Oct 26, 2010

DAD-TO-BE MUST GET A HEALTHY DIET TOO!!

It is extremely important, since nutrition has a direct impact on the potency of your sperm. Research shows that poor eating habits and heavy drinking, for instance, can lower the quality and quantity of sperm, making conception more difficult. And since infertility is nearly as much a man's issue as a woman's, 32 per cent of infertility problems can be traced to men (HFEA 2007: 6), a healthy diet now will boost your chances of conceiving a child. You can rekindle your love affair with fast food after your wife's pregnancy is confirmed.


Generally, it should be every bit as balanced, varied, and nutritious as a mum-to-be's diet. Specifically, as a future dad it should help if you:


Ensure your diet includes zinc, folates (such as green leafy vegetables) and other foods rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C. All of these help your body to make normal functioning sperm and to kill off abnormal sperm (Ebisch et al 2007). Low levels of zinc have been associated with male infertility (Chia et al 2000), and studies have shown that treatment with combined zinc sulphate and folates can improve sperm count for both fertile and infertile men (Wong et al 2002). But don't overdo it, high concentrations of zinc have also been associated with poor sperm motility (Sorensen et al 1999; Fuse et al 1999). Aim for at least 12 to 15 mg in your diet per day. Great sources of zinc include extra-lean minced beef (a 85g / 3oz serving has 4.5 mg), baked beans (a 170g / 6oz serving has 3.55mg), and dark chicken meat (2.38mg per 85g / 3oz).

Foods rich in folates include green vegetables, such as broccoli and sprouts, but it can also be found in other foods such as black eyed beans, papaya, and jacket potatoes (see our article on folic acid for mums-to-be for more ideas).

An 227g / 8oz glass of orange juice contains 124 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C. Aim for at least 60 mg daily, more (at least 100 mg) if you smoke because smoking makes you less able to absorb it (EGVM 2002: 2-3). (And if you do smoke, quit. See our lifestyle article for reasons why.)

• Keep drinking coffee, if you like it. Two Brazilian studies published in 2005 confirmed earlier suspicions that caffeine could improve sperm motility (the sperm's ability to move). In one study of fertile men who were about to have a vasectomy, men who regularly drank six or more cups of coffee a day had significantly higher sperm motility than men who didn't have the coffee habit (Sobreiro et al 2005). The second study looked at infertile men and found a similar effect of regular coffee drinking associated with improved sperm motility and antioxidant levels (Pasqualotto et al 2005). Improvements in sperm motility seem to get higher as coffee intake increases but there is no evidence, as yet, that increasing your caffeine intake will definitely improve your chances of conception.

• Cut back on alcohol. While an occasional drink is generally considered safe, experts agree that drinking excessively will impair the quality of your sperm (NCCWCH 2004: 27). Heavy consumption of wine, beer or spirits affects your hormone levels resulting in decreased testosterone levels, and it also affects the ability of your testes to mature the sperm properly leading to lower sperm counts and increased numbers of abnormal sperm in semen (Emanuele and Emanuele 1998). There is no evidence that moderate drinking (within the range advised by the Department of Health of three to four units of alcohol per day for men), has any impact on male fertility (NCCWCH 2004: 27; Jensen et al 1998). Visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for more information on working out your daily alcohol intake.

Besides food, there are a host of lifestyle factors and workplace risks that can affect your fertility. Fortunately, most of these can be avoided.

The bottom line is, if you commit yourself to a few months of clean living and healthy eating (that means plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats) and a safe (though admittedly tamer) lifestyle, you'll be in top shape to father a child.

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HEALTHY DIET FOR MOM-TO-BE

What you eat, and how much you eat, can affect your ability to conceive a child - both positively and negatively. Here are some of the most important food-related ways you can boost your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.

Improve your diet three months to a year before you conceive. For both men and women, foods and fertility are linked. If you both stick to a balanced diet, you can boost your chances of conceiving and of having a healthy baby. Read on for specific advice for you. Your husband can also find out more about nutrition tips for a healthy dad-to-be.

Reach your ideal body weight. You may choose to shed some weight (or gain a little if you're underweight) while you're attempting to get pregnant. It's a good idea to be as close as possible to your recommended weight when trying for a baby as being overweight or underweight can reduce your chances of conceiving. But consult your family doctor before you embark on any diet or exercise plan.

If you are overweight, a sensible eating plan could include lower fat and higher fibre foods, but don't forget to exercise. You are more likely to get pregnant if you join a group which includes exercise and advice on your diet than seeking advice on diet alone. Extreme weight loss from crash dieting can deplete your body's nutritional stores, which isn't a good way to start a pregnancy. (Read more about how your weight affects your fertility.)

Follow a healthy eating plan. Healthy eating means eating a balanced diet and avoiding foods high in fat and sugar, such as cakes and biscuits. The UK Food Standards Agency recommends eating a variety of foods while trying to conceive, including:

Fruit and vegetables - these can be fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or a glass of juice. Aim for at least five portions a day.
• Carbohydrate foods such as rice, noodles (mee, meehoon, kueh teow, pan mee), breads, thosai, idli, chapatti, pasta, potatoes, keladi and keledek.
• Protein such as lean meat and chicken, fish, eggs and pulses (beans and lentils). Vegetarian protein sources include tofu, fu chok, beans, legumes, seeds and vegetarian soya protein (mock meat).
• Fish, at least twice a week, including some oily fish - but don't have more than two portions of oily fish a week. This includes fresh tuna (not canned tuna, which does not count as oily fish), mackerel, sardines and trout, cod and seabass.
• Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt, which contain calcium.
• Iron rich foods, such as red meat, pulses, dried fruit, bread, green vegetables and fortified breakfast cereals, to build up your resources of iron in preparation for pregnancy.

It helps your body to absorb iron if you have some food or drink containing vitamin C, such as fruit or vegetables, or a glass of fruit juice with any iron-rich meals. Avoid drinking caffeine drinks (coffee, tea, Colas) after having an iron rich food source. Wait at least two hours after your meal to have your caffeine-containing beverage; this will allow your body to absorb the iron first.

Take a vitamin supplement. While you can meet almost all your nutritional needs through a balanced diet, some experts believe that even the healthiest eaters could do with some extra help. "My doctor suggested I take a supplement while trying to conceive and I reckoned it couldn't do any harm," says Margaret. "I don't always have time to plan meals and I sometimes eat on the run. This way, I'm making sure I get everything my body needs."

Remember that a supplement is a safeguard, not a substitute for a sound diet. And since over-the-counter supplements may contain large doses of vitamins and minerals that could be harmful to a developing baby, it's sensible to switch to a pill formulated for pregnant women even before you conceive. Or choose a supplement that contains about 100 per cent of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) so that it does not contain mega doses of vitamins or minerals. Talk with your doctor about the right antenatal supplement for you.

Get lots of folic acid. Everyone could do with more folic acid, not just women - this B vitamin has been linked to a lower incidence of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes. It also reduces a baby's risk of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida (a serious congenital condition, which occurs when the tube around the central nervous system fails to close completely).

Women who are trying to conceive (or who might become pregnant) should take a supplement of 0.4 milligrams (mg) daily - also written as 400 micrograms (mcg). You should take this from the time you stop using contraception until the 12th week of pregnancy. Make sure that the supplement you use does not contain vitamin A or fish liver oil (see below, "What else to avoid").

It is recommended that any woman who has had a child with a neural tube defect should take a much higher dose - 5 milligrams (mg) a day. If you or your husband or an immediate relative has a neural tube defect you should also take 5 milligrams (mg) of folic acid a day. This higher dose is also recommended if you are taking anti-epileptic drugs, have coeliac disease (gluten intolerance) or sickle cell disease.

In addition, it's wise to eat folate-rich foods such as dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach or kale), citrus fruits, nuts, whole grains, brown rice, fortified breads and cereals.

Cut back now on alcohol. If your drinking habits leave something to be desired, you'll have to make some adjustments. Here's some solid advice: cut out or only occasionally drink alcohol. The current advice is to drink no more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice per week. A unit is half a pint of standard strength beer, lager or cider, or a pub measure of spirit. A glass of wine is about two units. The main risk here is to a developing fetus, which can be harmed by heavy or binge drinking. (It’s recommended that pregnant women totally cut out alcoholic drinks.)

If you have stopped using contraception, there is a chance that you could already be pregnant - it's better to be safe than sorry and avoid worrying later about how much you drank early in pregnancy.

Think ahead about caffeine . There is no consistent evidence to link caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee and colas) to fertility problems. However, the UK Food Standard Agency advises that pregnant women should limit their intake of caffeine - having more than 200 mg of caffeine per day has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight. As part of your preparation for pregnancy you could start to wean yourself from caffeine in chocolate, cocoa, fizzy drinks and coffee so that you are used to a lower intake before you become pregnant.

To check how much you are consuming now - 200 mg of caffeine is roughly equivalent to:
• 2 mugs of instant coffee (100mg each)
• 2 cups of brewed coffee (100mg each)
• 4 cups of tea (50mg each)
• 5 cans of cola (up to 40mg each)
• 4 (50g) bars of plain chocolate (up to 50mg each). Caffeine in milk chocolate is about half that of plain chocolate

What else to avoid?
The UK Food Standards Agency recommends that women who are trying to conceive should also avoid the following:

• Too much vitamin A. This means you should avoid eating liver and liver products such as pâté and avoid taking supplements containing vitamin A or fish liver oil. You need some vitamin A, but if you have too much during pregnancy, this could harm your baby.
• Fish containing mercury, such as, shark, swordfish and marlin. Also, don't eat more than two tuna steaks a week (weighing about 140g cooked or 170g raw) or four medium-size cans of tuna a week (with a drained weight of about 140g per can). High levels of mercury can harm an unborn baby's developing nervous system.

Your doctor can give you more information on the dos and don'ts when trying to conceive - it's a good opportunity to make sure you are in tip top physical condition for pregnancy too.

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ABAH, WHERE DO I CAME FROM?

Hurmm.... Did you ever experince that before with you child, asking where did they came from, or where do their little sister came from?

I bet you will not tell them the truth, whether you yourself do really know the facts, where or how the babies are made, right? Let me share something with you eager dad-to-be and mom-to-be (and also, dad and mom) how your babies are made.

You may think you know how to make a baby: man meets woman, they make love and nine months later out pops a baby! But do you know exactly where sperm and eggs come from? Or how they find each other and combine to create a new life? Read on to discover the fascinating biological facts behind getting pregnant.


Inside the woman's body: how an egg is hatched
For women, the possibility of pregnancy begins in the ovaries; those two small oval organs attached to either side of your uterus (womb). The ovaries are packed with eggs, which are made before you are even born. Every baby girl is born with up to 450,000 eggs in her ovaries (HFEA 2003). Many eggs begin dying off almost immediately and the rest steadily decrease in number as you get older. You'll probably release about 400 eggs, during your fertile years. This begins with your first period and ends when the menopause arrives, usually between the ages of 45 and 55.

Each month, usually some time during the middle of your menstrual cycle, between one and three eggs start to reach maturity in one of your ovaries. The ripest egg is then released and is quickly sucked up by the tulip-shaped opening of the nearest fallopian tube (these are two four-inch canals leading from the ovaries to the uterus). This release is known as ovulation. The exact time of ovulation depends on the length of your cycle.

In an average 28-day cycle, ovulation will most likely happen between the 12th and 15th days, counting day 1 as the first day of your last period (HFEA 2006/2007). The length of your cycle, the ripening of your eggs and the timing of ovulation are controlled by several different hormones, which work together. See our article on your menstrual cycle for more about hormones.

The average egg lives and can be fertilised for about 12 to 24 hours after release (HFEA 2006/2007), so it has to meet up with a sperm soon if a baby is to be conceived. If your egg does meet up with a healthy sperm on its way to the uterus, the two can join and begin the process of creating a new life. If not, it ends its journey at the uterus, where it disintegrates. When you have not conceived, the ovary stops making oestrogen and progesterone, the two hormones that would help maintain a pregnancy. Following the drop in the levels of these hormones, the thickened lining of your uterus is shed, along with the disintegrated egg, during your period.

Inside the man's body: the making of a sperm
While women's bodies are busy maturing a single egg at the leisurely pace of about one a month, men's bodies are almost constantly at work producing millions of microscopic sperm. The sole purpose in life of each sperm, is to swim towards and penetrate an egg. While women are born with all the eggs they'll ever need, men have to make sperm on a regular basis throughout their adult lives. From start to finish it takes about 64 to 72 days to create a new sperm cell. Since the average sperm lives only a few weeks in a man's body, and as many as 300 million are set free with each ejaculation (HFEA 2006/2007), this sperm factory is kept pretty busy.

In men, the same hormones that control ovulation in women stimulate the release of testosterone; the hormone responsible for producing sperm. Sperm production starts in the testicles, the two glands contained in the scrotal sac beneath the penis. The testicles hang outside the body because they're quite sensitive to temperature. To produce healthy sperm they have to stay at a balmy 34 degrees C/ 94 degrees F; about four degrees cooler than normal body temperature. Once the sperm is created, it's stored in a 40-foot long coiled tube in the testicle, called the epididymis until it's scooped up and mixed with semen just before ejaculation.

Despite the millions of sperm that are produced and released in each ejaculation, only one can fertilise each egg. The gender of baby depends on which type of sperm burrows into the egg first; sperm with a Y chromosome will make a boy baby, and sperm with an X chromosome will make a girl.

There are plenty of myths about how to conceive a boy or girl, and some are backed by a bit of scientific evidence, but on the whole, a child's sex is determined randomly.

What happens while you're making love
In addition to all the fun, your bodies are building up tension that you hope will end in orgasm. That wonderful, pleasurable release also has an important biological function. In men, orgasm propels sperm-rich semen into the vagina and up towards the cervix at roughly 10 miles per hour. The force of ejaculation gives the sperm a good head start on their way to the egg, but a woman's climax also aids conception. Some research shows that the wave-like contractions associated with the big O help pull the sperm further into the cervix. So really let go and have as much fun as you can; it can only help your chances of getting pregnant.

Many couples wonder if a particular sexual position is best for baby-making. No one knows for sure, but some experts believe the missionary position (man on top) or the entry from behind position (man behind woman, both facing the same direction) are best because they allow for deep penetration.

The most important thing about sex is that you're both having a good time and you're doing it frequently enough for live sperm to be in the woman's reproductive tract during ovulation. Not all women ovulate during the middle of their cycle or at the same time in their cycle every month (Fehring et al 2006). So to improve your chances of conception, aim to make love at least every other day throughout your cycle.

While you relax, the sperm's job is just beginning
At this point you can't do much except cross your fingers and hope that you conceive. Some experts say the woman should stay on her back (with a pillow under her bottom) for at least 20 or 30 minutes so gravity can help the sperm travel to where it is needed for fertilisation to occur.

While you and your spouse are enjoying a relaxing post-romp cuddle, a great deal of activity is taking place inside your body. Those millions of sperm have begun their quest to find your egg, and it's not an easy journey. The first obstacle is the acid level in your vagina, which can be deadly to sperm. Then there's your cervical mucus, which can seem like an impenetrable net except on the one or two days when you're most fertile and it miraculously loosens up so a few of the strongest swimmers can get through.

The sperm that survive still have a long road ahead. In all they need to travel about seven inches from the cervix through the uterus to the fallopian tubes. When you consider that they travel at a rate of roughly an inch every 15 minutes, that's quite a trip. The fastest swimmers may find the egg in as little as 45 minutes, while the slowest can take up to 12 hours. If they don't find an egg in the fallopian tubes at the time of intercourse, the sperm can wait there in a resting stage for 12-24 hours (HFEA 2006/2007); so there is still a chance of conception if you ovulate within this time window.

The mortality rate for sperm is so high that only a few dozen ever make it to the egg. The rest get trapped, lost (perhaps heading up the wrong fallopian tube) or die along the way. For the lucky few who get near the egg, the race isn't over. They have to work frantically to penetrate the egg's outer shell and get inside before the others. When the hardiest of the bunch makes it through, the egg changes instantaneously so that no other sperm can get in. It's like a protective shield that clamps down over the egg at the exact moment that first sperm is safely inside.

Now the real miracle begins ...
The egg will be fertilised within about 24 hours of its release. The genetic material from the sperm combines with the genetic material in the egg to create a new cell that will rapidly start dividing. You're not actually pregnant until that bundle of new cells, known as the embryo, travels the rest of the way down the fallopian tube and attaches itself to the wall of your uterus.

However, you can have an ectopic pregnancy if the embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. An ectopic pregnancy is not viable, and the embryo has to be surgically removed to prevent rupture and damage to the fallopian tube.

That final leg of the trip, from fallopian tube to uterus, can take another three days or so, but it will be a couple of weeks until you miss a period and suspect that you're going to have a baby. Once you have missed your period or noticed one of the other signs of pregnancy, you can use a home pregnancy test to find out for sure if you've got a little one on the way. If so, congratulations, and welcome to the start of another incredible journey.

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GETTING PREGGY

Are you thinking about whether now is the right time to start a family? Or maybe you are already trying for a baby? From how babies are made to calculating when you ovulate and finding out how long it may take you to get pregnant - I will share everything you need to know. We're with you right from the start of your journey into parenthood.


Is there anything you need to know before you begin? Is your husband ready to be a dad? Perhaps you've been trying for a baby for a while, but are still not pregnant. Do you need help to find out why you aren't conceiving? Or maybe you are ready to look into fertility treatment...
 
HOW TO GET YOUR LIFE READY FOR A BABY?
 
You've decided it's time to start your family. But are you ready? By making a few lifestyle changes now, you can give your baby the best start possible. Read this list (or print it out) and find out if this is the right time for you. (For information on the tests and check-ups you'll need, see our physical readiness checklist.)


Improve your diet
Now more than ever, proper nutrition is essential. Throw away every fad diet book you've ever bought, put aside old myths, and learn to eat real food. That means a balanced diet of at least three meals a day, including at least five portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Three of the most important nutrients for a healthy pregnancy are calcium, iron and folic acid. A good multivitamin tablet will ensure that you get enough of them, but be sure to drink plenty of milk and eat citrus fruits and juices, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and fortified breads and cereals. For more information, see our articles on nutrition for a healthy mum-to-be and dad-to-be.

Women who are trying to conceive may also want to cut back on their caffeine consumption. Research linking a woman's caffeine consumption with a lower chances of conception has been contradictory, but, in general, low levels of caffeine consumption are recommended. By contrast, dads-to-be should feel free to drink an extra cup: caffeine may help men by stimulating sperm motility.

Think about your weight
Being either underweight or overweight can affect your fertility and pose significant risks to your pregnancy. The best time to try to hit a healthy weight band is before trying to conceive so that you increase your chances both of conception and a healthy pregnancy.

If you're overweight or obese, take it steady. Extreme weight loss from crash dieting can deplete your body's nutritional stores, which isn't a good way to start a pregnancy either. Nor is it a good idea to be on a diet while pregnant because you may limit your baby's access to important nutrients. Instead begin before you start trying for a baby by choosing low-fat, high-fibre foods. The best route to success is to combine a balanced diet with an exercise programme, and aim to lose 1-2lbs / 0.45-0.91Kg a week, which is a safe rate of weight loss. In other words, don't overdo it.

If you're underweight, get some meat on those bones! Your risk of miscarriage is significantly higher if you conceive while underweight. While skinny women can and do have healthy babies, studies have shown that underweight mothers tend to have low-birth-weight babies. Of course, gorging yourself on chocolate won't give you the important vitamins and minerals you need. Try to get your extra calories from all four of the basic food groups.

Start taking vitamin supplements
While it's no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet, taking an antenatal supplement (or an all-purpose multivitamin) ensures that you're getting enough of several important vitamins and minerals. At the top of that list is folic acid which is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects in developing babies. Ask your GP or midwife to recommend a vitamin supplement for you.

Create (and follow!) an exercise plan
A good, balanced exercise programme provides three important benefits: stamina, strength, and flexibility. You'll need all three to lift and carry a baby, run after a small child, and cope with the day-to-day stresses of motherhood. Plus, getting in shape at least three months before you conceive (ideally six to 12 months) may make it easier to maintain an active lifestyle during pregnancy and enjoy those nine months, not to mention helping you to get through labour. Strengthening your back muscles now, for example, can stave off low back pain later. And aerobic exercise can improve your mood and energy levels, not to mention help you to achieve a healthy pre-pregnancy weight. You'll also be less vulnerable to the hormonal shifts that can make pregnant women angry and irritable and send family and friends running for cover.

Great exercises to help get into shape for pregnancy include running and jogging, walking, swimming, bicycling and aerobics. However, some of these activities are fairly strenuous and should not be undertaken for the first time while pregnant, so be sure to begin well before you start trying to conceive. Then you can continue your routine when you are pregnant.

Note: for all of the above activities, start slowly and don't push yourself too hard. You should always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise programme.

Stop drinking, smoking, and taking drugs
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that smoking, taking drugs and drinking too much alcohol during pregnancy can harm your baby. Study after study has shown that all three of these bad habits are connected to miscarriage, low-birthweight babies, and premature birth. Smoking in pregnancy can increase your baby’s risk of cot death, and excessive drinking during pregnancy can seriously affect your baby’s development. Partying and pregnancy don't mix.

Eliminate environmental dangers
Some jobs can be hazardous to you and your unborn children. If you stand all day, fly a lot, or are exposed to chemicals or radiation on a regular basis, you may need to consider making some changes before you conceive. Talk to your doctor about what your daily routine involves and see if you can come up with ways to avoid or eliminate hazards in your workplace. The Health and Safety Executive has some useful information on how you could work with your employer to make your work environment safer.

Stop using contraception
For some people, stopping contraception is as easy as shoving the condoms or diaphragm to the back of a drawer. But if you've been using the Pill, some doctors think you should wait a few months after you've stopped taking it before trying to get pregnant, because your cycle may need some time to return to normal. However, the usual advice is to start trying once you’ve had one normal period after stopping the pill.

If you do get pregnant while you're still on the Pill, stop taking it immediately and talk to your doctor about it. In the past, when doses of hormones in the Pill were higher, there used to be worries that getting pregnant accidentally while taking it would be harmful to the embryo. But more recent research has found no evidence of an increased risk of abnormalities. (For some women, especially those who've been taking the Pill for a long time, it may take several months to a year for their menstrual cycle to get back on track.) If you've been using Depo-Provera, it may also take a while for the effect to wear off completely. The makers say it's no more than 12 weeks, but critics claim this kind of contraception can make it difficult to conceive for as much as a year or two after using it. While you're waiting, use a backup method, such as condoms.

You may never feel that you really have enough money to have a baby, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to save up a little before you get pregnant. After all, many studies have shown that having a baby is expensive, and the expense can go on for 18 years.

Some other financial issues to consider: life insurance and (gulp!) a will. And although it may seem early, this isn't a bad time to start thinking about saving for university.


Think your decision through
A child demands a lifetime commitment to provide love, nurturing, nourishment, shelter, education, attention, and so on. So before you decide to have a baby, it's important that you and your partner look realistically at what you're in for. This is, after all, a decision that will change your lives forever. Some of the key questions to consider are:

• Are you both equally committed to becoming parents?
• If you have religious differences, have you discussed how they will affect your child?
• Have you thought through how you'll handle childcare responsibilities and balancing work and family?
• Are you prepared for the possibility that your child may have special needs?
• Are you ready to give up sleeping in on Sundays or line up a babysitter every single time you want to go out without your baby?
• Have you thought about how becoming parents may change you, and your relationships with those closest to you?

Having a baby won’t just have a small impact on your life; it’s going to shift the entire centre of your universe. For some, this is the most natural thing in the world but for others it can be a real shock. Think about how you’ll feel, how you usually cope with change in your life, and how you can prepare yourselves for the highs (and lows) of family life.

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Oct 13, 2010

ADIK IS ALREADY 5 WEEKS OLD

My dear Adwa,

Mama is already 5 weeks preggy now sayang. That means inside Mama's womb, there's a cute little baby growing. And she/he is your adik! I hope you do feel excited as much as Abah and Mama do, even though Mama knows that you not really understand what happens around you sayang...

Do you want to take a look how's your adik grow inside Mama's tummy this week sayang?



Owh yes, your adik was so small sayang, only a size of a sesame seed, which half centimeter long (too small isn't it?). Adik is kecik, but MasyaAllah, your adik already has a heartbeat!

And just letting you know sayang, your adik's major organs including kidney and liver, begins to grow. Just like you did when you were at this age in my tummy dear!

Mama may not look preggy at this point, well, it's an advantage to keep my pregnancy as a secret to all. I am not ready to annouce about my pregnancy to public yet. Hurm... I will keep it for a secret till your adik is 14 weeks old ok?

Till todate Mama still has no sign of getting morning sickness like I had when I was carrying you, Adwa. Thinking about how bad my morning sickness when I was carrying you, makes me pray that I won't have morning sickess during my second pregnancy. I keep on telling myself, "Tak mabuk punya kali ni...Tak mabuk punye....." Hihhihihi....

Hey, Mama just tried pregnancy due date calculator from Baby Center, and here's interesting date for us to mark it on our calendar!

September 16, 2010 (2 weeks pregnant)

Your adik is conceived

Doctors start counting pregnancy from the first day of Mama's last period, so at conception I'm considered 2 weeks along.





September 30, 2010 (4 weeks pregnant)

Positive pregnancy test

Ehm, Mama found out that I was carrying your adik a day before your first birthday, remember??






November 11, 2010 (10 weeks pregnant)

Your adik's heart beats

At next prenatal visit, we'll be able to hear your adik's heartbeat for the first time.








Disember 9, 2010 (14 weeks pregnant)

It a perfect time to announce that Mama is preggy!!

I decided to wait until the riskiest period was over, so at this week I think I am ready to announce my  pregnancy.





Disember 16, 2010 (15 weeks pregnant)

Adik sees light

Your adik can see light at this age (through eyelids that are still fused shut) and may move if you shine a flashlight at Mama's belly. We'll try it later okay sayang?





Disember 23, 2010 (16 weeks pregnant)

Your adik -  a boy or girl?

At my mid-pregnancy ultrasound (typically in the next four weeks), we may be able to find out your adik's gender.Hurm, maybe I should ask abah to get Atuk Hamid's advise on this. He's the one telling me and Abah that you are a baby boy!!!





Januari 6, 2011 (18 weeks pregnant)

Feel your adik kick

Hemm, your first kick was in your 21st week, and I think your adik will do the same ;).




 

Januari 13, 2011 (19 weeks pregnant)

Your adik hears sounds

Your adik should be able to hear your voice now, so Adwa sayang, don't hesitate to talk, sing, or read aloud to your adik. Talk to her/him often. Tell your adik that you can't wait to play with her/him.





Mac 10, 2011 (27 weeks pregnant)

Your adik can breathe

Your adik's lungs are still immature but could function (with a lot of medical help) if your adik were born now.





April 14, 2011 (32 weeks pregnant)

Your adik already has fingernails and toenails

They're awfully tiny, but your adik has bona fide fingernails and toenails by now.






Mei 19, 2011 (37 weeks pregnant)

Your adik is full-term

Your adik is ready for life outside the womb but will probably stay in there for a bit longer, gaining weight.






Jun 9, 2011 (40 weeks pregnant)

Your adik's due - she/he is ready to see the world!!

Oct 11, 2010

DRIVING LESSON WITH ADWA


Amaran kepada bayi-bayi lain:

Jangan tiru aksi di bawah.
Pemandu merupakan pemegang lesen L dan dibawah pengawasan pemandu terlatih yang letih.

Pesanan ini dibawa oleh kicap masin Mak Minah.


ADWA IS GOING TO BE ABANG, SOON!

OK,

Tadi aku dah call Az Zahrah untuk set appointment for my baby's first ultrasound. Risau juga, cos aku ada rasa sakit perut. Dan aku dulu lahirkan Adwa thru LSCS (Lower Segment Cesarian Section, a.k.a. C-Section). Takut-takut ectopic pregnancy jer. Mintak-mintak tak der lah.

Anyway, disebalik ke 'blur'an aku yang terima berita aku ni dah pregnant lagi minggu lepas, dalam hati excited juga. Tangan ni dah menggatal cari blog-blog dan website yang jual baju maternity online yang cantik dan murah. Disebabkan aku sekarang aktif berblogging, maka untuk pregnancy kali ini aku akan banyak share tips dengan kamu semua berkaitan pregnancy.

Jadi ibu-ibu muda a.k.a first mom di luar sana, for the first step aku sarankan kamu semua register dengan Baby Center untuk mengetahui tips-tips yang sangat berguna disamping dapat mengetahui perkembangan si kecil kamu itu. Baby Center akan hantar newsletter kat kamu setiap minggu, dengan perkembangan baby kamu siap dengan gamba nyer sekali.

Aku dah register masa ngandungkan Adwa dulu, dan sangat ler excited nya bila kite dapat tahu macam mana bayi dalam kandungan tu membesar dari sekecil-kecil saiz kacang pea sampai la saat dia nak melihat dunia...

Oct 8, 2010

LAUNCHING OF RAZAK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT

Pentas yang agak indah dengan bunga yang tak berapa nak segar...


Pandangan dari dekat. Seriously bunga macam bunga recycle jer... Huhuhuhu....
Our PM delivering his first Razak Lecture

Datuk... Nak sain.... Hahahahah... Datuk Mahadzir Lokman kena kerumun dengan anak dara dan mak dara..

Ahah... Cuba baca nama saper tuh???

Eden Sekertariat untuk majlis ni yo... Macam nak patah kaki berdiri berjam-jam...

ME and Datuk Mahadzir Lokman.


Oct 7, 2010

TO MY DEAREST HUSBAND

Sayang, terima kasih di atas kata-kata semangat dan peransang yang diberikan kepadaku semalam. 

Sesungguhnya tanpamu disisi, aku tidak kuat untuk menempuh segalanya. 

SEMOGA ALLAH PERMUDAHKAN SEGALANYA UNTUK KITA SAYANG.....

Terima kasih Allah, kerana menemukan aku dengan lelaki ini, dan menjadikannya teman sepanjang hayatku..

***


Untuk suamiku, H.
 

I praise Allah for sending me you my love
You found your home and sail with me
And I’m here with you
Now let me let you know
You’ve opened my heart
I was always thinkin’ that love was wrong
But everything was changed when you came along oh
And there is a couple of words I wanna say
Chorus:
For the rest of my life
I`ll be with you
I`ll stay by your side honest and true
Till the end of my time
I`ll be loving you, loving you
For the rest of my life
Thru days and night
I`ll thank Allah for open my eyes
Now and forever I… I`ll be there for you
I know it deep in my heart
I feel so blessed when I think of you
And I ask Allah to bless all we do
You’re my life and my friend and my strength
And I pray we’re together in Jannah
All I know I found myself
I feel so strong
Yes! Every thing was changed when you came along oh
And there is a couple of words I wanna say
Chorus
I know deep in my heart
And now that you’re here in front of me
I strongly feel love
I strongly feel love
And I have no doubt
And I sing it loud that I will love you eternally
Chorus
I know it deep in my heart

Oct 5, 2010

ADWA'S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY

Here's few pix uploaded for all my followers.

Anyway thousands of appreciation for those who are coming to our party.....

Hope you guys really enjoyed the Mee Bandung Muar and Nasi Tomato provided ;)

Sorry x tau nak tulih ape...

Gorgeous edible cake baked by Anna from bakemecupcake




My handsome birthday boy.. Love you sayang...


***

Semasa acara membuka hadiah... 

Adwa's birthday present....

Yer encik Adwa dengan rakusnyer membuka hadiah...




Pakcik menang moto....




Wargh.. Rakus... Rakuss....






Present dari mama ngah..

mari mainnn......

Ucapan tuan punyo badan:
Eden nak mengucapkan terimo kasih bebanyak kepado makcik pakcik yang sudi datang ke
majlis den dan perabihkan gaji pakcik makcik semuo belikan den hadiah-hadiah ni ha...
Terimo kasih daun keladi yo..... Jangan jadi miang keladi...

Oct 4, 2010

I, HEREBY, OFFICIALLY ANNOUCED THAT...

Ingat lagi entri 'Adakah' aku sebelum ni?Entri kali ini akan menjawab entri itu...

***

Harini 4 Oktober 2010, sehari sebelum ulangtahun kelahiran pertama putera kesayangan kami, Adwa Affan.

Aku dah lewat datang bulan dah 2 hari nih.... Maka rasa panik dah tercetus... Bulan lepas datang 2hb, harini dah 4hb...

Maka aku pun dengan berdebar-debar test ler urine aku...

Tak sanggup nak tengok, maka lepas jer test aku letak test kit atas sinki, dan terus keluar bawak Adwa pergi Klinik untuk check up.

Balik dari klinik, sayang terus naik atas. Lepas tu dia turun balik. Dia tanya,

"Eh mana instruction pregnancy test kit tuh?"

"Nak buat apa?" aku tanya dia balik.

"Kalau positif ada berapa garisan??"

"Positif dua, negatif satu.. Nape?" Aku dah xsedap ati dah....

"Kenapa awak punya ada dua???"

Hah???????

Aku telan air liur.

"Awak pergi tengok ler...."

Masa aku naik atas, Tuhan jer la yang tahu aku punyer la berdebar.. macam nak pecah jantung aku weh..

Takkan cepat sangat kot aku pregnant lagi...

Aku tengok sendiri. Aku telan air liur. GULP!

POSITIVE!!

Aku tatau nak buat ape, aku terus baring atas katil, termenung....

Betul ke aku mengandung lagi nih....

Erm... Kamu rasa, ni positif ke negatif???

ADWA IS GOING TO BE ABANG, SOON!

Oct 1, 2010

APE LA NAK JADI DENGAN AKU NIH....

Ape lah nak jadi dengan aku nih...

Baru jer perasan yang aku tempah kek Adwa dan janji nak pick up on 4th October depan, sedangkan majlisnyer esok...

Ape lah nak jadi dengan aku nih..... dah tak pasal-pasal aku nyusahkan Anna, kne call supplier edible tu pulak..

Dan bad newsnyer, rice paper untuk edible dah abis pulak kat supplier tuh.... Stok sampai harini....

Maka aku terpaksa la kena tunggu sampai malam ni, untuk Anna konpemkan sama ada boleh buat tak kek untuk Adwa esok... Haih....

Abis klu tak boleh buat macam mana???????? Terbang ler RM120 aku tuh...

Dan terpaksa la beli kek lain kat Secret Recipe.....

Pepagi lagi mood aku dah rosak dah nih....

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