forums, because I get to learn a lot about stuff uncommon in Singapore. Remember abut the fetal dopplers I had blogged about previously OVER HERE? It’s not very popular over here, I doubt any of the currently pregnant mothers-to-be around me know of this nifty little gadget.

Anyway, my next topic would be pregnancy pillows, which are also not really that well-known or loved over here. Some find them impractical and not necessary.

Pregnancy pillows come in all shapes and are for cushioning the belly and back to relieve aches and insomnia suffered from later stages of pregnancy. There are the ones which are U-shaped, the really long flat ones that resemble a gigantic bolster, the boomerang-shaped and the simple pillow wedge.

These different shapes cater to different pregnant ladies’ needs. Some prefer a U-shape one for both back and front support whereas some find the wedge pillow slotted under the belly sufficient. Some women make do without it by building a fortress of pillows around them, in hope that the pillows would provide them with enough cushioning and comfort.

Pregnancy pillows however do not come cheap in Singapore. So far, based on my research, they cost at least over a S$100 with some brands going for S$150+ at shops like Mothercare.

A need or want? You decide.

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