Medications during pregnancy

Wifey fell sick recently and it’s terrible that no much medications can be prescribed during pregnancy. Wifey ran a high fever, cough and had a blocked nose. Other than whatever was prescribed, the only thing was resting and drinking plenty of fluids.

Here are some medications (for common illnesses) deemed safe for pregnant women.

Fever & Pain – Paracetamol (Do not overdose, take warm baths or ice the body)

Common Cold – Antihistamines (e.g. Clhlorpheniramine, Loratadine)

Cough – cough suppressants, cough expectorant (to remove phlegm), mucolytic (reduce viscosity of mucus), demulcent (sooth sore throat, e.g. lozenges)

Diarrhea – adsorbents (e.g. activated charcoal), drink plenty of fluids and oral rehydration salts

It’s advisable to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and prescription of medication though. Do not self medication if you are not sure!

Learning about Labour and Delivery

One of the things we learn at the antenatal class is that the husband is supposed to be the labour coach for the wife, to provide physical, emotional and informational support. While the husband doesn’t have to go through the labour, he should know all this information. After all, the wife is going to be in pain and is unlikely to remember anything she has learnt during class!

There are three stages of labour in a normal delivery. For this particular class, we learnt about the first stage of labour.

First Stage of Labour

The first stage of labour consists of three phases – early, active and transition phase. The early phase is the longest of the three phases and can take place over a period of hours, days or weeks. This is the least intense phase and contractions may be 5 to 20 minutes. The cervix also dilates from 0 to 4cm.

The active phase of labour is when the regular contraction starts, generally one contraction in 5 minutes. The cervix will also dilate from 4 to 7 cm during this phase. This is also when the wife should start heading to the hospital for delivery!

The transitional phase is the shortest phase and is when the labour actually happens. The cervix will dilation from 7 to 10cm and the contractions will become more closely spaced – 2 to 3 minutes apart. The wife should only start pushing when the cervix dilates to 10cm. Do not ask your wife to push until then (the midwife or doctor will advise accordingly too). Pushing before the cervix is dilated to 10cm may result in damaging the delicate tissue of the cervix.

I hope that I won’t panic and forget all about this during the labour!

 

Baby Fair @ Takashimaya

I just found out that Takashimaya’s having a baby fair at B2, Takashimaya Square, from 9 to 27 March 2016.

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Listed offers included:

Baby feeding

  • Philips Avent Superior Starter Set
  • Pigeon Rapid Steam Steriliser Bundle Set

Car seats, strollers and cots

  • Alondra Convertible Baby Cot to 2m Junior Bed Made in Spain
  • Bonbijou Bolt Stroller (Khaki)
  • Alexia 4-in-1 Baby Cot (Cherry colour)
  • Joie Excursion Change & Bounce Forest Friends Bassinet Playpen
  • Safety 1st Softdream Playpen + Kanji Highchair
  • Maxi-Cosi Priori XP 2015 Car Seat 1
  • Aprica Karoon Standard (Newborn to 15kg)
  • Quinny Zapp Xtra 2.0 2014 + Cabriofix
  • Britax Omega II Convertible Car Seat
  • Maclaren Quest (Denim)
  • Bugaboo Cameleon3 Aluminium Frame with Tailored Fabric

I still think that baby feeding products such as Philips Avent and Pigeon are cheaper on Amazon. The car seats, strollers and cots tend to be more comparable and can be good bargains are the baby fairs.

Happy shopping!🙂