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Morning sickness is good for you…yes…really!

christian-faith-pregnancy-joyAs a mother of two i have experienced two interesting pregnancies both of which i spat through it like an angry camel. I constantly felt bloated with my first princess and even went off most of my favorite food and fragrances however with my second i could not stand the smell of lasagna,jerk seasoning or peppers(most things i love). With my second baby i puked so much like an overfed dog until stayed away from most food just in case! I hardly put on any weight and even 2 weeks before giving birth i was asked if i am pregnant by somebody who saw me nearly every other day during the whole pregnancy. Anyway going back to the title, a research carried out at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto over a period of 20 years has concluded that women who experience morning sickness tend to give birth to healthier babies. They reported that woman who experienced morning sickness had healthier babies with lower rates of birth defects or developmental issues. The study also showed less cases of miscarriage or premature births in all 850,000 participants.

Wow this is very interesting and i think maybe morning sickness is God’s way of helping us stay away from certain foods that can cause issues in pregnancy and perhaps there maybe a hint of truth in there but with all studies i always tend to take it with a pinch of salt because other factors may have played a role for example class,genes,finances,environment,habits and so on or if the woman took anti-natal vitamins.

I for one have 2 beautiful and healthy daughters thanks to God….not morning sickness lol

 

 

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Happy world breastfeeding week to all mums and babies!!

BreastfeedingBreastfeeding is the most natural and beautiful thing in the world. Not only is it healthy for mums and babies but it is also better for communities. The world health organisation recommend that babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life. This can be tough in today’s society for many reasons including instances where mums have to go back to work soon after birth for financial reasons. I also find it rather strange that mothers are not given enough support to feed their babies judging by the amount of horror stories we hear on the news. Recently a mum was told off for breastfeeding at sports-direct (she soon had the last laugh by staging a mass breastfeeding protest lol). I also heard of how another mother was called a slut by a group of teenagers simply because she was feeding her baby. The thing is babies do not have the understanding to ‘wait’ until home. A good friend of mine always says if babies cannot be breastfed in public then perhaps nobody should be allowed to eat smelly fast food in public (that is another story).

The WHO also recommend that babies should be breastfed until the age of 2 because of its health benefits to mums and babies. Breastfeeding saves lives, especially in countries where poverty is rife and people do not have access to clean water. Breastfeeding is safe,clean and always on tap…..So happy breastfeeding week to all mums and babies and well done to companies and organisations out there who are doing all their can to support mothers who choose to breastfeed.

 

Cravings in pregnancy??? check out this new ad from Mcdonald’s…..i can relate lol

I saw this advert a couple of weeks ago and could not help but laugh…how true is that! You know the feeling when your pregnant and craving for something and only that something will do. This man heeds to his wife’s cravings and goes out late in the night to find pickled gherkins for her. Pregnancy eh…some crave sweet some sour and some even crave clay but whatever it is you crave i am sure you can relate…my husband used to come home with bags and bags of royal gala apples as i could not get enough of it. I used to wonder if in the end i might give birth to an apple so i thank the Lord i had a sweet baby girl…lol

What is mama cooking? baked spicy chicken liver with fresh seasoning

ImageYou should know by now that i love cooking…especially for my husband and my children and for pretty much anybody who loves to eat. My husband loves to eat and i love to cook so i always say we are a great match. This here is one of my husband’s fave. I do not really have a name for it but we shall call it liver with fresh seasoning just for naming sake. I prefer to use chicken liver because i find any other such as lamb liver quiet bitter and tougher.There are plenty benefits in eating chicken liver as it is high in iron and vitamin A. If pregnant do consult your healthcare provider as liver being high in vitamin A is not meant to be eaten during pregnancy (well that is it what i was told by my midwife). I am no longer pregnant and still not the biggest fan of liver but like i said it is my husband’s fave and when i cook it i mainly just enjoy the sauce it produces.Here is the recipe for those who dare to try.

What you will need:

Fresh chicken liver (i get mine from sainsburys)

Fresh ginger

fresh garlic

chicken seasoning

1 whole scotch bonnet chilli

1 whole onion

1 whole lemon

2 tbs of rapseed oil (any oil will do as long as it is edible lol)

fresh chopped parsley (half a bunch)

2 Maggi or 1 knor cube (take your pick)

First you wash the liver and put it in a baking dish. Finely grate your ginger (half a hand..i don’t know how to quantify ginger) on top of the liver. Finely grate 10 cloves of garlic on top of the liver. Put half of a tsp of chicken seasoning all over the liver break the Maggi or knorr all over the liver. Cut your lemon in half and remove seed and squeeze both halfs on top of the liver. Chop your scotch bonnet and place it all over the liver. Do not throw away the seeds because the strength of the chilli is in the seeds. Add your parsley and oil and finally rub everything in. You can also add 2 tbs of water to help bring out more juice.

It is very simple to cook,simply place the dish in a preheated oven at 150 and let it it cook for 27 minutes turning with a spoon halfway. By the end of the cooking you should be left with juicy baked liver which can be served with chips or baguette or both and green salad. Enjoy and let me know how you get on. cheers!!

The picture above is how it looks just before it goes in the oven, i took the picture with my mobile phone and the lemon is just for decoration.

Whats on tv : Niaja bites season 3 goes to Atlanta

One of my fave shows Naija bites is back bigger and better…well actually it came back in October but as a busy mum one never gets a chance to kick back and enjoy me time like i used to so i am catching up on repeats.The new season filmed in Atlanta features Mary Shittu with TV chef Rasheeda. This is a fun informative  programme especially for stay at home mums who enjoy cooking. There you can widen your love of African cuisine mainly Nigerian. I am totally loving this show as you never know which guest might pop in and for me the most surprising guest by far has been Musiq Soulchild who popped in for Efo riro (excuse my spelling). Everything is always bigger and brighter in the states but i do my UK version with chef Busola so i shall keep you posted when the new series begins.You can watch Naija bites on OHTV sky channel 199 or on your mobile phone by downloading the free OHTV app.

A mama must know: the truth about hydrogenated fat ewwwww yuk

So i was watching the 700 club recently (one of my fave programmes) and i came across a report on hydrogenated fat. It was both shocking and alarming. I had no idea how many food products contain this synthetic ingredient. I have found myself reading labels and ingredients before buying. Today i went to the supermarket with my toddler and she wanted biscuit, Now she is a good girl and eats healthy food..anything from okra to yam etc.. so i have no issues with giving her the occasional treat especially as she does not have a sweet tooth but still i would much rather stick to a piece of fruit if the only biscuits available contain this dodgy ingredient. From what i understand it is synthetic so your body does not recognise it and therefore does not know what to do with it..yikes that is not good at all.