Monday, 16 June 2014

Maternity Update | Bed Rest was Not Fun

Last week was a turmoil.

Coming back from Seoul, our delicious vacation - above only shows about one-third of what we ate in four days - followed by several days meeting family and shopping, I went in to meet my OG for the 24 week check.  Baby Roma leg-bone-length (total layman term) and head-size meet the no. of weeks, however, the position of it is a little low in my abdomen (per my understanding).  Although I do not have other signs like bleeding or tummy-cramp (professional term again), my doctor still order me to rest in bed for 3 days.  I do not know if she added this advice as a fellow woman, or as a pro-practitioner, but she said I should avoid "cold" food such as soymilk (it is a Chinese medical concept to distinguish food into "warm" or "cold").

Such prescription meant I stayed home for an extended weekend with minimal walking or sitting and plenty of sleep and iPad activities (I also started with a puzzle we got from the Vatican).  I did sneaked out for breakfasts with Mr. A and to attend mass on Sunday.  But all in all, the 3 (which later turned into 4) days of "imprisonment" were home-bound.


How far along?  25 weeks.

Total weight gain/measurements:  Right before meeting my OG, at 24 weeks, I was 61.7 kg.  I guess I'm over 62 now?  Yes I don't trust the vintage balance we have at home.

Maternity clothes:
My current favourites include: navy/white striped top from New Look (asos), brown/cream patterned top from H&M (similar hm).  When I'm not feeling as dressy I will just go with my pre-pregnancy tees or tanks, or H&M maternity/nursing tanks (similar hm).  From Forever 21 I recently picked up two World Cup inspired tops from the Men section (my instagram), which I am constantly rocking as lounge wear and pj.

Stretch marks:  Nil.  I am drenching myself, topically, in oil or balm at least once daily, no matter how hot and humid and sticky the weather is.


Best moment this week:  Watching the World Cup and snacking on chips simultaneously.  :D

Miss anything?  My less round face.

Movement:  Roma is a constant mover.  Every hour or so I feel him moving.  The intensity ranges from finger-poking to straight on headbutt.

Food cravings:  I want iced anything to quench my thirst, but the coldest drink I am allowing myself to drink is fresh milk taken out from the fridge, warmed up to semi-room-temperature...

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Getting tired way quicker when I walk and stand.

Gender:  Boy

Labour signs:  Nil

Symptoms:  Cramping, in the legs, and the feet.

Belly button in or out?  In.

Wedding rings on or off?  On.  But I can definitely tell it is getting tighter - no, it's my finger getting puffier.

Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy!?  My aunt, my mum and mum-in-law came to take care of my meals alternatively/consecutively in three days.  Considering the nearest of them live an hour of top-speed subway from me, that was a huge effort and contribution from them.  It was so well-appreciated (and I gave thanks by finishing a lot of dishes).  So spoilt.

Looking forward to:  Getting our second room (currently a half storage half study) cleared out and setting up the nursery.  Also, more World Cup matches please!  I enjoyed Brazil/Croatia, Spain/Netherlands (not so much, poor Casillas), Italy/England, Ecuador/Switzerland (the additional time goal, what!?).  Too bad I couldn't wake up for Argentina this morning, it looks like a pretty good one played.

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Beautiful wishes,

Lazy silly Jacq :")


  1. Jacq, I loved reading this post! It's so nice when we get to see pictures of you! :) I wish they had maternity clothes like that when I was preggers! I'm sorry that you had to go on bedrest :( I wish you a very healthy pregnancy, I have 2 boys! :) You are so lucky that your Mom lives only an hour away, mine lives 12 hours away! :0 I've been loving watching World Cup too! I enjoyed watching 2 matches today, Mexico vs. Brazil (had to root for Mexico, of course hubby is Mexican) and Russia vs. Korea. Both turned out to be tie games! Look forward to seeing more maternity updates! :) -Kirstie

    1. Kirstie~
      I dress very casually so I can't buy/wear the traditional type of maternity dress... I'm glad I can hunt these tee/shorts for the super hot summer we're experiencing right now (it may be typically hot, but I feel so huge and fat and extra hot this year)

  2. I hope you are doing better. Enjoy the last peaceful moments before Roma comes! hehe

    1. Thanks Ari ^.^
      I hope it will still be (relatively) peaceful after he arrives!



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