Postpartum: it’s the blue, honey!

newbornAfter giving birth to my son, I felt so tired. But surprisingly, I couldn’t sleep at all. There were mixed feeling of tiresome, excitement and fear and a lot of other feelings. It was probably the most complex sets of emotions blended all on one moment.

The day after that I still couldn’t breastfeed my son because there were no milk coming out of my breast. I felt soo sad. The nurses told me to relax, it will be okay, as long as I’ve got the motivation to breastfeed my son, then my body system will follow that unconscious command. My obgyn gave me vitamins to help with the breastfeeding issue. Soon enough, my body started to produce breastmilk and I have to thank the nurses at the hospital for showing me how to feed my baby.

There were also a lot of visitor. I must say, that I really appreciate the attention that everybody was trying to give, but it was probably not the best time to get a visit from so many people, since I was still overwhelmed of what happening. So, if you have a friend who just gave birth, you might want to check first if it’s okay to visit her.

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Labor and Delivery: Oops ..my water just broke!!

babybirthThis story is about me giving birth to my first child. I’ve post the same story on the Ganesha’s blog (in Bahasa).

It was July 21, 2007 10 AM

When I got a little better after the suffering of the first trimester, my husband asked me to helped out at his workplace. I was assigned to do administrative work on warranty and free service claim (he works at a authorized service outlet of an american brand automobile)

I was still working on some of the documents I’ve received for the day. Prepare them for the coming Monday. While I was working on the papers, my father called me and asked me to join him and the rest of my family for lunch. It was my mother’s birthday. “Ok dad! I am coming” was my reply.

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Third trimester: Wake up Garfield!

garfieldThe thought of going into labor and delivery marked my third trimester. On average, I am not a very active person. So my mother warned me of the difficulties of labor and how a fit body would help much during that time. Well to tell you the truth, my mother’s warning passed me by like the wind until I experienced a difficulty in breathing after only a mild exercise like stepping up the stairs.

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Second trimester: Hold your horses, Dear!!

kuweAfter experiencing miserable first trimester, the second trimester was a blessing. The nausea was finally gave way, the vomitting almost entirely gone. By this time I can almost eat anything, just like before the pregnancy. As the result I gained weight of almost 4kg each month. The obgyn finally gave a warning. She said to avoid getting too much weight too fast for there was a risk of having pre-eclampsia. She then monitor my blood preassure making sure that there was no hypertension and later on checked for signs of unusual swelling. The obgyn then told me that for the rest of the pregnancy I should only gain half a kilogram (1 pound) for each week.

I went home and search the internet for pre-eclampsia and found these information:

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Homemade Baby Food Recipe #3

Bubur Ubi Merah Kembang Kol (Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Purée)
serve: 1

source: Variasi Makanan Sehat Bayi by Wied Harry Apriadji — previously posted here

50 gr sweet potato, peeled and chopped
20 gr cauliflower
2-3 tbsp liquid (water/milk)

bubur-ubikol1. Steam both sweet potato and cauliflower.

2. Once all tender, remove from the heat. Let it warm then process them in a blender.

3. Transfer them to a bowl and add the liquid. Ready to serve

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Homemade Baby Food Recipe #2

greenbeanBubur Bayam Kacang Hijau (Green Bean/ Mung Bean and Spinach Puree)
serve: 1
source: Variasi Makanan Sehat Bayi by Wied Harry Apriadji — previously posted here

1 tbsp Green/Mung bean, soaked in fresh water for 3 hours then drain
40 gr  Spinach
water to boil
2-3 tbsp liquid (water/milk)

bubur-cangjo1. Boil the Green/Mung bean on high heat until tender (7-8 minutes).

2. Add the spinach and simmer down (2 minutes).

3. Remove from the heat. Drain bean and spinach. Let it warm then process them in a blender.

4. Transfer them to a bowl and add the liquid. Ready to serve

* When I try this food they tasted like crunched wet paper (yuck..) but to my surprise, my son loved it. =)

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Homemade Baby Food Recipe #1

Bubur Nasi Jingga (Orange Coloured Rice Porridge)
serve: 1

source: Variasi Makanan Sehat Bayi by Wied Harry Apriadji — previously posted here

4 tbsp (40 gr) rice, wash, soaked in fresh water for 1 hour then drain
2 tbsp (20 gr) carrot/pumpkin/sweet potato chopped
400 ml water
2-3 tbsp liquid (water/milk)

bubur-jingga1. Simmer the rice and water on medium heat.

2. Add the carrot/pumpkin/sweet potato cook until all ingredients tender.

3. Once all tender, remove from the heat. Let it warm then process them in a blender.

4. Transfer them to a bowl and add the liquid. Ready to serve

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On first trimester: hail to cheese sandwich

hands2Having a picture perfect of a pregnancy? Where you get the positive mark on the test pack and your husband hugged you and kissed you? Yeah been there …and here is a lot more.

I thought my first pregnancy was bad. I had to stay in bed all day long during the first trimester. I quit my job, literally. I’ve experienced what the medics called all day sickness. I felt sooo miserable. Threw up every meal that passed through my throat. Hated the smell of garlic, my own perfume and the smell of my husband.  I was totally depressed.

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