Pregnancy | 5 things that made it easier for me

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

My mother always says that when I was 4 year's old, I declared that I did not have any interest in having children. Cue life and a mere 25+ years later, I write this with an almost 6 month old lying next to me milk drunk and enjoying whatever it is he dreams about. 

Add to that my fear of getting pregnant in my twenties was crippling, I always imagined that I would be the pregnant lady chewing stones, spitting into a small bucket every few minutes, swollen ankles, lips, nose and with new stretchmarks from my forehead to my ankles. This thing called Life though has a funny way of playing out and I ended up having a rather easy pregnancy and succumbed to a few not so glamorous symptoms. 

That second trimester joy

I have gotten a number of requests to share some things that helped me through the 38 weeks and 6 days of my pregnancy so here goes.

Disclaimer: This is my first pregnancy and the next one may be super hard.

1. Be Zen. Channel a monk and try to slowly purposefully glide through life. I got pregnant during a super hard time. The bank my husband had been working in had recently folded, I had been managing a hellish project, there was the possibility of moving to Abu Dhabi which eventually happened and that came with its own baggage. I basically managed to find a doctor to deliver my baby by going to a hospital website , looking through the pictures of OBGYNs and choosing the one with the kindest face a mere 3 months to giving birth. That does not count the stress of moving to a new place in the middle of 45 degree celcius summer and the loneliness of it. Through all of this, I constantly told myself to remain calm and be happy if only for my little boy. 

2. Exercise. This one is hard ladies, but even a 20min walk will help. I was able to fit in exercise through lots of housework, Yoga Videos on Youtube and when at 33 weeks the doctor told me to start walking more to get the baby engaged I started walking up and down 4 flights of stairs 5 times coz it was 40 degrees outside.

3. Eat 5 -6 small meals a day. Channel a hobbit and eat breakfast then second breakfast etc. I found this kept me from overeating whilst keeping the hunger at bay. My sample day went as below

8.00 - Oatmeal with milk and half a banana

10.30 - 1 piece of toast with peanut butter

1.00 - Rice with beans and spinach

3.00 - Yogurt with an apple

6.30 - Spaghetti with mince

9.00 - Cookie

4. Douse yourself in oil. My self-care routine mainly involved rubbing my belly and body with SheaButter, Coconut, Macadamia, Olive, Avocado....all of the oils basically! I was expecting to get stretchmarks coz my bum and thighs are covered with them but surprisingly I didnt. I will say though, if you are going to get stretchmarks you will get them, sadly its the luck of the draw!

5. Don't sweat the small stuff. So you put on 15kgs and the doctors recommend you gain 11kgs, You had some sushi, After a long day you had a small glass of red wine.
Policing pregnant women is like an Olympic sport, everyone has an opinion on what you should eat, wear, drink, do. Do what your gut tells you and don't sweat it! 

What tips do you mamas have? 

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