I’ve had clear skin before and during my pregnancy. But I’ve been getting acnes since my last trimester or so after giving birth. Beside the hormonal changes, it’s also the stress and tiredness of being a new parenthood that can be the causes of ance. I also have drier skin after I gave birth to my baby girl. Acne and dry skin, both are my nightmare. And trust me, it’s not easy to get rid of them especially during and after your pregnancy. Some of these stupid acne just won’t go away and worst of all, they turn into dark spots. Unfortunately I have experienced that a little bit even though I take a good care of my skin. Good but not good enough. Now I’m taking EXTRA care of my skin and it really helps. Beauty is vain, really vain. You won’t look ugly if you are not lazy.
So here are some of my easy tips on how to take care of your skin throughout and after your pregnancy.
1) Stretch mark cream/oil is a must.
I applied them 2-3 times daily during my pregnancy and after birth. Apply EVERYDAY on your body especially tummy, backside, and thigh. Don’t be lazy and don’t think that those stretch marks won’t appear on your legs and arms too. I compared myself with those who didn’t put these cream regularly, and the difference is big.
2) Use only mild cleanser.
Clean your face maximum twice a day with mild cleanser and try not to scrub at all. Be very gentle to your skin. Skin during pregnancy can be very sensitive and you may have rashes or red, flaky patches on the face so I highly recommend you to use very mild products (and fragrance-free) not only for facial cleanser but also body soap etc. You may consider something organic.
3) Avoid certain foods.
Those that are high in saturated fats are not good. Soft drinks and sweets for examples. I think it would be tough. I’ve had bad craving for chocolate and ice-cream throughout my pregnancy but I did control myself somehow. Drink plenty of water and stay in a healthy diet. Fruits help too.
Hope these tips help. Have a beautiful skin always and happy weekend.
Many people have been asking me this since I was pregnant until now.
Caesarean or natural birth?
I took quite a long time to consider. Which is better? What are pros and cons? What would be the best option for my baby and me? After 2 months of consideration, I chose to go for caesarean birth or C-section.
You might want to stop reading this entry now if you are planning to give birth anytime soon, especially natural birth.
Before I continue writing this post, I have something to say to some people who are/were against my personal decision here.
I already got comments like “why not natural? Isn’t it better for your baby? etc.” or some people even gave me THAT kind of look, like as if it was wrong for me to do it. I’m telling you now that your such comments doesn’t mean anything to me, especially when you don’t know me. Every new mother have to go through 9 months of pregnancy, childbirth, and a lot more real work after that. If you haven’t been through it, just listen. Or if you had a natural birth before and it was tough then that was your choice. But it doesn’t mean my choice is wrong and I should go through the same thing as you. And after all, it’s my life not yours. My baby, not yours.
However, I thank and appreciate those comments from people who really care and try to help NOT those that acting like they know everything and they are always right. Please. No one is always right.
Ok that’s enough. So what made me choose to go for a C-section?
1) Caesarean can be scheduled.
Because my husband travels a lot. What happen if my water broke when he is many thousands miles away from me? This is one way we can be sure that both of us will go through this together.
2) Disadvantage of a natural birth.
True that the recovering period is much shorter with natural birth. You just need 1 day to stay in a hospital and 1-2 weeks for full recovery when C-section needs at least 3 days, and 1-2 months for full recovery (also depends on the individual).
According to 8 women (I know personally) who have gone through a natural birth, they said that their private parts do not look the same after a natural birth. In fact, they said it will never be exactly the same. Even if you have only 1 sleeping partner for the rest of your life and you wouldn’t care? Maybe. But I believe most of us do care. However, health science and medical technology has improved a lot so there might be a solution for that too. I don’t know.
What about a scar on lower stomach after C-section? I know I will have my way out for that. A secret for now. Plus, I trust my Gynae a lot. She is great and famous for her C-section. My scar looks fine and not as bad as I thought it would be. Thank you.
3) Pain Level
I’d rather feel the most pain after and NOT during labour which I don’t know how long it will last. I had an epidural and I was awake during the C-section. (you can choose to sleep throughout the whole process but you won’t be the first to see your baby). I didn’t feel any pain at all during the process, not even when they jabbed an epidural into my spine to numb sensation and provide pain relief before they cut me open. Some mothers also take an epidural during their natural birth if they can’t stand the pain.
However, the pain came the next day when I woke up. Very painful, my wound. I couldn’t eat much and definitely couldn’t move at all for at least a day. Let’s skip the part where I needed to go to a toilet. The worst part was when I coughed and my (seven layers cut) wound vibrated. I couldn’t describe how freaking painful it was. You imagine. But a good thing is, painkiller helps a lot.
4) It’s safe, for the baby.
Many of you might not know this. According to what my Gynae told me, caesarean is safer for baby but not good for a mother. The chance of getting wound infections is higher. There are seven layers of muscles doctor have to cut through during C-section. If the cord is around baby’s neck, it would be unsafe to do a natural birth too. And unfortunately, the cord was around my baby’s face and neck at 37th week. Even if I decided to go for a natural birth (which I most likely won’t), I’d have to do a C-section instead.
5) I consider a Caesarean as a modern way to have baby.
Women today have choice, something that women in the olden days did not have. Giving birth can be fast and safe with the used of latest technological equipments and so why not?
After all, I’m not saying that a natural birth is not a good choice and I’m just giving my personal opinions. It’s your choice so you should know the best for you and your baby. People who have gone through a natural birth is brave and tough. I admire them. Either way, the most important thing is to make sure your baby (and you) is safe.
Congratulation to every new mother. Let’s have fun, enjoy the process and keep the joy in motherhood.
Those who follow my twitter or instagram should already know this.
I am now a mother and is something absolutely new. This already changes me, for the better. Let’s read.
My pregnancy experiences weren’t that bad (compared most people I know), except for those first three months. Morning sickness was making my life really miserable and it was more like all day sickness to me. I couldn’t concentrate on anything and my mood continued to be quite unstable for most of the day. I can go on days complaining about my morning sickness and how much I hate it.
The second trimester was somehow the best period of my pregnancy. I felt really fresh and appetite was great. My baby bump was getting bigger but it didn’t slow me down much until the starting of my third trimester. I had quite a hard time moving around, sitting down, getting up, and most importantly sleeping! You imagine.. My tummy was as huge as one super fat watermelon and I needed to go to a toilet every 2-3 hours (sometimes 1 hour) throughout the night. It wasn’t easy especially when I also experienced swollen feet.
This is how I look in the second trimester.
Below is my new best friend during pregnancy, a weighing scale. We meet everyday.
I’ve gained about 14-15 kilos in total.
There are also a lot of other things you are not allowed to (or prefer not to) do during pregnancy. It made me upset for quite a while. Everyone has different views on the pregnancy so I will not comment what’s right and what’s wrong here. Best is to trust what you know of yourself as well as your pregnancy experience.
These lists are applied for me.
- No raw food, means no sashimi and medium rare steak!
- No soft drinks, coffee, tea (except for chamomile), drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol, and too cold drinks.
- No hair coloring. But I did it, twice, with an organic hair color.
- No teeth whitening.
- Only light exercise is allowed. I do swimming and prenatal yoga twice a week.
But it’s not all that bad. There are good things too. For examples, a healthier lifestyle during pregnancy with lots of nap. I can eat a whole pint of chocolate ice cream and not feeling guilty. More shopping too. I’m never alone because my little one is with me all the time. And I get to see her once every month!
From a peanut size like this.
Till I know her sex.
Here is a 4D ultrasound of my baby at 7 months.
See picture below, my baby girl was sticking out her tongue while we did the scan. And she did that a few times! How playful.. *smiles*
When I was pregnant, I began praying for my little one.
To me, the best thing about being pregnant is watching. Watching our baby grow. Watching myself turn into a mother and my husband turn into a father.
And before I end this post I need to say this… again.
I’m really thankful to everyone around me who always gives me good support. My family (and in-laws), husband, friends and some strangers who is kind enough to me. My pregnancy has gone through smoothly because of them. I am very fortunate to have these people in my life.
Woman’s lifestyle is always related to aesthetic services. We go to spa for healthier skin, go to hair salon to have a better looking hair etc. This is to keep us looking beautiful and to gain more confidence of course.
But we might not be aware of the danger that may come after. Therefore, it’s important to be more careful and selective when you decide to go for these services:
1. Fish spa
You will never know how many people have these fish been working on and they may carry in AIDS and Hepatitis (even in a small percentage of chances) to you. However, it’s easy to avoid. Don’t go for this service when you have cracking feet, or pimples.
2. Bikini wax
It’s the Bacteria. Your skin will be more sensitive after the service which is easy for bacterias to come in and can lead to infections and diseases. Make sure the salon or spa you go to is VERY CLEAN.
3. Makeup services
Do take notes that it doesn’t matter how expensive the makeup brands they use on you because the bacteria are actually from the used brushes. Make sure they are at acceptable clean level especially those to do with your eyes.
4. Hair tools or accessories
Bacteria enter into your body easily through a break or cut in the skin caused by sharp objects. Pay your attention on those tools in the salon especially hair clips, bobby pins and hair brush.
5. Nail salon
And again, dirty tools and dirty tubs can lead to Hepatitis, AIDS and other serious infections.
Be more aware of all these dangers from now onwards if you have not. Remember, we are sharing services, places, tools with the countless number of people. Most of them, we do not know.
“After all, beauty shouldn’t harm”
So I was invited to try out a massage at Balik Kampung last week and the experience I had over there was very good.
My first hour was a relaxing massage to help me refresh my tired muscles, followed by another hour of facial treatment called OXYGEN ENERGIZING FACIAL, using Babor products from Germany. I felt revitalized right after the facial, fresher and more radiant complexion.
Aside from the satisfying services they provide and friendly therapists, I pretty much like their ambience. It’s cozy yet comfortable.
Do ask them about their current couple promotion for Valentine’s Day. (current 90-minute couple spa is at $165, and consists of a 30 min pampering scrub and a 60 minute aromatherapy massage). Visit their Facebook page here.
*Take note that it might not be easy to find the location so do a quick research before your trip to save your time.
You should really try their massage at least! Amazingly effective.