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As promised earlier, this is a follow-up review from my prenatal massage on my experience with BabiesBellies on their postnatal jamu massage. Given that I have undergone elective Caesarean section this time round, I can only opt for the basic postnatal massage package offered by BabiesBellies as the classic packages include Ganggang which is a traditional vaginal treatment which helps to reduce excessive vaginal discharge, eliminating unpleasant smell and help to fragrant the sensitive area.
As usual, Ally was fast in responding when I informed her of my delivery and Maria, her manager was prompt in contacting me on the appropriate time to commence my postnatal massage which is at least 3 weeks post-delivery for mummies who have undergone Caesarean section. Mdm Zainab, a senior therapist was assigned for my postnatal massages and despite her busy schedule, she always tried her best to arrange for earlier slots upon availability.
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After being served well by Medela PISA double breast pump for providing Ashley with breast milk, I went with the decision to get the same model for my breastfeeding journey with Kingsley. No doubt Medela PISA is as effective in clearing engorged breasts this time round, I would like to highlight another breast pump for the consideration of mummies-to-be.
Prior to conception, I have signed up with the S-PRESTO clinical study jointly organized by KKH, NUS and SICS of ASTAR and NUHS which aims to study how a woman’s health, nutritional status and mental state before pregnancy will influence their subsequent pregnancy outcomes. One of the post-delivery samples they required for the clinical trial was to collect the mother’s breast milk. As they needed to process and freeze down the milk samples upon collection, the clinical trial coordinator brought along their Ameda Breast Pump for the collection of fresh breast milk.
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Being a second time mum, the idea of capturing my preggie moments with Ashley has been in my thoughts during the early stages of pregnancy. From the many choices of studios providing maternity photoshoot packages, it can be difficult to sieve through the list to find one that fits the budget and yet meets one’s expectation of photographer’s skill. Ultimately, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that cannot be repeated.
Studio Memories has been one of the studios recommended by one of the November mummies. Although having had Ashley’s photography done earlier by StudioPlay, we were not keen in repeating the experience as we were getting bored after seeing many babies repeatedly having the same backdrops and poses. However, as I was browsing through the different studios offering maternity photoshoot packages, it got harder to settle on a specific studio given the selection of studios out there. Hence, the best way to get it settled once and for all is to head down to a baby fair, gather all information on the available studios and decided the studio there and then.
The reason for engaging Studio Memories stemmed from the attractive package being offered in the baby fair which encompasses both maternity and newborn photoshoot at just $248. Furthermore, with prior knowledge of some of the works by Studio Memories with recommendation from a fellow November mummy, it facilitated in our decision making to go with Studio Memories for my maternity and newborn photoshoot.
Karyn has been particularly prompt at replying to my queries following up to the actual photography session and helpful at my endless questions on the backdrops and maternity wear available on site. On the day of the photoshoot, we had a fun loving photographer, Edmund, who was always cracking jokes to break the ice with my girl, making the session enjoyable and fun.
Besides having fun during the photography session, I am sure many of the mummies would agree with me that they hope to capture beautiful moments of their baby bump without looking like a clumsy hippo. Surprisingly, the photos turned out really nice and I did not look like a clumsy mummy hippo beside my little princess thanks to Edmund’s photography skills. Here is a sneak peek into some of the photos we had taken for the maternity photoshoot and now I cannot wait to bring Kingsley for his newborn photoshoot with Studio Memories.
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If some of you had caught my earlier post, you would know that I am not such an easy eater afterall and that I am still sourcing for a caterer for my confinement meals. The journey back to desktop search can be overwhelming viewing through different confinement meal caterers and deciding on which caterer to next select for my trial meal. I am thankful to a fellow mummy who introduced me to RichFood Catering which she has tried during her first pregnancy after I told her about my preference for traditional confinement food.
There are several factors that drew me to RichFood Catering; (1) the variety of confinement meal packages, (2) confinement menu and (3) reasonable price package. Therefore, I wasted no time in contacting RichFood Catering to arrange for a trial meal as I treaded closer to my EDD. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the excellent customer service provided by Nigel, particularly in his prompt replies to my queries and help in arranging for my trial confinement lunch on a Sunday (as trial meals are only on Saturdays).
Further commendable about RichFood Catering is that the food was delivered before the stipulated delivery time of 1pm despite of bad weather which comforts me that I will still be able to have my meal on time even on bad weather days. With food delivered in RichFood Catering’s personalized food warmer, you do not have to worry about getting your food wet on a rainy day.
Here is a sneak peek on the postnatal trial meal I had: Dang Gui Huang Qi pork ribs soup, Chinese motherwort with chicken, Stir-fry French Beans with Fish Maw, white rice and red date soup. I really love the way the food is cooked as it reminded me of home cooked confinement meals I had when I was pregnant with Ashley.
Luckily for me, RichFood solved my headache of going through more trial confinement meals and I have finally checked off another tick off the task list before Baby Kingsley’s arrival.
* The postnatal confinement trial meal was complimentary in return for the review to be conducted. No other compensation was provided.
I believe BabiesBellies is not a name unfamiliar to pregnant mummies. Having seen BabiesBellies in several baby fairs since my first pregnancy, I have not had the opportunity to try out their services. However, this pregnancy has not been as easy given the constant backaches and leg cramps since 2nd trimester. Therefore, prenatal massages have been constantly on my mind even before I turned 20 weeks. BabiesBellies is not the first prenatal massage I have tried. In my first pregnancy, I went for a trial session with Mother and Child Wellness at Forum Shopping Centre and found it to be underwhelming and there was little effect to speak of which subsequently led to the decision to forgo prenatal massages altogether.
For this pregnancy, BabiesBellies is the second prenatal massage service that I have sought as I have earlier purchased a prenatal massage package with Mums & Babies in Suntec. On comparison of both centres, I would have to say that I would most definitely have signed up with BabiesBellies if the location was closer to my workplace/home and I had not signed on any prenatal massage packages.
There are several factors that made me prefer BabiesBellies over the other prenatal massages I have had so far; (1) traditional Javanese massage which focuses on a fuller body massage that greatly relieved my aching body, (2) soothing lemongrass/olive oil used for massage which leaves a nice after scent and (3) reasonable and attractive pricing that makes weekly massages affordable. I cannot stress enough how important the therapist’s skills are to prenatal massages as I felt the knots in my neck, shoulder, back and legs untie and how relaxed and light I felt walking out of BabiesBellies today. If one has done sufficient research for prenatal massages, you would definitely agree that BabiesBellies offers one of the most reasonable packages for prenatal massages at $60 per session. Furthermore, for people who would prefer massage at the comfort of their own homes, they can opt for house call at $65 per session (excluding transport) which is still going to be a much better deal than the prenatal massages offered by other centres.
Being a satisfied customer, I would definitely head back for more pain-relieving prenatal massages and am looking forward to my soothing and relaxing postnatal massages with BabiesBellies upon delivery. So do stay tuned for updates on my postnatal massage experiences with BabiesBellies in a couple of months.