Some essentials to be purchased/ considered during this wonderful journey of pregnancy (40 weeks to be exact)!
1. Clothes, maternity bra and panties
I have started to wear them from 5th month of pregnancy
(Week 20 onwards).
To save cost, you may consider Jusco or online maternity (SummerGlitz) store, or else they are some trendy boutique if you have high budget for clothes such as the below:
9 Months boutique - outlets at The Curve, Empire
Dynas - The Curve
Spring Maternity - Bangsar Village (new wing)
Maternity Wearhouz - Tropicana Medical CentrePadini Concept Store - Miki Mom
2. Food/ Diet
Doctor suggested to eat less outside to ensure high nutriens and proper cook food.
Some food that I avoid including lamb, duck, raw egg and fish, raw cheese
Cut down coffee (not more than a cup a day) but I manage to resist it altogether in the first 4 months.
Avoid cold drinks, ice-cream, sushi.
3. Pre-natal check up
This is the most crucial decision during pregnancy as most companies will not allow this bill to be reimbursed. So if you are comfortable to visit the government clinic, then you may save up at least RM100-150 per visits.
Monthly visit is the minimum requirement if everything goes well. after 28th week, then it becomes 2 visits per month (forthnightly) from 32nd week onwards
and once a week from 37th week.
If you visit the government clinic, be prepared to spend about 1-2 1/2 hours for each visit.
However, each visit will cover the urine test, blood test, weight and blood pressure measurement, inspection on the abdominal area and simple ultrasound to detect baby heart beats.
Those essential supplement such as Iron tablets and Vitamin will be given free by government clinic too!
If this is your first pregnancy, the anti-tetanus (ATT) injection is given once you are able to feel or detect your baby's movement (about into 3rd trimester). The second dose of ATT will be given one month later. Only one dose will be given for each subsequent pregnancy.
(Refer to http://www.babycenter.com.my/a1049800/antenatal-care-at-government-clinics#ixzz2Lu6PNSVl)
4. Special check up
Dental check up is compulsory during the 1st trimester (first 3 months of pregnancy)
Glucose Tolerance Test during the 3rd trimester to determine if you suffer from gestational diabetes or glucose intolerance of pregnancy.
I personally took a few supplements to ensure I have taken twice the nutriens but NOT the calories.
I took Protein, maternal milk powder, bee pollen, prune juice, fiber, and some chinese herbs as drinks.
Personally I prefer not to know the gender unless it is informed by the doctor at the end trimester.
My huisband and I have no specific preference for the gender as this is our first baby. We only wish that he/ she is healthy and happy growing up in the womb.
My next sharing will be coming soon! Stay tune!