This Experience Made Me Stop Hating Pregnancy

Everyone that knows me know that I hate pregnancy, but a particular event which shook me to my very core made me fall in love with pregnancy. If you’ve been there I’m sure you won’t blame me for not being best friend with pregnancy, 9 months plus of lugging around a heavy body and walking like a whale. Peeing my pant isn’t something I find sexy either and the swelling too.

I figured I don’t have to love my pregnancy before loving my baby. A baby will be the reward of all the hard work of enduring the pains of pregnancy so it’s okay.

But then, something happened to change my perspective of pregnancy.

I was 33 weeks gone and bitching about the things pregnancy has done to me, stretch marks, pant- peeing, swollen feet, face and hands, but all that changed after this event.

The night before the incidence was my first born’s birthday and I noticed that my baby didn’t move at all but I wasn’t overtly worried because I was busy with the hosting and preparation for the birthday, besides slowed movement is normal at this stage when babies start running out of space.

When I woke up the second day, that was the first thing I noticed, still no movement.

I prodded and poked my belly hoping that my baby will answer by kicking back, nothing! I laid back in bed hoping he’ll soon start moving around to remind me it’s time for breakfast (which he normally do) When I didn’t feel anything after an hour, I started panicking.

I started rubbing my belly and prodding it, when I got no response I got up, took a glass of cold water and a bar of chocolate and ate it hoping he’ll wake up. No movement!

Then I panicked,  I woke up my husband and he called our pastors wife who is a midwife before driving me to her place. All the while I was pleading “Baby please be save” Baby please move” while rubbing my belly with tears in my eyes.

“What if he’s gone? Did he know I hate this pregnancy?” I felt guilty for wasting the time complaining and hating my pregnancy instead of enduring and loving all the symptoms that shows my child is alive in there and breathing.

I called my midwife again, she told me to drink a glass of orange juice before coming to see her which I did. After some time, I started feeling faint baby flutters as my husband drove me to the midwife’s house. The monitoring and test showed everything was fine. But that experience changed everything.

I never had that fear that I could give birth to a stillborn and for a few hours I thought I would be one of those mothers who gave birth to a stillborn and it scared the shit out of me.

That event taught me to stop hating my pregnancy. I’ve started appreciating my pregnancy a little bit more, hopefully till I give birth to my baby I won’t have any more such scare. By the way, my EDD is 28th of May, wish me safe delivery Mamalette!

Mamalette! Did you get a scare while you were pregnancy? Share please, post your comments below.

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Avocado Is Good For Pregnant Women

Since I’ve known the beauty benefits of eating avocado, I don’t only eat it, after scooping out the inside and eating it with salt, I’ll rub some on my face and I tell you, it’s doing a lot for my skin. Recently, I stumbled on a study which found that avocado have a lot of benefits for pregnant women, it makes sense. The benefits of avocado is numerous and it keeps increasing, avocados are full of good fat, remember pregnant women are advised to take foods rich in folic acid when pregnant?

Good news is, avocado is a great source of folate, and especially important during the first 3 months of your pregnancy. A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the role of avocados in the diets of pregnant and lactating women. According to the study

“Avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets. “Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and/or breast milk quality“. Currently, US dietary advice applies only to those aged two years and above.

As to how much avocados you can eat in a day, this is what a reproductive specialist and nutritionist Doctor Andrew Orr says, “You actually can’t eat too many of them! They are full of good fats (omega oils), protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and more. They’re great as a meal on their own, in green smoothies, desserts, dips… I love using them for breakfast!” He adds, “On a traditional Chinese medicine level, avocado is nourishing to both the womb and the baby. Avocado should definitely be eaten during pregnancy – and it’s a great food for fertility too”

So what’s stopping you from eating avocados every single day? It’s affordable, as you can get one for as low as #50 and you can make delicious meals out of it, I love love love guacamole.

Here are 4 delicious recipes you can try;

1. Avocado On Toast

This is simple to make and filling if you use wheat bread, mash or slice the avocado on toast. Use wheat bread as it’s healthier and  there are other ways to eat your avocado.

2. Avocado Salad 

Salad is not only healthy but you’re taking most of your nutrients all in one meal, add avocado to your salad mix to make it even more healthier. Trust me when I say avocado taste great in salad.

3. Guacamole

Guacamole is not only simple to make but delicious! To prepare, mash up an avocado, then add some lime and salt to taste (or skip the salt altogether). You can eat guacamole with boiled eggs, noodles and what have you. 

4. Baked Egg In An Avocado

Baked eggs in avocados tastes heavenly! Cut your avocado into two, remove the seed inside, place it on a bowl making sure it’s balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Then crack two eggs in a bowl, make sure the yolk doesn’t split, then spoon the two yolks into the centre of each avocado hole, add egg white until each hole is full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 220C (425F) until the eggs are cooked. You can choose to season with salt, pepper or anything you like.It’s a delicious delight.


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