Pregnancy

My Experience With A Wicked Nurse


In the U.S people are attended to in hospitals like kings and are given treatment with ultimate care but here in Nigeria, some of these nurses do their job with an alarming nonchalant attitude and if things continue like this in Nigeria I fear that more people might continue to die. Take me for example, the general hospital (I won’t disclose the name) where I gave birth to my child was a bad idea.

It took almost an hour before they found my record and I sat down writhing in pain with no one to attend to me.

When my husband went to make enquiries, he came back to tell me he was told that all the theatres are occupied by other women. I kept writhing and  moving around in pain before they finally came to attend to me.

While I was in the labour room, the pain, oh the pain was intense, there was no one to comfort me (my husband was in the waiting room) I started praying “eh God don’t let me die here o” and do you know what the heartless nurse said?


“Oh! Shut up. Why u no kuku ma do C-section if you know you can’t handle the pain?” She lacked sympathy, she was rough and I couldn’t deal with her and the pain of labour, her lack of empathy made the ordeal even more hard for me to bear.

While I was pushing, I became tired and I told her I can’t push anymore, “you better help yourself, look at this one,(she whipped out a blue baby from nowhere and showed it to me) his mother couldn’t push and he died before he was born.

The stupid thing she did motivated me to push but even after the birth, I was traumatised. The image of the blue-black dead baby was the only thing I saw when I look at my baby.

I couldn’t even bring myself to hold him for long ’cause coincidentally I also had a boy child. I had a little tear because my baby weighed 4.5kg at birth and as she was stitching me off, she was in a hurry so she did a bad job and when the doctor saw what she did he had to stitch me up again so I suffered the horrible pain twice.

I swore not to ever go to the hospital again and had a hard time recovering from the trauma I experienced, if I hadn’t told anyone about this experience I wouldn’t have been able to overcome it.

So many women have died at childbirth through the negligence of nurses who are supposed to be compassionate and agents of support but who rather bark and scare women. I even read about a man who died because the nurses failed to monitor his sugar level and he slipped into coma.

How long will we continue to look on as things go on like this? These nurses know their job but they lack some characters which is important in their field like empathy, care, support and commitment.

Let me end on this note: not all nurses are bad.

What can be done to salvage this matter? Mamalette share your experience in the hands of wicked nurses!

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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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