Shaklee Postnatal Set Review

I’m not one who likes to take supplements, but this time was different. I felt like I needed something to restore and help my body during my postpartum days (since its baby no 2) and that’s when I came across the Shaklee Postnatal set while I was browsing the web.

So I approached Shaklee and asked if I could do a review of their products and to my delight, they said YES! They were kind enough to give me the full Shaklee Postnatal Set that included 7 products.

Each product has its benefits and ‘job’ for your body, but in short- after taking these supplements, I really do feel a difference in energy, in my mood and the quality of my milk as well. The best part is, these nutritional benefits not just you, but baby as well (if you’re breastfeeding).

Why do I say that? Because now that I ran out and not taking them anymore, I see a huge difference especially in the quality of my milk. I’ll explain more product by product below.. So keep scrolling and keep reading for a more thorough review.

 

The Shaklee Postnatal set includes:

Sustained Release Vita-C Plus
• OmegaGuard
• Vita-Lea® Iron Formula
• B-Complex
• OsteMatrix®
• Alfalfa Complex
• ESP Mixed Soy Protein Isolate Powder


OVERALL REVIEW

This is what my daily supplement intake looks like:

According to Shaklee’s nutritionist whom I met prior to giving birth, you can basically take the recommended dosage for each supplement at any time of the day. Some people prefers taking all in the morning to start of their day right, and some like to space it out and divide according to meals.
What I personally did was divide the intakes into two; one to take in the mornings after breakfast and another after dinner. I figured that I can’t be swallowing sooooo many pills all at once, so decided this was best for me. The recommended daily intake for each supplement varies- some only 1 a day, some 2, and some would be 5! So I divided all these different variations into 2 portions, which looks like the photo above.

I also found out based on my experience that I can’t be taking these pills on an empty stomach (because there were days where I would forget and take it at odd times), in particular the B Complex with Folic Acid, which made me a bit nauseas if stomach is empty. But that’s just me, and of course it’ll probably be different for you guys.

Besides that, the ESP Mixed Soy Protein Isolate Powder is not one of my favourites, because you have to drink it and it’s kinda thick. I’m not a fan of these kinda ‘shakes’ in general, but I do know a lot of people who do love them. I was told that you can also add it into your usual juices, into your bakes, maybe in some yogurt? I’m not sure, but I’m not exactly rajin to do all these things- which is BAD! Because I know how good this supplement is based on the many reviews I read online especially for breastfeeding mums..

I also noticed that I have healthier gums too and they don’t bleed as much anymore, which I think it the work of the Sustained Release Vita-C Plus.
I listed down each of the supplements that are included in this Shaklee Postnatal Set, so keep on scrolling for thorough info on each of them.


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THE SHAKLEE POSTNATAL SET

SUSTAINED RELEASE VITA-C PLUS

Recommended intake: 1 tablet daily

postnatal supplement vitamin c

This basically gives you all the Vitamin C you need! What’s so great about Vitamin C? Well, you’ll get:

  • Healthy gums
  • Healthy bones and teeth
  • Increases immune cell production
  • Boost the immune system’s ability to fight off disease

Source: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/

OMEGAGUARD

Recommended intake: 3 capsules daily

fish oil supplement

The OmegaGuard provides a wide spectrum of seven pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 essential fatty acids which are needed for our body and brain. From what I was told, this is a must have for every mummy and mummy-to-be because our body does not produce this fatty acid and it is crucial for the health of both mum and baby.

I recall my mum giving us cod liver oils when we were younger, and I’m sure many you did too! But I also learnt that cod liver oils are made from the fish’s liver and not the whole fish, whereas the OmegaGuard is made from whole fish instead of just its liver, which I guess is much better.

Here are some of the benefits of Omega-3s:
• Fight against depression and anxiety
• Improve eye health
• brain growth and development in infants
• improve the health of your heart
• reduce symptoms of ADHD in children
• strengthens the immune system to fight of diseases

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/17-health-benefits-of-omega-3#section5

 

VITA-LEA® IRON FORMULA

Recommended intake: 2 tablet daily with meal

iron supplement shaklee

This supplement delivers 28 essential vitamins and critical minerals that includes vitamin C, E and beta carotene for antioxidant protection and to support optimal health and well-being.

Basically, if you’re thinking of getting one supplement that delivers all your daily needs for vitamins and minerals, this is the supplement to take.

You can check out the full list of its 28 ingredient on Shaklee’s website here.

 

B-COMPLEX

Recommended intake: 1 tablet daily with meal

shaklee folic acid

This B-complex supplement packs all 8 B vitamins into one. I read that B vitamins are water soluble, which means that our body doesn’t store them, which then means that we need to keep supplying our body with B vitamins daily.

Some of the benefits of B vitamins include
:
• reduce fatigue and boost mood
• reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
• supports fetal development

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-b-complex#who-should-take-them

 

OSTEMATRIX

Recommended intake: 3 caplets daily with meal

calcium magnesium vitamin d shaklee supplement

This supplement delivers all your bone-building nutrients to maintain and build stronger bones. Nutrients included in OsteMatrix are:

Calcium – Building blocks for bones
Magnesium – Helps incorporate calcium into bones
Boron – Aids bone metabolism
Vitamin D – Stimulates calcium absorption
Copper, Zinc and Manganese – Activates enzymes that help build bone mass

 

ALFALFA COMPLEX

Recommended intake: 10 tablets one time a day with a meal

milk booster malaysia

Yes! 10 tablets a day! I was shocked when I saw this, and it’s also one of the reasons why I decided to divide my intakes into 2; 5 in the morning and 5 at night.

This supplement is especially recommended for breastfeeding mums as it promotes milk production. But nutrients that contain alfafa has more benefits than just increasing milk production such as:
• Promotes hair health
• Aids in digestion and detoxifies the liver
• Boost immune system of mummy and baby (if breastfeeding)
• Reduces inflammation in joints
• Relieves body odour, bad breath, sore throats, indigestion and fatigue.

Source: http://www.shaklee.com.my/pdf/products/201808_Postnatal_Art_Alfalfa_NaturallyNutritious_EN.pdf

 

ESP MIXED SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE POWDER

Recommended intake: Mix 28g or 3 tablespoons of ESP powder with a glass of milk, juice, water, or your favourite beverage.
Optional: Add fruit and blend.

soy protein powder milkbooster

The ESP Mixed Soy Protein Isolate Powder is super beneficial for mummies on the go, whether you’re a working mum who is always short for time or a stay at home mum that juggles house chores, transporting the kids to school etc etc because it provides you with sustained energy to get you through your daily routine.It’s also helps promote breast milk production by providing the protein dietary needs.

And as a woman, you’ll be glad to know that the soy protein also:
• Promotes radiant skin
• Strengthen nails and hair
• Keeps stomach healthy

It is also beneficial to pregnant mummies who need to consume adequate protein to support baby’s development and keep mummies healthy throughout the pregnancy.

You can also check out this informative brochure for more info.

So that’s it!

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If you’re thinking that’s crazy a lot to consume or I don’t have the funds to purchase the whole Shaklee Postnatal set- because that’s exactly what I’m thinking after having try it out- then consider what you really need or lack in your diet. For example, if you’re looking to boost your milk production then go for the Alfafa and Soy Protein Powder. If you’re more concerned about your mental health or is constantly tired, then try the B-Complex. So it really depends on what you want or need from these supplements.

Personally, I would probably continue at least 3 from this Shaklee Postnatal set:
Alfafa Complex– because I’m breastfeeding, having super bad post-partum hairloss.
OmegaGuard- because I feel that it’s beneficial for me and growing baby.
Vita-Lea® Iron Formula- because my daily diet and food intake isn’t balanced or in my opinion insufficient

I also have an ongoing back problem, and I love coffee! So I’m really considering if I should take OsteMatrix. Anyway! That’s for me to think through.

Hopefully this blogpost helps you give an idea on the Shaklee Postnatal Set.

If you need more info on Shaklee and their supplements, check out their website.

Disclaimer:
*Please consult with your doctor, or midwife, before using any supplements while pregnant or nursing.
*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

REVIEW: Haenim 7A Wireless Breast Pump

beast breast pump malaysia

To be honest, I did not hear about Korean brand Haenim till I was approach to do a review on the Haenim 7A Wireless Breast Pump. It’s been 3 months using the pump so far and I’ve not turned back.

First Impression

When I first googled and read about the Haenim 7A Breast Pump before receiving it, I was impressed by how sleek the design is, I loved the fact that it’s wireless charging and it even has an app that you can download and connect to to control the breast pump and even record important data so you can keep track of your expressed milk.

In The Box

In the box you’ll find everything you need to function and use the breast pump. Components include:

  • Pump body
  • Pump Body (CAP)
  • Bottle
  • Silicone valve
  • Shield cover
  • Bottle lid, silicone nipple and bottle disk
  • Air hose
  • Funnels (24mm, 28mm, 32mm)
  • Wireless charging Bluetooth pocket pump
  • Connector
  • USB charging wire

The Haenim 7A is a double breast pump so all parts are given to accommodate pumping both breast at the same time.

wireless charging breast pump

Design and features

  • I really like it’s sleek and modern design of the pump. It comes in two colours; black & white.
  • The size is compact and can easily fit into your pocket(in my case- handbag), which means that it’s quite light too!(only 215g)
  • Controls are designed as touch buttons, which can have pros and cons. I do find myself accidentally touching it which will result in a change of mode while using, but there are also times when you touch a button and it doesn’t react as well.
  • I like the fact that there is a connector that enables easy connection between the pump and the tubes.
  • The pump itself does not show a countdown or time, which I wish it did. Nonetheless, you can track your time via the app or just keep the pump on till it automatically switches off after 30 mins.
haenim 7a connector tubes

Function

  • It has 9 massage settings and 9 expression setting. I’ve only used till 7, and that’s when my breast are really full. Averagely I’m usually on mode 5 for 5 mins of massage then move on to mode 4 on the expression setting.
  • Battery Life is quite good. It lasts me the whole day with an average of 4 pumps at about 30 mins each.
  • Haenim 7A breast pump is also compatible with Freemie Cups which I use every workday while on the road.

Wireless Charging

  • Although the Haenim 7A Breast Pump is a wireless charging breast pump, it does not include a wireless charger.
  • You’ll have to purchase an additional wireless charging device if you don’t have one already in order to use this function.
  • I’m using the Haenim Wireless Charging LED Desk Lamp which I absolutely LOVE! It’s priced at RM339 and is absolutely worth it. Let’s talk more about this below.
haenim 7a

Haenim Wireless Charging LED Desk Lamp

  • If your thinking about getting the Haenim 7A Breast Pump, I would really recommend you to get their LED Desk Lamp as well.
  • It is so so useful especially as a night light, when baby wakes up in the middle of the night.
  • The LED Light colour can be changed according to your preference.
  • When you first turn it on, it’ll give you a warm orange light. It has 3 levels of brightness that increases on each touch.
  • It also has a choice of a few different colours, which include red, yellow, green, blue and purple. I personally like using the blue light while sleeping as it isn’t to bright and still exudes a night kinda feel.
  • It is also compatible with other wireless charging device such as your handphones.

Haenim 7A Breast Pump Phone APP

  • The app is a free app that can be downloaded from your App store or Playstore. Just look for “Haenim Breast Pump”
  • You can easily connect your pump to the app via bluetooth.
  • You can control the massage and expression function on the app easily by dragging the buttons up and down.
  • If you’re the type that like to keep track of your expressions, you can do so on the app via the “Stat” function. It’ll give you a summary of your daily, weekly and even monthly expression.
  • You can also set an alarm to remind yourself that it’s time to pump- which is great especially for working mums that are constantly busy and distracted.
  • On the app is also where you can view the timer and keep track of time.

For more information on the Haenim 7a Wireless Charging Breast Pump, head on to their Instagram Page:

@haenim.my

Review Set Pantang Tanamera Postnatal Set

tanamera postnatal set pantang tanamera

Here’s a review on the Tanamera Postnatal set. The box comes with 10 products for all your pantang needs.

Giving birth is one of the toughest experience a mother would go through. It takes a huge toll on us not just physically but mentally as well. Because of this, it is so important rest our body and go through a confinement period to restore our health and adapt to our new baby.

While a lot of young couples these days would opt to stay at a confinement center for their first 30 days after birth, many of us can’t afford this luxury and would then decide to go through confinement ourselves in the comfort of our own home.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have no idea what and how to go about your confinement period- thinking about what is best, how to restore my sanity, to get back into shape, to take care of my well-being, – all while caring for a new human!

For me, the Tanamera postnatal set or set pantang was exactly what I needed to take care of myself during this time. Everything you need comes in one nicely packaged box that also comes with a handy-book that tell you what the products are, how to use them and when you should use them- which is absolutely great because like I said I had zero idea on how to go about a proper pantang.

There are about 10 products in the Tanamera postnatal set and cost about RM370- which to me is a small price to pay to pamper and heal yourself. Here’s what’s inside, so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it for you:

Brown Formulation Body Soap

postnatal soap sabun scrub

This is my ultimate favourite from the Tanamera postnatal set. It’s made from a combination of herbs like turmeric, wild ginger and cinnamon and grains that produce a grainy surface to remove dead skin. My skin always feel so smooth and soft after using it and is great for folds and dark areas of your skin like your inner thigh, armpit, elbows, neck and so on.  It’s definitely something that I would continue using even after confinement.

Benefits:

  • Removes dead skin
  • Improves blood circulation and overall skin condition
  • effective in treating rashes & minor skin irritations

When to start using:
Use postnatally from Day 1.

Herbal Bath

tanamera herbal bath mandi herba

The Tanamera herbal bath is a combination of aromatic herbs that helps to refresh and re-energize your tired body while soothing tired muscles. This is important because you will be super tired first few weeks of baby’s arrival where sleep is going to be very limited.

Benefits:

  • Refreshes and relaxes the body
  • soothes tired and aching muscles
  • deodorizes the body
  • contains anti-inflammatory properties.

When to start using:
From day 1 for 14 days.

Feminine Herbal Wash

feminine herbal wash pencuci herba

After giving birth, there will be lots of blood- Kind of like having your period. So it’s super important to keep your genital area clean. This feminine herbal wash is made from a mixture of aromatic herbs high in essential oils to revitalize and deodorize the genital areas.

Benefits:

For normal/ vaginal delivery:

  • Helps stitches heal faster
  • instant relief to vaginal discomfort cased by stitches
  • reduce swelling and accelerate healing
  • contracts genital tissues and deodorizes the genital area
  • promotes tightening of vaginal muscles

For Caesarean / c-sec delivery:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Aids in cleansing genitals due to bleeding after child birth
  • Promotes tightening of vaginal muscles
  • Deodorizes

When to start using:
From Day 1, 2x per day.

Boreh Body Scrub

boreh body scrub set pantang tanamera

This scrub is a warm concoction, formulated using herbs and spices to exfoliate our skin effectively. I use this once to twice a week depending how I feel. It is also one of my favourites from this postnatal set. I make sure to really rub it all over especially in my folds of the skin and dark areas.

Benefits:

  • Reduces water retention
  • Energizes and rejuvenates tired muscles
  • Reduces dark spots around the abdominal and underarms
  • Stimulates circulation

When to start using:
Day 5 onwards, twice per week.

Calming Herbal Blend Paste

This herbal blend paste is something new to me. It has this cooling feeling after you apply it to your forehead. It helps to wake up tired eyes and mind due to lack of sleep. I used it once, but didn’t really like the feeling.. then I totally forgot to try it again.. haha! I guess we’re all different, because my sister in law really loved it.

Benefits:

  • Reduces feelings of tiredness and sleepiness
  • Induces balanced state of mind, gives clarity and sense of peace
  • Prevent / relieve headaches nd heaviness around the eyes due to lack of sleep
  • Refreshes the mind

When to start using:
Day 5 onwards, twice per week.

Firming Herbal Blend Paste

firming herbal blend paste tanamera postnatal set pantang

This paste is supposed to cleanse tone and reduce the appearance of stretchmark around the abdominal area and is usually used with the binder (also included in the set). I was really looking forward to using this, to tone up my loose abdominal skin after birth, but things didn’t turn out so smoothly with baby because of his jaundice, so I didn’t have time to do this. Also, because I’m a c-sec mummy, it’s advisable to consult with doctor first before use. I’m probably going to wait till I pass the 100 day mark before I put this one on.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens and firms stomach muscles
  • Stimulates loss of water retention
  • Tones loose abdominal skin
  • Stimulates blood flow to the abdominal area
  • Reduces blemishes and dark spots that may appear on the abdomen

When to start using:
For normal / Vaginal Delivery:
Day 3 onwards, daily for 14 days. To be used with binder

For Caesarean birth:
Use after stitches have healed, best to consult a doctor before use.

Tip: The Tanamera postnatal set was derived from the traditional Malay practices.

Herbal Massage Oil

tanamera herbal massage oil postnatal

I love this herbal massage oil! I started using it as soon as I received this box especially for my back (of course must make use of hubby to do this.. hehe). It’s made with all natural oils that is infused with tropical herbs that stimulates internal circulation. It’s also great to use if I have a headache- I just rub on my temples and the back of my neck for some relieve, I’ll start burping too.

Benefits:

  • Stimulates blood circulation and metabolism
  • Helps removes toxins from the body
  • Maintains smooth and supple skin
  • Promotes overall release of water retention and flatulence.
  • Nourishes and revitalizes the skin and major organ by stimulating blood flow

When to start using:
Can be used during pregnancy and after birth.

Herbal Tea

postnatal herbal tea tanamera set pantang

Also included in the Tanamera postnatal set is 14 sachets of herbal tea. It is traditionally used to strengthen the body and accelerate healing of the wound. I didn’t consume this because baby was having really bad jaundice and I’m breastfeeding so doctor advised not to consume any jamu or herbal things as to not make his jaundice worst. I love herbal teas in general, so  I’m keeping it till I pass the “safe” mark and get doctor’s “OK” before I consume it.

Benefits:

  • Promotes discharge of blood clots from uterus after child birth
  • Reduces inflammation of uterus and genital area
  • Warms the body and improves blood circulation
  • Relieves constipation

When to start using:
Listen to your body. Start taking when you feel is right. Best to be consumed twice daily for 14 days with breakfast and dinner.

Cold Press Virgin Coconut Oil

tanamera cold press virgin coconut oil postnatal set

Also included in the postnatal set is this virgin coconut oil which for centuries have benefit woman pregnant or not.  I use this 3-4 times a week after bathing especially on areas that are prone to stretch marks. If I’m not mistaken it is also safe to consume, and will help to burn body fat for energy, lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.(But don’t take my word for it, please do some research and consult a professional before doing so ya.)

Benefits:

  • Helps in preventing and fade stretch marks
  • High in natural antioxidants
  • Removes outer layer of dead skin cells
  • Highly antiseptic and moisturizing
  • Aids in keeping connective tissues strong and supple

When to start using:
Safe to be used as soon as you know you’re pregnant.

Abdomen Binder

tanamera binder bengkung

An important element for postnatal mummies, this is definitely something that is a must have and must do, because we all want to get back that pre-pregnancy body right? Hehe. This Postpartum Wrap is based on a traditional design that gives 360 degree support for mummies. As with the firming herbal blend paste, I did not manage to use this either, which was a bummer because I know how much it’ll benefit me. I’m currently thinking if it’s okay to start wearing now.. Any experienced c-sec mummies reading this post?

Benefits:

  • Provides full support at the abdomen area down to the hip and buttocks to aid in release of water retention.
  • Designed to provide firm control of flabby, sagging abdominal skin.
  • Encouragement of the cervix to shrink and recover its pre-pregnancy size.
  • Supports back posture while breastfeeding so slouching doesn’t occur.

When to start using:
Starting Day 3 for 40 days, with minimum of 12 hours per day for best result.

For c-sec mummies, Use after stitches have healed or please consult a doctor first.

Overall, i think this Tanamera postnatal set or set pantang is perfect for someone who is thinking of going through the whole 30-40 days yourself. It really helps to keep your mind at bay, it pampers you and it also has detailed information and instructions which is very helpful for someone who has not much knowledge in this area.

For more information on the Tanamera Postnatal Set, head on to tanamera’s website https://tanamera.com.my/post-natal/

FPP (Full Paying Patient) Putrajaya Hospital Review 2019

pengalaman fpp putrajaya
hospital putrajaya room fpp

This was my second time taking FPP (Full Paying Patient) service at Putrajaya Hospital. The first time i took this service was when i was pregnant with my firstborn- Eidrix, which was in 2016. We came about it when we were figuring out if we wanted to go private or just to a government hospital. This service kinda gave the benefits of both worlds.

SO WHAT IS FPP & ITS BENEFITS?

FPP basically enables you have some services and facilities like a private hospital but it is much much more affordable. You can also pick a specialist of your choice.

For me, Taking up FPP also guarantees that i’ll give birth in Putrajaya Hospital and not be sent away if the hospital is full.

You’ll be placed in a special ward where husbands are allowed to stay the night. Although they do have a strict policy on kids where children under 12 are not allowed to enter the wards.

As a Full Paying Patient, this means that every doctor visit or medication that is given will be charged. But the upside is that you’re paying at a much cheaper price compared to a private hospital.

You can check out Putrajaya hospital latest rates and charges for FPP patients here.

My Labour Experience

My experience as a FPP patient at Putrajaya Hospital starts at 7 months of pregnancy. I was going to Klinik Kesihatan prior in order to ensure that i have the ‘buku pink’. Compared to my first pregnancy, i was going to a private clinic up till 7 months and changed to Putrajaya Hospital. Not having the ‘buku pink’ doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be accepted, but the nurses did ask about it when i was there.

I went back to the same doctor i had before, which was Dr Azmi. If you’re interested to take on FPP, you’ll need to do it FAST as more and more people are starting to go there due to the benefits. You’ll just have to call the hospital at 03-83124200 and mention that you’d like to make an appointment as FPP patient for delivery in Putrajaya Hospital. The nurse will tell you which specialist are still available and you have the choice to choose one of them as your doctor.

I was seeing Dr Azmi every two weeks from 7 month onwards. Each appointment costs about RM130-160 for consultation and scan. I have a disc problem in my spine which led me to decide to have another c-sec, so we decided on a date, which made it more predictable for work, for my mum to fly down from Kuching and for myself mentally too.

2nd C-sec experience with Putrajaya Hospital as FPP Patient

We set the surgery to be on the 1st of March 2019. I would be 37 weeks+ on that date. I decided to take him out slightly earlier as my spine was really killing me by then.

We had to check in a day before, but we didn’t get a call from the nurse till the late evening, when a bed was finally available. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming patients, i had to stay in a different ward because the FPP wards were super full.

Since we checked in at night, i had to go to the emergency counter where a deposit of RM3,000 was taken. Husband was not allowed to stay overnight in this ward, so had to spend the night alone- but it was alright. I made friends with the girl nextdoor who just gave birth to a baby boy. Nurses started prepping me for my surgery that night and asked me to start fasting at 9am the next day.

On surgery day, Dr Azmi came to check on me in the afternoon and mentioned that we’ll go into surgery in the evening. Last time i had my c-sec was at about 4 or 5pm, so i expected it to be around the same time, but boy was i wrong! It was a loooonnnngggggg day that day as we waited to be pulled into surgery.

At about 7ish, nurses finally called for me and wheeled me down to the operation theater. No family member were allowed in, so we said our ‘goodbyes’ before going in. You’ll then find yourself in a waiting room where the anaesthetist will explain the type of anaesthetics that’ll be given to you.

I had a horrible experience for my first c-sec where half my body was paralysed and was so groggy. So i was thinking of going under general anaesthesia (GA) this time- but the doctor who was really quite sarcastic warned me that i’ll have 17% higher chances of DYING and asked if i was willing to take the risk. Obviously, i was scared shitwitss and said no.. So epidural it was then!

After one hour in the waiting room and eavesdropping on the nurse who was trying to explain to a father that one of his twin has some problem during surgery, i was finally wheeled in to Operation theater 8.

They injected my back, my legs were straightened, my arms were wide open, they placed the curtain to shield the area of surgery and i was good to go. The theater was seriously freezing, and they had to place some sort of heater thingy on my chest to keep me a bit warm.

I was then greeted by a doctor who was NOT Dr Azmi. He explained that Dr Azmi had an emergency and that he was taking over the surgery- his name was Dr Hazim (which I later found out was the head of department). I didn’t have much of a choice, so just prayed for the best.

To my surprise, my c-sec this time was actually quite okay. The theater room was not dark and scary like the last time. I was even chatting with the anaesthetist and i think the surgery went quite fast. In 15 minutes and a few tugs baby was out and they were stitching me back up.

Food & Room in 5A (For FPP Patients)

To be honest i actually enjoyed the food that was served throughout my stay here in Putrajaya Hospital. It’s quite tasty and filling too. They serve you 4 times a day- breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. But it’s always great to bring in some snacks as well as you do tend to get a little hungry in the middle of the night.

food for fpp patient putrajaya hospital
You get to choose between bubur or rice. And you’ll sometimes get fish instead of chicken too.
2 bed room putrajaya hospital fpp patient

I had a twin sharing room. It will actually be quite hard to get the single room as everyone would have to follow a list and take turns staying in the single room which i think there’s only 1 or 2 of them. Unfortunately for me, second time FPP here in Putrajaya and still didn’t get the chance for single room even though room rates are the same, But it was okay and comfy. Nurses are also kind enough to provide some blankets and pillow hubs decides to stay over. There’s a TV for every patient.. but mine wasn’t working- but it’s okay who has time to watch TV anyways.. haha!

facilities in putrajaya hospital room 5a

Visting Hours & Rules

Daily Visiting Hours
On Monday to Friday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm and from 4:30pm – 7:00pm. 

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday from 12:30pm to 7:00pm

Visiting during non-visiting hours. 
If any family members need to attend to any patient who is critically ill, a special pass can be obtained from the Nursing Sister in-charge of the ward where the patient is warded.

visiting hours putrajaya hospital

CONCLUSION

All in all, I would definitely recommend taking FPP here. BUT it has been getting quite the buzz lately and you should book your appointment with your desired doctor as soon as you know you’re pregnant, because it can get really full very fast!

Good luck to all mummies reading this and ALL THE BEST!

Hospital Putrajaya
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
Presint 7, 62250 Putrajaya.
Telephone : 03-83124200
Fax : 03-88880137
Email : hpj_info@hpj.gov.my

FPP CONTACT: 03-83124316

What’s On The Menu in McD This Ramadhan? + Discount Promos You Don’t Want To Miss!

Ramadhan is just a few days away and McDonald’s has brought back some of our favourites with a whole new twist!

Leading this tasty comeback is Nasi McD, which now has the option to add-on an all new curry sauce for just RM1.50. The set comes with a side of coleslaw and Ice Lemon Tea, making it an awesome dish for buka puasa.

Another favourite is the Chicken Foldover – with two pieces of perfectly grilled, juicy chicken patties, topped with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and an all new special sauce, all wrapped in a warm toasted flatbread. I must say that this new sauce is waaayyyy better and i absolutely love it!

But that’s not all, McDonald’s also brought back:

The D24 Durian McFlurry


& reintroducing their Banana Pie

So WHAT’s NEW?

Well, for you sweet tooth people like myself, McD introduced:

Sarsaparilla Cones and the new McCafe Ice Blended Ribena.

How awesome is that?

The excitement doesn’t end there guys, because for the whole month of Ramadhan McDonald’s is also launching the “30-Days of Ramadan” promotion exclusively via the McDonald’s App.

The ‘30-days, 30-deals’ offers special discount coupons which will be released on the App on a daily basis. You just have to download the McDonald’s App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store- which i’m sure you have right? Woot woot!

So what you waiting for guys? All the menu above is already available at a McDonald’s near you. Walk-in, drive through or call their Mcdelivery, that’s up to you. So let me know if you’ve tried it and tell me what you think in the comments below…

Here’s What Made Nespresso’s CNY Reunion Lunch Extra Special

As you guys might have guessed, I’m a huge fan of Nespresso Coffee, not just for its convenience, but also for its flavours and unlimited recipes that you can conjure up with their coffee.

Chinese New Year is around the corner and I was recently invited to a Reunion Lunch by Nespresso Malaysia. There were so many great things about the luncheon, so here’s what made it extra special.

#1 Unlimited coffee with interesting flavours!

Obviously at a Nespresso event, you’ll definitely be getting your dose of caffeine for the day. But what made it extra special was the unique yet refreshing recipes that were presented.

  • Tangerine Fizz
  • Pineapple Sparkling
  • Peanut Coconut
  • Sea Coconut Cooler

Tangerine Fizz

Recipe:

5-6 nos Tangerin
2pcs Dried Tangerine Skin
1 shot Nespresso Ethiopia
Top up glass with Fanta Orange & Ice


Pineapple Sparkling

Recipe:
6 nos Pineapple Cube
1 shot Nespresso Ethiopia
Top up glass with 7-Up & Ice


Sea Coconut Cooler

Recipe:
3-4 pcs Sea Coconut
1 Shot Nespresso Colombia
Top up glass with Chrysanthemum Tea & Ice


Peanut Coconut

Recipe:
½ teaspoon Peanut Butter
20ml Coconut Milk
120ml Fresh Milk
15ml Brown Sugar Syrup
1 shot Nespresso India

I only managed to try the Tangerine Fizz and the Peanut Coconut as I was limiting my coffee intake being pregnant and all, but between the two.. I loved both!! The Tangerine Fizz had a good balance of sweet sour and bitterness, while the Peanut Coconut, was yummily smooth.

But did you ever think that you could come up with so many difference recipes with Nespresso? Check out this link for more ideas!

#2 The Great Company

Nespresso Malaysia was kind enough to give me the opportunity to invite 3 of my followers to join me for the lunch! After a little contest on my Instagram, we finally had the 3 winners and I was just so glad to finally meet them in person.

The 3 winners were:

@gossipmerl

@babatheawesome

@carol.lam

We instantly clicked and talked about all things life, from coffee, to family, to cancer, careers, fashion and so much more! So glad to have you gals over and thank you so much for supporting me!

#3 Awesome Entertainment by EWen Music

At first I didn’t think much about this couple sitting on stage dressed in traditional Chinese costumes and holding traditional looking instruments; until they started playing Despacito- which literally turned everyone’s head around to concentrate on them. The crowd was amazed at how sleek and smooth they were on the Guzheng and Erhu. One would expect some traditional songs, but this definitely made the girls on our table move to the beat.

#4 Amazing Deals This Lunar New Year!

If you’re thinking of getting a Nespresso coffee machine, think no more! This is the perfect time to get one. Take advantage of their super deals as below:

Inissia or Essenza Mini

Essenza Mini

RM88 OFF & Get RM88 Coffee Credit 

Inissia Bundle or Essenza Mini Bundle with Aeroccino

Innisia Bundle

RM188 OFF & Get RM88 Coffee Credit 

Lattissima One

RM288 OFF & Get RM88 Coffee Credit 

Plus, for every purchase, you’ll received a complimentary Ang Pao from Nespresso!

If you’re a coffee+milk lover, I would recommend getting the bundle with the Aeroccino OR the Lattisima One. Makes life so much easier!

Check out more about their deals on their website.

Best Diet for Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes

So I was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM), which occurs in about 7% of pregnant women. It’s pretty common, but can be worrying too if not taken care off.

The reason for this entry is basically because I’m hopeless at going to my appointments, and as I’m writing this, I’m missing my 3pm appointment with a dietician in Putrajaya Hospital (don’t be like me guysss), so I decided to do my own research. I mean how hard is it to look up the proper diet for women with GDM right?

So here’s what I found.

It’s all about keeping your blood sugar level in the ‘normal’ range.

diabetes during pregnancy
diabetes during pregnancy
diabetes during pregnancy
All graphic photos above: Credit to Georgetown Pharmacy

So far, it looks like my readings are mostly in the prediabetic stage (with minor diet control). I still had my Teh O Ice Limau, still had my rice, but I tried cutting down on my ice creams, cakes and chocolates.

My Blood Sugar Levels:

Carbohydrates in your Food

According to the USCF Health Organisation, you’ll find carbs in a lot more food than you think, such as:

  • Milk and yogurt
  • Fruits and juices
  • Rice, grains, cereals and pasta
  • Breads, tortillas, crackers, bagels and rolls
  • Dried beans, split peas and lentils
  • Potatoes, corn, yams, peas and winter squash

Sweets and desserts, such as sugar, honey, syrups, pastries, cookies, soda and candy also typically have large amounts of carbohydrate.

Best diet for gestational diabetes

Here are some ways to maintain safe blood sugar levels:

  • Do not skip meals!- We should be eating about 3 main meals a day with 2-3 snacks. And by snacks I don’t mean like pisang goreng, kuih muih, keropok lekor and so on ya! I’m sure you guys know what healthy snacks are.. haha
  • Limit fruit intake- Fruits are healthy, but also high in sugar. So it’s all about moderation. And don’t you dare eat those fruits which are canned in syrup water.
  • Food portion control- You’ve probably heard or read or advised on this by every nutritional professional and maybe even your family and friends. It’s the same ol’ same ol’ diet where you have half a plate of veggies, 1 quarter protein and another quarter carbs. But it’s important I guess! So that’s why we see it everywhere!
Credit: Northwestern Medicine
  • If you think fruit juices are healthy… think again!- It takes a few fruits to make up a glass of juice, which makes it a concentrated source of carbohydrate. And because it’s so easy to just gulp it all down, it can raise your blood sugar level quickly!
  • Strictly limit sweets and desserts- Cookies, cakes, pastries all have large amount of carbs and sugar and offer very little in nutrition. It’s all also important to stay away from added sugars in your food like honey and syrup and avoid all sodas and sweet beverages!

Okay… so for me the hardest part is my lunch and dinner where I mostly have rice with some lauk. Funny thing is I’m already taking the Taj Mahal rice(known to be good for people with diabetic) for my dinner and yet, my readings are higher at night compared to my lunch where I take the normal rice. Maybe it’s the small chocolate bar after… huhuhu 😛

Source: Google

Anyway, I’m gonna try to up my game and have a go at meal prepping. That way I know exactly what to prepare and have potion control.

So if you guys have any suggestions, do let me know.. and I hope my research has help some of you out there too!

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only based on personal research and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider.

Review: Love Cradle Maternity Support Belt by BMAMA

maternity and postpartum support belt

As most of you know, I’ve been struggling with severe backpain that hurts all the way down to my left leg. This started even before I was pregnant and just got worst as I was getting heavier and heavier.

So a blogger friend of mine (Thank you Sebrina) recommended a pelvic support belt that might help to ease the pain and support my pregnancy. I’ve been using the belt on and off for a few weeks now and here’s what I think about it.

A little info about the belt that I got

 Love Cradle Maternity Support Belt

  • Ergonomic design, suitable for pregnancy & postpartum wear
  • Prevents /Provide relief for the symptoms of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
  • Relieve lower back, joints, & muscular pains by supporting the extra weight
  • Encourages proper posture during & after pregnancy
  • Sewn-in steel boning on the back for sturdier support

My first impression

While I was at Bmama’s HQ, I tried on several belts that they have there and found that the Love Cradle Maternity Support Belt made a huge difference compared to the other belts, considering my situation.

No 1 is probably because of the steel boning at the back.

No2. I felt that it was easy to put on and take off, as well as adjust the size as my belly grows.

Me at 30 weeks pregnant

As weeks went by…

After using the belt for some time, there are a few things that I found about it:

  • It’s a bit difficult to go to the toilet- the belt has to be positions right on your panty line, which means you’ll need to take it off every time you go to the toilet.
  • The material gets a bit loose at the back from wearing it for long hours- but I think washing it will give back its elasticity (haven’t tried that though).
  • Front strap gets a bit squished- Most probably because of my tummy type where I have more fat on the lower abdomen (not like the nice round tummies you see on slimmer mummies and the product box- maybe I need a wider strap? Hmmm..)
backpain for pregnant woman

But other than that…

I felt an instant lift of support when putting it on, which helped a lot especially when I’m standing a lot. It’s really comfortable and you can adjust the straps according to your comfort level. It is very helpful as you get heavier throughout your pregnancy.

I would recommend it to be used while you’re on the go. You can take it off when you’re mostly sitting in the office, but put it on again when you have to walk about or stand.

So in my case, I’ll take it off when I’m in the office, but make sure to have it on when I’m out attending events or meetings.

Have you guys tried anything of the same sort? What’s your experience like?
Do you have anything else to recommend for me to try? Do help a mummy out! Thanks!


Malaysia’s First Watch Lounge Concept Store

Few weeks ago, I was invited to the launch of Sevenfriday Space, Malaysia’s very first watch lounge concept store located in Robinsons Kuala Lumpur, Four Seasons Place.

Basically, Sevenfriday Space is an extension of the Swiss lifestyle brand Sevenfriday founded in 2012 by Daniel Niederer. For over seven years, the brand has been growing and making waves in the watchmaking industry through their “affordable luxury” timepieces that appeal to individuals who live to challenge the norm.

“As a lifestyle brand, Sevenfriday initially started off designing, manufacturing and selling
industrial inspired watches before deciding to increase our range with other products so that
customers can easily get other accessories and apparels to complement their Sevenfriday
watches. It is essentially an effort to offer lifestyle, in the deepest sense of the word, to our
customers and letting them express themselves,” said Daniel Niederer, Founder and CEO of
Sevenfriday.

Located on the second floor of the building, you don’t just get to view and shop for the wide variety of affordable luxury products, you’ll also get the chance to take a break with a cup of coffee and cake, just in case you need a little more time to decide on which piece to get! Hehe!

Models showcasing the wide range of Sevenfriday timepieces, accessories and apparels during the Sevenfriday Space Official Launch’s exclusive fashion showcase.

The coffee bar is also known for their specialty coffee sourced from numerous famous roasters around the world, such as:

  • Simple Kaffa
  • Padre
  • Fuglen

Sevenfriday Space also stays true to their Malaysian roots by curating from local roasters like Artisan Roast, Seraph Awaken and also Supernormal Coffee Roasters.

Check out some of my favourite items from Sevenfriday below!

61 Nights of Blockbuster Films & First-in-Asia Premieres

I was in Sunway Pyramid recently and found out about this amazing back-to-back blockbuster movie line-up on FOX Movies! FOX Movies’s Nights of Incredible is having chart-topping premieres and must-see films for 61 nights starting 21st December 2018.

Hit first-run films premiering on FOX Movies during Nights of Incredible include Marvel’s mega-colossal superhero showdown Avengers: Infinity War as well as the brand-new Black Panther; heartwarming family film Wonder; and surprise box-office smash-hit musical The Greatest Showman.

I personally can’t wait for A Bad Moms Christmas and Black Panther coz i haven’t had the chance to watch it yet!!

For its big finale, Nights of Incredible ends with an action-packed Marvel Marathon starting from midnight on 1 January 2019. Tune in to see Marvel Universe movies back-to-back, featuring the world’s most famous superheroes battling it out – there’s Avengers: Infinity War, Thor Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America and more!

With a hit movie every single night for 61 nights, Nights of Incredible has something for everyone.

Tune in to Nights of Incredible every night until 31 December at 10:00pm on FOX Movies, available on unifi TV in HD on Ch 401.

You can alsso check out the January 2019 highlights below: