End of confinement

I've diligently finished the confinement set: internal and most of the external stuff. The pantang ritual of massage/ tungku started earlier at week 2, as compared to previous post C-section pantang. The Pfannenstiel incision took 3 weeks to heal externally, whereas the episiotomy wound took 2 weeks to heal all throughout.

It is now 7 weeks post delivery- day 44 was last Thursday (yippee!). End of pantang ritual...penutup pantang they say. The previous 'mak bidan'(s) did massage and womb massage a.k.a. sengkak. I usually go to Nona Roguy spa after that. This confinement- for which I used their home service, I went for 3 days of spa (plus it is a good reason to go out/ drive post confinement). It is specifically for massage/ tuam/ tangas.

Confinement practice varies from each person. I chose to have more massage/ tungku as I really want to regain my pre pregnancy state. I see faster healing because of this and mostly because it is natural delivery, not a c-section.

Don't forget pap smear during gynae checkup at 6 weeks!


Spare parts

... of my breastpump. Need to get another set of breastshield, connector and valve. The Medela Pump In Style Advanced is still working well.





Pumped in the first week when I was engorged- but just to relieve engorgement. Didn't want an oversupply and suffer further engorgement or OALD.

Restarted pumping recently, next to impossible if she is nursing continuously. She is 5 weeks+, hopefully her feeds are established soon enough for me to build up stock.


Cooking again

Apart from the confinement dishes that I managed to prepare, I am slowly starting to cook. Cooking pajeri in first trimester totally put me off cooking ever since.

Cooked pasta bolognese (for toddler and I) and importantly the pungent, spicy sambal tumis. 5 months time- I'd be weaning Sarah to solid *gasp*. That was the origin of this blog- cooking for the baby, back in 2008.


My "A" girls

I have my 2 girls...and a boy (al Fatihah to Adam).
Arianna- we call her Sofea.
Arissa- she's been called Sarah since 1st trimester.

We went for Greek names. As long as the name has good meaning to it- does not represent a bad meaning in languages we know, we are happy.


Confinement food

I'd eat sensibly with balanced carbohydrate, protein and lots of veggie. I got bored of fruits lately but I'm taking more veggie.

Apart from obvious things (that I normally avoid anyway), I eat most things. Things I avoid are cold stuff, seafood except for fish. I take more ginger. And if I get bloated (angin, kembung)- I'd go back to my pantang rituals.

What's with Gong Cha? I (we: tweetmomma/ WA momma) wonder if it is a galactogogue. Another cup of longan/red date cuppa tonight.


Pantang rituals

It's Nona Roguy all the way.
I used the confinement set (3rd time around), and had the home service too.


A day before delivery

We were out doing groceries on Monday (Sunday was Aidiladha). We tried The Daily Grind... (thanks Liz @Snuggbaby for the suggestion). That was the last main meal I had prior to admission! I had the lamb stew for late lunch. On D-Day, I couldn't stomach breakfast. I was rostered to CT scan, all work and walking... forget about breakfast when at work (a note for all dedicated, hardworking docs).

By the time I got into the car going to the gynae clinic- I ate few choc chip cookies. When I left the clinic, with no clear time for scheduled C-section, I really couldn't stomach a meal, and I knew I should be fasting. I just finished the rest of choc chip cookies (courtesy of @nadhirah of @1tspoflove) for  fast energy.

Next meal was hospital dinner at 6pm.... thank God for fast and furious labour.

Ate the mash potatoes, veggie, papaya and red date soup I think. Curry chicken was blergh.



So during intrapartum, I survived on entonox gas. Too late for pethidine or epidural.
I had panadeine (paracetamol+codeine) in the ward and upon discharge.
I took diclofenac sodium (ok this is self prescribed) rather than mefenemic acid on the days that the throbbing pain was really bad, or I had to go for hospital visit i.e. lots of walking.

2 weeks later- I'm alright, no more painkillers. Epi has healed.