Friday, October 17, 2014

Post-Partum (Week 4)


Oh my!! A month just flew by *like that*?! Baby E looks so much bigger now. He is now around 4.2kg (Was 3.46kg when born 4 weeks back)! Babies grow pretty fast man.

Baby Elroy's 2-Day full month party happens this weekend and I AM EXCITED. Excited because I get to see many of my friends on Day 1 and the good food selection for the formal dinner happening on Day 2. Baby E won't rmb anything's more like a celebration for his parents haha.

This year my birthday ain't the same. I am a mummy this year! I don't want to receive gifts for myself at all? When my friends asked what I want for my birthday this year, I'm like, nothing for me but if you do wanna get something, get it for Elroy! Ayy actually, everyday is Elroy Day! I just wanna buy stuff for him ALL THE TIME. Mummy doesn't want anything anymore now that she has you hehe!

My baby boy is suffering from a serious case of rashes/acne on his face though. Read online and this is what i found...

What it is: Infant acne is just what you think it is — pimples and whiteheads on baby's (once) pristine skin. About 40 percent of babies develop infant acne, which commonly begins at two to three weeks of age and is usually gone well before your baby is six months old (which happens to be a terrific time to schedule those professional pics!). Luckily, infant acne does not bother your baby a bit, and it does not leave permanent scars, as the grown-up kind can.
What causes it: Hormones are a prime suspect. In this case, it's Mom's hormones, which are still circulating in baby's bloodstream and stimulating baby's sweat glands. What's more, the pores in a baby's skin are not yet fully developed and therefore clog easily.
What you can do about it: Unfortunately, there's not much you can do about infant acne except to wash it, watch it, and wait. Cleanse the area with water only, two or three times a day, and pat it dry gently. Resist the urge to squeeze or scrub it, wash with soap, or use any lotions or potions meant for bigger people. (Be aware: You notice it more than anyone else!)  

 It looks so scary. Super worrying because it doesn't seem to be getting better. :( The doctor kept reassuring me that it is fine and it will go away on its own. She didnt prescribe him anything to apply cus she said it's normal.

Speaking about skin...Can I also share my recent skincare regime?

Using a 100% natural product produced by my body? Haha.


The very powerful...


I had a pimple one day and remembered my nurse telling me how wonderful breast milk is and so I dap some milk on the pimple and the next day it was GONE?! I was so happy!! Then since it worked, the following night I decided to pour some on a cotton pad and apply it all over my face, like a toner, and pat the goodness in. I swear I woke up with skin so clear and bright! It has to be the breastmilk because I didn't apply any other products on top of it. So it looks like I'll have better skin till I stop breastfeeding?? Another reason to breast feed and keep me going!

Some people may think it's "disgusting" but hey, you're willing to use and drink milk from a what's so gross about using your own milk which you feed your baby and he ingests. It's weird some people think it's gross!

So many other benefits of breastmilk besides keeping your baby full and healthy!

There are SO many benefits and i recommend every new momma to breasfeed if you can.

Here are some reasons why...

Breastfed Babies are healthier. 
Lesser visits to the doctor! Save $

Breastmilk is FREE!

It decreases your risk of breast cancer

Shrinks mother's uterus and help you regain your figure quickly
"The uterus of the non-breastfeeding mother will never shrink back to its pre-pregnant size. It will always remain slightly enlarged."

Allows you to eat more without gaining weight
"Breastfeeding requires an average of 500 extra calories per day"

Besides feeding your baby, there are other uses for breastmilk too!

Clears Ear Infections
Just “put a few drops of breast milk in the ear canal every few hours.

Heals Cuts and Scrapes
Breastmilk is actually a natural antiseptic, and it can be used to soothe and promote healing of cuts and scrapes.

Reduces Itching from Bites
The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of breastmilk can reduce itching and promote healing of insect bites and stings.

Relieves Sore Throat
Gargle with breastmilk to help fight off a sore throat

Can be used as Contact Lens Solution
Did you get something on your contact, but you don’t have saline solution handy? Clean it with some expressed breastmilk!

Get Rid of Puffy Eyes
If you don’t have cucumber slices for your puffy eyes, saturate two cotton balls with cold breastmilk.

Moisten Chapped Lips
If you run out of lip balm and need instant relief, rub some breastmilk on your lips.

Clears Acne
Use a mixture of breastmilk and coconut oil on a cotton ball to help clear up acne in teens and adults.

Last update, I told yall I was hoping to be 55kg this week. Well...IT DIDNT HAPPEN. Hahaha. I'm stuck at 60kg. That gives me a BMI of 21? Which is in the normal range lah so im not fat! But kinda on the high side for me which i still need to accept and get used to cus most of my life I've had a BMI of 18. Guess I'm eating way too much that breastfeeding ain't helping me lose any weight. So if you didn't read my previous post, I gained around 20kg and have already lost 10kg at the end of Week 2. I was kinda disappointed to not see a change in the numbers after 2 weeks but I also kinda expected it? After all I'm BFing and it won't be good to lose too much. My friends think I don't look 60kg though! Which I think is a great compliment. My face doesn't look bloated anymore and my nose looks smaller. When I was pregnant I had a super bulbous nose and a swollen face! Was so worried I'd forever stay that way but thank goodness I'm looking norm now *happy* :)

Appointment for my treatment for slimmer thighs happens next Tuesday! WOOHOO! Never really believed in such treatments so we'll see if it really works or not since I'm bigger now and would be able to see an obvious difference if it works. I wish I could exercise (missing my long runs) cus I know for me that's the fastest way to shed the extra weight. Just went for my check up today and the doctor said i can start doing light exercises in 2 weeks time. My c-section wound healed up so nicely btw! Looking forward to step into the gym! My arms, thighs and butt are in need of major toning up! The tummy has to wait though. :(

Done with "Post-Partum" for updates now! Will do the next Post-Partum update next month!