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Monday, 1 May 2017

My stork arrived early...

Just a quick post to say that I am very pleased to announce that on the 1st May 2017 our baby girl was delivered safely, and happily, at Bumrungrad Hospital with the aid of Dr Somsri and team, my doula, Rasee Govindani, and of course my wonderful husband.

I went into early labour 9 days early whilst eating our favourite food in our favourite restaurant - xiao long bao in Din Tai Fung - and 17 hours later I delivered our bundle of joy.

I am very pleased to say that, whilst I won't lie - labour friggin hurts! - I asked, and was given, an epidural at 10cms dilated - the team were very respectful of our birth plan, and we got everything we asked for.

Our baby girl was never out of our sight post delivery, and eye drops and vitamin K were administered, after checks were done, in the room with us, whilst Hep B and BCG was administered a couple of days later in the nursery, again with us by her side and immediate cuddles and kisses.

I will write more about how we managed to get the birth we wanted just as soon as I can...but for now I have some very important cuddles to give!

Please don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions, I have already mastered the art of one handed typing, but I might not be blogging for a few weeks.

Big hugs and kisses to everyone out there that is TTC, pregnant or just starting their family. 

It's all such a precious time, be gentle to yourselves!

Baby Blue in Bangkok is not so blue :-)


Friday, 21 April 2017

Knocked up.....Now What? Private Antenatal Classes in Bangkok

Hallelujah, Bangkok has some very special people, finding them can be difficult but once you do hold on to them tight!

Rasee Govindani is a Birth Doula in Bangkok and also specialises in Child Birth Education classes.

Knocked up.....Now What? Hospital Antenatal Classes in Bangkok

My 'offline' pregnancy bible throughout this journey has been the book by Lesley Regan called "your Pregnancy week by week", it has been my friend and confidant on many nights ...

As I hit the Third Trimester section Lesley writes "you will probably be starting your antenatal classes now - most hospital-run classes have start dates every four weeks and recommend women start their course between 30 and 32 weeks".

Panic! Where do I find Antenatal classes, in English, in Bangkok???

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ummmmm we have a baby....now what? - Vitamin K

I have been told that the very first injection my baby is likely to receive will be a Vitamin K shot and this will be give as soon as she is born.

Ouch, that seems harsh to me.

You mean my baby will go through the stress of labour, and then before she gets a proper cuddle with mum and dad, and a good feed, you are going to jab her with a needle and put foreign substances into her body?

What's this all about???

Not only that, but some mums I have spoken to about this in Thailand weren't even aware this happened to their baby, it is something that is considered standard and often gets done when baby is whisked away for checks and you may only find out about it on the bill.

So in the spirit of GET INFORMED, GIVE TRUE CONSENT I thought this was well worth a google.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Knocked up.....Now What? Basic labour packages in Bangkok

UPDATED at 30th July 2017

There is a lot to think about when you are growing a baby, and cost might not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is worth thinking about sooner, rather than later, as it may affect your decision of hospital (and Doctor).

If you do not have medical insurance that is covering the cost of your labour then the hospitals try to make it easier for you by advertising Birthing Packages, but you really do need to look into the small print.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

TIT - Top Tips for dealing with Doctors and Hospitals in Thailand

Just a quick post today as I was musing over what I thought made the most successful Doctor visits in Bangkok

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Knocked up....now what? Maternity and Paternity Leave in Thailand

So I assume you are reading this post because you are pregnant and working in Thailand. 

Hmmmm, you are not going to like the next bit.

Expectants mothers are protected by law here (Labour Protection Act 1998), BUT we only get 90 days leave per pregnancy, and only 45 days of that is on full pay, the other 45 days is on the Social Welfare Fund, oh and that allowance includes weekends and any public holidays.

It sucks, and if at all possible it pays to plan your pregnancy when the public holidays are light, so for example in 2017 try to pop your little one out in Feb/March or June/July or Sept/Oct (www.timeanddate.com/holidays/thailand) Don't be like me and find yourself heavily pregnant in the hottest month of the year, and have the longest National Holiday in the middle of what would be ideal maternity leave. Such is life and if this pregnancy journey has taught me anything it is to "roll with the punches".

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Knocked up....now what? Cervical Examinations

Cervical exams used to be a routine procedure in Western practises for the later stages of pregnancy (normally from 36 weeks) I therefore, rightly or wrongly, questioned whether it was something routinely practised here in Thailand.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Knocked up….now what? More tests…am I Diabetic?

Before I talk about diabetes (more precisely the gestational variety) I have to have a huge moan about the Thai Healthcare system AGAIN! Sometimes I think they are purely in this business for the money, I mean purely, no Hippocratic oath, no caring for the patients, no ethics, just plain wealth and extortion!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Knocked up….now what? Other mothers (know best) ….

After a particularly bad long haul flight I was recently suffering from jet lag and innocently posted the above photo on Facebook - a mug of hot chocolate and the book I was reading at the time. I was reading Gina Ford. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Knocked up....now what? Maternity Clothes in Bangkok

I'm 23 weeks pregnant and trying to squeeze into my non maternity dresses is making me look like

Ursula from the Little Mermaid

cue panic attack as I stare into my wardrobe.

The nutritional value of a fish finger sandwich

It's 5.45am and I've been up since 2.30am (yawn!)

I'm 24 weeks pregnant (yey, for being viable!) and this seems to happen to me twice a week...for reasons that seem to be a mixture of constipation, cravings and a busy mind.

Whilst I can entertain myself a little by chatting with friends online in the UK and catching up on other yummy mums blogs, I am also sweating my bump off because I'm scared that the aircon will make my hubby, so I'm sitting with two cats sprawled over me, a laptop that is burning up and a baby radiator inside me. I decided to console myself with a fish finger sandwich, although I'm certain it is not helping the constipation situation. But then I felt guilty about the nutritional value of my late night cravings. So in an effort to ease my guilt, and maybe send myself to sleep, I decided to get googling.

Hmmmm, the first thing I came across was this website www.eatdrinklivewell.com/can-fish-fingers-be-healthy it wasn't looking promising...

I am a avid user of excel spreadsheets and cue another reason to design one - a quick(ish) tool to calculate the nutritional value of my late night binges...geek heaven! (and was sure to send me to sleep eventually). See my spreadsheet below but in summary:

  • A fish finger sandwich will give you some important vitamins like vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin A
  • It will also give you a large helping of your daily Manganese mineral requirements
  • It will also give you a decent helping of your Selenium
  • However it has also account for a third of my sodium intake (so no salt & vinegar crisps for me later!)

Knocked up....now what? What your Thai Ob/Gyn probably won't tell you

I read this article on HealthyGrades.com today and it made me chuckle...don't get me wrong, it was very useful but it struck me how little information my Thai Ob/Gyn had passed on to me (and made me think "thank god" for google and my insatiable urge to research)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Price Comparison - Feeding Bottles

I’m an excel spreadsheet freak, and since giving up my corporate job I 'excel' everything possible in my life to make me feel like I’m organized. Of course, this does not come close to making me an organised person but it lulls me into a false sense of calm.

Last week’s obsession, and excuse for an excel spreadsheet, was comparing the cost of feeding equipment (Thailand versus any cost savings I could find in the UK - we have a trip home planned and I need to know how much space to leave in my luggage for baby purchases!).

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Roasted Pumpkin, Chickpea and Sausage Stew

Hubby has thrown a double whammy at me. After being inspired by the Hairy Bikers Diet programme he wants to go on a low carb, low calorie diet and lose 18kg's. This means bringing his calories down to about 2,000 a day, which for a 6' 3" broad shouldered, broad chested man will mean I have to think quite laterally about how to stop him from being hungry, plus he has to get his arse down the gym more!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Miscarriage Support - A Guide to Getting Help in Thailand

Quick reference summary for Miscarriage and Loss Support (all links are live and will take you to a new webpage):

For a more personal explanation of our miscarriage experience please read Miscarriages - How to cope in Thailand

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Thatch Pie Recipe

This is a recipe I devised based on a shepherds or cottage pie theory. I call it Thatch Pie because it is made with pork and I thought about the Three Little Piggies and their straw house. It was a way to use up the left over porchetta joint from NYE but you could use any left over meat, or simply just mince meat for this and it would taste equally good.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Baby Bitters

I've been there, I really have, I understand it is hard to see posts on Facebook about people having babies and cutesy families sitting around the Christmas tree looking like idiots in Christmas jumpers. But please can we stop with the new mum bashing!

Two hungry men and a pregnant lady - NYE 2017

Bangkok is a bit of a weird place to celebrate New Year at the moment. After the passing of the King and the uncertainty of how the police and military would react to large parties and celebrations, the importance of starting the New Year without King Bhumibol was no more apparent than when reading the report in the Bangkok Post from the new King, appealing for maintained unity within the country.

Many Thai’s celebrated by holding candlelit vigils and seeing the New Year in with a more somber celebration at Central World, with a free show by Thailand’s Philharmonic Orchestra. We decided to have a quiet one at home, cooking for a good friend, who quite frankly lives off Heineken and burgers, so a good meal will do him good and set him up for the New Year.

Here is my NYE menu and recipe guide for a pregnant lady and two hungry men in Bangkok. I’ve focused on things the boys will enjoy, but also on things that are preggers friendly.