Maky's Corner is excited to present “The Pregnancy Diaries”…This is a new series where Mrs X takes us on her pregnancy journey. She will share all the expected & unexpected symptoms and emotions that come with pregnancy. Mrs X is currently three months pregnant so her diaries are up to date. We hope you enjoy our new Pregnancy 101 series and we look forward to meeting Mrs X's little one soon
I’m glad to be able to write about my pregnancy journey on Maky’s Corner. In sharing my experience, I hope to be able to encourage new mummies / mummies-to-be and inform on what to expect, provide tips and remedies that are helping me during this journey. Enjoy â˜º
From the very beginning The day I found out I was pregnant was one of the happiest days of my life. I had been so eager to be a mum and even though I knew it would happen, it could not happen soon enough! It wasn’t because of the pressures- We all know what I mean- but because I really felt I was ready and that it was my time. So naturally when I suspected I was pregnant, I told my husband. I cried, prayed and smiled to myself all day thinking “OMG my baby is growing inside me”. Immediately, we called my doctor and did the necessary blood work… It was confirmed and I was about 6 weeks gone! Whoop whoop whoop!! All was good in the hood… I wasn’t sick, I was normal…..this is gonna be a walk in the park….. so I thought!
First Trimester As typical as it could be, after the day I realised I was pregnant, I started having the symptoms at 6 weeks 1 day. Initially I thought… Mrs X, stop being dramatic, you have been fine so far, why are you suddenly wanting to act like a pregnant woman?
SMELLS The first thing that got me were the smells…OMG everything stunk from deodorant, shower gels, perfume, food, human beings, EVERYTRHING. Very quickly smells made me want to barf, I was very paranoid because I felt I could smell myself needless to say I was always having showers like 2 times a day. Going to work was always daunting – no hugs and avoiding going to the kitchenette. I had to avoid humans especially men and their smelly things. Lol- my husband had to get ready in a different room especially when spraying perfume and deodorant.
MY TIP: Lemons…somehow I loved the smell of lemons so I always carried one around to smell when the need arose! NO I’m not a freak it’s either that or throw up! Cooking: If you have a support system that can assist you with the cooking for a while, use them!! It will save you a lot of headache and nausea.
Week 7: I woke up with this metallic taste in my mouth. I undertook my usual routine i.e. brush my teeth and it seemed worse. I quickly Googled the reason for this and found out it was a typical symptom….ok then how bad can it be!! BOY oh BOY!! As a glorified foodie, my new pregnancy taste buds ruined my love relationship with a lot of food. To put it in word, it’s like a metallic coating on the top of the tongue that refuses to go away. It altered the way I ate and what I drank; this combined with the smell was a really nasty blend. I felt so strange, sweets/ anything sugary were the worst! It left the most bitter after taste in my mouth, in fact anything that had more than 3 ingredients couldn’t make it down to be digested- garlic, thyme, meats, rice sauces, soups, drinks- nothing seemed to help…. As you do, I visited quite a few pregnancy blogs for tips; some people suggested pickles, salt and vinegar crisps gum etc. For me – neither of these things worked. â˜¹
MY TIPDrinks – Ribeana, lemon/lime water Food- I don’t have much of an appetite so it’s really whatever works at that moment in time for now And lastly I’m always sucking on mints and chewing mint gums
BODY/ NAUSEA/ TIRED Like most normal pregnant women, I am always tired and sleepy. Afternoon naps are very necessary; I’m usually dosing off by 8pm in the evening and then waking up by 3am, which is a bit annoying. Even though I sleep a lot, I don’t think I’m sleeping very well. Usually light sleep, tossing and turning, very uncomfortable and peeing every hour. I had bouts of burping earlier but it’s very temperamental, sometimes I burp through the night sometimes I don’t!! Week 6 My body started changing -– my breasts started to enlarge-which made me happy.
Week 10My uterus lining became thicker and my tummy had started to protrude- the lower belly. To be honest in terms of beauty, I started feeling a mess, moisturising my skin is now a chore because of smells, I have no desire to do or style my hair and nails are such a mess. Basically everything I enjoyed doing before pregnancy has become long specifically in the beauty department. â˜¹ My nausea became really bad in the last weeks of my first trimester…. This really crippled me as I wasn’t expecting it. I had been throwing up but from week 11 it became so bad – I was practically on bed rest because motion/ smells, food, anything could trigger the sickness.. I visited the white porcelain friend like 4 – 5 times a day!! It was really really really bad!!.
EMOTIONS My pregnancy has taught me a lot about myself, I am sooo excited that a child is growing inside me – such an amazing thought!!. However to be honest, the experience wasn’t what I expected. I did not feel I was prepared, as no one ever mentioned what they went through. You usually hear things like
“oh! I had morning sickness”, or
“My delivery was this”
“My delivery was that”.
Nothing else!! For me, experiencing my body changes made me in awe of God, but at the same time I felt I was in a battle I wasn’t prepared for. I cried a lot, I had bouts of gratitude and at the same time felt slighlty inadequate…how this could be? I started to pray a lot but sometimes I was so overwhelmed that I did not know what to pray for… I would beat myself up, sometimes questioning my ability-
“What mother cannot pray for her child?”
I would cry again… then think of God’s promise in my life and then I’ll be excited, hopeful and happy.- Basically I suppose I can say I was a wreck. I also learnt to rely on my family and they have been great. This has helped me and I use their strengths to assist me in growing emotionally. However every day is a different day and I don’t know what to expect –All I know is I am happy and blessed, and in time I will deal with these other bits.
FIRST TRIMESTER TIPSEvery pregnancy is different and this series is about my experience. However, there are some things I believe every pregnant woman would benefit from in alleviating their symptoms. They are:-
- Get your scans in early to check your baby’s position and health and to make sure all is well with your womb. If you have any fibroids, locate where they are and make sure they don’t affect your baby (also make sure you get your translucency scan from weeks 11-13). This will definitely give you peace of mind.
- Vitamins are very important, I use pregnacare max. I’m not a massive fan but it does the required job and in addition I make sure I get the required amount of folic acids, blood tonic and fruit and veg.
- Invest in a good book or 2… I read the pregnancy bible & conception, pregnancy and delivery.
- Being a technology mummy I love Pregnancy Apps. My favourites are baby bump, the bump, baby center please beware that it can get very scary quite quickly, especially when reading about women who have had negative experiences- select what you read.
- Pregnancy prayer apps: this has been great!! It provides day to day prayers based on your babies daily development, and it helps you focus with its specific prayer points. it has been very useful for me especially with the daily affirmations â˜º
- Please avoid drinking or smoking.
I hope this article has not been too tedious, I really want to be as honest as I can be from month to month. I would also appreciate if expecting mothers can share their experience/ tips/symptoms in the comments section. Every new mum is learning and it always helps to know others are experiencing the same thing. In the words of my fav TV girl Ellen “Till next time be kind to one another” xoxo