Archive | August 2013

Spitting like a camel during pregnancy?? :( read on please

As a child growing up in Africa, i was always surrounded by aunties and older female cousins who were so in tune with nature that they could tell you what types of vitamins you were lacking in just by looking at your eyes and the changes in the colour of your eyes. They could cure almost anything even ear ache just by boiling leaves so it was no surprise that teenagers could never get away with keeping pregnancies a secret.  Often you would hear mothers remarking that their daughters had been spitting so much they must be pregnant and the majority of the time it was true.
I did not understand what it was (well it was not for me to know as a child) however fast forward more than two decades later i soon discovered for myself. I was 10 weeks gone, working full time and trying very hard to conceal my growing tummy from my boss and colleagues as i was not ready to share my news. I became very well acquainted with leggings, floaty tops and cardigans all in aid of hiding my belly but nothing prepared me for a shock question from a dear colleague/friend.
One busy afternoon  i was working at my desk fully equipped with tissues when my Zambian colleague/friend quietly asked me, ‘are you pregnant?’, i felt like a naughty teenager as i tried to change the subject when she said jokingly said, ‘you cant it hide it  from me i have noticed you have been spitting a lot o’. Thankfully it was just the two of us and we laughed and laughed as she explained she has known my secret for week because of my clothes and the spitting. I was quite glad the bump was out of the bag because at least i could now get some much needed advice from someone who had been there. My friend advised me that her best weapons of dealing with the issue was lemons either by adding it in water or tea and also snacking throughout the day. I found that really helpful because snacking kept my mind of it and also reduced saliva production.
Asides from writing i wanted to also discover the scientific reasons behind it. According to medical experts and midwives, excessive salivation known as pytalism is generally caused by the changes in hormones during pregnancy. Pytalism usually effects those who tend to feel more nauseated during pregnancy and so the spitting is usually another method of dealing with the sick feeling. I have scoured through many medical sites to find a cure however none exists rather only tips to deal with it. 
I will not write any of the coping mechanisms i came across on line because its all to do with cutting certain food out and i believe in good gold old fashioned balanced diet but also because i trust you will find your own coping strategy as each pregnancy is different. Sucking on fresh lemons worked wonders for me but it might not do the same for someone else
Another thing that worked for me was keeping my eyes on the Lord and just being so thankful and grateful for my situation knowing that the sick feeling was only for a season and at the end of it all i would be cuddling a blessed and highly favoured baby. 
Having just had my second baby recently i noticed the spitting lasted until she was 4 weeks old but  i can sincerely say it does go away…eventually so hang in there please because God will see you through and in Jesus name all is well.

Congratulations, you are pregnant :)

So after much anticipation and drum rolling the lines on the stick accompanied with a few niggling symptoms has confirmed that you are going to be a mama. Whether planned or unplanned, discovering you are expecting can bring about many emotions. Some experience great joy and others experience shock but in the midst of it all its so very important to continue trusting God . Psalm 139:13 says ‘you created my innermost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb’. Because of many beautiful scriptures like these in the Bible, we know we can trust God for the perfect pregnancy and delivery. My payer for you is that you will have a happy and healthy pregnancy filled with the joy of the Lord as your strength.  The following tips should come in handy as you embark on this beautiful journey  and if i have missed out any tips please feel free to share your ideas and tips too. 
*first things first do visit your doctor as soon as you get a positive pregnancy result so that you can be offered advice,find out due date and learn more about vitamins to help you have a healthy pregnancy.  It is recommended that woman should take folic acid in pregnancy especially in the first 12 weeks.
*Do eat plenty of fruit and veg after all you will be sharing nutrients with your baby
*Be very very prayerful, start declaring scriptures over your baby and yourself. Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For i know the plans i have for you declares The Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to bring you hope’.
There are many scriptures in the Bible which you can read and bless your baby..yes you can bless your baby even before they see the outside world.
*Invest in thirst quenching moisturising lotion because as time progress the skin tends to stretch and become dry and itchy so treat yourself to a really nice lotion. I personally avoided harsh products during my pregnancy because i wanted to use natural products especially those without parabens etc..
*Do get measured at regular intervals because your bust size will increase dramatically and so its good to invest in a good supportive bra. You can find beautiful bras that look feminine…no body says you have to look like Mrs Doubtfire just because you are  pregnant.
*Gone are the days of looking frumpy in pregnancy, these days there are many maternity boutiques that caters for many styles so when you are no longer able to zip your trousers or jeans do pop into a fabulous maternity boutique and treat yourself to a couple of stylish maternity jeans. Maternity fashion does not have to break the bank so look out for good well priced maternity wear.