Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Post Natal Massage Singapore Review

I have just ended my last postnatal massage session from Postnatal Massage Singapore with my therapist, Eva and here I am writing this blog post in between pockets of free time while juggling looking after Baby Ashleigh and doing the household chores.

My therapist Eva is from Indonesia and I love her traditional massage technique. She could always pinpoint my problem areas and knead into all the painful (but super shiok) points and paths. She also shares advice on postnatal care and general health. I always look forward to massage sessions with her.



I really love massages in general and I learn from my gal pals and fellow mummies just how important it is to do post natal massage after giving birth.

After the massive changes that the body goes through during pregnancy, it needs proper treatment to go back to its original state as much as possible. Postnatal massage is not just about slimming the tummy and getting the body back in shape, it also helps in the issue of engorgement, misalignment of pelvis and swelling in certain body parts after childbirth. (See the summary table a few scrolls down.)



Prevalent in Singapore is the Malay Jamu and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style.

A few days after I delivered, I did TCM post natal therapy which does not include Jamu binding. While it did have benefits, my tummy still had lots of capacity to be slimmed and firmed. And to be honest, I simply love more massage sessions just to knead away my aches, pains and strains.



After delivery, I still look 5 months pregnant (as attested by my family, friends who saw me and even 2 sales assistants). After hearing so many people swear by the slimming and firming effects of Jamu binding, I was excited to try the traditional Malay style and went with Postnatal Massage Singapore after reading good reviews. I have never regretted my decision!


Firstly, here are the benefits of postnatal massage therapy:



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Other than all the usual benefits stated above, I want to highlight 3 unique improvements I have experienced:


1. Speed Up Recovery Process of My Postpartum Hives

During pregnancy, I suffered from Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP). It should have gone off after delivery but instead, they developed into severe hives 2 weeks later.

I was initially worried that the lemon grass oil would aggravate the hives. However the massage sessions seem to have helped the recovery process!

Rubbing the skin eases the unbearable itch on the skin surface and probably due to blood circulation from Eva’s deep kneading, bruises formed around some patches of hives. Those bruised patches itched lesser, dried up and cleared up faster! I never would have thought that massage could cure unbearable itchy hives when no medication could!





2. Lessened My Tailbone and Pubic Bone/ Muscle Pain

There’s a technique whereby Eva would push the perineal area upwards. I never knew there is such a step in postnatal massage and she mentioned that she learnt it back in Indonesia.

My tailbone and pubic bone/muscle pain which plagued me during 3rd trimester and continued on weeks after delivery lessened many folds just after the first massage session! I believe it is due to this particular step. Before that, I couldn’t even lift my legs at a height to wear my bottoms without pain and had to sit down to wear with minimal pain. Now I could climb up chairs to reach for the top cabinets!


3. Good Technique in Relieving Breast Engorgement

I am an oversupply mummy and even up till now, I still suffer from engorgement and mild mastitis which includes the usual feverish feeling, chills, sharp pulsing pain in my boobs etc. Eva always manages to massage the rock hard lumps away.

There was once my engorgement was so bad on the left that the hard lump could not be gotten rid of with frequent pumping, hand expressing and few sessions of Baby Ashleigh's direct latching.

That session, I told Eva that I knew it was really very different from all the other days. She spent more time on my left upper back where the "wing" portion is. She started kneading in a fan-like pathway there. I could feel how the "paths" were very bumpy with a very shiok muscle pain feeling that I thoroughly enjoyed. She kneaded till the bumpiness was gone from each pathway and it felt really good.

She did the same to my right though I did not feel any bumpiness. I reckoned that it was because my right side wasn't blocked. Eva explained that everything is all connected and by working on the back first, it would be a lot easier to unblock the clog when it comes to the front. I would not have to endure so much pain on my left boob with hard pressing and kneading then. I was really amazed by this newfound knowledge. True enough by the time, she reached my left boob, it was a huge relief and release of milk!

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We get to keep the binder provided by the company. It is in a shade of red that is so pretty that it makes traditional Jamu binding really hip and fashionable. Being a bimbo, the red binder was one of the reasons why I chose Post Natal Massage Singapore. LoL!




Before

Look at how saggy my tummy was before at the start of the package. I was a low-carrying mummy so my tummy really SAGS a lot! From the way it sags at the bottom, I also suspect that I have split abs (diastasis recti) horizontally but I can't confirm this. You can't really see from the front but I look 5 months pregnant from the side. I wasn't able to button or even zip up in my pre-pregnancy shorts.




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After

This was taken at the end of the last session. My tummy isn't perfect or 100% like my pre-pregnancy days. There are still flabs and loose skin but I am now able to zip up and button the very same shorts! I swear this isn't a before and after shot by letting all out and then sucking in my tummy. I mean if I sucked in, I would have sucked in till flat right? LoL :P And yup, we have moved Ash Ash's cot into our room and this room has once again become our laundry room.

My tummy might have slimmed down over time on top of the massages but the jamu binding really helps a lot in firming my tummy! As I mentioned, I suffered from rash and hives so my itchy skin is sensitive to Jamu. For most of the binding, we used ginger cream or simply nothing whenever my itch flares up. I think the results would have been a lot better had my skin be able to take all the sessions of Jamu binding.





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Now and Then Side by Side Comparison

I've put the before and after side by side so it is easier to compare. And yes, the brown spots and patches on my tummy are scars from my PUPPP. I did not have stretchmarks till those little buggers appeared on my tummy in a web-like fashion. Eva did prepare me that they might not be able to fade off. T_T




As mentioned, the after result isn't like what you see in slimming ads. Nevertheless, I know that if I did not proceed to do the traditional Malay Jamu massage, my tummy would be in an even worse state.

Say goodbye to this tummy for good! How I miss those days when I had visible abs (before eating for the day... hahaha) but I don't mind no abs as long as I have my precious Ash Ash.




Packages

Prenatal Massage Packages: 3 sessions - $270 5 sessions - $400

Post Natal Massage Packages: 7 sessions - $668 10 sessions - $888


How to book 

Step 1 : Visit Post Natal Massage Singapore website: www.pnsingapore.com, Click on “Book Now”.
Step 2 : Select your desire package plan, fill up your personal details.
Step 3 : Make payment via credit or debit card.


I'm gonna miss Eva and her massage sessions. She is so cute. She just cannot smile in photos and I had to ask her to look like how she usually look when she is talking happily and we had such a nice shot!




Thank you Post Natal Massage Singapore and Eva for accompanying me through my post partum journey and making it an enjoyable one!




For more information, you can visit Postnatal Massage Singapore's website! I hope that my sharing is beneficial to you. Hope you would be able to reap all the benefits of postnatal massage and regain your pre-pregnancy figure in no time!

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Mother's Day Flower Bouquet from Floral Garage




Mothers... They carry us for 9 months close to their hearts, suffer immense pain giving birth to us and take care of us for as long as we are still their children.




I have learnt to appreciate my mum more especially during my Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) period. I am really thankful to my mum for coming all the way to my home to buy food or cook for me during the very difficult initial phase of my HG.

The journey from my family home to mine involves taking the MRT and bus. Despite hurting her back in an accident and should be on bed rest, she would come over to my house every day without fail to make sure I get food into my system.

As I had no appetite for anything, she would sometimes buy too much food in the hope that there would be something I would reach out for. I would often chide her for doing this even though it was a well meaning act from her. Never once did she flare up at me (which she usually would... haha) as her heart broke seeing me suffer. Together with my dad, my mum also helped me do the daily chores like washing the dishes, basic cleaning, feeding and clearing Miyo’s litter box, throwing away my many puke bags etc.

No matter how big and old I am, I would forever be her precious daughter.




This year's Mother's Day is different from other years as I have just become a new mum myself and I am able to put myself in the shoes of my mum.I experienced various challenges during my almost 40 weeks of pregnancy and my daughter would always be my most precious baby girl no matter how old she is. I'm sure that is exactly how my mum feels too!




Besides being filial to our mothers, a little act of love on Mother’s Day is a good way to show our appreciation to them.

Most mothers would adore a bouquet of flowers. My mum and I share the same love for flowers and I know that a bouquet of flowers would certainly light up her day.




Floral Garage Singapore has a variety of attractive and budget-friendly options to gift your mother. Besides the usual floral bouquets, there are quirky bouquets such as Delightful Vegetables and Edgy Veggie which are suitable for those mothers who are into healthy eating and who appreciate humour in their gift.

There are simply so many varieties of flower gifts on Floral Garage Singapore that I found myself scrolling through pages and pages of beautiful arrangements. If you don’t know which bouquet to decide on, you could choose the Freestyle Bouquet version. Talented florists will create a unique bouquet for you to suit the style you prefer, occasion, and recipient of the gift. Certainly a very personalised gift I would say!




I chose the Drusilla bouquet for my mum. I really love pastel, romantic, vintagey flower theme. The Drusilla bouquet arrived with a sweet combination of pink and cream coloured roses with sprinkles of dew on them, presented in a vintagey wrapper and ribbons, and bursting with fresh plant fragrance. I love how the greens in the bouquet remind me of a meadow field and they smell really refreshing. My mum usually likes everything I like and indeed she likes the Drusilla bouquet that I chose for her.




As usual my kitty cat Miyo who loves sniffing at flowers, stepped into the doorway of the room, lifted her head and sniffed the air with a cute little pink nose going up and down before jumping onto the table to have a closer sniff at the flowers. Haha... The picture obviously shows a chair but the bouquet was first on the table when she did that.




Floral Garage had an on-going early bird Mother’s Day promotion that ended on 3 May. However, specially for my readers, you can continue using the code JOMDFGSG for a 10% discount until Mother's Day (13 May).

Besides that, they have recently launched a subscription plan called Flowrendipity. This was created to make the experience of purchasing flowers a lot easier. You can plan ahead to get your flowers delivered, so that you won’t miss any special occasion! Plus, you would be able to save money by getting extra cash credits as well as getting free delivery for the first few orders.

Floral Garage is having a Mother’s Day promotion for Flowrendipity. You can get 10% reduction of the plans’ prices by using the code MDFlow10, valid until 13 May, Mother’s Day.




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Friday, April 20, 2018

Horrible Nightmare on the Last Leg of my Pregnancy Journey




I am exactly at Week 39 today and 7 more days to count down to my EDD on 26 April 18.

From about Week 36 onwards, many people around me predicted that I would deliver earlier at Week 37 due to the size of my bump and all the symptoms I was exhibiting.

Although I was given home hospitalization leave to rest at home since last week, I am only officially using it this week. I didn’t like being alone at home as it reminded me of my Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) days and made me sicker. I also preferred to be doing as much work as I possibly could before going on maternity leave, to be around people and feeling the warmth of my colleagues instead of mopping about at home. I am also blessed with colleagues who willingly volunteered to drive me to the hospital in case of any emergency.

I finished running the last “Baby A Errand” on Tuesday, that is to register her into our Number 1 shortlisted Infant Care Centre (IFC) and then I am all ready for her arrival. While I was getting lots of new signs and symptoms of her impending arrival since last Friday, all these suddenly stopped yesterday and I’m feeling a little bummed.

My mind tells me that I am able to make use of this time to settle lots of other things while waiting for her arrival whereas my body doesn’t allow me to.

I could sit down and open the tonnes of unopened letters and bills and file them all up.

I could read up on some insurance policies.

I could pack my existing clothes into drawers to make space for Baby A and the confinement lady.

I could pack all the stuff out from the baby cot and wipe it down instead of waiting for the hubby to do so.

I could update my blog with many posts and slowly post them on a timed schedule.

I could check in with some groups of friends which I have not been doing so religiously during my pregnancy.

However right now, I could only do things that do not require much brain juice and physical strength. In other words, I have become stupid and handicapped in my own ways.

My eczema rash from the stretch marks on my bump has gotten more serious. The rash are spreading to more areas, are unbearably itchy and painful and have become angry open wounds. Besides prescribing me with mild steroid cream that is pregnancy safe, my gynae also prescribed me Xyzal which is a much stronger oral anti-histamine than Piriton (which I have been using to knock me to sleep).

Xyzal is NOT supposed to be drowsy but somehow while on it the past 2 days, I feel drowsy and sickly that I only wake up in the late morning and still nap in the day. I am also nauseous and queasy quite a lot and I can’t really function well.

Then just now during my nap, I had the most horrible nightmare ever. I dreamt that Baby A was gone. When people asked me what happened to Baby A, I was at a loss for words.

In the dream, I knew that I had lost her but I couldn’t recall exactly what happened. There was haziness about having to choose between the well-being of my family and friends and whoever I cared for over having a smooth delivery and survival for Baby A. I believe I chose the former as I rationalized that these people were physical/tangible and hence more important whereas Baby A isn’t as physical yet and that I could make another baby next time.

It was difficult to finally have Baby A in our lives and I don’t know why I am so horrible to have rationalized it in that manner. I don't even know why I was made to choose. Was there some horrible being wanting me to make a choice? Was it all in my mind? I screamed and wailed in the dream so much that I had no voice left and I woke up tearing.

I also dreamt that to cope with her loss, I was going to use back Baby A’s English and Chinese name for the next baby in memory of her and got chided by people around me for not leaving a proper memory of Baby A. I explained that her legacy and memories would live on in my next child by using the same name but got more criticisms instead and said that I totally deserved it that Baby A was taken away from me.

My dreams are always vivid and I had 2 bad dreams during my HG phase which I recalled vividly. Ever since then, I did not encounter any pregnancy nightmare till today. I read up on the side effects of Xyzal and was horrified by what I read. Apparently it caused drowsiness in many people and some had nightmares too! I wonder if this is one of the side effects and perhaps I should try to bear with my itch instead of continuing to take it. Apart from the drowsiness and nightmare, some people experience more itch which is what is happening to me now. I'm not sure if it's the pregnancy hormones causing the spread of rash from bump to other parts of the body or if it is one of Xyzal's side effect. The itch is so bad that I feel like tearing my skin away!


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Dear Baby A,

Please be a good girl and make Mummy as comfortable as possible before your arrival.

You are so heavy that the pain and pressure is almost too much to bear standing, sitting and lying down. I could hardly move about now.

At times, you would be pressing onto some nerves that would make Mummy's legs give way all of a sudden while standing or walking. There was once my legs gave way while squatting and I sat on the floor not being able to get up till Daddy helped me up.

The many lighting crotch experience from your little movements inside that feel like a T-Rex clawing at my cervix is getting annoyingly painful.

The eczema rash from the stretch marks are so itchy and they have become angry open wounds. Mummy had no choice but to use steroid and Xyzal.

The gastrointestinal pain and stomach upsets are getting way too frequent. They sometimes come along with queasiness and nausea which should have stopped by now.

The panting and shortness of breath is worsening every day; I feel like I can’t take in enough oxygen for you.

Mummy is at Week 39 today. It has been 9 months of having you growing inside me and this is the closest we would ever be. Although you’re causing me lots of discomfort so much that I want to evict you, I love having you inside me and the bond we share. I know that despite all the discomfort now, I would still wanna stuff you back into me as I know I would miss this feeling of having you so close to me.

You have caused quite a lot of problems to Mummy from the start:- The initial bleeding for days after the test kit showed positive, the difficult HG phase and then for the past few days, you had been giving Mummy all sorts of discomfort and signs of your arrival which suddenly stopped after Tuesday.

You have been so obedient to stay inside when Mummy kept telling you to do so for the past one week when we were not ready yet. Right now, Daddy and Mummy have finished running the last errand for you and are ready for your arrival. As much as I know that having you out means a whole new set of challenges to overcome, everything would be all worthwhile.

Daddy and Mummy love you!

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Eyelash Extensions by The Lash Company




I simply LURVE my eyelash extensions by The Lash Company.

The very first and last time I did eyelash extensions was 10 years ago. While I love the effect of the eyelash extensions, I detested the inconvenience of caring for them and vowed never to do eyelash extensions again.

When my gal pal asked me if I wanted to do it with her before the Chinese New Year, I rejected her after telling her how difficult it was to upkeep my Snuffleupagus-look-alike extensions 10 years ago. In the end I got persuaded to try it again and I did not regret my decision.

The Lash Company totally changed my mind about what I did not like about extensions back then. I now wonder how I would survive without fluttery yet natural-looking enough lashes to wake up to every day. On most days, I don't have make up on except eyelid tapes and I feel like I already have my basic eye make up on.


Before extensions front view
Yeah yeah... I have 1001 freckles so now you know my Instagram selfie shots are all filtered. =P




After extensions front view
I opted for the 2D volume lashes which is much longer and more voluminous than my usual mascara-ed lashes yet natural-looking enough for daily work. 2D volume lashes simply means 2 lash extensions glued onto one natural lash.




After extensions side view
Not that drama mama but drama enough for me to like. 




The eyelash extensions look heavy in this video but the lashes are actually very soft and fan-like when you see them in real life.




This is my daily look after eyelash extensions with no make up except for eyelid tapes, fading eyeline tattoo and lip balm. Oh and 美图秀秀 (Meitu Pic) filter of course! As I mentioned above, I have 1001 freckles. So if you see any selfies of me without freckles, those are all filtered.




I've stopped applying BB Cream on my face ever since I became pregnant because of sheer laziness. I'm constantly tired and I'm too lazy to remove a full face make up. My basic make up routine before the lash extensions were mascara and eyeliner coz I cannot live without enhancing my small eyes and it's a lot easier to remove eye make up than a full face make up.

Now with eyelash extensions, I don't need any eye make up. I love how the extensions cast a shadow on the tail end of my lower lash line at certain angles and make it look as if I have make up on.




I love how fan-like they look from the side.




With eyelash extensions and heavier make up on, it would take more effort to remove my make up especially when I line my eyes with waterproof retractable eyeliner. You're not supposed to use oil cleanser anywhere near the lashes. What I do is to dip cotton buds into my oil cleanser and slowly remove it while using the other clean side to quickly dab away the oil. I do this 2 to 3 times before all traces of eyeliner is removed.




Here is my full bare face before eyelash extensions. Can you see how much smaller my eyes are without any form of eye make up or extensions? Thank God for the invention of mascara, eyeliners and eyelash extensions!




There are also the flip side of all things good and I would be realistic about it. From my very first extensions, I had a few gripes as summarized below (in red), followed by how the extensions from The Lash Company differ (in purple):

Extensions in the past
The lashes felt really full and heavy.
It was as if there was a black curtain covering a quarter of my vision. I felt like Snuffleupagus, that elephant looking creature from Sesame Street. The lashes felt synthetic, glossy black and unnecessarily heavy.
Extensions from The Lash Company
The lashes are dramatic yet soft, light and fluttery.
I felt so pretty and bimbotic fluttering my eyelashes without anything weighing down on my eyelids at all. The lashes felt light and more natural. 


Extensions in the past
Unable to wash face normally.
I was supposed to wash my face while avoiding the whole eye area. It was really difficult to wash my face cleanly in this manner. Just the very next day, I washed my face as per normal, running water against my face from the shower nozzle. My lashes never got back to their fan-like shape again. They got a little tangled and messy. No amount of combing helped.
Extensions from The Lash Company
You could wash your face normally one day after. Lashes still remain curled and beautiful. 
On the day you do your extensions, you would have to wash your face avoiding the extensions and slowly wipe foam and water away with a sponge that is provided. After a day, you could wash your face as per normal. I bought a lash cleanser from them and I really like how clean my lashes feel whenever I used it on my lashes while washing my face with normal facial foam. I could also aim the shower nozzle to wash my face whenever I'm in the shower. After that I would use the spoolie brush that is also provided to comb my lashes into shape. 


Extensions in the past
Lashes went awry and curled downwards within a few days which poked my eyes frequently.

I supposed because the lashes felt more synthetic and heavier, they tend to curl in all directions after a while and many times when they curled downwards and poked my eyes, I ended up with red eyes. I wasn't able to sleep on my side as I tend to tug at them and wake up with a few lashes on my pillow. 

Extensions from The Lash Company
Lashes remain curled upwards and fan like.
There were only one instance when 2 of the lashes curled downwards. I did not experience all the hassle of awry lashes and I could sleep on both sides without much worries. Of course, your extensions would drop together with your natural lashes due to natural dropping of lashes even without extensions so you would still see lashes on your pillow or on your face as time goes by. 


Gripes in general
Extremely troublesome to remove eye make up

I’m those kinda lazy people who wipe off eye make up with cotton pad soaked with eye make up remover. With my new extensions, I’ve to slowly use cotton bud to remove the eyeliner carefully. Removing eyeliner now takes a few minutes per eye instead of the usual few seconds. Fortunately I only did heavy eye make up on 2 occasions thus far and on most days, I just go out without make up.

Collapse of double eyelids crease = ugly eyes
This only happens to me. For some of my single/ hooded eyelid friends, eyelash extensions actually gave them a slight crease. One of my friends even has permanent crease now due to years of extensions. Ok to give some credit, the long lashes would take the attention away from my thin crease. Hence, not so much of ugly eyes.





This photo has nothing to do with eyelash extensions but it happened on that day. This cute little girl bounced out from the nursing room at Orchard ION and waved hello to my gal pal and me. After that, she kept touching my baby bump and once wanted to lift my top to see what was underneath. She also held my hand and hugged me. So super cute! Her mummy allowed me to take a picture with her. I took a few shots but this is my fave shot.




Lash extensions usually lasts for 3 weeks. I'm already into my 5th week. There are some "bald patches" now but overall, I'm still satisfied with how they look without feeling the urge to get them removed immediately. Now I'm wondering if I should do a new set when I next remove them or should I wait till nearer to my delivery date before doing again... because you know la, bimbotic me need to look pretty in the Mummy, Daddy and Baby A shot after delivery.



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This is not a sponsored post, just a post from a satisfied client.

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