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Quick Tips for Potty Training Your Daughter

Potty training is the process of getting your child off diapers to relieve themselves in a potty or adult toilet. Going diaper-free is a huge milestone not only for the child but the parents as well. In some parts of Asia and Central America, the “elimination communication” method of toilet training is used, and infants learn from young to control their bladders.

 

For children elsewhere, diapers are used from infancy until they can control their urges successfully. Children can start on potty training anywhere between 18 months to 4 years old, and when they are ready, some children show cues of potty-training readiness especially when they are able to communicate their need to pee or poop.

 

We have compiled a few quick tips on potty training your daughter that you can try out. A tip from one parent to another: loads of patience needed!

 

 

Going on the potty can be terrifying for a small child.

 

  • Let your daughter choose her own potty
    Potties come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and range from the simple pot-like potty to the fancy, mini-sized version of regular toilet bowls, complete with flushing sounds and music. As the potty is something your daughter has to be comfortable to relieve herself in, letting her choose her own potty can make her open up to the idea of using it.

 

  • Incorporate potty time in her daily routine
    By now, you should have a rough idea of how frequently your daughter passes the motion, and when. Ask her at frequent intervals if she would like to try using the potty, or have specific “potty times”, where you lead her to the potty and sit her down. It doesn’t matter if nothing comes out, as the point is to get her familiarised with the action of going to the potty.

 

  • Buy cool training pants or panties
    Bring your daughter out to the nearest shopping centre for a mission – to buy cool training pants or cute panties, depending on your tolerance for accidental leakages. She may feel motivated to wear them if it has her favourite patterns or cartoon characters.

 

  • Set up a rewards chart
    For each time she successfully relieves herself in a potty, pass her a sticker that she can paste on a board to chart her progress and exchange for a small treat. Positive reinforcement (praises, treats and privileges) has been shown to bring out better outcomes than negative reinforcement (chiding, scolding, withholding affection or privileges).

 

Observe poop together
While it may smell, paying some attention to the appearance of your child’s output can give you an idea of your child’s well-being. After all, hospitals use stool samples to check for health conditions. Teach your child to look out for healthy poop and encourage her to eat more vegetables in order to produce healthy poop.

Check out this poop guide as the colour and consistency of poop depends on the type of diet your toddler has. Making poop observation a joint activity can encourage her to poop into the potty.

 

 

Training pants can be worn during potty training to prevent accidental leakages.

 

  • Encourage, encourage and encourage
    Some children get comfortable on the potty within days, while others may take a longer time. Parents have to constantly encourage their child that it is okay even if there are accidents. Most importantly, assure her that you will be there for her no matter how long it takes for her to be off diapers.

 

Ultimately, it all boils down to the comfort level of your daughter and while there are many potty-training tips out there, some trial and error may be needed to find out what works for your daughter. She may just surprise you one day by simply deciding that she no longer wants to wear diapers!

 

Have you started potty training your daughter? Do share some of your most memorable potty-training memories with us!

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Babies Family Fun Toddlers

Kids Eat for FREE at these Cafes & Restaurants in Singapore

Can kids enjoy free meals in Singapore?

 

With cafes and restaurants promotions that offer free food for kids, it helps families save some dollars when taking their children out to dine at these family-friendly places too. WIN-WIN!

 

At such food establishments in Singapore, parents can request for hot water for your baby’s formula milk,or, for warming up expressed breast milk too, as they are usually more understanding of family needs.

 

Check our handy guide for bottle feeding essentials you may have missed out when packing your diaper bag too!If you have an infant who needs to nurse during the meal, remember to pack a nursing cover in your diaper bag along with other necessary baby items.

 

Caption: Enjoy free meals when you dine with your child at these cafes and restaurants in Singapore!

 

  1. Morganfield’s

Morganfield’s is where you can have your fill of ribs, steaks, burgers. Redeem a kid’s meal for up to two children per table with every paying adult on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. This promotion is only applicable to children below 8 years old or under 120cm.

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  1. Ippudo (Tanjong Pagar Centre)

Craving for authentic ramen? To redeem a Kid’s Delight Meal for your child aged 12 and below, simply order a regular bowl of ramen noodles on weekends! The ramen meal is garnished with corn, spring onions, bamboo shoots and has two side dishes!

 

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  1. Pizza Hut

If your child is under 10 years old, simply order any ala carte main and your child gets to choose a free kids meal! Pickfrom the baked pasta, tasty lasagna, mini pizza or yummy spaghetti meal! Each meal comes with a choice of chilled Milo, Mango Peach or Apple Juice. The promotion runs daily except on Public Holidays, Public Holiday eves and special occasions.

 

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  1. Swensen’s

 An extra reason to wake up early? Claim your free kid’s breakfast when you order an Adult Breakfast on weekends and public holidays between 8am to 11am. Only valid if your child is between 4 and 12 years old.

 

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Caption: Restaurants that provide free food for children are likely to be family-friendly establishments as well!

 

  1. Little Saigon

 If you fancy Vietnamese food, this restaurant bar offers a complimentary kid’s meal for children below 7 years old every Sunday. To redeem, order two adult main courses from the Noodles and Soup and Sandwiches section.

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  1. Shin Minori

 Serving ala carte Japanese buffet, children below 5 years old dine for free with every paying adult! Stuff yourself silly with sashimi, sushi, temakis, agemono and other dishes in their eat-all-you-can buffet.

 

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  1. Putien

This family-friendly Chinese restaurant serves free meals to children upon request when you dine there. There are no stated terms and conditions nor is it stated on the website, but it has been tried and tested.


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  1. Cafe Melba (Goodman Arts Centre)

 Kids eat for free every Monday, all-day, at Cafe Melba with purchase of a main meal. This kid-friendly cafe has a large lawn right outside for your kids to go wild. A bouncy castle goes up from 3pm and between 5pm to 8pm, there’s a little arts and craft corner for them to do art! Valid on all Mondays except on eves of Public Holidays and Public Holidays.

 

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Apart from drinking formula milk or breastmilk, has your child started solids yet? Do share with us your favourite family-friendly dining places in Singapore too!

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Babies Toddlers

Poop Diary for Breastfed Babies vs. Formula-fed Babies

Our child’s poop can vary in colour, consistency and frequency. Yet, it can tell us a lot about our child’s health condition too. We probably never expect to be as intrigued and concerned over somebody else’s poop until we become parents. Whether your baby is breastfed or formula-fed, you should observe your baby’s output to watch out for warning signs about your baby’s health.

Pay close attention to your baby’s poop as it can tell you much about your baby’s health!

 

The first few poops that a newborn produces is meconium, and it is made up of amniotic fluid and other waste materials from the womb. It resembles tar and is black and sticky. After the meconium days are over, your baby’s poop will reflect the body’s reaction to his or her diet, which is made up of breastmilk or infant formula milk.

 

Breastfed Baby Poop

 

Breastmilk is naturally produced by human mothers for their babies, and its nutritional composition is customised according to your baby’s needs at a particular stage, as well as his health. It contains two types of protein – whey and casein. The composition of 60% whey, 40% casein is the perfect balance for quick and easy digestion by infants.

 

  • Colour/Texture/Smell

A watery, golden mustard yellow is the standard for breastfed baby poop. Seedy and pasty looking, it resembles diarrhoea. As breastmilk is so easily digested, very little solid waste is produced, making it more watery compared to formula-fed baby poop. For healthy babies, the poop smell is less offensive for babies on breastmilk as compared to babies on infant formula.

 

When solids are introduced after the baby turns six months old, the stool may take on a thicker consistency, and colour of poop changes.

 

  • Frequency

Babies who are on breastmilk have a varied stool frequency with some passing motion as many as 10 times a day to once every 10 days! Though this may scare new parents, if the baby is producing enough wet diapers and the baby is feeding well and active, it is likely not a cause for concern. However, do check with your baby’s doctor if you are feeling unsure, or notice a change in the stools.

 

  • Watch Out

Green and frothy poop means that your baby has ingested too much foremilk (low-calorie milk) and lesser hindmilk (higher fat milk). To resolve this problem, simply let your baby finish feeding on one breast instead of switching sides after a set duration.

 

The ideal colour for breastfed baby poop is golden mustard yellow.

 

Formula-fed Baby Poop

 

  • Colour/Texture/Smell

Yellow, brown, green, tan – formula-fed baby poop may take on these colours depending on the composition of formula milk. The iron content in formula milk causes stools to take on a green tinge. The consistency should be like that of peanut butter.

 

When formula-fed babies start on solid food, their poop may become harder. Hence, it is important to offer your child with water throughout the day. This helps ensure your child is well hydrated as having sufficient water plays an essential role in digestion.

 

  • Frequency

Generally, as formula milk contains a higher percentage of casein, the digestion process differs and thus, formula-fed babies may poop less often than breastfed babies.

 

Whether your child is on breastmilk or formula milk, look out for changes in stools and seek medical advice if pooping is causing pain or discomfort.

 

What you should look out for

 

Whether your baby is formula-fed or breastfed, if you notice that their stools are hard and pellet-like, it is a sign of constipation and you should feed them more water or breastmilk.

 

For breastfed children, it could be due to a change in maternal diet which disagrees with the baby’s gut. Each child’s body reacts differently to different brands of formula milk, so it’s common to observe constipation symptoms during the initial transition from breastmilk to formula milk.

 

If your baby’s poop appears different from normal, it could warrant immediate medical attention.

 

  • Slimy, green streaks with glistening strings is a sign of mucus and could be due to infection.
  • Dark, sticky and black poop is a sign of digested blood
  • Red blood in poop could be due to a milk protein allergy, but if it is found in diarrhoea, it could be due to a bacterial infection. However, blood in poop could be a sign of other underlying issues, so it’s best to check with your child’s doctor for advice
  • Pale, chalky poop could be a sign of liver or gallbladder failure

 

Poop takes on many appearances and most times, it shows that your baby is well-fed, healthy and growing normally. However, if you notice a drastic change in your baby’s poop, observe the situation and contact a medical professional. If possible, bring along the soiled diaper in a ziplock bag or take a photo for the doctor to make a better assessment.

 

Have you been observing your child’s stools too? Do comment below on your experience with your baby’s poop diary too!

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Babies For Parents Toddlers

How do parents in Singapore choose their baby’s milk bottles?

Milk bottles with artificial teats are commonly used in Singapore by parents and caregivers who feed expressed breast milk and formula milk to infants and toddlers. Some milk bottles are more durable than the rest due to the material used. In addition to considering the material of the milk bottle, careful consideration has to be put into the types of teats for the milk bottles.

It can be mind-boggling with a multitude of brands in the departmental stores, and each brand has various types of bottles and teats to choose from.To help parents think about which bottle to pick, we asked some parents in Singapore how they chose their baby’s milk bottles.

Einmilk formula milk powder is developed for babies and toddlers.With a stringent quality control at the Singapore factory, each tin has the freshest ingredients to feed our next generation.

  • Anti-colic feature
    “My firstborn had severe colic and we tried many bottle brands before settling on MAM Easy Start Anti-Colic bottle. It has to be disassembled into five parts for proper washing, but it is the only bottle that eased my baby’s fussiness. The extra time taken is worth it. In fact, I can clean the bottle more thoroughly.” says Calista, a mum-of-two. Newborns don’t have the ability to burp by themselves after drinking milk. This makes them feel uncomfortable when air that is ingested is trapped in their tiny tummies. As such, a milk bottle with an anti-colic feature is beneficial for parents of newborns and infants with colic.
  • Bundled with other items
    Mum Alexis uses milk bottles that were part of a bundle she bought. “My husband and I researched on bottle sterilisers and warmers and got a complete feeding set from Tommee Tippee that included baby bottles too. The bottle is easy to grip and my baby drinks well from it; we read that Tommee Tippee teats imitates the baby’s natural feeding action.”

Milk bottles come in all shapes and sizes. Some have a wider base and some are narrow.

  • Pump-to-bottle system
    According to MummyStephanie, she uses an all-in-one feeding system to prevent wastage when expressing milk. “It’s hard work pumping milk and it breaks my heart when the nanny accidentally spills my milk. I switched to Hegen breast pump and I can use the same container to collect milk, store it and there is no more wastage because the nanny just has to warm the milk and replace the cover with the teat. I’m so relieved.”
  • Reputation
    “My mum fed me (with) Pigeon milk bottles, and people around me recommended the same brand too! I bought the Pigeon Wide Neck bottle to try, and we got lucky on our first try! My little boy has no problems using it. We have used it from the time he was born until now!” quips Janine, mum to a 13 month old boy.
  • Baby chose it
    “We had such a hard time finding a milk bottle that Evan would take! We burnt so much money on at least five brands before we struck gold with NUK’s bottle with latex teat!” shares Alaris, mum-of-2.

 Choosing a bottle can be hard work. Once you’ve decided, check out our tips to keep your baby comfortable during bottle feeding. Always ensure that milk bottles are thoroughly washed and cleaned after every milk feed. Einmilk formula milk is developed with the essential nutrients needed to support baby and toddler’s diet so parents have a peace of mind on their nutritional intake.

Parents, how did you choose your baby’s milk bottles? What was your deciding factor? Share it with us and other parents in the comments!

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Guide to Choosing Formula Milk for Your Children

With so many different brands of formula milk available in Singapore, it can be difficult to choose a suitable brand for your child. How should parents decide which brand or type of formula milk for their children? Read on to find out more!

 

According to the standards set by the Sale of Infant Foods Ethics Committee Singapore (SIFECS) Code of Ethics, nutritional information must be displayed in detail on formula milk tins.

The most commonly available type of formula milk is milk-based and made with cow’s milk, vegetable oil, vitamins, minerals and fortified with iron. There are also soy-based formula milk powders and specialty milk powders meant for infants with varying allergies and requirements.

 

  • Nutritional Level

All formula milk brands have been tested to be nutritionally adequate for babies and toddlers, and are in line with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) requirements for milk powder sold in Singapore. From 6 months of age, although milk remains the main diet of babies, solid food can be gradually introduced to ensure that their diet is balanced and nutritious.

 

Formula milk is called “formula” milk for a reason. It simply indicates each brand of formula milk powder has their own formulation, made up with varying amounts of ingredients. Some may offer higher levels of certain ingredients such as Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which also leads to a different price tag. If your baby or toddler has a balanced diet, your child will obtain nutrition from fresh food sources too.

 

  • Manufacturing Process

There are two major ways of processing formula milk – wet mixing and dry mixing. As the names suggest, wet mixing mixes milk and other ingredients into a liquid form before drying into milk powder. In dry mixing, all ingredients have to be dried before they are blended according to the formula.

 

It is not uncommon to see brown specks in your child’s milk powder because high heat is required to turn wet ingredients into dry ingredients; it is part of a safe manufacturing process of milk powder and does not affect the taste or nutritional value of the milk powder.

 

  • Suitability

A major point to take note of is how well your child takes to the formula milk. Take note for any diarrhoea or rashes which may be a sign that your child is allergic to certain ingredients in the formula. Having said that, if you are currently breastfeeding, remember to consult your paediatrician prior to formula-feed your baby, let him or her offer recommendations based on your child’s dietary needs.

 

  • Price

And do you know all formula milk has to be sent to AVA for approval to sell in Singapore, prior to distributing out to the market? All formula milk sold in Singapore, regardless of price, has been tested to be safe according to the standards set by the AVA. Formula milk brands sold in Singapore meet the nutritional values required for your child’s developmental stage, regardless of the different formulas, made up with varying amounts of ingredients.

 

All formula milk sold in Singapore is safe for consumption.

 

  • How to prepare Formula Milk

Formula milk should be prepared in strict accordance with the instructions on the tin. Einmilk range of formula milk powder, for example, has specific instructions listed on the back of the tin along with the water temperature required to prepare milk. Always prepare the milk powder in the right proportion for your child as recommended by age, using the accompanying scoop which is included in each tin.

 

In general, all formula milk brands sold on supermarket shelves in Singapore are nutritionally adequate and a higher price does not necessarily mean that it is superior. With a tighter marketing budget, Einmilk’s pricing is kept affordable so that more families are able to nourish their children without fretting over the rising costs of raising children in Singapore.

Have you tried Einmilk for your baby? Let us know in the comments!

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Nursing Wear & Breastfeeding-friendly Clothes for Breastfeeding Mums

Breastfeeding mums often undergo a change in their choice of clothes and wardrobe staples to accommodate to their new role.

Nursing wear, or breastfeeding-friendly clothing, are designed to provide quick access to the chest area without having to remove your top. Even though there are more nursing rooms in malls and office buildingsthese days, there may be times where you may have to latch your baby on-the-go.

 

Button-down tops are breastfeeding friendly, and are great for working mums who need to dress in smart wear!

Breastfeeding-friendly Opening Access Types

Nursing wear is specially designed with various styles of openings that are not immediately noticeable and can be worn as normal tops or dresses. Typical nursing wear will have one of the following access types:

  • Neckline Access
    The neckline can be pulled aside to access the inner layer that can be flipped up.
  • Empire Access
    There is a band horizontally across the bottom of the chest area that can be lifted up. This style allows for very discreet feeding.
  • Hem-lift Access
    The outer layer can be flipped open vertically to access the chest opening.
  • Side-seam Access
    There is a vertical panel down the middle with openings at both sides.
  • Vertical-front Acces

A small vertical slit in the middle allows easy access.

  • Drop Cup Access
    Similar to a nursing bra, each side can be flipped down.
  • Sleeve Access
    The sleeves can be pulled towards the centre to access the opening.

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Types of nursing-friendly clothes breastfeeding mums can choose

In Singapore, there are maternity wear brands that design clothes that can last beyond pregnancy, with allowance for a baby bump and an opening at the chest area. These can be purchased at retail stores, departmental stores, or online.

If you prefer not to purchase new clothes, look in your wardrobe for existing pieces of clothing that can double up as nursing wear! By doing so, you can reduce your expenses on clothes and use it for other needs, such as formula milk or diapers.

  • Button-down tops or dresses
    Some office blouses have buttons that can be undone at the chest area to facilitate pumping.
  • Zip-fronttops or dresses
    With zip-front tops, it would be better to prepare a nursing shawl or blanket to prevent exposure when latching.
  • Tube tops or tube dresses
    Tube tops can be worn as an inner layer under a dress and can be lifted up for easy access to the chest area.
  • Wraps/Tie-fronttops or dresses
    Wrap dresses can double up as nursing wear as the front can be easily untied.
  • Flared tops

With a flared top, you can simply cuddle your baby underneath to nurse or pump.

  • Padded tops or dresses

With built-in bra cups, these padded tops or dresses allow quick access without the Drop Cup function. Mummy      can save time unclipping the cups, but the neckline may loosen over time.

Dresses with stretchy necklines can be pulled down slightly for discreet breastfeeding without compromising on style.

Once you’ve settled your nursing wear, here are other breastfeeding essentials that will help to make your nursing journey smoother!

What is your favourite must-wear breastfeeding clothes or nursing-friendly apparel, mums?

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Health & Nutrition

Tips for Parents: Transitioning from Breastmilk to Formula Milk

Breastmilk is universally acknowledged as the best form of nutrition for infants and its benefits extend beyond satiating hunger. However, due to a multitude of reasons, some parents choose to stop breastfeeding and transit their children to formula milk.

If you have been breastfeeding and intend to switch to formula milk for your babies, there are some things to take note of.

 

Reasons for changing from breastmilk to Formula

  • Insufficient breastmilk supply
  • Medical reasons
  • Self-weaning or desire to stop breastfeeding
  • Inconvenience encountered when expressing milk at work

 

Hunger Cues for babies

Babies start showing signs of hunger by nuzzling, hand-sucking or rooting for the nipple or teat. If there are not fed, they will fuss, get upset and cry. Crying is usually the last hunger cue and it is better to calm your baby down before feeding him or her.

 

When bottle-feeding your baby with expressed breastmilk or formula milk, the adult needs to ensure that the baby is sucking well at a slightly elevated angle.

 

Choosing a baby bottle

If you are transitioning your child from direct latching to formula feeding, select a baby bottle with an anti-colic air vent to prevent excessive intake of air. Do choose a teat that is recommended for your child’s age. You may need to go through a few bottles of various brands and models before settling on one which your baby likes.

Make a gradual transition to formula milk, rather than a sudden switch from breastmilk.

 

How to transit from breastmilk to formula milk

An abrupt switch from breastfeeding exclusively to formula milk in a bottle may be hard to accept for baby and mother. Breasts operate on a supply and demand basis for breastmilk and switching entirely may cause engorgement which could lead to mastitis, a painful and serious condition.

 

Try to start by swapping one milk feed with formula milk in a bottle. If your infant is already used to drinking expressed breastmilk from a bottle, he or she may take to formula easier as formula milk tends to be sweeter than breastmilk. If you are expressing breastmilk, space out your pumping intervals and drop pumps slowly and gradually. This allows the breasts to condition to the lowered output of breastmilk needed.

 

Babies who are used to direct latching may not take to milk bottles easily and may refuse feeds. An option is to let another caregiver try feeding the child with formula milk while mummy is out of the house. If you are feeding your child with the bottle, hold him or her close when feeding, to mimic the close bond experienced during latching.

 

There are many different brands of formula milk to choose from, all nutritionally adequate for babies and toddlers.

 

Choosing formula milk

Check our Guide to Choosing Formula Milk to make an informed decision on the right formula brand to buy for your infant. All formula milk sold in Singapore is tested for safety in accordance with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)’s guidelines and is nutritionally adequate for your infant’s needs, regardless of price.

 

How to prepare formula milk for babies above 6 months old

To prepare Einmilk milk powder (Stage 2 Follow-Up Formula) for babies between 6 months to 12 months old, pour 180ml of lukewarm water into the bottle and add 6 level scoops of Einmilk formula into the bottle. Cap and mix well until the powder is dissolved.

 

The full transition process may take weeks or months and requires patience from all the caregivers. Do you have other tips to share with fellow parents on how to transition from breastmilk to formula milk too?

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Pregnancy week 21 – 24: Tips for Pregnant Mums

Now that you are almost at the last leg of your second trimester of this pregnancy, the next few weeks are going to be exciting as a Fetal Anomaly scan is usually conducted on Week 22 of pregnancy.

This scan is done to check if your baby’s organs are developing normally. The sonographer will use an advanced ultrasound machine to scan your baby to detect anyanomalies. During this scan,you will also know the gender of your baby, if you haven’t already found out during prior chromosome tests.

Want to inject some fun during pregnancy? Hold a gender reveal party and have friends and family guess the gender of your baby!

Week 21: Carrot

At this stage, the length of your baby is almost as long as a carrot, as it gains fat to keep warm for life outside the womb. In these few weeks, they will be developing their organs. Buds for permanent teeth are forming. Your baby’s skin is transparent and turning from pink to red as blood vessels form underneath.

At 21 weeks, your bump will change your centre of gravity and could make you feel clumsy. Slowing down your pace may help with establishing balance.

It is essential that you continue with a nutritious diet suitable for pregnant women. If you are vegetarian, fret not, as we have vegetarian meal ideas for mothers-to-be too.

 Week 22: Coconut

In some hospitals, week 22 is when the Fetal Anomaly Scan is conducted. Your baby will be carefully scanned via ultrasound to see if its organs are intact and normal. The sonographer will be able to tell you your baby’s gender. Your baby’s eyes have formed but the irises are still devoid of pigment. If your baby is a girl, mammary glands will start forming from this week. If your baby is a boy, his testes will start lowering into the scrotum.

A gender reveal party can be a fun event where your families and friends gather to guess your baby’s gender!

Do you find that your skin is glowing and your hair is shining? This is due to the extra moisture that your body is absorbing. The increased blood that is pumping in your pregnant body contributes to making your skin glow too.

Pregnant mums need a healthy diet to ensure both mum and baby gets sufficient nutrients for healthy development.

Week 23: Grapefruit

Your baby’s hearing is becoming sharper. The sounds that were muffled are now becoming clearer. Apart from your heartbeat and voice, your baby will start to hear sounds that are further away, like the sound of construction or an ambulance siren. Your baby may respond to sounds in-utero, so continue talking, reading and even singing to your baby!

Constipation or lethargy may hit you due to progesterone, a pregnancy hormone. Bowel movement may become irregular as your baby places pressure on your rectum and slows your system down. Constipation is a symptom that affects about half of all pregnant women. Consuming more fibre can alleviate this problem. If you encounter bleeding from your bottom, let your gynaecologist know.

 Week 24: Cantaloupe

Your baby at 24 weeks is considered to be “viable”, which means that if he or she were to be born unexpectedly, his or her lungs may have developed sufficiently to allow her a chance at survival, with close treatment and monitoring in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Extreme prematurity is uncommon and if your pregnancy has been smooth, it is likely that your baby will be born at full term. Your baby’s brain is growing rapidly and he or she is practising various facial expressions in the womb.

If you’re intending to travel, it’s good to note that you will require a medical certificate from your gynaecologist approving travel between Week 29 and Week 36 (uncomplicated single pregnancy) and Week 29 and Week 32 (uncomplicated multiple pregnancy).

To accommodate your new body shape, did you also start buying maternity clothing or breastfeeding apparel during your second trimester?