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GDM and insulin

I have been diagnosed with GDM for my current pregnancy. This is the first time I am having a new life in my body and the BIG WORD “GDM” make me feel a bit worry about my baby and my health. The doctor didn’t explain in detail about what is GDM but just informed me that I will go to have diabetes during the pregnancy period. I have done my own reading regarding GDM. Here I make it simpler and easy to understand.

What is GDM?

GDM = Gestational diabestes mellitus.

According to Wikipedia, GDM is a condition in which a woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. It affects how the body cells use sugar (glucose) and will also affect the baby’s health.

Possible complications for the baby

  1. Macrosomia = the baby is larger than normal.
  2. Hypoglycemia = the baby will have low blood sugar immediately after delivery.
  3. Early birth = the doctor may recommend early delivery because the baby is large.
  4. Respiratory distress syndrome = a condition that makes breathing difficult if the baby borns early.

Treatment for GDM

  1. Special diet = the doctor might require you to meet with a dietitian to help you make a diet plan you can stick with. (I have met with the registered dietitian. She gave a lot of recommendation and also provided a diet plan for me. However, I do not really follow the plan but still, I try to control my sugar or carbohydrate intake by taking a smaller portion of my meal.)
  2. Exercise = exercise is encouraged to help the body use insulin better and it helps control blood sugar levels. (My job requires me to walk a lot…I am a teacher. Can this considered as exercise?)
  3. Blood glucose monitoring = the blood glucose is tested regularly (My doctor asked me to check twice a month. I need to check my blood sugar level before breakfast, lunch, dinner and before sleep. I need to fast at least 2 to 3 hours each time.)

    My lunch
    One of my lunch at the hospital
  4. Insulin injections = if the blood sugar level remains high, the doctor will prescribe diabetes pill or insulin injection to keep the blood sugar level in check and protect the baby. (After a couple of months monitoring my blood sugar level, I was admitted to hospital for observation and the doctor decided to give me a small dose of insulin injection every morning before breakfast. She said I usually have a peak sugar level before lunch…Now I need to inject the insulin by myself every morning after the pharmacist in the hospital taught me how to do it. Sad….)
Insulin injection
My insulin injection equipment: insulin, syringes and alcohol pads

Do you have any experiences on GDM?

Do share it by leaving your comments below.

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First-time mom essential baby shopping list

Being a first-time mom, that’s a lot of things I worry about what is coming next. My parents, relatives, and friends give a lot of advice on what I need, what I don’t really need, how much I need to prepare and etc. I am quite frustrated and panicked for the non-stop different recommendation from those exciting people.

Newborn essentials & needs
Newborn essentials & needs

Shopping for baby can be rather overwhelming as there is so much attractive baby equipment to choose from. Therefore, I do my own researches through the web on the first-time mom essential baby items and create my own shopping list that suits my lifestyle and is within my budget.

Link: The essential items for baby from 0 to 3 months old (updated June 2018)

I will update the money I spent and the information once I purchase the items I planned to buy. Maybe I can get some free stuff from my supportive ones? Who knows…….

If you have any suggestion or recommendation on the important basic items for the newborn especially those mummies who have experiences dealing with the baby (you know more than me ^.^), please do not hesitate to leave the comments below. Your bits of help is truly appreciated.

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Open a savings account for my baby

Having a baby soon will change everything in my family. As a new parent, other than planning the extra costs for taking care of the baby, I will also need to plan about my baby’s financial future carefully. It doesn’t have to be difficult, and I start with a simple savings account as my baby’s lifelong financial education.

In Malaysia, we can open junior savings account at any age from when he or she is a newborn to the age of 18. Thus, choosing the right bank with the best interest rate for my baby’s savings account can make a huge difference as the money grows in the bank.

Open a savings account for baby
it is important to start saving for my baby

The features of a junior savings account

  • for those below 18 years old
  • encourage more savings by restricting withdrawal
  • require a low amount to open an account
  • provide extra benefits such as free insurance coverage

The benefits of a junior saving account

  • higher interest rate
  • extra benefits such as personal accident insurance coverage
  • teach the child the value of money and how to manage them

There are many types of junior savings account available in Malaysia.  By comparing some of junior savings account from major banks, I hope these can help you, those who are Malaysia and reading my post to decide which one is the best for your baby and your child. The comparison sheet is downloadable.

Click on the link and download it for your reference.
Junior Savings Account Comparison Spreadsheet (updated 2018)

Are there any junior savings account in your country? What is your opinion on the junior savings account? I’m glad if you can share with me using the comments below.

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Awesome benefit for Malaysian babies born in January 2018 onwards

1   ADAM50 (Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050)

For Malaysia babies born from the year 2018 until the year 2022, they will receive a FREE RM200 worth of unit trust incentive. According to ASNB (Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad), the main objective of ADAM50 is to encourage savings and investment of Malaysians from the early age, by distributing free incentive units as initial investment capital.

This RM200 free unit trust incentive will be credited to ASB (Amanah Saham Bumiputera) for Bumiputera babies or AS1M (Amanah Saham 1Malaysia) for non-Bumiputera babies once registration is completed.

The good thing is parents can make additional units to the babies’ account until reaching the maximum limit set by ASNB.

Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050

For more information, please visit the ASNB website.

2   Skim Insentif Kelahiran Anak for babies from Kedah

This scheme consists of a financial aid amounting to RM100. To qualify for this scheme, your babies must

  • Be a Malaysia citizen who is born in Kedah.
  • The parents must be born in Kedah and reside in Kedah.
  • A parent who is not originally from Kedah but has resided for more than 5 years and is registered voter who is voting district is in Kedah.

For more information, please visit the Kedah government website.

3   Program Anak Emas Pulau Pinang for babies from Penang

This program promises a one-off help of RM200. In order to qualify for this, your babies must

  • Be born as a Malaysian citizen.
  • One of the parents must be a registered voter who is voting district is in Penang.

For more information, please visit the Penang government website.

4   TAWAS for babies from Selangor

Babies from Selangor will be eligible for RM1500 upon reaching the age of 18 years old. There are 3 ways that your babies can qualify for TAWAS:

Condition 1

  • Be a Malaysia citizen that born in or outside of the Selangor from 1st January 2008.
  • Have a mother or father who was born in Selangor or KL before 1st February 1974.

Condition 2

  • Be a Malaysia citizen that born in or outside of the Selangor from 1st January 2008.
  • Parents who are not born in Selangor but have been residing in Selangor for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Have been officially certified as Selangor resident.

Condition 3

  • Be a Malaysia citizen that born outside Selangor but within the same district that borders the Selangor state from 1st January 2008.
  • Parents are certified a permanent resident of Selangor by the official certification from the Ketua Kampung, Penghulu and Pengerusi Taman Perumahan of the area.

For more information, please visit the TAWAS website.

In conclusion, I hope you have found some useful information for your future baby’s planning. For me, I don’t live in any of the states mentioned above, thus I’m only entitled to the ADAM50. The best thing I can do right now is to create a saving account for my baby to provide them a better financial future.

Are there any benefit schemes for your baby in your country? Share with me your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.