Review of Mt Alvernia

As my gynaecologist is from a private clinic, I can only choose the private hospitals which are Mt Alvernia, Thomson Medical, Mt Elizabeth and Raffles Hospital. From a survey of my friends, Mt Alvernia is the most popular one followed by Thomson.

Are you adventurous?

I have a colleague who only eats the same dish in the same restaurants. Always.

Pokemon craze

Some parents like to ask kids to go out and play and not stay at home and play computer games. Nowadays, you can go out yet still playing hand phone games.

My modern confinement practice

It is very difficult to conform to the traditional confinement practices because most of them do not make any sense any more in our modern society and especially in Singapore's climate. Some of them are only hearsay or old wives' tale that do not have any truth in it. Do take note that I am not a doctor so these are my understanding only. Just follow your mother and mother-in-law as it will definitely make your life easier. Some old rules include:

1) Cannot take shower or wash hair
This is only applicable if we have winter in Singapore where taking a shower will be equivalent to catching a cold. You will definitely be really sweaty and sticky in our weather conditions. Even if you turn on the air con 24/7, you will encounter hot flashes in the initial period. Your whole body and scalp will be really dirty after 1 month and it's not hygienic when you are handling the baby!

2) Cannot drink water
Many people informed me about this as drinking water can lead to water retention in your body, face or limbs. In actual fact, drinking insufficient water is the cause of water retention! You will be so dehydrated about delivery and breastfeeding that you should drink more water. However, refrain from drinking cold water as you might catch a cold although there is no proven harm for it.

3) Cannot turn on the fan or air con or open the windows
Not only to prevent you from catching a cold, it is said that 'wind' will enter your body and cause headaches and backaches in the future. Don't worry, it is not proven to be true too.

4) Cannot eat chicken, duck, beef or oily, salty, spicy, raw food
This is an old wives' tale which is hard to prove. I could not even find anyone proving that chicken is 'toxic' and not recommended after surgery. The best explanation is that chicken is injected with hormones and old folks may not be comfortable with it.

5) Cannot walk if possible and should be lying down at all times
This might be true for the first 2 weeks and especially so for c-sect mothers. You have stitches and your body is so weak so it is encouraged that you lie down to rest. You know your body well so you would know how much you can walk. Sitting down is acceptable, you do not have to keep lying down.

6) Cannot read or cry
You would probably cry during the first week due to stress, hormones or breastfeeding pain and problems. It is normal, it is good to cry and de-stress a few times but not all the time. Bottling your feelings up would be much worse. Similarly, reading might stress your eyes and body so you should just keep sleeping as much as you want.

The main theory is this:
1) Do your best not to catch a cold
You are at your most vulnerable state after surgery and your body's health and immune system is reset after an intensive labour. Avoid being in situations where you might feel chilly.
2) Do not eat anything that may cause a stomach upset
Do stay cautious and don't try any new food during confinement because you do not know how your body would react to it.
3) Do not overwork your body 
Rest more but if you are bored, just watch some shows and go ahead and read! One will definitely sleep when one is tired.
4) Take a balanced diet
Eat in moderation so even though there are toxins in some food, it will not be enough to accumulate! You will definitely eat lots of lean pork, eggs, salmon, thread fin fish and ginger. Do eat less ginger if you want to reduce the jaundice level of your baby.
5) Take it easy! 
Just rest and sleep and recuperate is the main idea for confinement.

Do read these articles from Eu Yan Sang and Health Xchange that debunk all the popular confinement myth. In conclusion, rest, rest and more rest is of the utmost importance.

What to include in a hospital bag for delivery

By Week 36, you should already have a hospital bag packed and ready to leave at a moment's notice. Although in my case, I had some time to prepare and repack my bags.


Stay at home mum

Salute to all SAHM! It's really a tough job handling kids all day, everyday.

Your life circles around the children and you plan your schedule around them. Every day, your little victory would be their fully satiated stomachs and peaceful naps.
No house wife could look like that!

Be a cougar or watch out for one!

People are more assertive as they grow older. The older we get, the clearer we know our likes and dislikes. We are not afraid to fight for what we want as we know what we want. We are not afraid to fight for happiness.



Infant care vs maid vs nanny

Headache.

After giving birth, the headaches never stop. Many decisions to be made, a lot of lifestyle changes will take place. Definitely, higher expenses incurred and it's up to us to decide a balance between quality care for the baby and financial costs. I actually did a pros and cons list on each just to better understand what I really need and which can fulfil my needs.


Pregnancy and delivery cost in Singapore

As per my previous post, I delivered naturally without epidural.
Mount Alvernia's maternity package at 2016

My DIY confinement

There are a few pre-requisites to determine if you are suitable to do your own confinement.
Confinement is really like a prison term